From the Livable Communities Intern: My Grandma’s 90th Birthday, 24-Hour TV, and How We Live

Posted on 10/21/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing My grandma turned 90 on Sunday, and that morning we headed south to the First Christian Church of Fort Madison, Iowa, where she attended services weekly for decades. During that four-hour drive, we never turned on the radio. It was one of those limited opportunities when I had my grandma to myself, and I was able to be fully present. Her perceptions of how technology has changed in her lifetime got me thinking of the ways in which livable communities can preserve …

Were you a free-range kid?

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

Health & Wellbeing Before you read this, take a second and think of the very first time you can remember playing outside with friends. What were you doing? Were you with children of the same gender and age? Were you in the presence of an adult? Were you wearing a uniform of any kind? If you answered “no” to these questions, you were a “free-range kid” according to Mark Fenton. Fenton claims that children don’t play outside like they used to, he explained …

Where Does State Rank in Long-Term Care?

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Iowa ranks among the top third of states in meeting residents’ long-term care needs. Even so, a recently released scorecard reveals room for improvement. Produced by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation, the scorecard ranks states on 26 metrics such as affordability, access to services, choice of setting and provider, support for family caregivers and length of stay in nursing homes. Iowa ranked last in the percentage of people who successfully transition back into the community after a …

Help Stave Off Hunger

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Putting the action into Hunger Action Month, AARP is working with Iowa food banks on “30 Ways in 30 Days,” an effort to connect volunteers with projects designed to stave off hunger throughout the state. Volunteers can assemble backpacks for children and older Iowans, sort groceries and donations at food banks, or harvest produce at community gardens. In addition, they can help older Iowans sign up for the state’s Food Assistance Program. More than two-thirds of Iowans age 60-plus who …

From the Livable Communities Intern: Does your neighborhood pass the Popsicle test?

Posted on 08/8/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

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 …