— Members of the Kansas Legislature are back in Topeka for the 2018 session and AARP volunteers and staff are also at the Statehouse meeting with legislators and advocating for AARP Kansas priorities and issues that are important to Kansans who are 50 and older. Here are some of the issues we’ll be talking to legislators about. If you support them also, please be sure to contact your legislators. KanCare (Medicaid Expansion) – More than 150,000 Kansans currently fall into a …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— When legislators return to the state Capitol in Topeka for the 2018 session, AARP Kansas staff and volunteers will be on hand to press for legislation that would help Kansans age 50-plus. In the session that begins Jan. 8, lawmakers are expected to consider bills that would provide additional support for family caregivers, improve home- and community-based services for long-term care, keep consumers’ financial information secure and rein in utility rates. AARP advocacy volunteers will ensure that lawmakers receive useful …

— AARP Kansas is hosting a series of meetings in Wichita, with coffee and conversation from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a presentation. Topics include caregiving, medication management, end-of-life planning, financial security and computer skills. Participants can learn about resources that help people continue to live at home as they age and make communities age-friendly. Sessions are held the third Tuesday of each month in the AARP office at Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center, 2755 E. 19th St. N. The next …

— Judy Bellome has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Kansas Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Kansas selected Judy for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her state and community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Judy, a nurse with more than 30 years of experience, serves on the AARP Kansas Executive …

— When you think of healthy food, do you think bland and boring? Wichita Chef Josh Rathbun proved it doesn’t have to be that way during AARP’s healthy cooking class in Wichita in August. Using recipes developed by Celebrity Chef Rock Harper, cooking class participants chopped and diced, stirred and tossed, simmered and baked, and, most importantly, smiled and laughed their way through the preparation of a healthy meal under the direction of Chef Rathbun.  They made cornbread, vegan chili and …

— A new state law backed by AARP Kansas will help ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers, beginning next year. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act, also called the CARE Act, will allow every hospital patient to designate a caregiver. Hospital staff will record the caregiver’s contact information and keep that person informed about discharge plans. In addition, the hospital will prepare the caregiver for follow-up medical tasks to be done at home. About 345,000 Kansans …

— Working to make Kansas the best state in which to live is something we take very seriously at AARP. And it couldn’t happen without the efforts of AARP Kansas volunteers who dedicate much of their time working on advocacy issues, community service, and volunteer support. From pushing for passage of the CARE Act supporting caregivers, to providing help with taxes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, to teaching Driver Safety classes, to advocating for affordable utilities, to celebrating diversity, to teaching how …

—   Kansas ranks 30th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Kansas include support for family caregivers and more effective transitions from nursing homes to home. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund …

—   Great news for our state’s more than 345,000 caregivers and the people for whom they provide care. The Kansas Legislature has passed and Governor Brownback has signed the Kansas Lay Caregivers Act, otherwise known as the Caregiver, Advise, Record and Enable or CARE Act. The new law, which goes into effect on July 1, 2018, will support caregivers when the person they are caring for is hospitalized and then returns home and is in need of care. AARP volunteers …