AARP Kansas Presses Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month

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    Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More  WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Kansas visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. Visits to the offices of Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Tim Huelscamp, Mike Pompeo, Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder …

AARP South Central Kansas Summit Coming to Wichita!

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Guest blog by AARP Kansas staff member Janet Clearwater. Hot topics such as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Amtrak passenger rail service through Wichita, and proposed changes to Social Security will be explored during the 2013 AARP South Central Kansas Summit on October 17th at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex in Wichita. Guest speakers include Stephene Moore, Region 7 Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, who will share information about the Affordable Care Act; Wichita Vice Mayor …

Wow! It’s Hot Outside!

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Guest blog by AARP Kansas staff member Janet Clearwater. When I step onto my front porch or leave my air-conditioned workplace, I feel as though I am breathing hot dusty steam, and just looking at yard work makes me break into a sweat!  But I didn’t always have these reactions. Hot, humid, sunny weather like we’ve had recently brings back many memories of my youth.  I remember laying outside under the old oak tree in an open “tent” made from …

Today’s Career Paths – No Smooth Road!

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In past decades, workers worked for one company for many years, often for their entire working lives.  That is no longer the norm.  In fact, the average length of time a worker stays in one job is about 4½ years.  Assuming a work life of about 45 years (estimating from 22 to 67 years of age), a worker will have about 10 positions during his or her work life.  That fact proves two very important things: 1)    The term “job …

Summer Storms

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The tragedies that befall others always seem to provide a brutal clarity to our own vulnerabilities.  For example, the tornadoes and flooding that have affected so many in the Midwestern part of the United States in the last few weeks have served as a stark reminder that a natural disaster has many degrees of destructive power.  Many small tornadoes touched down across the Midwest but caused little damage.  However, the tornadoes that struck on two separate dates, destroying parts of …

Grandfamilies?

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In the past few weeks, I’ve been able to attend a 3-year-old’s soccer game, a 5-year-old’s t-ball game, and an 11-year-old’s first school play.  Being Grandma is kind of fun, for me, because I didn’t have children of my own – the children I watched are my oldest step-daughter’s children.  I’m a grandma to six young people now, and it amazes me how much they learn from one visit to the next.  It also amazes me to watch my step-daughters …

Chained CPI?

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I try to keep up with the news and activities in Washington as much as I am able.  But there are so many abbreviations and unfamiliar terms in the news coming from current activities and debates that I feel like that famous groundhog who sticks his head out in the spring, looks around, dislikes what he sees or hears and decides to go back to sleep.  I think that there are many who have similar reactions to news from Washington.  …

Life Passages

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This may seem like a silly question, but have you ever stopped to realize the dramatic effect that death has on life?  I’m not speaking about the impact of one’s own death, but rather about the changes experienced in one’s life resulting from the death of a family or friend.  When my grandparents died, at various stages of my life, the dramatic change I realized was that my parents were not invincible.  I saw two people who were very emotionally …

The Challenge of Caregiving

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Recently, my spouse developed physical challenges that made him unable to perform some of his own personal care.  We were quite concerned, for a time, that the incapacitation was caused by a systemic and degenerative condition and were very relieved to realize that the cause of his disability is localized and, hopefully, can be repaired with surgery. In the meanwhile, I find myself performing minor caregiving tasks for someone who has always been fiercely independent.  I am very much the …

Is Your Home Ready for You?

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  As part of my Environments and Aging class, I was asked to evaluate my current home using universal design checklists for each of several areas – kitchen, bathroom, living room, exterior, lighting and sound, etc.  The lists we used as a class were compiled by Rosemary Bakker, an interior designer and gerontologist, in her book AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living in the Second Half of Life.  Ms. Bakker has written several other books on building or …