Essex’s Jeannine Liljedahl Wins 2014 Service Award

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events | Iowa | Volunteering DES MOINES – Jeannine Liljedahl, of Essex has been named the 2014 winner of the AARP Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible award for volunteer service. In announcing the award, AARP Iowa’s 2013 Andrus Award winners, Jan and Phyllis Wilson of Fort Dodge, said, “we pleased to be here to help award this great honor to Jeannine in recognition of her many volunteer contributions, especially for her work to establish and sustain a volunteer-led, …

New Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Tools and Information Announced

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy | Iowa | Money & Work New Outreach, Education, and Tools Designed to Encourage Better Understanding and Access to Financial POA Information and UPOAA Protections To help Iowans better understand the significance of one of Iowa’s newest laws, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA), AARP Iowa today announced it is embarking on an outreach and education campaign with the National Health Law and Policy [NHLP] Resource Center at the University of Iowa College of Law. During the 2014 General Assembly, AARP worked with the Iowa …

Caregiving Connections: Linking Iowa Family Caregivers with People, Information and Resources

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Iowa Iowa is home to more than 500,000 caregivers who assist their ill and aging loved ones with daily tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing. By performing these necessary tasks, caregivers help ensure that their loved ones stay at home—where they belong—while saving Iowa’s Medicaid system an estimated $4.1 million in long-term care charges annually. In celebration of National Family Caregiving Month, AARP Iowa is hosting a series of Caregiving Connections events for members and all Iowa family caregivers.  Programs …

From the Livable Communities Intern: The Babies, the Buggy, and the Bag. Hazards of Walking to the Grocery Store.

Posted on 11/4/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Iowa Last weekend, I asked my friend Liz if she and her two boys would take the “Can you walk to get your groceries?” challenge with me. I had gotten the idea from a CityLab blog, and decided it would be a fun thing to do with my friend. We thought we’d be evaluating the built environment near her home, but we ended up testing much more than the sidewalks and curb cuts that day. Liz lives in West Des Moines with …

Looking for 2015 Medicare Enrollment or Healthcare Coverage Tips?

Posted on 11/3/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Iowa Looking for 2015 Medicare Enrollment Tips? Listen in to AARP Iowa’s recent statewide teletown hall with Experts from Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) to get the latest on changes to Medicare Part D enrollment for 2015. The hour-long presentation, which features Iowa SHIIP executive director Kris Gross and Patty Price, reviews important tips all Medicare-eligible beneficiaries should consider as they choose their prescription drug coverage program for 2015. Click here to listen in and view an accompanying PowerPoint …

Sign Up for Health Plan, Drug Coverage

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Iowa AARP is hosting a tele-town hall and several meetings across the state to encourage uninsured Iowans and those needing prescription drug coverage to sign up. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. “Iowans who miss signing up for these programs risk losing access to savings on medications and access to affordable health care …