— When the weather turns cold, it’s time to turn up the heat inside your home. Unfortunately, for many Kansans, turning up the heat can strain their household budget. But there’s help from the Kansas Cold Weather Rule which goes into effect on November 1. According to the Kansas Corporation Commission website, the Cold Weather Rule was established in 1983 to protect human health and safety and to insure that Kansans have residential electric, natural gas and water services to their …

— Kansans who receive Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, public housing or other kinds of government benefits may be eligible for the state’s Lifeline program, which makes it more affordable to have a landline telephone. Savings can be as much as $17.02 a month. AARP Kansas is spreading the word about the program so that more people on fixed incomes can have a phone. For details or to apply, call your local phone company, go to kcc.ks.gov/pi/lifeline.htm or call the Kansas Corporation …

— AARP Kansas announced a winner for the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The winning project is The Wichita Public Library’s launch of three historical walking tours accessible through the PocketSights app. The project was partially funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We’re excited that we can assist The Wichita Library Foundation with its project to engage older …

— AARP Kansas is pleased to announce that Magda Garret has joined our team. Magda, who lives in Wichita, will work out of our office in the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center. The office is located at 2755 E. 19th Street N., Wichita. Magda has 22 years of experience as a social worker in a variety of settings. She most recently worked with the PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) in Colorado. Prior to that, she worked with terminally …

— AARP Kansas has opened a new office in Wichita, where members can learn more about AARP and take classes on topics such as financial security and preventing fraud. The office is in the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center at 2755 E. 19th St. N. Click here for information about AARP events in Wichita and other Kansas cities.

— Investment fraud schemes cost Americans tens of billions of dollars a year. AARP has identified eight risk factors that predict who is most likely to be defrauded. What you should know: While no one factor causes someone to be scammed, our research found that these eight factors raise one’s risk of being defrauded: Male gender High annual trading frequency (five or more a year) Frequent solicitations by phone, email, and regular mail Frequent remote investing in response to TV, email, …

— Outsmarting investment fraud and learning how to be a part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network and all it has to offer are just two of the topics that will be discussed at the 18th Annual Western Summit in Hays on Thursday, October 6, 2016.  Other topics include activities for seniors at the Hays Recreation Center, athletics at Fort Hays State University (FHSU), fraudulent practices in acquiring antiques, a presentation on relationships with China by Dr. Ed Hammond, education professor …

— AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone …

—   Congratulations to Andrea “Ande” Bozarth, AARP Kansas Associate State Director for Community Outreach, who is the first recipient of the Sherrie Gordon Award for Excellence in Multicultural Leadership. Ande was nominated for the national award by AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner for her work with the American Indian/Native American Community in Kansas. Ande, in her work with the AARP Kansas Diversity Council, has established strong working relationships with members of the four tribes in Kansas. AARP Kansas has been pleased to partner …

— Topeka area-residents who want to learn more about starting a business, especially those who are 50 and older, are invited to attend a free workshop in Topeka on July 29th at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library. Encore entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners. If you are an individual who is looking to start a new adventure, entrepreneurship can offer an opportunity for you to use your knowledge, passion, life and …