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Welcome to AARP Iowa’s version of “Throwback Thursday”

Posted on 01/29/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

In case you’re not familiar with the term, it’s commonly used in social media to describe some sort of post about one’s past. It usually involves sharing of a cherished photo or story about a meaningful event from someone’s personal history. For several years I worked as a personal historian, helping people preserve for future generations those important moments from their lives. During this time, I wrote hundreds of articles on the subject of personal history. Starting today, I’ll be …

“I’ll Be Me” Movie Screening, Director’s Talk and Concert Set for Feb. 27 in West Des Moines

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

AARP Iowa is proud to work with LeadingAge Iowa for the Des Moines-area screening of the Glen Campbell documentary, I’ll Be Me, on February 27 at Hope Lutheran Church. This special evening includes a conversation with the Campbell family, moderated by the film’s director, James Keach, and a brief Campbell Family concert. James Keach is a long-time actor, director, writer and producer (Walk the Line, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie.) He directed and produced I’ll Be Me, and joins …

Need Help Filing Your 2015 Taxes? Iowa AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers Are Ready

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

  Although she retired from a full-time accounting job in 2013, Iowa Tax-Aide volunteer Kay Vignovich says she has never been busier, and she wouldn’t have it any other way, especially during tax season. “I’m one of those people who like to help others and make a difference and if that means my calendar is full day to night, that’s ok by me,” said Vignovich, 66 of Des Moines, District Coordinator for Polk County for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program …

Support for Family Caregivers Tops AARP 2015 State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Increasing supports for the more than 540,000 Iowa family caregivers so they can more confidently care for their loved ones in their homes and communities tops the list of  priorities AARP Iowa will be working on during the 2015 legislative session. AARP is focusing on passage of model legislation, The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to better support family caregivers as they safely help Iowa seniors stay at home. “As well as helping family caregivers to manage the medical …

AARP Celebrates Iowa Family Caregivers, Community Partners

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

During this season of sharing and giving thanks, AARP recognizes the silent army of Iowa family caregivers and partner organizations that provide the assistance they need to manage their caregiving responsibilities. “Especially in this busy time, we want caregivers to know they are appreciated and that there are great local community resources available across Iowa to help support them now and throughout the year,” said Kent Sovern AARP Iowa State Director. As part of the launch of AARP’s new “I …

2014 Report to the Community Meeting Highlights Transportation, Walkability, Collaboration

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

As part of its mission to inform the community on progress toward Greater Des Moines being recognized as an “Age Friendly City”,  project leaders hosted the second annual report to the community on Friday, Dec. 12 at in the Olsen Education Center at Des Moines University. Des Moines Age Friendly City initiative co-chairs Dr. Yogesh Shah of Des Moines University, Joel Olah of Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Kent Sovern of AARP Iowa facilitated the session that featured reports from …