AARP Missouri

Anita Parran


Anita is Associate State Director for Public Affairs and Managing Editor of the AARP Missouri Website/Blog and Editor of the monthly newsletter, State Line. Contact: or

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Speakers Bureau Volunteers Convene

Posted on 07/31/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

AARP Missouri “Speak Out!” speakers bureau volunteers who reside in the Kansas City area recently participated in an in-service meeting. The purpose was to connect with the AARP Missouri state office, discuss participation and motivation, share best practices and community engagement, and deliver self-critiqued mini presentations. The in-service was held in the AARP Missouri state office, commencing at 10 a.m. and concluding at 3 p.m. Meeting conveners were Speak Out! Presentation Coordinators Tonya Holmes and Marvin Sands, who are also …

AARP Volunteers Out in Force During August

Posted on 07/23/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

AARP Missouri will have statewide visibility during August. Volunteers are geared up to participate in a number of events where they will engage with AARP members and the general public – sharing information and resources so that all can enhance their quality of life. Here’s the current line-up of AARP events across the state: Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 11th Annual Healthy Living Senior Fair St. Charles Convention Center 1 Convention Center Place St. Charles Presented …

Retired Mayo Clinic Eldercare Specialist to Speak in Kansas City

Posted on 07/15/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

If you live in Kansas City and you an Rn, LPN, NP, Social Worker or other healthcare perofessional supporting elderly patients and their families, this session is for you. And you can even earn CEUs for the learning experience. Dick Edwards, retired Mayo Clinic Eldercare Specialist, will be in Kansas City to present useful information on how to work with families who are caregivers for aging parents. Edwards has written the book, “Mom, Dad, Can We Talk?” that helps individuals …

Staying Sharp with Brain Health Program

Posted on 07/13/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

A recent brain health study found significant evidence that physical and mental exercise, as well as proper nutrition, can keep your brain sharp. Get tips and more information on maintaining a healthy brain by attending the Staying Sharp – Cognitive Fitness program on Saturday, August 8.  From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. there will be a provocative discussion and Q&A about the aging brain, memory and brain health issues. This free event will be held at the Hickman Mills Community …

Staying Sharp Attracts Hundreds

Posted on 06/18/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

It was nearly SRO (Standing Room Only) at the recent Staying Sharp seminar held at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS. In collaboration with the Dana Alliance and MetLife, AARP presented a very well-attended “brain health” program. The focus was on how memory works and how to lead a brain healthy life during the aging process. A question and answer period from the audience followed the panel discussion. AARP volunteers, donned in red shirts, staffed the registration …

East Central College Expo in Union

Posted on 06/8/2015 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Live more comfortably – and avoid scams and frauds! AARP volunteer Dick and Sue Bossch discussed Home Fit and the AARP Fraud Watch Network with 165 individuals who stopped by the Senior Expo and Health Fair held at East Central College in Union. Exhibit visitors received information about Home Fit which provides “smart solutions for making your home comfortable, safe and a great fit.” The Fraud Watch Network information is helping arm people with tools they need to avoid fraud …