Proposed Bill Would Help Families Provide Followup Care

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

Volunteering 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 …

Making Your Car “Fit” You

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

Volunteering 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 …

Volunteering with AARP in Kansas

Posted on 04/2/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Volunteering While we sincerely appreciate volunteers every single day of the year, there is a special week each year designated time to honor volunteers.  This year, that week is April 6 – 12, 2014. We want to thank the dedicated volunteers here in our state who spend their time working on issues that impact the 50 and older population in Kansas.  We thank: *the IRS-trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers who help low-to middle income Kansans prepare and file their taxes; *the AARP …

Make a Difference on Issues That Matter

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Volunteering AARP is recruiting volunteers to make a difference on issues important to Kansans age 50-plus. AARP Kansas volunteers address a wide range of issues, from protecting Social Security and Medicare to ensuring fair utility rates, improving access to health care, making communities age-friendly and helping older workers find jobs or start businesses. Volunteers in the Topeka area can help track bills or testify at legislative committee hearings. Volunteers across the state can attend public hearings and town hall meetings, research …

AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute Selects Kansas Resident

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Volunteering   Congratulations to Judy Bellome of Lawrence on her selection to participate in AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI, a rigorous and innovative year-long training program designed to elevate highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  Bellome will be joined by 33 other exceptional AARP volunteers from across the country, who will meet both in person and virtually throughout the year to build their leadership strengths in one of three chosen “tracks” – advocacy, …

What’s Up for 2014 at AARP Kansas

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Volunteering By Maren Turner, Director, AARP Kansas Last year was a productive year for AARP Kansas —we worked with partners to establish the only Grandparents Park in the state, successfully lobbied against unfair rate increases for residential utilities customers, and sponsored roll- up- your- sleeves hands-on cooking classes that make a difference in the preventive health of Kansans. I wish there was space to tell you more about all our work.   Now, it is time to get to work and …