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Help Shape AARP Montana’s Legislative Agenda

In its efforts to determine the top priorities of the next legislative session, AARP Montana is turning to the experts – AARP members throughout the state.

As part of an all-encompassing evaluation of the opinions, concerns and priorities of AARP members in the state, AARP Montana has launched a survey to capture member input on a number of issues. The results of that survey will set the legislative agenda for the 2011 legislative session in Montana.

"We want to know what’s on people’s minds," said Bob Bartholomew, AARP Montana’s State Director. "Whether they're boomers looking forward to retirement or older Montanans looking at options for home and community based services, we're trying to gauge their opinion. There's no way to know what everybody's experiencing unless we ask."

The survey seeks answers to questions ranging from importance of background checks for healthcare workers to whether AARP should focus on strengthening financial protections for consumers. Survey respondents are also asked to weigh in on any issue, and determine activities that would be of interest to them.

The answers from the survey will be coupled with other aspects of the ongoing evaluation, such as informal focus groups, face-to-face discussions and Tele-Town Halls. The goal is to strengthen AARP’s connection with those 50+, including AARP members in the state through an ongoing dialogue about their wants and needs.  

“This comprehensive evaluation,” Bartholomew said, “will help AARP Montana better prepare its legislative agenda as well as the overall direction of the office by determining exactly what’s on the minds of the 50+ community throughout Montana.”

The survey is ten questions and should take a few minutes to complete. Bartholomew expects the results of the survey to be tabulated in mid December.

“The results become extremely critical as AARP Montana continues efforts to enhance the quality of life for all as we age,” said Bartholomew. “We want to know what you think — and what you want from our four-person staff."

Members can weigh in on issues and clarify their preferences about information they receive from AARP. Find the survey online.

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