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— There was a packed house at the Botanica Gardens in Wichita in August as area residents gathered to hear about volunteer opportunities that are available through AARP Kansas. While many of those who attended know AARP for its discounts and insurance product endorsements, many didn’t realize that AARP recruits volunteers to do a variety of work in communities across the state such as advocacy, community outreach, helping prepare tax returns, and teaching safer driving,  as well as serving on the AARP Executive Council and …

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— Mark your calendar and join us for a free movie night! The recently released movie, Hello, My Name is Doris, is back in Wichita on Thursday, June 23 for one night only. AARP members and their guests are invited to attend a free AARP Movies for Grownups screening of this 2016 film starring Sally Field. Hello, My Name is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story. After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain …

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—   Did you know that every two seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen? One way to help prevent identity theft and protect against fraud is to shred your confidential documents. That’s why AARP is having a Shred Event and Food Drive on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Dillons at 37th and Woodlawn. Participants can bring up to three boxes of confidential documents and get a free coffee drink courtesy of AARP at the Starbucks located inside …

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— If you live in or near Wichita, please join AARP for the Grandparents Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. until noon.  The park, located near Estelle and Kellogg in south Wichita, will be full of activity with live music, pumpkin painting, balloon art, face painting, free snacks, drinks and more. The Grandparents Park came about as a partnership between the city of Wichita, the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, the Older Adult Alliance, the Tri-S …

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— AARP Kansas volunteers and staff will be visible at a new event—for us – in Wichita this summer. We’re excited to be part of the 6th Annual Black Top Nationals Show on August 21__23 at Century II in downtown Wichita. This classic car and motorcycle event is touted as the second largest event in Wichita and is expected to draw more than 160,000 people from all over the country. AARP will have a booth inside Century II where we will …

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— Many of us have been to a retreat of some sort, either through our jobs, churches, or through community groups. But have you ever participated in a caregiver’s retreat? AARP Kansas supported a Caregivers Retreat and 21-day coaching program developed and led by Wakeelah Mutazammil-Martinez in Wichita. Wakeelah, CEO and co-founder of Wakeelah-Wornum, International LLC, created the retreat as one way to support the more than 345,000 caregivers in Kansas. Specifically, the retreat was designed to assist caregivers with developing …

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—   Wichita named a featured city in the Livability Index report for its Grandparents Park   The AARP Public Policy Institute has launched the AARP Livability Index, a first of its kind resource that allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. People, policy makers and the private sector can use the Livability Index to measure how their location – down to the neighborhood level – rates across a comprehensive range of metrics that reflect user …

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— AARP Kansas is pleased to participate in this year’s Financial Freedom Expo and Summit which will be held on Saturday, April 18 in Wichita.  The theme for this year’s Expo is “Get Your Money Right”! The Financial Freedom Expo is an official event of Money Smart Kansas, an annual outreach initiative designed to promote and encourage financial awareness for all ages through classes, workshops and the delivery of various resources.  The event is free and open to the public. Workshops …

AARP KS Director Maren Turner presents an award to Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer

—                                                                                                                         AARP AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner presented an award to Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer in recognition of his support and work to make Wichita an age-friendly community where  residents of all ages can live and have access to the services they need. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, just prior to the Wichita City Council meeting. Under the Mayor’s direction, the City of Wichita joined AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Cities in March, 2013, and made a …

Anita Raghavan

—   AARP Kansas Diversity Council member Anita Raghavan, Wichita, has been selected to participate in AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI, a rigorous and innovative program dedicated to elevating highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to lead volunteer teams and take on new empowered roles.  Raghavan is one of 33 exceptional AARP volunteers from across the country who will meet both in person and virtually over a six-month period to build their leadership strengths in one of three chosen “tracks” …