By The Hays Daily News

The Western Kansas AARP summit is Thursday at the Fanchon Ballroom in Hays.

The day is scheduled as follows:

Registration and vendor booths open at 8 a.m. Activities get underway at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and introductions by Alberta Klaus, Hays Mayor Barbara Wasinger and Maren Turner, state AARP director.

At 9:45 a.m., Secretary of State Ron Thornburg will speak on the importance of voting.

Attorney General Steven Six will speak at 10:15 a.m. on domestic violence against seniors.

After a short break at 10:45, Joan Wagnon, Kansas secretary of revenue, will talk about tax programs for seniors.

Hays Postmaster Tom Lippert will follow at 11:30 a.m. with a talk on postal fraud.

At noon is the buffet lunch. At 1:30 p.m., Dave Wilson, state AARP president, will talk about health care and financial security.

At 1:45 p.m., LeAnn Zimmerman of High Plains Mental Health Center will talk about Alzheimer's disease. A break will follow at 2:15 p.m.

Dr. Dan Sanchez of Plainville will talk about the value of drinking water at 2:30 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m., Jeff Burnett, assistant professor of health and human performance at Fort Hays State University, will talk about myths about exercise and diet.

Door prizes will be given away at 3:15 p.m., followed by adjournment.

Vendors who will have booths for viewing in the morning include the following:

* AARP Tax Aide

* AARP driver safety training

* AARP state and local chapters

* USD 489 nurse's display on sugars in products

* Ellis County travel/passport/voter registration information

* Ellis County Extension health information

* Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Agency, senior and Medicare information

* Purdy's Homecare

* Apria Healthcare

* Kansas Workforce

* Diabetes support group.