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 …

AARP Tax-Aide Sites Open for Business

Posted on 02/7/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers here in Kansas, we are able to help …

Changes in Kansas Tax Laws

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources Submitted by Steve Robbins, AARP Kansas State Tax-Aide Coordinator Significant Changes to Kansas Tax Law Starting for tax year 2013 there are two significant changes to tax law that may impact many low to moderate income taxpayers. Food Sales Tax Credit : The previous Food Sales Tax Refund has become a non-refundable credit.  It can only be used to offset state income taxes you owe.  The maximum credit is $125 per exemption.  As in previous years, a taxpayer must have …

Cooking Classes Feature Healthy Tribal Dishes

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources AARP Kansas and the Association of American Indian Physicians are cosponsoring two cooking classes featuring diabetic-friendly foods. Richard Hetzler, chef at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., is teaching Nov. 7 in Mayetta and Nov. 8 in Horton. The students are tribal members who prepare meals for large groups, such as participants at senior centers. The free classes focus on how to prepare healthy versions of traditional tribal dishes. More than 16 percent of American …

InsureKS.org Helps Kansans Locate Health Insurance Information

Posted on 10/30/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources News Release from Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger TOPEKA, Kan. — In an effort to help Kansans who are struggling to find health insurance coverage information on the federal marketplace website, the Kansas Insurance Department’s www.insureKS.org website has new features about Kansas plans, prices and assistance.   “Kansans going to the site can now get a close estimate on what plans, tax credits and rates they can qualify for on the federal marketplace,” said Sandy Praeger, Commissioner of Insurance, “and …

AARP South Central Kansas Summit Coming to Wichita!

Posted on 10/3/2013 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Local Resources Guest blog by AARP Kansas staff member Janet Clearwater. Hot topics such as the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), Amtrak passenger rail service through Wichita, and proposed changes to Social Security will be explored during the 2013 AARP South Central Kansas Summit on October 17th at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex in Wichita. Guest speakers include Stephene Moore, Region 7 Director for the Department of Health and Human Services, who will share information about the Affordable Care Act; Wichita Vice Mayor …