I HEART CAREGIVERS — A Personal Story

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

Health & Wellbeing   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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Native American Cooks in Kansas Prepare Nutritional Meals To Help Combat Chronic Diseases

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing With diabetes prevalent among Native Americans, AARP Kansas set out to not only call attention to the problem, but also to do something about it. That’s why AARP Kansas is working with the American Association of Indian Physicians (AAIP) to sponsor cooking classes for members of the four federally recognized indigenous tribes in Kansas (e.g., Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, Kickapoo Nation of Kansas, Sac and Fox Nation, and Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation). The classes are held in November …