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 …

Were you a free-range kid?

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

Fraud Watch Network Featured at Cyber Security Forum

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family AARP Iowa was a partner in a successful event Sept. 4th in Ames featuring the Fraud Watch Network with the National Cyber Security Alliance. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life drew more than 130 people from ISU students to business owners to AARP members as part of a 10-city tour on activating security features available on many of the web’s most popular sites. Senator Chuck Grassley, Attorney General Tom Miller and ISU President Stephen Leath opened …

Do You Have a Household Emergency Action Plan?

Posted on 09/10/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for action to increase …