Moving? Watch Out for Unlicensed Movers

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If you’re planning to move this summer, be on the lookout for unlicensed movers and fake moving companies. You should get at least three quotes from prospective moving companies before hiring one. Be aware of movers that don’t send an estimator to your house beforehand, demand cash or a large deposit up front, and/or have unrealistic low-ball offers. Make sure you know whom you’re working with before you pay any money. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a …

Special Alert: New Scam Targets Your Social Security

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Do you collect Social Security? There’s a new scam targeting YOU. How It Works: A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information. If the scammer succeeds, they use the …

New Staff Member Joins AARP Kansas at Atwater Office in Wichita

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AARP Kansas is pleased to announce that Magda Garret has joined our team. Magda, who lives in Wichita, will work out of our office in the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center. The office is located at 2755 E. 19th Street N., Wichita. Magda has 22 years of experience as a social worker in a variety of settings. She most recently worked with the PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Colorado. Prior to that, she worked with terminally …

What Have AARP Kansas Volunteers Have Been Doing in 2017? Check Out Our Video

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Working to make Kansas the best state in which to live is something we take very seriously at AARP. And it couldn’t happen without the efforts of AARP Kansas volunteers who dedicate much of their time working on advocacy issues, community service, and volunteer support. From pushing for passage of the CARE Act supporting caregivers, to providing help with taxes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, to teaching Driver Safety classes, to advocating for affordable utilities, to celebrating diversity, to teaching how …

New Scorecard Shows Where Kansas Can Improve in Serving Older Adults and People with Disabilities

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  Kansas ranks 30th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Kansas include support for family caregivers and more effective transitions from nursing homes to home. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund …

Free Tech Classes at Oak Park Mall – New Classes Just Added

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AARP and the Microsoft Store at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park have teamed up to offer a variety of free computer classes on topics from keeping safe online to operating systems to social media. There will be different classes each month to help you learn to use your digital resources better. If you want to learn to manage your digital photos, communicate with Skype and social media, or just learn more about using your computer, these classes can help! …

Wichita PRIDE Events June 16 – 18

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AARP Kansas is pleased to once again co-sponsor the annual Wichita Pride Family Picnic at O.J. Watson Park in Wichita on Saturday, June 17, 2017 beginning at 11 am.  Bring your family and friends for food and fun. A Wichita Pride 2017 button is required to attend. Buttons cost $5 and may be purchased at the event. On Sunday, June 18, AARP Kansas volunteers and staff will also be part of the Pride Parade which starts at 1 p.m. at 510 …

Governor Signs the CARE Act Providing Support for Kansas Caregivers

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  Great news for our state’s more than 345,000 caregivers and the people for whom they provide care. The Kansas Legislature has passed and Governor Brownback has signed the Kansas Lay Caregivers Act, otherwise known as the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable or CARE Act. The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, will support caregivers when the person they are caring for is hospitalized and then returns home and is in need of care. AARP volunteers …

AARP Launches “Operation: Stop Scams” with Events in Communities Nationwide

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The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams”– a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from in April and May, 2017.  Events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” Fraud Watch Network background presentations, tele-town halls and phone bank call-out sessions to warn consumers of the …

Under the Dome – AARP Urges Override of KanCare Veto

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With Governor Brownback’s veto of KanCare (the Kansas version of Medicaid) expansion, House Bill 2044, the Kansas House now has the opportunity to put hardworking Kansans first and overturn the governor’s veto. Maren Turner, director of AARP Kansas—with more than 320,000 members age 50 and older in the Sunflower State—issued the following statement, urging the House to take action now. “Hardworking Kansans are counting on their elected State Representatives to override Gov. Brownback’s veto and expand KanCare—bringing access to affordable …