— 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 …

— It’s tax season once again. Taxes are complicated, especially if you’re planning for retirement or considering life changes.  Luckily, AARP Foundation’s team of IRS-certified volunteers is here to help. They’ve been doing it for 50 years and have served more than 50 million taxpayers! First established in 1968 with four volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a free tax preparation program targeted at the low to middle-income 50-plus community.  However, the program is open to all ages and taxpayers do not …

— 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 …

— Kansans who receive Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, public housing or other kinds of government benefits may be eligible for the state’s Lifeline program, which makes it more affordable to have a landline telephone. Savings can be as much as $17.02 a month. AARP Kansas is spreading the word about the program so that more people on fixed incomes can have a phone. For details or to apply, call your local phone company, go to kcc.ks.gov/pi/lifeline.htm or call the Kansas Corporation …

— 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 …

— Investment fraud schemes cost Americans tens of billions of dollars a year. AARP has identified eight risk factors that predict who is most likely to be defrauded. What you should know: While no one factor causes someone to be scammed, our research found that these eight factors raise one’s risk of being defrauded: Male gender High annual trading frequency (five or more a year) Frequent solicitations by phone, email, and regular mail Frequent remote investing in response to TV, email, …

— With Americans losing tens of billions of dollars annually to investment fraud schemes, what mindsets and behaviors are common among those who fall victim?  A new survey by the AARP Fraud Watch Network finds that the most susceptible typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments and tend to trade more actively than the general investor population.  More of the investment scam victims also reported that they value wealth accumulation as a significant measure of success in …

—   AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE VOLUNTEERS IN KANSAS WILL PROVIDE FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND PREPARATION THROUGH APRIL 18–FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU Beginning on February 1, and running through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service …

— AARP Kansas is pressing state lawmakers to introduce a bill in 2017 that could help more private-sector workers save for retirement. The proposal, called “work and save,” would create a payroll-deduction plan that small businesses could offer to their workers. Participation would be voluntary for both employers and employees, and the plan would be portable when a worker changes jobs. AARP is asking Kansans to share their personal stories about efforts to save for retirement without having a 401(k) or …