— For the hundreds of thousands of caregivers across Kansas tirelessly caring for their parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can live independently at home, help is here. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act took effect on July 1, 2018, giving caregivers support as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Across Kansas, 345,000 caregivers spend four million hours each year caring for loved ones – a contribution totaling about $3.8 billion in unpaid care. …

—   Join AARP Kansas for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Grandparents Park, Kellogg and Estelle, in Wichita on Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meet us at the park for a refreshing scoop (or two!) of ice cream, and you can add a topping if you choose. Enjoy a visit with friends and neighbors and local musical entertainment. All ages are welcome. Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

— AARP Kansas recognizes and values the contributions made by our team of volunteers throughout our state to help improve the quality of life for Kansans age 50 and older. Whether they volunteer in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or serve on our Executive or Diversity Councils, the Volunteer Support Team or the Capital City Task Force, they provide invaluable service in their communities and in the state. Each year, AARP Kansas gives special recognition to three outstanding volunteers or …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— A new law, which took effect July 1, aims to ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Under the Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, hospitals must give every patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver when the patient is transferred or released, and to show the caregiver how to handle follow-up care at home. More than 345,000 Kansans serve as unpaid family caregivers. For more information, …

— Westar Energy customers living in Wichita will have a chance to ask questions and find out more information about the company’s latest proposed rate increase request.  The Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) has scheduled a public hearing on Thursday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Wichita to receive input from Westar Energy customers on the company’s request. The public hearing will be held at Wichita State University’s Lowe Auditorium located at 5015 E. 29th St. N. in Wichita. Attendees will have the opportunity …

— AARP members and other guests are invited to a free screening of LEAN ON PETE, starring Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny and Charlie Plummer. After a series of hard knocks, 15-year old Charley Thompson finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean on Pete. When he discovers Pete is bound for slaughter, they embark on an odyssey across the new American Frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. Together, they experience adventure …

—   Every day in Kansas, more than 340,000 people care for a loved one, helping them to live independently at home and in the community. While family caregiving is a labor of love, it can also be emotionally, physically and financially challenging. Thankfully, a new law called The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act is now helping family caregivers across our state. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, is a law that helps family caregivers when …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 6 –6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job in …

— Kansans who want to participate in the primary elections this year need to register to vote by Tuesday, July 17. The primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 7, will include races for governor and other statewide offices, four congressional seats, all 125 state representatives and one state senator. Thursday, Oct. 18, is the deadline to register for the general election, which will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. To learn about key issues in the midterm elections, go to aarp.org/vote.