What makes a city walkable? Free event teaches elements of a livable community.

Posted on 07/17/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing What happens when we design the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35% of Americans are now clinically obese. That’s partly because of diet, but also because cities are now designed for cars. Interested in learning how to build healthier neighborhoods? Join leaders from AARP, Healthy Polk 2020, the City of Des Moines, and the Greater Des Moines Age Friendly Cities Initiative for a presentation by national walkability expert Dan Burden. What: Building a Walkable and Livable …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

From the Livable Communities Intern: A New Way to Run

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Iowa Ranks 13th: New Scorecard Highlights Overall High Marks for Iowa Long-Term Care Services and Supports, Identifies Areas for Improvement

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Des Moines – Iowa ranks 13th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done to improve choice of long-term care setting and provider and effective transitions.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older …

A Pledge to Live Longer and Smarter

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Like snowflakes, no two women are alike. But we do tend to hold one thing in common: we take care of others before we take care of ourselves. As a gift to yourself this Mother’s Day, how about focusing on your own wellbeing? A great place to start is to join AARP’s Decide. Create. Share℠ initiative. It’s designed to help women of any age take steps today to prepare for a healthy, safe and secure tomorrow. Through …

Help Hungry Iowans Get Food Assistance

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Iowa is recruiting volunteers to help hungry Iowans age 50-plus stretch their food budgets while improving nutrition. In cooperation with the Iowa Food Bank Association, volunteers will help people apply for the state’s Food Assistance Program, which provides a debit-like card that can be used at grocery stores. Only about a third of Iowans age 60 and older who are eligible for the program are enrolled. Volunteers also are needed to make presentations on how to shop for and …