Help Hungry Iowans Get Food Assistance

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 …

Have Questions About Signing up for Health Care?

Have Questions About Signing up for Health Care?

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Many thanks to Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart for joining AARP Iowa earlier this month for a teletown hall to remind Iowans what they need to know about signing up for health care insurance before the March 31st deadline.  Commissioner Gerhart answered dozens questions during the call with more than 20,000 Iowans age 50-64.  We recorded the conversation and invite you to tune in to learn more and get answers to the kinds of questions you may have if you …

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Health Insurance by March 31

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Health Insurance by March 31

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Late night funnyman David Letterman has a Top 10 list for everything under the sun. As the initial enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace nears an end, we thought we’d try our hand at a Top 10. It may lack some of Dave’s humor, but it does offer you some really good reasons to sign up for insurance before the March 31 deadline. #10. That broken leg won’t fix itself. If you show up at an emergency …

AARP, Iowa Food Bank Association and Local Food Banks Convene Discussions

AARP, Iowa Food Bank Association and Local Food Banks Convene Discussions

Posted on 02/18/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Few Iowans take time out of their busy lives to think about hunger in their state, yet nearly 400,000 Iowans – including nearly 150,000 age 50 and older – are considered food insecure, meaning they lack the ability to acquire nutritionally adequate and safe foods in socially acceptable ways. That’s a huge number for a state that is recognized as one of the country’s top agricultural areas. AARP thinks it’s a big problem and one worth tackling. Beginning on Friday, …

You Can Help Iowa Fight Hunger

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing More than half of Iowans age 18 and older support a law directing the state to match up to $1 million in private donations to Iowa food banks during the fiscal year that ends June 30, a recent AARP survey shows. At least half of the respondents have donated money or food to help those in need. “It’s encouraging that so many Iowa adults support ending hunger in their communities,” said Kent Sovern, AARP state director. “Many of them have …

New Year, New Goals, Life Reimagined

New Year, New Goals, Life Reimagined

Posted on 12/22/2013 by | AARP MT Region | Comments

Health & Wellbeing I know that for so many of us this time of the year is synonymous with business-as-not-usual. For a variety of reasons, whether it be the holidays, or the family time, or the craziness of shopping and gift giving, this “most wonderful time of year” is different from any other. For many people it is a time to take in the big picture of life, see where we’ve come, and figure out where we’re going. Or better yet, where we …