— 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 …

— Mark your calendar and join us for a free movie night! The recently released movie, Hello, My Name is Doris, is back in Wichita on Thursday, June 23 for one night only. AARP members and their guests are invited to attend a free AARP Movies for Grownups screening of this 2016 film starring Sally Field. Hello, My Name is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story. After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain …

— On June 3, 2016, AARP welcomed new members and officers to its all-volunteer Board of Directors, including the organization’s newest Board Chair, Joan Ruff, of Kansas.  The new Board President is Eric Schneidewind, of Michigan, the Board member who serves as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson. Along with four other officers, they will serve until June of 2018. The all-volunteer, Board of Directors is the governing body of AARP. The Board provides strategic direction, sets policy and provides governance oversight for AARP. …

— Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – to arm people of all ages with the tools they need to spot and avoid scams. By participating in the Fraud Watch Network, Kansans can find out how to protect themselves from fraud and identity theft by learning the common tactics scam artists use to bilk millions of people each year out of billions of dollars. One way consumers can protect themselves is to …

—   AARP Kansas honored its 2015 outstanding community service volunteer during a luncheon banquet on Friday, November 13, in Pittsburg. Each year, AARP, the nonprofit membership organization for people 50 and over, presents its most prestigious award, the Ethel Percy Andrus Award for Community Service, to an individual or individuals who, through volunteer service, significantly enhance the lives of those in their community. This award symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives …

— If you live in or near Wichita, please join AARP for the Grandparents Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. until noon.  The park, located near Estelle and Kellogg in south Wichita, will be full of activity with live music, pumpkin painting, balloon art, face painting, free snacks, drinks and more. The Grandparents Park came about as a partnership between the city of Wichita, the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, the Older Adult Alliance, the Tri-S …

— If you live in or near Hays, you won’t want to miss our annual Western Summit on Thursday, October 1, 2015. You’re invited to come learn more about issues affecting Kansans who are 50 and older and how you can be healthy, safe and well-informed. Session topics include Saloons of the Wild West, Services of the Hays Medical Center Convenient Care Center, Area Medical Specialty Providers, Antique Shopping Fraud, Financial Security, Caregiving and Caregivers, and the Kansas Ombudsman Program. The …

— AARP Kansas volunteers and staff will be visible at a new event—for us – in Wichita this summer. We’re excited to be part of the 6th Annual Black Top Nationals Show on August 21__23 at Century II in downtown Wichita. This classic car and motorcycle event is touted as the second largest event in Wichita and is expected to draw more than 160,000 people from all over the country. AARP will have a booth inside Century II where we will …

— By Steve Robins, Kansas State Coordinator, Tax-Aide April 15 marked the end of the 2014 tax season. It was an especially challenging year as our volunteers dealt with questions about whether taxpayers had health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. But that didn’t stop the 387 Kansas AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers from preparing taxes at 77 sites throughout the state. We completed over 18,100 federal and 18,600 state tax returns at no charge to our clients. That represents over …

—   Wichita named a featured city in the Livability Index report for its Grandparents Park   The AARP Public Policy Institute has launched the AARP Livability Index, a first of its kind resource that allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their current and future needs. People, policy makers and the private sector can use the Livability Index to measure how their location – down to the neighborhood level – rates across a comprehensive range of metrics that reflect user …