— 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 Kansas wants older residents to be able to stay in their homes and communities, to afford their utilities and to have the resources necessary for health care. When the legislature returns Jan. 14, AARP Kansas will be working on those issues with lawmakers and the Capital City Task Force, a group of AARP volunteers. During the session, AARP Kansas and volunteer advocates will be focusing on ways to help family caregivers, as well as on issues of financial security. …

— Judy Davis-Cole, of Ottawa, has been selected by AARP, to receive the 2018 AARP Kansas Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Kansas selected Davis-Cole for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Her positive high energy and persuasive personality have been highly effective in her volunteer work as a member of the AARP Executive Council and …

— AARP Kansas recognizes and values the contributions made by our team of volunteers throughout our state to help improve the quality of life for Kansans age 50 and older. Whether they volunteer in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or serve on our Executive or Diversity Councils, the Volunteer Support Team or the Capital City Task Force, they provide invaluable service in their communities and in the state. Each year, AARP Kansas gives special recognition to three outstanding volunteers or …

— AARP Kansas is pleased to welcome Kevin Kneisley, Hiawatha, as the state’s new Driver Safety Coordinator for AARP Driver  Safety (ADS).  Kevin joined ADS in 2017 as a Driver Safety instructor. As the state coordinator, Kevin assists Driver Safety instructors throughout the state of Kansas in promoting safe driving classes, recruiting volunteers and working with local organizations to host sites for the classes. Kevin brings a wealth of experience to the volunteer job. He has been an educator for 19 years in Kansas and …

—       AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Kansas Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Kansans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The award is named after AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus. “AARP Kansas is excited to shine a light on Kansans who are 50 and older and are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said …

— 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 …

—   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 …