AARP Celebrates Iowa Family Caregivers, Community Partners

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events During this season of sharing and giving thanks, AARP recognizes the silent army of Iowa family caregivers and partner organizations that provide the assistance they need to manage their caregiving responsibilities. “Especially in this busy time, we want caregivers to know they are appreciated and that there are great local community resources available across Iowa to help support them now and throughout the year,” said Kent Sovern AARP Iowa State Director. As part of the launch of AARP’s new “I …

2014 Report to the Community Meeting Highlights Transportation, Walkability, Collaboration

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events As part of its mission to inform the community on progress toward Greater Des Moines being recognized as an “Age Friendly City”,  project leaders hosted the second annual report to the community on Friday, Dec. 12 at in the Olsen Education Center at Des Moines University. Des Moines Age Friendly City initiative co-chairs Dr. Yogesh Shah of Des Moines University, Joel Olah of Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Kent Sovern of AARP Iowa facilitated the session that featured reports from …

Public Invited to Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Annual Meeting Dec. 12

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events Des Moines area residents are invited to attend the Second Report to the Community of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Community ‘Great Places for All Ages’ initiative on Friday, Dec. 12, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Des Moines University Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Ave. Des Moines Age Friendly Community leaders Dr. Yogesh Shah of Des Moines University, Joel Olah of Aging Resources of Central Iowa and Kent Sovern of AARP Iowa will lead an overview of the …

Essex’s Jeannine Liljedahl Wins 2014 Service Award

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

Events 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, …

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

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

Events 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 …

Sign Up for Health Plan, Drug Coverage

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

Events 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 …