Caregiving Connections: Linking Iowa Family Caregivers with People, Information and Resources

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Iowa is home to more than 500,000 caregivers who assist their ill and aging loved ones with daily tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing. By performing these necessary tasks, caregivers help ensure that their loved ones stay at home—where they belong—while saving Iowa’s Medicaid system an estimated $4.1 million in long-term care charges annually. In celebration of National Family Caregiving Month, AARP Iowa is hosting a series of Caregiving Connections events for members and all Iowa family caregivers.  Programs …

From the Livable Communities Intern: The Babies, the Buggy, and the Bag. Hazards of Walking to the Grocery Store.

Posted on 11/4/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Last weekend, I asked my friend Liz if she and her two boys would take the “Can you walk to get your groceries?” challenge with me. I had gotten the idea from a CityLab blog, and decided it would be a fun thing to do with my friend. We thought we’d be evaluating the built environment near her home, but we ended up testing much more than the sidewalks and curb cuts that day. Liz lives in West Des Moines with …

Looking for 2015 Medicare Enrollment or Healthcare Coverage Tips?

Posted on 11/3/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Looking for 2015 Medicare Enrollment Tips? Listen in to AARP Iowa’s recent statewide teletown hall with Experts from Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) to get the latest on changes to Medicare Part D enrollment for 2015. The hour-long presentation, which features Iowa SHIIP executive director Kris Gross and Patty Price, reviews important tips all Medicare-eligible beneficiaries should consider as they choose their prescription drug coverage program for 2015. Click here to listen in and view an accompanying PowerPoint …

Sign Up for Health Plan, Drug Coverage

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP is hosting a tele-town hall and several meetings across the state to encourage uninsured Iowans and those needing prescription drug coverage to sign up. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act runs from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15. Open enrollment for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans began Oct. 15 and continues through Dec. 7. “Iowans who miss signing up for these programs risk losing access to savings on medications and access to affordable health care …

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 …