A Majority of Americans Haven’t Practiced Emergency Preparedness

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for action to …

Celebrity Chef Returns to Kansas for Healthy Cooking Class

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing What do you get when you put 30 cooks in a kitchen with a celebrity chef? As one of those cooks said, “Chaos – but I love it!” AARP Kansas, along with our partner, the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, brought 30 African American/Black women together one Saturday morning in Wichita to learn from Celebrity Chef Rock Harper (of Hell’s Kitchen fame) how to make a quick and fairly easy meal in a way that’s healthy but still tastes good. …

Celebrity Chef to Teach Healthy Cooking Class in Wichita

Posted on 08/1/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Kansas has invited Hell’s Kitchen (Season Three) winner and celebrity Chef Rock Harper to Wichita to conduct a hands-on class on how to prepare healthy meals in order to prevent diseases that are related to obesity. Chef Harper will be in Wichita at the Beech Activity Center, 9710 E. Central, on Saturday, August 2, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for the meal preparation and tasting. Once the meal is completed with Chef Harper instructing and overseeing its …

Happy Anniversary Medicare! AARP Unveils Help Tool

Posted on 07/29/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   WASHINGTON — On the eve of Medicare’s 49th anniversary, AARP introduces a new Medicare Q & A Tool that provides consumers with easy-to-understand answers to commonly asked questions on insurance plan choices, coverage, and costs. The free online tool helps people understand eligibility requirements, gives useful information on how Medicare works, and explains when they may enroll. “President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 49 years ago on July 30, 1965, and AARP has proudly fought to protect and …

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.