On January 18th, 2012 the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library hosted a Senior Information Fair. Our goal was to inform older adults and their family members in our community about the variety of local services and businesses that cater to the needs of aging populations. The 250 attendees explored booths that focused on numerous topics ranging from health, nutrition, veterans’ benefits, legal, finance, volunteering, realty, tax assistance, athletics, and in-home care to maintain one’s independence.
If you missed the fair, you can still check out the list of exhibitors below and see what products, services, and information they offered to the attendees.
AARP: Offered information on Free Income Tax Assistance www.shawnee.ksu.edu – link to brochure is listed at the bottom right-hand corner) and the AARP Driver Safety Program. The program offers an 8-hour classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older for a minimal fee. Call 1-888-227-7669 for a class near you or visit www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchDspLocations.action
Alzheimer’s Association Heart of American Chapter: Offered information for people living with Alzheimer’s as well as information for families and caregivers. See www.alz.org/kansascity/ for more information.
Audio-Reader Network: Audio-Reader Network services include the Radio Reading Service – a 24 hour closed circuit radio station, providing readings of daily newspapers, magazines and books. Local newspapers include publications from eastern, central and western Kansas as well was western Missouri. Program guides are available in Braille, large print or email. For an application visit reader.ku.edu.
Blassingame Home Care LLC: This local business offers home and office cleaning, transportation, companion care, shopping, errands, bill paying, laundry and more. For more information visit www.blassingamehomecare.com or call (785) 608-3399.
Carol Ronnebaum, realtor: Carol is a local realtor with Coldwell Banker that specializes in simplifying moving for seniors. For more information, visit www.cronnebaum.cbkansas.com/ or call (785) 640-2685.
Comfort Keepers: Offered information on the various services they provide to help people stay independent for as long as possible. “We help seniors live happy, healthy lives in the comfort of their own homes by providing quality, compassionate care and safety technology solutions to preserve independence and contribute to a better life.” For more information visit www.comfortkeepers.com.
CoreFirst Bank & Trust: Roger Aeschliman offered information on a variety of financial topics geared towards seniors such as trust & estate planning. For more information, give Roger a call at (785) 267-8402.
Foster Grandparents: As a Foster Grandparent, you’re a role model, a mentor, and a friend. Serving at one of thousands of local organizations – including faith based groups, Head Start Centers, schools and other youth facilities – you help children learn to read, provide one-on-one tutoring, and guide children at a critical time in their lives. Put simply, you give the kind of comfort and love that sets a child on the path toward a successful future. Locations in Topeka include Kansas Neurological Institute, Hudson Head Start, Hope Street Academy, Quincy Elementary School, Williams Magnet School, Let’s Help and Re-Connect. For more information call (785) 296-5474.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging: Had information on a variety of key services like caregiver support services; information and outreach on aging services for Douglas, Jefferson and Shawnee counties; case management services (based on income) to help discuss options and find individual solutions; client assessment, referral and evaluation (CARE) for housing options; and senior health insurance counseling for Kansas (SHICK) which offers free appointments related to Medicare and health insurance. Visit www.jhawkaaa.org or call (785)235-1367 for more information.
Jayhawk Pharmacy & Patient Supply: Offered information on their Aging at Home services. Check out www.jayhawkpharmacy.com/Aging-at-Home.aspx for more information.
Kansas Attorney General: The Kansas Attorney General’s Office was available to provide some information on Medicaid Abuse and Fraud (ag.ks.gov/taxpayer-protection/medicaid-fraud) as well as some information on protecting yourself from a variety of scams (ag.ks.gov/consumer-protection/consumer-tips).
Magic Meals: Magic Meals specializes in healthy, homemade meals, delivered straight to your door. Cooking for all individuals and families in the Greater Topeka and Lawrence area, we can help provide tasty, nutritious meals for busy schedules, weight loss goals, medical restrictions, and seniors. Weekly menus are available on the website, www.mealslikemagic.com or call for more information at 554-4524.
Midland Care: “Meeting individual needs through innovative healthcare solutions using a continuum of care. Hospice, PACE, Adult Day Health, Palliative Care, Home Health, Home Support, Grief and Loss Services.” Check out www.midlandcare.org for more information.
Seniors Helping Seniors: “There are times that you might wish you had a little help around the house. Shopping, cooking, chores, laundry, gardening, and even small repairs. That’s exactly why people call us into their homes. But we’re more than just a standard support for home services. We’re really more like a friend giving you an extra hand.” Visit www.seniorshelpingseniors.com/TopekaLawrence for more information.
Shawnee County Parks and Recreation: Emphasized their annual Senior Olympics competition. For more information contact Becky Sewell, Senior Adult Specialist Director, Kansas Senior Olympics, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation (785) 368-2451 Becky.Sewell@snco.us
Stormont Vail: HealthWise 55 is a special organization sponsored by Stormont-Vail HealthCare for those 55 years of age and older who want to stay current on health information and health resources. Membership is free and includes a quarterly newsletter, Healthy Times, educational programs, blood pressure checks, insurance consultations, a medication clinic, a nutrition clinic and exercise programs. For more information visit www.stormontvail.org/services/hw55.html
Tallgrass Balance, Hearing and Physical Therapy Center: The center is a unqiue clinic combining health care fields of audiology and physical therapy in one center that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of balance and dizziness disorders. The clinic also provides comprehensive physical therapy and hearing/hearing aid services. For more information, visit tallgrasstopeka.com/balance/index.asp
United Way of Greater Topeka: Provided information on their RSVP program. “The Retired Senior Volunteer Program engages citizens 55 years and better to serve in their communities. RSVP serves as a one-stop clearinghouse to connect volunteers with meaningful volunteer work. RSVP members involve themselves at no cost with one of several RSVP-sponsored community impact volunteer stations based on their schedules and interests.” Visit www.unitedwaytopeka.org/volunteer/rsvp for more information.
Veterans Home Care, LLC: “If you or a loved one are in need of home care, there are financial benefits available for Veterans or their surviving spouses for non-service connected disabilities. Contact us to learn more at www.veteranshomecare.com.”
Visiting Nurses: “Your local, not-for-profit agency to provide home health care and rehabilitation therapy services wherever you call home.” This organization offered information on their home health and rehabilitation services. For more information, visit www.kansasvna.org.
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