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AARP South Central Kansas Summit Coming to Wichita!

AARP South Central Kansas Summit Coming to Wichita!

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

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!

Wow! It’s Hot Outside!

Posted on 06/27/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

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!

Today’s Career Paths – No Smooth Road!

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

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

Summer Storms

Posted on 06/4/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

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?

Grandfamilies?

Posted on 05/2/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

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?

Chained CPI?

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

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.  …