Do You Have a Household Emergency Action Plan?

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

Home & Family | Iowa 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 …

Take Part in 30 Ways in 30 Days to Fight Iowa Hunger

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Iowa | Volunteering Most Americans view Iowa as the land of plenty: Row after row of corn and soybeans, farmyards full of squealing pigs and contented cows and smiling people quietly sipping lemonade in the shade of their porch on a warm summer evening as a refreshing breeze sweeps across the gently rolling landscape. But Iowans know better. Feeding the world is hard work. For some Iowans, just feeding themselves is a major – maybe impossible – task. One in eight Iowans struggles …

Help Stave Off Hunger

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Iowa Putting the action into Hunger Action Month, AARP is working with Iowa food banks on “30 Ways in 30 Days,” an effort to connect volunteers with projects designed to stave off hunger throughout the state. Volunteers can assemble backpacks for children and older Iowans, sort groceries and donations at food banks, or harvest produce at community gardens. In addition, they can help older Iowans sign up for the state’s Food Assistance Program. More than two-thirds of Iowans age 60-plus who …

Reflections from the AARP Booth at the Iowa State Fair

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

Advocacy | Events | Iowa | Volunteering 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 …

New AARP Iowa partnership with Science Center of Iowa

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

Events | Iowa The Science Center of Iowa has become one of Central Iowa’s most popular attractions. With its many interactive exhibits, domed digital planetarium and six-story-tall Blank IMAX Dome Theater, SCI is the kind of place children and adults visit over and over again. Now, thanks to a new partnership between SCI and AARP Iowa, AARP members and their guests can receive discounted one-year passes that allow unlimited visits. Under the partnership, the SCI Grandparents pass is available for $75 to AARP …

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

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

Iowa 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 …