— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Kansas for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— AARP invites you to attend an evening at the Botanica in Wichita on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is your opportunity to find out what AARP is doing in the Wichita area and how it is connecting with residents who are 50 and older. You’ll hear from AARP staff and current volunteers about AARP events and activities, such as our monthly coffees, advocacy group meetings, free movie screenings, and fun events like ice cream socials …

— 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 …

—   In case you missed it, you can still listen to the AARP Kansas Teletownhall meeting about protecting yourself from holiday scams. AARP Kansas Director Dr. Maren Turner was joined by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Kristin Keckeisen (by phone) with the AARP Fraud Watch Network for a  Teletownhall meeting on December 11, 2017 to talk about the latest scams and frauds in Kansas. Find out how to protect yourself and family and friends from Identity theft and learn what scams are …

— 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 …

— When state lawmakers return to Topeka in January for the 2018 legislative session, AARP Kansas staff and volunteers will be on hand to advocate for issues important to Kansans 50 and older. The AARP state office’s legislative agenda will focus on long-term care, utilities and elder abuse. Financial abuse, for example, costs older Americans more than $2.9 billion per year. AARP Kansas is recruiting volunteers to get involved in these issues. Advocacy volunteers will contact state legislators and members of …

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— The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams”– a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from in April and May, 2017.  Events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” Fraud Watch Network background presentations, tele-town halls and phone bank call-out sessions to warn consumers of the …

— With a snip of the ribbon, AARP officially became a part of the Atwater Resource Center in Wichita’s District 1. On Saturday, March 4, AARP State Director Maren Turner and AARP Volunteer State President Glenda DuBoise joined with Wichita Vice-Mayor LaVonta Williams, City Manager Robert Layton, Atwater Community Representative Kameelah Alexander and members of the Wichita Council of Elders to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Having office space at the Atwater Resource Center, located at 2755 E. 19th St. …

— Visitors to the Kansas State Fair can learn why it’s important for presidential and congressional candidates to lay out their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. The state fair is in Hutchinson Sept. 9-18. AARP volunteers are staffing a booth in the Meadowlark building to encourage voters to be informed about Social Security before going to the polls Nov. 8. More than 521,000 Kansans receive Social Security benefits. To read the candidates’ positions, go to …

—   AARP is honoring the 40 million Americans – more than 345,000 from Kansas – who help older parents, grandparents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.  The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $4.1 billion annually in Kansas alone. Charity Chrans, from Wichita, is one of these unsung heroes.  She says about caring for her …