I HEART CAREGIVERS — A Personal Story

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Kansas   As caregivers, we know the ups and downs, the challenges and the joys of preparing meals, running errands, working with medical personnel, providing social support, balancing caregiver and career responsibilities, and…well, the list goes on and on because we do it all for the people who need us! I became a caregiver for my father several years ago. He had started to lose his eyesight and his memory and could no longer drive or be left at home alone. …

AARP Encourages Support of the CARE Act in 2015 Kansas Legislative Session

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Kansas | Press There’s a group of unsung heroes that fan out every day across Kansas. In cities big and small, rural and urban, they do things like give baths and help others get dressed. They dispense medicine and provide transportation to doctor’s appointments. They are family caregivers. More than 600,000 family caregivers in the Kansas make it possible for their loved ones to live independently at home. By helping with basic tasks of daily living, their mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, …

Dental Care for People Who Can’t Go to a Dentist’s Office

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Kansas AARP Kansas is backing legislation in 2015 that could expand dental care for nursing home residents in underserved parts of the state. Data provided in 2013 by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment showed 37 of the state’s 105 counties did not have a dentist that accepted Medicaid. Currently, 13 counties do not have a dentist at all, according to the nonprofit Kansas Dental Project. The proposed legislation would allow highly trained dental hygienists, known as registered dental practitioners, …

Wichita Grandparents Park is Featured as a Program with a Purpose by Milken Institute

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Kansas | Local Resources | Press Note:  Three Kansas cities made the list of Best Cities for Successful Aging.  In the large metros category, Wichita ranks 27th Best City, and in the smaller metros category, Lawrence ranks 30th and Topeka ranks 60th.  Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer signed the mayor’s pledge to make his city work better for older adults.  You can check it out at the link below.  In addition, the Wichita Grandparents Park, a collaboration between AARP Kansas, the City of Wichita, the Central Plains …

Health Insurance Marketplace Now Open

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Health & Wellbeing | Kansas | Local Resources The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period provides an important opportunity for Kansans who have coverage through the marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. Last year, a little more than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health care coverage through www.healthcare.gov, which was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you do …

Prairie Village Man Wins Andrus Award

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Kansas | Volunteering   AARP Kansas honored its 2014 outstanding community service volunteer during a luncheon banquet on November 14 at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park. Each year, AARP presents its most prestigious award, the Ethel Percy Andrus Award for Community Service, to an individual or individuals who, through volunteer service, significantly enhance the lives of those in their community. This award symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. The 2014 Andrus …