On January 30th, 2013 the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library hosted it’s 2nd annual 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 attendees explored booths that focused on numerous topics ranging from nutrition, finance, legal help, volunteering, housing, assistive devices, education opportunities, 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 information they offered to the attendees. Contact information is provided as well so you can get in touch with the organizations and see what services they can provide for you.
AARP Kansas: Discussed the benefits of joining AARP and their services such as the AARP Driver Safety Program. Visit www.aarpdriversafety.org or call (785) 234-1365 for more information.
Aldersgate Village: Attendees learned about the amenities this retirement community had to offer. They also had some information on rehabilitation programs at their new recovery center. Visit www.AldersgateVillage.org or www.aldersgaterehab.org for more information. You can also call (785) 478-9440.
Alzheimer’s Association: This organization provided information about the free workshops they are offering in March on Alzheimer’s disease. They also offered some great information on helping with legal planning for people with dementia, tips for assisting persons with dementia transition from driver to passenger, and what to expect during the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. For more information call (785) 271-1844 or 1-800-272-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross: Had some great information on disaster preparedness as well as volunteer opportunities for older adults. For more information visit www.thinkred.org. Call (785) 230-2333 if you have questions about volunteering with the American Red Cross.
Angels at Home Care: This business provided fliers highlighting the services they offer to customers such as transportation, assist with laundry & ironing, care for pets, kousekeeping, and assist with shopping & errands. Call (785) 271-4376 or visit www.angelsathomecareks.com for more information.
Audio-Reader: Offered information on volunteer opportunities as well as their free radio reading service for the blind and print-disabled living in Kansas. A variety of newspapers, magazines, and books are available to suscribers of this service. Applications can be found at www.reader.ku.edu. For volunteer opportunities call (785) 864-4604.
Blassingame Home Care LLC: This local business offers home and office cleaning, transportation, companion care, shopping, errands, bill paying, laundry and more. Visit www.blassingamehomecare.com or call (785) 286-CARE for more information.
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas: Offered information on their Friendly Visitors program. Visit www.catholiccharitiesks.org/page.aspx?pid=601 or call (785) 233-0140 for more information.
Carol Ronnebaum, Realtor: Carol is a local realtor with Coldwell Banker that specializes in simplifying moving for seniors. She is an SRES designee which means that she has had extensive training in topics like tax laws, probate, estate planning, and equity conversion strategies. 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 and in their homes for as long as possible. For more information call (785) 267-8200 or visit www.comfortkeepers.com.
CoreFirst Bank & Trust: Roger Aeschliman Nancy Goodall offered information on a variety of financial topics geared towards seniors such as trust & estate planning. For more information visit www.cbtks.com or give them a call at (785) 267-8402. You can also email them at email@example.com.
Harden Hospice: Offered information on their end of life care services. Call (785) 273-4357 or visit www.hardenhealthcare.com for more information.
Harvesters: Offered information on healthier eating tips for older adults as well as their adult cooking classes. For more information call (785) 861-7734 or email Nutrition@harvesters.org.
A Helping Hand Home Care: Had information on their home care services as well as their LifeStation Emergency Response System. Visit www.ahelpinghandhc.com or call (785) 856-0192 for more information.
Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging: Provided 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.
Kansas Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing: This organization provides a variety of services and resources on assistive technology, hearing aids, supports groups, and much more. Call (785) 368-8034 or visit www.srs.ks.gov/agency/rs/Pages/KCDHH/KCDHH.aspx for more information.
Kansas Department for Aging & Disability Services: Offered information on Senior Medicare Patrol services, SHICK Volunteer Opportunities, and understanding your Medicare prescription drug coverage. Visit www.kdads.ks.gov or call 1-800-432-3535 for more information.
Kansas Relay Center: Provided information on captioned telephone services to persons having difficulty hearing on the phone. Call (785) 228-5666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kansasrelay.com for more information.
Kansas Telecommunications Access Program (TAP): Offered information on what captioned telephone equipment is available through Kansas Relay as well as what other specialized telephones they offer to Kansas residents. Some telephones are free to those who qualify. Call (785) 234-0200 or visit www.kansastap.org for more information.
Meals on Wheels: Had information on the Meals on Wheels nutritional program. To see if you’re eligible to receive a meal, call (785) 295-3980 or email email@example.com.
Midland Care: Was available to discuss their innovative healthcare solutions. Services they offer are Hospice, PACE, Adult Day Health, Palliative Care, Home Health, Home Support, Grief and Loss Services. Check out their website for more information. www.midlandcareconnection.org
Shawnee County Health Agency: Provided lots of eligibility and service information on their Home Care Assistance program. Call (785) 291-2490 or visit www.snco.us/ha for more information on Home Care Assistance. They also provided information on stroke support groups (785-291-2488) and foot clinics (call 785-291-2490).
Shepherd’s Center of Topeka: Had information on their Adventures in Learning program. Each quarterly session consists of four Fridays. Participants to take two classes each Friday and can choose to particiapte in early exercise, a brunch, and wait to hear the concluding entertainment. For more information call (785) 267-0248 or visit www.shepherscentertopeka.org.
Stormont-Vail HealthCare: Offered lots of information on their SeniorCare program, Lifeline service, and HealthWise 55 program. Visit www.stormontvail.org for more information on these services or call the following:
- HealthWise 55 (785) 354-6787
- Lifeline (785) 354-6333
- SeniorCare (785) 354-5242
Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library: Had information about the resources located in the Health Neighborhood as well as the blood pressure machine and scale located there as well. They also featured information Red Carpet Services and offered eBook demonstrations for attendees. To find out more visit:
United Way of Greater Topeka: Provided information on their Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). It’s the largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. Visit www.unitedwaytopeka.org/volunteer/rsvp or call (785) 228-5124 for more information.