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

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

Local Resources 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

Local Resources 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 …

Check Out Where the Candidates Stand

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources If you haven’t already cast your vote in the 2014 elections, be sure to check out the AARP Voter’s Guide to find out where Kansas candidates stand on issues that are important to those 50 and older.  The topics to which candidates were asked to provide a response include Caregiving, Medicare, Social Security and Financial Security. You can print or email the information to use as a reference when you vote. In 2012, 56% of the vote in Kansas was …

Do You Enjoy Helping Others?

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources Will You Volunteer for Tax-Aide? What started out as a program with just four volunteers in 1968, has now grown to a program with more than 35,000 volunteers nationwide in 2014. That program is the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program—the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. The program serves taxpayers with low to moderate incomes, giving special attention to the older population. Here in Kansas, 385 Tax-Aide volunteers across the state helped more than 30,000 Kansans file their federal …

A Majority of Americans Haven’t Practiced Emergency Preparedness

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

Local Resources   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 …

Making Your Car “Fit” You

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

Local Resources Does your car “fit” you?  That is something Kansans who live in or near Topeka and Salina will be able to find out in May when the CarFit program is offered in their communities.   CarFit is a free educational program created by the American Society on Aging and developed in collaboration with AAA, AARP, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to help address safety concerns, especially among older drivers.   Although older drivers are the demographic group with the …