Majority of Kansans 45 and Older Support the CARE Act

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Kansas | Press AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner, along with several AARP volunteers, briefed the Kansas House Committee on Children and Seniors on the CARE Act on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.  The Act, which is contained in House Bill 2058, supports Kansas caregivers by ensuring that hospitals record the name of the patient’s caregiver when the patient enters the hospital, the caregiver is informed when the patient is discharged from the hospital, and the caregiver is provided instructions on how to take care …

Join the caregiving conversation on RFD TV

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Kansas | Press Every day, more than 42 million family caregivers in America make it possible for a parent, spouse or other loved one to live independently. Many of those caregivers juggle responsibilities, including working and caring for their own family. In fact, 42% of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. What’s more, research shows juggling responsibilities can be highly stressful, putting caregivers at risk for depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease, among other physiological consequences, …

AARP Applauds Reduced Rate Hike for Black Hills Energy

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Home & Family | Kansas | Press More than 110,000 Kansas utility consumers are the winners in the latest utility rate increase request by Black Hills Energy. In April 2014, the company, based in South Dakota, requested a $5.1 million rate increase for natural gas prices from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC).  If granted, Black Hills natural gas customers in Kansas would have seen their natural gas bills increase by $4.17 a month, or about $50 a year. Instead, after hearing testimony and considering the case, the …

Wichitan Chosen for AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute

Posted on 12/23/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

About AARP | Kansas | Press | Volunteering   AARP Kansas Diversity Council member Anita Raghavan, Wichita, has been selected to participate in AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI, a rigorous and innovative program dedicated to elevating highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to lead volunteer teams and take on new empowered roles.  Ragavan is one of 33 exceptional AARP volunteers from across the country who will meet both in person and virtually over a six-month period to build their leadership strengths in one of three chosen “tracks” …

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, …