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Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Home & Family Every day, more than 42 million family caregivers in America make it possible for a parent, spouse or other loved one to live independently. Many of those caregivers juggle responsibilities, including working and caring for their own family. In fact, 42% of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. What’s more, research shows juggling responsibilities can be highly stressful, putting caregivers at risk for depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease, among other physiological consequences, …

AARP Applauds Reduced Rate Hike for Black Hills Energy

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Home & Family More than 110,000 Kansas utility consumers are the winners in the latest utility rate increase request by Black Hills Energy. In April 2014, the company, based in South Dakota, requested a $5.1 million rate increase for natural gas prices from the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC).  If granted, Black Hills natural gas customers in Kansas would have seen their natural gas bills increase by $4.17 a month, or about $50 a year. Instead, after hearing testimony and considering the case, the …

Wichita Grandparents Park is Featured as a Program with a Purpose by Milken Institute

Posted on 11/20/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Home & Family 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 …

Fighting for Issues That Matter to People Age 50+

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

Home & Family 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. …

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. …