Julie Lee

Simple Exercises to Improve Driver Wellness

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

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Most people wouldn’t associate driving with exercise. While staying fit is essential to a healthy lifestyle, it is critical to driving safely. This is especially true as we age. Whether it’s squatting to get into your vehicle, turning your head to check blind spots, or flexing your foot to reach the brake pedal, driving is a full-body activity. According to recent research by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab, four areas of …

You Can Help Iowa Fight Hunger

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

Home & Family 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 …

 Des Moines Age Friendly Committee Gives Phase One Progress Report to the Community

Des Moines Age Friendly Committee Gives Phase One Progress Report to the Community

Posted on 12/10/2013 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family More than 50 area leaders and community partners joined co-chairs of the Des Moines Age Friendly Communities initiative today for the Phase One Report to the Community on progress toward the capital city’s quest to earn the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Community designation by 2016. Key survey findings, a preliminary assessment of how the City of Des Moines measures up to the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly criteria, and 2014-16 priority recommendations for action were presented at the annual meeting …

Feed Hungry Iowans and Help Meet the State’s Million-Dollar Match

Posted on 12/3/2013 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family According to a new AARP survey, hunger is an issue more than 80 percent of Iowans are concerned about and are supportive of the state’s efforts to provide help for those in need. This year, state lawmakers voted to give Iowa’s food banks up to $1 million as a dollar-for-dollar match of private donations, a law 80 percent of Iowans say they approve of in the recent AARP survey.   Findings also reflect that at least half of Iowans have …

Julie Lee

Four Things You Didn’t Learn in Driver’s Ed

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety in the Education & Outreach group Life on the road looks quite a bit different today than it did when most of us older drivers got our driver’s licenses. Formal driver’s education – or “driver’s ed” courses – first became available in the U.S. in the 1930s, and just as the rules of the road, automobiles and roadway infrastructure are constantly changing, so too are the safety …

Residents Invited to Greater Des Moines Age Friendly Advisory Committee Annual Meeting

Residents Invited to Greater Des Moines Age Friendly Advisory Committee Annual Meeting

Posted on 11/26/2013 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family         Des Moines—Greater Des Moines area residents are invited to join community and Age Friendly Committee leaders for “A Report to the Community” on progress toward the Greater Des Moines area earning the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Community designation on Dec. 10. Key survey findings, a preliminary assessment of how the City of Des Moines measures up to the World Health Organization’s Age-Friendly criteria, and recommendations for action will be presented at the annual meeting of …