— When state lawmakers return to Topeka in January for the 2018 legislative session, AARP Kansas staff and volunteers will be on hand to advocate for issues important to Kansans 50 and older. The AARP state office’s legislative agenda will focus on long-term care, utilities and elder abuse. Financial abuse, for example, costs older Americans more than $2.9 billion per year. AARP Kansas is recruiting volunteers to get involved in these issues. Advocacy volunteers will contact state legislators and members of …

aarp fraud watch network

— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams”– a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from in April and May, 2017.  Events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” Fraud Watch Network background presentations, tele-town halls and phone bank call-out sessions to warn consumers of the …

— With a snip of the ribbon, AARP officially became a part of the Atwater Resource Center in Wichita’s District 1. On Saturday, March 4, AARP State Director Maren Turner and AARP Volunteer State President Glenda DuBoise joined with Wichita Vice-Mayor LaVonta Williams, City Manager Robert Layton, Atwater Community Representative Kameelah Alexander and members of the Wichita Council of Elders to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Having office space at the Atwater Resource Center, located at 2755 E. 19th St. …

— Visitors to the Kansas State Fair can learn why it’s important for presidential and congressional candidates to lay out their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. The state fair is in Hutchinson Sept. 9-18. AARP volunteers are staffing a booth in the Meadowlark building to encourage voters to be informed about Social Security before going to the polls Nov. 8. More than 521,000 Kansans receive Social Security benefits. To read the candidates’ positions, go to …

—   AARP is honoring the 40 million Americans – more than 345,000 from Kansas – who help older parents, grandparents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.  The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $4.1 billion annually in Kansas alone. Charity Chrans, from Wichita, is one of these unsung heroes.  She says about caring for her …

— Kansas is one of 25 states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs. AARP is encouraging members in those states to urge legislators to support expansion, which could provide health care for many of the working poor, as well as people who have lost their jobs and employer-sponsored coverage. Legal residents younger than 65 with income up to $15,856 per individual or $21,404 per couple would be eligible for coverage in an expanded Medicaid program. At those income levels, people earn …

—   As part of my Environments and Aging class, I was asked to evaluate my current home using universal design checklists for each of several areas – kitchen, bathroom, living room, exterior, lighting and sound, etc.  The lists we used as a class were compiled by Rosemary Bakker, an interior designer and gerontologist, in her book AARP Guide to Revitalizing Your Home: Beautiful Living in the Second Half of Life.  Ms. Bakker has written several other books on building or …

— The workshop, “Protecting Yourself from Home Repair Contractor Fraud and Scams” scheduled for tonight at 6:30pm at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library has been because of the severe weather expected on Monday evening.  The workshop will be rescheduled.  Be sure to check back here or on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/aarpks for more information.

—   Black History Month is about American History with a focus on the contributions African American/Blacks made to build our country. Here in Kansas, we can trace the outstanding contributions of Gordon Parks, George Washington Carver, Langston Hughes, and others. We can be proud that African Americans/Blacks fought for Kansas in the Civil War and helped to settle towns in Kansas, including Nicodemus, which stands today as a national historic site. African American/Blacks continue to contribute to our culture and …