— AARP Missouri is cohosting a Caregivers Conference in St. Louis in cooperation with Christian Hospital Auxiliary and Christian Hospital Foundation. The event aims to support family caregivers and provide information about resources that can help with transportation, shopping, meal preparation and other needs. Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert and author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving, published by AARP and the American Bar Association, will deliver the keynote address. The conference is Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 …

— For two years, AARP Missouri has fought for legislation that could help family caregivers when a relative is in a hospital or about to come home. The bill stalled in committee in 2016 and 2017. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, hospitals would record family caregivers’ contact information, keep them informed when their loved one is about to be transferred or discharged, and instruct them about medical care needed at home. At least 38 states have enacted similar …

— Do you know an exceptional 50+ volunteer in Missouri? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2017 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Missouri volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment …

— More than 22,000 Missourians reported they were victims of identity theft in 2015, giving the state the highest rate of complaints per capita in the nation. With Operation Stop Scams closely following this year’s April 18 tax filing deadline, the time is ripe for people to get rid of documents they no longer need. AARP Missouri is sponsoring free shredding events in Kansas City on April 22 and Springfield, April 29. Anyone can participate, but there is a limit of …

— By Tim Poor Don Smith had never heard of jicama. Dennis Gibbons didn’t care for kale. But both men had their culinary worlds expanded through “What’s Cookin’ with AARP,” a series of free cooking classes being offered in the Springfield and Kansas City areas. “Coming from a meat-and- potatoes background, it really has opened my eyes to so many different styles of cooking,” said Smith, 68, a retired teacher and AARP community advocate who lives in Battlefield. Jicama, a root …

— Caregivers Together, a local support group in Carthage, meets monthly to offer family caregivers in the area an opportunity to share stories with others facing the same challenges. Founded by AARP volunteer Jinny Hopp, the group also shares tips on how to balance your own life and work with the tasks required to meet an aging loved one’s needs. “It’s the small things that can matter the most,” said Hopp. “Talking with others who have solutions based on their own …

— Once she started walking, Loretta Davis didn’t want to stop. Davis has been leading walking tours in St. Louis as an AARP volunteer for three years. She has started a program of longer hikes around the metropolitan area, called the Outdoor Adventure Group. “I had an idea about hiking trails and talked it over with my state director,” she said. “They even allowed me to name the group.” The last hike of the year is Satur­day, Nov. 19, at Lone …

— In keeping with the state’s constitutional guarantee to “free exercise of the right of suffrage,” AARP Missouri is raising concerns about a measure that would place new restrictions on voting. The resolution (HJR 53) calls for a state constitutional amendment that would require every voter to present an approved form of photo identification at the polls. “This resolution would disenfranchise elderly and disabled voters who either do not have a driver’s license or whose identification card may have expired,” said …

— The devastating natural disasters that have made national news this year serve as a reminder to people of all ages that we must take action to prepare for emergencies that could affect us where we live, work or visit. September is National Preparedness Month and AARP is working with FEMA to share resources that can help you build a kit, make a plan and be information about disasters in your area and across the country– before they happen! Join AARP …

— AARP in Kansas City is teaming with BikeWalk KC for the 3rd Annual KC Women’s Bike Summit designed to create a venue for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together. Participants will convene at St. Teresa’s Academy , 5600 Main Street from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will celebrate bicycling, discuss issues that are relevant and important to women bike riders, and provide hands-on opportunities for women to become more confident riders. “We want to encourage more …