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Essex’s Jeannine Liljedahl Wins 2014 Service Award

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

DES MOINES – Jeannine Liljedahl, of Essex has been named the 2014 winner of the AARP Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible award for volunteer service. In announcing the award, AARP Iowa’s 2013 Andrus Award winners, Jan and Phyllis Wilson of Fort Dodge, said, “we pleased to be here to help award this great honor to Jeannine in recognition of her many volunteer contributions, especially for her work to establish and sustain a volunteer-led, …

New Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Tools and Information Announced

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

New Outreach, Education, and Tools Designed to Encourage Better Understanding and Access to Financial POA Information and UPOAA Protections To help Iowans better understand the significance of one of Iowa’s newest laws, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA), AARP Iowa today announced it is embarking on an outreach and education campaign with the National Health Law and Policy [NHLP] Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. During the 2014 General Assembly, AARP worked with the Iowa …

Caregiving Connections: Linking Iowa Family Caregivers with People, Information and Resources

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Iowa is home to more than 500,000 caregivers who assist their ill and aging loved ones with daily tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing. By performing these necessary tasks, caregivers help ensure that their loved ones stay at home—where they belong—while saving Iowa’s Medicaid system an estimated $4.1 million in long-term care charges annually. In celebration of National Family Caregiving Month, AARP Iowa is hosting a series of Caregiving Connections events for members and all Iowa family caregivers.  Programs …

From the Livable Communities Intern: The Babies, the Buggy, and the Bag. Hazards of Walking to the Grocery Store.

Posted on 11/4/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Last weekend, I asked my friend Liz if she and her two boys would take the “Can you walk to get your groceries?” challenge with me. I had gotten the idea from a CityLab blog, and decided it would be a fun thing to do with my friend. We thought we’d be evaluating the built environment near her home, but we ended up testing much more than the sidewalks and curb cuts that day. Liz lives in West Des Moines with …

From the Livable Communities Intern: My Grandma’s 90th Birthday, 24-Hour TV, and How We Live

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

My grandma turned 90 on Sunday, and that morning we headed south to the First Christian Church of Fort Madison, Iowa, where she attended services weekly for decades. During that four-hour drive, we never turned on the radio. It was one of those limited opportunities when I had my grandma to myself, and I was able to be fully present. Her perceptions of how technology has changed in her lifetime got me thinking of the ways in which livable communities can preserve …

AARP State President Visits 15 Iowa Cities on 2014 Voter Engagement Tour

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

As part of AARP’s 2014 voter engagement campaign in Iowa, State President Tony Vola is leading a 15-city “Pizza & Possibilities” informational tour.  Vola is traveling the state to talk with members and the public about how AARP is working in Iowa to improve financial security, warn against fraud and scams, and encourage voter engagement on important issues. All the Pizza & Possibilites events are at a Pizza Ranch restaurant unless otherwise noted.  The full schedule of events is: 10/16 …