AARP Leaders, Advocates Lobby to Protect Medicare, Support Iowa Family Caregivers

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AARP Iowa leaders announced the association’s 2017 top state legislative priority and Presidents Day Congressional Recess activities to a gathering of more than 90 AARP volunteers from across Iowa at the State Capitol on Tuesday. “AARP has a long history of fighting for both affordable health care and family caregivers,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “Today, as members of Congress are home in Iowa for President’s Day recess activities, we are launching our Protect Medicare campaign to preserve …

Medicare, Caregivers Focus of AARP Iowa News Conference Feb. 21

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Media Advisory for 8:30 am, Tuesday, Feb. 21  What: AARP Iowa kicks off its 2017 Lobby Day and Presidents Day Congressional Recess activities with a gathering of more than 80 AARP volunteers from across Iowa at the State Capitol. Their focus for the day is the need for greater support of Iowa families by passing the CARE Act. During this week’s Congressional President’s Day recess, these advocates are also working to reach out to our Iowa Congressional delegation, asking them …

Have a Big Idea to Disrupt Aging? Enter the 2017 Celebrate Innovation! Week8 Concept Challenge

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Innovation Concept Challenge Looking for Ideas to Disrupt Aging  AARP Iowa, Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Edgewater, a WesleyLife senior living community and Aging Resources of Central Iowa have announced a 2017 Innovation Concept Challenge in connection with Celebrate Innovation! Week 8 (CiWeek8). The Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge hopes to inspire contestants to think of ways to improve the quality of life for those aged 50 and over. Disrupt Aging is an initiative aimed at challenging perceptions of …

Join AARP Iowa and Iowa Public Television for Movies for Grownups

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AARP members, Friends of IPTV members and the community are invited to two free screenings of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise in honor of Black History Month! This is the first feature documentary about the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” she gave people the freedom to think about their history in …

AARP Iowa Gets Wild

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If you’re a hockey or Celtic music fan, make plans to join AARP Iowa for a Night With the Wild! Join us on Saturday, March 18th at 7pm for the Wild vs. the Milwaukee Admirals at Wells Fargo Events Center.  And, the fun won’t stop after the final buzzer. Post game, enjoy Irish and Scottish favorites by Gaelic Storm. AARP members, family and friends are invited to take advantage of $19 per person tickets, only by advance reservation. Register here for this exciting …

Free Tax Help for Iowans Feb. 1-April 18

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It’s tax time again and beginning February 1 through April 18, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation for Iowans through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, offering free tax preparation help to anyone, especially those who are 50 and older, who cannot afford a tax preparation service Tax-Aide, which is offered free of charge, is available to AARP members and non-members and includes …

Medicare is a Promise We Need to Keep – for Iowans, for All

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At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress …

Support for Family Caregivers Tops 2017 State Legislative Priorities

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AARP Iowa’s top priority for the Iowa State General Assembly is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act, a commonsense policy that increases information, education and support for Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers. The legislation recognizes the important role of Iowa’s family caregivers and the estimated 65% of Iowa caregivers’ work that involves medical care. As Iowa family caregivers take on the huge responsibility of caring for their own loved ones, Iowa should take some common …

“Missing Middle Housing,” Partner Updates Highlight 4th Annual Age-Friendly Greater DSM Meeting

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More than 140 community leaders, residents and volunteers gathered for the Fourth Annual Report to the Community of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Community ‘Great Places for All Ages’ initiative and Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series presentation at Des Moines University Olsen Medical Education Center on Friday, Dec. 16th. Keynote speaker, Berkeley, California-based architect Daniel Parolek, explored the concepts of “Missing Middle Housing” and how this type of single-family scale, multi-unit or clustered housing supports livability. Parolek shared examples of cities …

New AARP Book Recognizes Des Moines and Mayor Frank Cownie

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The City of  Des Moines’ efforts to encourage energy efficiency, sustainability and age-friendly practices  have earned the city and Mayor Frank Cownie inclusion in the new book, “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages, 100+ Inspiring Ideas from America’s Mayors,” by Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President for Community, State and National Affairs. “Mayor Cownie and the City of Des Moines deserve tremendous credit for their vision and leadership in focusing on sustainability, conservation and livability,” said AARP Iowa State …