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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 Sponsors Final US Senate Debate, Launches Pizza & Possibilities Voter Engagement Tour

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

As part of our 2014 voter engagement campaign, AARP Iowa is pleased to announce sponsorship of the third and final televised Iowa U.S. Senate debate on Thursday, Oct. 16, the same day the organization begins its 15-city “Pizza and Possibilities” informational tour. The debate between candidates Congressman Bruce Braley and Senator Joni Ernst is being organized by Sioux City television station KCAU-ABC9 in cooperation with Morningside College and television stations WOI-ABC5 in Des Moines and WHBF-CBS4 in the Quad Cities. …

Were you a free-range kid?

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

Before you read this, take a second and think of the very first time you can remember playing outside with friends. What were you doing? Were you with children of the same gender and age? Were you in the presence of an adult? Were you wearing a uniform of any kind? If you answered “no” to these questions, you were a “free-range kid” according to Mark Fenton. Fenton claims that children don’t play outside like they used to, he explained …

Dreaming of More? Ready to Explore Your What’s Next?

Posted on 09/30/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Join AARP for a Life Reimagined Check Up in Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls or Des Moines and put the power of change in your hands, learning how to take control of your transitions and decisions. Today’s 50-plus Americans are living longer, healthier lives while navigating economic, health, social and technological realities unlike any generation before them. AARP’s Life Reimagined program is designed for adapting to these new aging challenges. It equips people to lead the type of life they imagine …

Fraud Watch Network Featured at Cyber Security Forum

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

AARP Iowa was a partner in a successful event Sept. 4th in Ames featuring the Fraud Watch Network with the National Cyber Security Alliance. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life drew more than 130 people from ISU students to business owners to AARP members as part of a 10-city tour on activating security features available on many of the web’s most popular sites. Senator Chuck Grassley, Attorney General Tom Miller and ISU President Stephen Leath opened …

Do You Have a Household Emergency Action Plan?

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for action to increase …