— AARP Missouri is hosting computer classes in the Kansas City* and St. Louis areas throughout 2018. The topics include online safety, Microsoft operating systems, how to use a smartphone or tablet, and social media. Technology is continually changing, and these classes can help Missourians learn how to use online tools to interact with family and friends, find a job and conduct personal business. The classes are free to AARP members and their guests, but registration is required. For more information …

— AARP Missouri presented the City of Gladstone with a check for $20,000 at the October 23, 2017 Gladstone City Council Meeting. This money will be allocated to the Hobby Hill Renovation project to assist in purchasing multi-generational play and fitness equipment. This partnership between Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts aligns with AARP’s mission to help its members be healthier and more active. In making the presentation, AARP Missouri State Director Craig Eichelman said, “Cities that offer accessible amenities and …

— By Tim Poor The General Assembly’s budget cuts this year directly affected thousands of older adults on low incomes, but Jinny Hopp is hoping the 2018 session will reverse the impact. Reductions in spending for home- and community-based care eliminated services to about 8,300 older and disabled Missourians. The expiration of a program to help pay for medications will affect more than 60,000. Hopp, an AARP volunteer in Carthage who leads a caregiver support group, said the cuts will make …

— AARP Missouri is meeting with legislators, hospital administrators and health care professionals this month to garner support for a measure that could help family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow every hospital patient in the state to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would make reasonable attempts to inform the caregiver before the patient is discharged and to show the caregiver how to perform medical tasks …

— Alyse J. Stoll of Raytown received AARP’s most prestigious volunteer recognition, the Andrus Award for Community Service on Wednesday, October 17. Many people like to volunteer, but few volunteer like Alyse Stoll.   Alyce Stoll received AARP Missouri’s Andrus Award for Community Service in honor of her extensive and impactful volunteerism.  The Andrus Award for Community Service honors volunteers who embody the spirit of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, and believe in the power of the individual to spark change and …

— By John Reinhart As longtime family caregivers, Virginia Hopp and Rebecca McClanahan understand the importance of providing support to the thousands of Missourians caring for aging family members. Hopp, 72, of Carthage, and McClanahan, 65, of Kirksville, are both ardent advocates for passage of the CARE Act, which has died without a hearing in the Missouri General Assembly each of the past two years. Key provisions of the CARE Act (formally known as the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act) would …

— Looking for ways to help you or a relative age safely at home? AARP in St. Louis will offer ideas and innovations at the 37th annual Builders Home & Remodeling Show, Sept. 22-24 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Featuring more than 300 vendor booths, it’s the area’s largest fall home event. AARP in St. Louis, a sponsor of the show, will host a booth throughout the event that will focus on introducing HomeFit resources to attendees. AARP research consistently …

— 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 …

— Want to know more about AARP’s involvement in your area? We hear you! And local websites are here to help. AARP’s national and state websites offer so much to our members, from helpful information on how to protect yourself from fraud, to ways you can plan and prepare for retirement. But the benefits don’t stop there, visit AARP’s local websites for a more focused look at you and your community, and what AARP is doing to improve it. Stay up …

— By John Reinhart When helping older Missourians understand how to avoid fraud, the first piece of advice Sidney McCarther gives is simple: If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. McCarther, 75, of Kansas City, is the state president of AARP Missouri. In this volunteer role, he makes frequent appearances throughout the state on behalf of AARP’s speakers bureau to talk about the prevalence of scams and how to avoid them. “There are so many scammers out there,” …