I HEART CAREGIVERS — A Personal Story

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

Advocacy   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

Advocacy 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 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, …

Fighting for Issues That Matter to People Age 50+

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In the legislative session that begins Jan. 12, AARP Kansas will support measures that could relieve stress on family caregivers, improve health care coverage for the uninsured, keep utilities affordable and improve access to dental care in rural areas. A key priority is legislation designed to reduce hospital readmissions by improving communication between hospital staff and caregivers about the patient’s followup needs. AARP Kansas is seeking volunteers to serve on its Capitol City Task Force and work on these issues. …

AARP Kansas Testimony on House Bill 2553

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy The following is testimony provided by AARP Kansas past state president David Wilson on March 26, 2014 before the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee in regard to the healthcare compact bill. March 26, 2014 The Honorable Ralph Ostmeyer Chair, Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee Reference: House Bill 2553 –Enacting the Health Care Compact. Good morning Chairman Ostmeyer and members of the Senate Federal and State Affairs Committee. My name is David Wilson and I am currently a Lead …

AARP Kansas Testimony on the Health Care Compact Bill

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Advocacy The following is the testimony provided by AARP Kansas past sttate president David Wilson on February 18, 2014 before the House Federal and State Affairs Committee February 18, 2014 The Honorable Steve Brunk, Chair House Federal and State Affairs Committee Reference: House Bill 2553 –Enacting the Health Care Compact. Good morning Chairman Brunk and members of the House Federal and State Affairs Committee. My name is David Wilson and I am currently a lead hearth care volunteer and the past …