— The Senate Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Vicki Schmidt, passed the CARE Act out of committee on Monday, February 20, 2017 with two amendments. The following is information about what the bill does and how it supports caregivers. SB 68, as amended by Senate Committee – The CARE Act (Kansas Lay Caregivers Act) The CARE Act provides a simple way to support Kansas caregivers when their loved one is hospitalized. The CARE Act: Gives a hospital patient the …

— AARP Kansas invites Wichita residents to visit and celebrate with us as we open a satellite location in the Atwater Resource Center at 2755 E 19th St N. The celebration takes place on Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP, which provides advocacy, information and resources focused on those who are 50 and older, has much to offer local residents that they may not be aware of. “We know that members of the Wichita community will be surprised …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— AARP and the Microsoft Store at Oak Park Mall in Overland Park have teamed up to offer a variety of free computer classes on topics from keeping safe online to operating systems to social media. There will be different classes each month to help you learn to use your digital resources better. If you want to learn to manage your digital photos, communicate with Skype and social media, or just learn more about using your computer, these classes can help! …

Movies For Grownups

—   AARP Kansas is pleased to invite members and guests in Wichita to a free screening of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise in honor of Black History Month! This is the first feature documentary about the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a …

—   At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on …

—   AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS IN KANSAS WILL PROVIDE FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND PREPARATION THROUGH APRIL 18–FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU Beginning on February 1, and running through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service …

— On February 1, 2017, the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee, chaired by Senator Vicki Schmidt, heard testimony on Senate Bill 68, the CARE Act. This proposed legislation would support the 345,000 Kansas caregivers who are providing unpaid care to a family member or loved one.  The CARE Act, (Caregiver, Advise, Record, Enable Act) is another tool to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations by ensuring that caregivers are acknowledged and instructed on how to care for their loved one when he/she returns …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 6 p.m. CT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

— Free Webinar: Demystifying Medical Apps & Wearable Health Devices Featuring Leslie Saxon, M.D. January 30, 2017 1 p.m. CT Register for this webinar for a chance to win a $500 gift card* With more than 165,000 medical health apps and 12,000 wearable health-tracking devices on the market, how can you tell which ones are best for you? Join Dr. Leslie Saxon as she shares what to look for in a trustworthy medical app and how to maximize your health through wearable …