From the Livable Communities Intern: A Baking Lesson I will Never Forget

Posted on 07/8/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family I’ve never been a huge fan of fruit pies, but my grandma makes the best apple pie in the universe. Its taste hasn’t changed from how I remember it as a child, and it may be the origin of my love for cinnamon. It’s the apple pie to which I compare all others. This year on July 4th, I asked my grandma to show me how she makes it. Some recipes stay in a family for decades without ever being …

Back to Basics: Roadway Fundamentals Refresher

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When’s the last time you refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road? If you’re like most older Americans, it’s probably been decades since you took a driver’s education course and got your first driver’s license. But even the most experienced drivers can benefit from a tune-up.   That’s what new research by AARP and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, found. Using a driving simulator, the study aimed to uncover areas where …

Honk If You Hear Me! Three Tips on Hearing and Driving

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Honking horns, emergency vehicle sirens and engines: what do all of these sounds have in common? You need to hear all of them while driving. Safe driving relies on good vision and good hearing. Our ability to hear something before we see it helps us respond more quickly to potential danger. But over time, our hearing may diminish and we might start to miss cues that we used to hear. According to the National Institutes of …

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

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 …