— 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 …

—   Gerald Schmitt intended for his retirement to be productive, so he started a business repairing old toys during his first career. Gerald and his wife, Dianna, started Our Playhouse with a storefront in Dodge City where he taught vocational agriculture at the local high school for 31 years. After retirement, they sold the building and moved to Wichita. Now, instead of a storefront, most of their business is on Ebay or at various toy shows. “I usually have around …

— 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 …

— AARP Kansas announced a winner for the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The winning project is The Wichita Public Library’s launch of three historical walking tours accessible through the PocketSights app. The project was partially funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We’re excited that we can assist The Wichita Library Foundation with its project to engage older …

— 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 …

— If you get a call from a tech support company saying they have detected a virus on your computer, hang up! You may get the same pitch from a pop-up ad. These are scams, intended to get you to fork over money to “fix” your computer or get you to buy phony virus protection. Get an inside look at this scam from a con artist who reveals jut how the scam works to the AARP Fraud Watch Network at www.aarp.org/techscams. …

— If you’re planning to move this summer, be on the lookout for unlicensed movers and fake moving companies. You should get at least three quotes from prospective moving companies before hiring one. Be aware of movers that don’t send an estimator to your house beforehand, demand cash or a large deposit up front, and/or have unrealistic low-ball offers. Make sure you know whom you’re working with before you pay any money. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a …

— Do you collect Social Security? There’s a new scam targeting YOU. How It Works: A scammer calls from a 323 area code, posing as a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. In some instances, the scammer tells the victim he or she is due a cost-of-living adjustment increase in their Social Security benefit. The caller then tries to get the victim to “verify” their Social Security number, name, date of birth, parents’ name and other personal information. If the scammer succeeds, they use the …

— 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 …