—   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 Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— AARP Kansas is spreading the word about a new law that aims to help family caregivers be better prepared when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. Trained volunteers are available to give presentations about the law to community groups across the state. In 2017, lawmakers passed the Kansas Lay Caregiver Act (or CARE Act), which will take effect July 1. Under the law, every hospital patient can designate a caregiver. Hospitals must then make reasonable efforts to …

— 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 …