From the Livable Communities Intern: Does your neighborhood pass the Popsicle test?

Posted on 08/8/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Local Resources Can you walk to purchase a popsicle and cross the street before it melts? This is the question Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities (WALC) Institute asked the crowd of people gathered at a public presentation last Wednesday. AARP Iowa hosted an Active Living Workshop in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park neighborhood in Des Moines, which was in need of some TLC. More than one hundred residents and community leaders gathered to learn about walkability and how to …

What makes a city walkable? Free event teaches elements of a livable community.

Posted on 07/17/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Local Resources What happens when we design the human habitat to take walking out of daily life? Over 35% of Americans are now clinically obese. That’s partly because of diet, but also because cities are now designed for cars. Interested in learning how to build healthier neighborhoods? Join leaders from AARP, Healthy Polk 2020, the City of Des Moines, and the Greater Des Moines Age Friendly Cities Initiative for a presentation by national walkability expert Dan Burden. What: Building a Walkable and Livable …

From the Livable Communities Intern: A New Way to Run

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Local Resources This summer, I can add “running coach” to my resume. I love to run, and since attending graduate school, running has served a new purpose for me. It is my meditation, my break from studying, and the fastest way to get a good workout into my busy schedule. Training for races has been a large stabilizing function of my life and helped lay out attainable goals to work toward. Plus, it’s fun to do in groups! I knew two things …

Free Tax Prep Sites Set to Open Across the State

Posted on 01/30/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Local Resources It’s that time of year again — tax time. More than 250 Iowa volunteers are ready and waiting to help older and low-income Iowans with basic federal and state tax returns, for free.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide,  now in its 45thyear, is the largest volunteer-run, free tax preparation program in the country, and it operates right here in Iowa with more than 60 locations across the state. “Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 30,000 Iowa residents with tax …

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

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

Local Resources         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 …

AARP Survey: Hunger is a Top Concern for Iowans

Posted on 10/15/2013 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Local Resources Most Iowans view hunger as an important problem in the state, with a third saying it is a very important issue, according to a new AARP Iowa survey released at the 2013 Iowa Hunger Summit, organized by the World Food Prize Foundation. Findings also show that more than one in four Iowans surveyed said they had experienced food insecurity in their own household, and nearly half said that someone close to them has had limited access to adequate food on …