Need Help Filing Your 2015 Taxes? Iowa AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers Are Ready

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering   Although she retired from a full-time accounting job in 2013, Iowa Tax-Aide volunteer Kay Vignovich says she has never been busier, and she wouldn’t have it any other way, especially during tax season. “I’m one of those people who like to help others and make a difference and if that means my calendar is full day to night, that’s ok by me,” said Vignovich, 66 of Des Moines, District Coordinator for Polk County for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program …

Helping Caregivers Perform Follow-Up Care

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

Volunteering 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 …

Essex’s Jeannine Liljedahl Wins 2014 Service Award

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering DES MOINES – Jeannine Liljedahl, of Essex has been named the 2014 winner of the AARP Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible award for volunteer service. In announcing the award, AARP Iowa’s 2013 Andrus Award winners, Jan and Phyllis Wilson of Fort Dodge, said, “we pleased to be here to help award this great honor to Jeannine in recognition of her many volunteer contributions, especially for her work to establish and sustain a volunteer-led, …

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

Volunteering 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 …

Take Part in 30 Ways in 30 Days to Fight Iowa Hunger

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering Most Americans view Iowa as the land of plenty: Row after row of corn and soybeans, farmyards full of squealing pigs and contented cows and smiling people quietly sipping lemonade in the shade of their porch on a warm summer evening as a refreshing breeze sweeps across the gently rolling landscape. But Iowans know better. Feeding the world is hard work. For some Iowans, just feeding themselves is a major – maybe impossible – task. One in eight Iowans struggles …

Reflections from the AARP Booth at the Iowa State Fair

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Volunteering There’s lots to love about the Iowa State Fair. From the butter cow to fried-anything-on-a-stick. From free musical acts to critters of all persuasions. From quilts that would make Martha Stewart seethe with envy to baked and canned goods you wish your grandmother would have made, there’s something for everyone. For AARP volunteers, there’s also the time-honored pleasure of mingling with fellow Iowans and hearing stories about issues that are important to them. This year those issues were fraud and …