Proposed Bill Would Help Families Provide Followup Care

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP Kansas is urging state lawmakers to pass legislation in 2015 that could reduce hospital readmissions by improving communication between medical staff and caregivers. Known as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, the measure would require hospitals to ask each patient to designate a caregiver, notify the caregiver when the patient is moved or discharged, and teach the caregiver how to perform follow-up procedures before the patient goes home. More than 400,000 Kansans are family caregivers, a 2011 AARP …

Celebrity Chef Returns to Kansas for Healthy Cooking Class

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

Home & Family 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. …

Happy Anniversary Grandparents Park!

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

Home & Family   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.

Black Hills Requests Rate Increase for Natural Gas Customers in Kansas

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Home & Family   Customers of Black Hills Energy may soon be paying a higher monthly bill for their natural gas.  Black Hills is asking the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) to approve a rate increase that would up customers bills by $4.17 per month. “To some, that may not seem like a lot, but for those on fixed incomes like thousands of older Kansans, it can mean that they won’t be able to afford necessary food or medicine,” says AARP Kansas Director Maren …

Back to Basics: Roadway Fundamentals Refresher

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When’s the last time you refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road? If you’re like most older Americans, it’s probably been decades since you took a driver’s education course and got your first driver’s license. But even the most experienced drivers can benefit from a tune-up.   That’s what new research by AARP and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, found. Using a driving simulator, the study aimed to uncover areas where …

Blocking Telemarketers from Calling Cellphones

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family In a move backed by AARP Kansas, state lawmakers unanimously passed legislation to extend the Kansas No-Call Act to protect consumers’ cellphones from unwanted telemarketing calls. While cellphone numbers can be included in the National Do Not Call Registry, the Kansas law previously covered only landline numbers. Kansans can register their cellphones or landlines by calling toll-free 888-382-1222 or visiting donotcall.gov. Phone numbers need to be registered only once for life. Charities and political organizations are permitted by law to …