Top Vehicle Technologies for Safer Driving

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When shopping for a new vehicle, there’s a lot more to consider than four-wheel drive and heated seats. With the variety of new tech offerings available in today’s vehicles, now is a good time to reference a recent study conducted by AARP Driver Safety’s partners at MIT Age Lab and The Hartford. The study determined the most helpful vehicle technologies for drivers 50 and older, and how well these technologies meet the unique needs, concerns and …

Helping Caregivers Perform Follow-Up Care

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family As in other states, AARP urges passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act in Iowa to help family caregivers care for their loved ones safely and confidently. The measure aims to ensure that caregivers understand how to perform follow-up care when a hospital patient comes home. “Giving caregivers the kind of hands-on instruction they need to care for someone after a hospitalization is key to improving the odds that the person receiving care can successfully stay home,” said …

AARP Celebrates Iowa Family Caregivers, Community Partners

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family During this season of sharing and giving thanks, AARP recognizes the silent army of Iowa family caregivers and partner organizations that provide the assistance they need to manage their caregiving responsibilities. “Especially in this busy time, we want caregivers to know they are appreciated and that there are great local community resources available across Iowa to help support them now and throughout the year,” said Kent Sovern AARP Iowa State Director. As part of the launch of AARP’s new “I …

Public Invited to Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Annual Meeting Dec. 12

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family Des Moines area residents are invited to attend the Second Report to the Community of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Community ‘Great Places for All Ages’ initiative on Friday, Dec. 12, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at Des Moines University Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Ave. Des Moines Age Friendly Community leaders Dr. Yogesh Shah of Des Moines University, Joel Olah of Aging Resources of Central Iowa and Kent Sovern of AARP Iowa will lead an overview of the …

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

Home & Family 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 …

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

Home & Family 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 …