Celebrate Caregivers!

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing At any time during the year, more than 1,270,000 Missourians perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can remain in their homes. These family caregivers are sometimes on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and often they can’t even take a break. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s why we honor these unsung heroes for their labor of love during November: National Family …

Seeking Legislative Help for Family Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing When the General Assembly convenes in January, AARP Missouri will ask legislators to establish a committee to study how best to support family caregivers’ needs. The committee would evaluate existing services that help people continue to live at home as they age, and brainstorm new ways to assist caregivers. In 2009 some 865,000 caregivers provided about $8.9 billion worth of unpaid services in Missouri, an AARP study showed. “We need to work harder to support the thousands of Missourians who …

Come to a “Memory Clinic”

Posted on 10/29/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing An interactive brain game room, nutrition and exercise classes, and other activities take center stage during the Brain Health “Memory Clinic” that will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The clinic, free and open to those 18 and older, will be held at the Mary L. Kelly Community Center, 2803 E. 51st Street in Kansas City, MO. Registration is required by calling 877-926-8300 or online at aarp.cvent.com/MOmemoryclinic. A complimentary lunch will be served …

Oct. 17: Grandfamily conference in Kansas City

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing “Shaping Lives and Offering Hope” is the theme of the 2014 Grandfamilies Conference scheduled for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 1600 North 291 Highway in Liberty, MO is the site of the free event that is open to the public. The conference will feature informative sessions, exhibits and a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. “Raising a grandchild, niece, or nephew can be rewarding, but also challenging,” said Tonya Holmes, AARP …

How to Handle a Deer in Your Headlights

Posted on 09/22/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing You don’t have to be a “deer in headlights” if you see a deer in your headlights this fall. October through December marks the peak time for deer activity on and off the road and nearly half of deer collisions happen during these months. Deer collisions can be nerve-wracking, harmful and costly. In fact, the Insurance Information Institute estimates that there are more than 1.6 million vehicle collisions with deer each year, resulting in over $4.6 billion in vehicle damage, …

Actions to Prepare for a Disaster

Posted on 09/5/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing 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 increase community preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions, and exercises. …