From the Livable Communities Intern: Listening to the Voice of Des Moines

Posted on 07/5/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events Downpours, flooding, and the constant threat of a storm wasn’t enough to keep art lovers away from this year’s Des Moines Arts Festival. I attended the fest early this year, donning my AARP shirt on Friday morning to man the booth at opening. Alongside an AARP volunteer named Jan, I helped distributed Fraud Watch information and lead a Milagros craft activity that allowed children to carve designs into colorful squares of aluminum tooling. This event was also the debut of AARP’s “Listening Post”, a …

New “Better Choices, Better Health” Classes Offered in Central Iowa

Posted on 07/3/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events Looking for help to better manage a chronic condition or for additional support to help you better assist someone who is dealing with chronic health issues? Mercy Medical Center is offering a series of free, six-week “Better Choices, Better Health” workshops starting the week of July 7th in Ankeny, Adel and Des Moines. Participants learn techniques to better manage conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, arthritis, cancer, COPD and many more.  The program uses a proven curriculum developed by …

Sign Up for Fraud Alerts at State Fair

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events AARP invites visitors to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17, to stop by its booth to sign up for alerts from the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The fair attracts about 1 million visitors each year. People of any age can request watchdog alerts to learn about scams active in their community. Tips from law enforcement officials and former con artists also are available at  

From the Livable Communities Intern: A New Way to Run

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events This summer, I can add “running coach” to my resume. I love to run, and since attending graduate school, running has served a new purpose for me. It is my meditation, my break from studying, and the fastest way to get a good workout into my busy schedule. Training for races has been a large stabilizing function of my life and helped lay out attainable goals to work toward. Plus, it’s fun to do in groups! I knew two things …

Take Advantage of AARP Member Local Discounts for Select Iowa Theater Productions

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events Are you a Les Miserables fan?  Love to see latest shows from Broadway?  AARP Iowa has teamed up with theaters in Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Des Moines to offer ticket discounts for Iowa theater fans. Catch Les Miserables in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo Eastern Iowans can enjoy Theater Cedar Rapids and the Waterloo Community Playhouse  productions of Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Miserables, an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. The score of Les Miserables …

AARP Day at the Ballpark Events Planned for Sundays in July in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events AARP members are invited to bring the family and join AARP staff, volunteers and members for “AARP Day at the Ballpark” on Sunday afternoons at three great Iowa stadiums this July. Member baseball fans will be able to take advantage of ticket deals at in Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, meet AARP Iowa state team members at an AARP table on the concourse at each stadium, learn more about what AARP is doing in their community, and pick up …