AARP State President Visits 15 Iowa Cities on 2014 Voter Engagement Tour

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy As part of AARP’s 2014 voter engagement campaign in Iowa, State President Tony Vola is leading a 15-city “Pizza & Possibilities” informational tour.  Vola is traveling the state to talk with members and the public about how AARP is working in Iowa to improve financial security, warn against fraud and scams, and encourage voter engagement on important issues. All the Pizza & Possibilites events are at a Pizza Ranch restaurant unless otherwise noted.  The full schedule of events is: 10/16 …

Reflections from the AARP Booth at the Iowa State Fair

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

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

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

Advocacy 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

Advocacy 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

Advocacy 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 …

Tony Vola: Iowa’s older workers deserve respect and protection

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy In his June 16 guest opinion for the Press-Citizen, heaping praise on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gross decision on age discrimination and his role in it, Frank Harty misrepresents the law and fails to show an understanding of the harsh impact of this ruling on people’s lives. The Gross decision represented a drastic and damaging change in employment discrimination law. For decades before Gross, a worker had to show that age was one motivating factor in an adverse employment decision. …