Prairie Village Man Wins Andrus Award

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Kansas | Comments

Volunteering   AARP Kansas honored its 2014 outstanding community service volunteer during a luncheon banquet on November 14 at the Ritz Charles in Overland Park. Each year, AARP presents its most prestigious award, the Ethel Percy Andrus Award for Community Service, to an individual or individuals who, through volunteer service, significantly enhance the lives of those in their community. This award symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. The 2014 Andrus …

Join Our Volunteer Team

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

Volunteering AARP Kansas invites you to join our team and become one of the growing number of AARP volunteers across Kansas.  Our Executive Council oversees the direction of AARP Kansas’ work, while the Diversity Council ensures that all our activities are inclusive. Our advocacy volunteers work to better the lives of 50+ Kansans by improving the laws that impact all as they age and our community outreach volunteers work tirelessly to make their communities more livable. One group of volunteers that is …

Fighting for Issues That Matter to People Age 50+

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

Volunteering 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. …

Do You Enjoy Helping Others?

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

Volunteering 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 …

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 …