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Reflections from the AARP Booth at the Iowa State Fair

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

There’s lots to love about the Iowa State Fair. From the butter cow to fried-anything-on-a-stick. From free musical acts to critters of all persuasions. From quilts that would make Martha Stewart seethe with envy to baked and canned goods you wish your grandmother would have made, there’s something for everyone. For AARP volunteers, there’s also the time-honored pleasure of mingling with fellow Iowans and hearing stories about issues that are important to them. This year those issues were fraud and …

Take Advantage of AARP Member Local Discounts for Des Moines Performing Arts Events

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Are you a Phantom fan?  Love to attend a performance during the holidays?  AARP Iowa has teamed up with Des Moines Performing Arts to offer discounts on selected shows on tickets ordered through September. AARP members receive ticket discounts starting at 10% or more on E-tickets for three performances of Phantom of the Opera, Celtic Thunder and Mannheim Steamroller when purchased through September 2014.  Discounts are available for the Phantom matinee on Sept. 11, and for the evening performances on …

New Poll of Iowa Voters 50+ Shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Voters Worry Secure Retirement Slipping Away, Want Candidates to Address Economic Security August 11, 2014 — AARP Iowa today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them.  Voters also want to see candidates who focus on improving their financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. 50+ Voters’ Financial Outlook: …

From the Livable Communities Intern: Does your neighborhood pass the Popsicle test?

Posted on 08/8/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Can you walk to purchase a popsicle and cross the street before it melts? This is the question Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute asked the crowd of people gathered at a public presentation last Wednesday. AARP Iowa hosted an Active Living Workshop in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park neighborhood in Des Moines, which was in need of some TLC. More than one hundred residents and community leaders gathered to learn about walkability and how to …

AARP Statements on 2014 Medicare and Social Security Trustees Reports

Posted on 07/28/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

AARP Statement on 2014 Medicare Trustees Report Urges Responsible Solutions WASHINGTON, DC – AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond offered the following statement in reaction to the Medicare Trustees report released today: “The Medicare Trustees report today reminds us of the financial challenges facing Medicare, along with the overall high cost of health care. With 64 million Americans expected to be enrolled in Medicare by 2020, we must do more to reduce wasteful spending throughout our health care system. “For …

What makes a city walkable? Free event teaches elements of a livable community.

Posted on 07/17/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

What happens when we design the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35% of Americans are now clinically obese. That’s partly because of diet, but also because cities are now designed for cars. Interested in learning how to build healthier neighborhoods? Join leaders from AARP, Healthy Polk 2020, the City of Des Moines, and the Greater Des Moines Age Friendly Cities Initiative for a presentation by national walkability expert Dan Burden. What: Building a Walkable and Livable …