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 …

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 …