elderly http://kcur.org en AARP Ranks Kansas 17th In Long-term Care For Disabled And Elderly http://kcur.org/post/aarp-ranks-kansas-17th-long-term-care-disabled-and-elderly <p></p><p>Kansas’ efforts to address the ever-burgeoning needs of its aged and disabled populations rank 17th best in the nation, according to a<a href="http://www.longtermscorecard.org"> </a><a>scorecard </a>released Thursday by AARP.</p><p>“Seventeenth — that places us in the second quartile of states, or somewhere toward the middle of the road,” says Maren Turner, director of AARP Kansas. “Kansas can do better than that. I mean, who wants to receive middle-of the-road services? Most people don’t.”</p><p></p><p>Kansas ranked 18th in a similar report last year. It came in ninth in 2011.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:23:52 +0000 Dave Ranney 57581 at http://kcur.org Difficult Choices: Considering Long-term Care http://kcur.org/post/difficult-choices-considering-long-term-care <p></p><p>As the parents of baby boomers move into their twilight years, an elephant enters the room: when should we start to talk about long-term care?&nbsp;</p><p>With 12 million Americans already in need of attention and a further 15 million just around the corner, that question of how to best look after ourselves and loved ones is becoming more important by the day.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 15:56:32 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 52064 at http://kcur.org Difficult Choices: Considering Long-term Care Kansas City Prepares For The Baby Boomers http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-prepares-baby-boomers <p></p><p>We all know that the baby boomer generation is getting older. As the baby boomers enter into their &nbsp;sixties and seventies, our population will experience a significant age shift. In fact, the number of residents over age 65 will double over the next 20 years, and community members over the age of 80 will be increasing at an even faster rate. But what happens when Grandma and Grandpa can no longer drive, or even live on their own?</p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:52:11 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 43872 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Prepares For The Baby Boomers Group Seeks To Increase Kan. Nursing Home Requirements http://kcur.org/post/group-seeks-increase-kan-nursing-home-requirements <p>A nursing home watchdog group says Kansas nursing home residents would benefit from increased requirements for direct care from nurses and nurse-aides in nursing homes. Current regulations require adequate staffing to provide each resident a minimum of two hours of direct care daily.</p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:56:19 +0000 Bryan Thompson 43447 at http://kcur.org The Difficult Business Of Handing Down The Family Farm http://kcur.org/post/difficult-business-handing-down-family-farm <p>Driving out of the western Iowa town of Panora, the winding roads offer broad vistas of rolling hills. Many of the mailboxes along Redwood Road show the name Arganbright. Jim Arganbright grew up in this area, one of 10 children. He and his wife, Beverly, have eight kids.</p><p>Though Jim Arganbright farmed here his whole life, three years ago at the age of 80 he started renting his cropland to his son Tom, the only one of his children who farms full-time. Now, all Jim Arganbright has to worry about is the livestock — and he doesn’t have too much of that.</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 10:59:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 39797 at http://kcur.org The Difficult Business Of Handing Down The Family Farm Aging Farmers Reluctant To Retire, Pass On Land http://kcur.org/post/aging-farmers-reluctant-retire-pass-land <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 15px;">Working beyond retirement is a fairly common refrain these days. In 2012, 5 percent of the U.S. workforce was beyond retirement age. But farmers seem to work longer than most. In the last Agriculture Census 25 percent of all farm operators were over 65 years old.</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:03:39 +0000 Grant Gerlock 39754 at http://kcur.org Aging Farmers Reluctant To Retire, Pass On Land Medicare Summary Notices Redesigned To Fight Fraud http://kcur.org/post/medicare-summary-notices-redesigned-fight-fraud <p>The Medicare Summary Notice senior citizens receive every month has been redesigned. The changes are meant to make it easier to spot fraudulent claims.</p><p>As part of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, the federal government has devoted new resources to rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare program. The notice beneficiaries receive each month to explain their claims is being upgraded to make it easier to spot claims for services they never received.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:21:25 +0000 Bryan Thompson 38365 at http://kcur.org Parenting Our Parents http://kcur.org/post/parenting-our-parents <p>For most of a child's life, from infancy and into adulthood, parents take care of, support and help their children make decisions. It's an odd experience though when the parents gets elderly and the child has to step in as caregiver. On this Central Standard, we look at how the family dynamic changes when parents can't take care of themselves and how to approach the situation from an emotional and logistical point of view.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:17:38 +0000 Suzanne Hogan, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 32997 at http://kcur.org Parenting Our Parents After Arizona Or Florida: Aging 'In Place' http://kcur.org/post/after-arizona-or-florida-aging-place <p>With the first of the Baby Boom generation reaching the milestone of mid-life, the number of Americans in or nearing retirement age is both unprecedented and expanding. Tue, 15 May 2012 02:38:53 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 17660 at http://kcur.org After Arizona Or Florida: Aging 'In Place'