Handling the Heat

Posted on 07/22/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   People age 65 and older are more prone to heat-related problems, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, because their bodies don’t adjust as well to changes in temperature. Older people are also more likely to have a chronic condition that can affect their ability to deal with high heat, especially if they don’t have air conditioning at home. And, older adults should be aware that certain medications, such as beta blockers which slow the heart, can make …

Happy Anniversary Grandparents Park!

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   On July 20, 2013, the first Grandparents Park in Kansas was dedicated.  Located in the Tri-S Neighborhood in the south part of Wichita, it’s a great place for residents of all ages to play, exercise, and relax.  Be sure to watch this video of the opening celebration. For information on how the Grandparents Park came to be, visit the AARP Livable Communities website.

AARP Scorecard Ranks Kansas 17th in Meeting Long-Term Care Needs of Older Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing But more must be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially in the area of quality care Topeka, Kansas – Kansas ranks 17th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve quality of care and effective transitions from nursing homes to community settings. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality …

Second Wind Tour Coming to Kansas City

Posted on 05/15/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Are you ready to reimagine your life?  Need help with that?  Have we got an opportunity for you! You are invited to Dr. Bill Thomas’ Second Wind Tour on Thursday, May 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Folley Theater in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Bill Thomas, one of the most innovative and creative thinkers working in medicine today, is bringing a radical new approach to growth and aging through a national “non-fiction” theatrical tour produced in partnership …

A Pledge to Live Longer and Smarter

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Like snowflakes, no two women are alike. But we do tend to hold one thing in common: we take care of others before we take care of ourselves. As a gift to yourself this Mother’s Day, how about focusing on your own wellbeing? A great place to start is to join AARP’s Decide. Create. Share℠ initiative. It’s designed to help women of any age take steps today to prepare for a healthy, safe and secure tomorrow. Through …

AARP and Insurance Commissioner call for veto of healthcare compact bill

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   Topeka – AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner and Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, at a Statehouse news conference today, urged Governor Brownback to veto House Bill 2553, a bill passed by the Kansas Legislature that would allow the state to join an Interstate Health Care Compact and place federal funding for all health care services in the state, including funding for such programs as Medicare, Medicaid, and Healthwave (children’s health insurance) under the control of the state legislature and …