— AARP and the Age Friendly Greater Des Moines Initiative are proud to join with the Downtown Chamber to co-host the April 4th Downtown Council networking event from 8-9 am at the Iowa Cub Club at Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines 50309.  The meeting is free to all Des Moines Downtown Chamber members and their employees. Get the scoop on downtown news and member news at this popular Downtown Chamber coffee & networking event, and learn about the Greater …

— Do you have ideas on how to make Southern New Hampshire communities more age friendly for all members?  AARP is collaborating with The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) to work on just that, as part of a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program. The concept of an age-friendly community is in part about adopting such features as: ·         Safe, walk-able streets ·         More housing and transportation options ·         Access to key services ·         Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities So …

— Do you have ideas on how to make Southern New Hampshire communities more age friendly for all members?  AARP is collaborating with The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) to work on just that, as part of a “Becoming Age-Friendly” program. The concept of an age-friendly community is in part about adopting such features as: ·         Safe, walk-able streets ·         More housing and transportation options ·         Access to key services ·         Opportunities for residents to participate in community activities So …

— March 17, 2017 – Des Moines ¬– Iowa’s first Disrupt Aging Innovation Challenge drew to a close this week as five finalists presented their business concepts to a panel of judges and audience evaluators. The finalists, who were chosen during the Celebrate Innovation! Week8 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), competed in a “Shark Tank” style event on Thursday, March 16th at Edgewater, a WesleyLife senior living community in West Des Moines. Aaron Kolesik, 20, of West Des Moines …

— Few professions are more honorable than teaching. Molding young minds to function well in society and being able to give back is truly a gratifying pursuit. It’s the profession that creates nearly all other professions. Have you thought about becoming a teacher? Not sure what to expect? Because AARP holds teachers in the highest regard, we are proud to offer a discounted seminar for anyone who wants to explore what it takes to be an educator. At noon on Saturday, April …

— What do you do when your family members’ situation dramatically changes so that they cannot maintain their independence without assistance? What if it happens to a friend or neighbor? In what ways can we create more interdependent communities? Lane County resident, Jennifer Snyder, age 66, like many families, has taken on a caregiving role and is now looking at who will be there for her as she grows older. “We need help assessing the opportunities around us.” She lives within …

— If you were to ask a typical Colorado resident how to fix health care in America, you can be sure he or she would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet, Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act – a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans. That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on …

— How can a 64-year-old making $26,500 a year afford to have his health care premiums jump from $1,700 to $14,600 a year (a whopping 758 percent increase)? He can’t. That’s the reason AARP is strongly opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and why we’re doubling down on efforts to stop it in its tracks. It’s an outrage that anyone in the U.S. Congress could expect people over age 50 to pay thousands more for health coverage. Even more …

— Communities across Maine, large and small, face a formidable challenge: How to meet the growing needs of their residents as they age.  While we hear of “snowbirds” going south for the winter, many Mainers reside here year-round and others are considering Maine as a place to retire. Maine towns would benefit from looking ahead to develop strategies that support age-friendly communities where there are adequate housing and transportation options, and opportunities for older Mainers to participate in community and civic …

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— In case you didn’t hear, Miami-Dade County just got a little friendlier … age friendly, that is. On Feb. 22, Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative became official members of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, a network of over 149 cities and communities nationwide that are committed to promoting greater health, well-being, and quality of life for people of all ages. Miami-Dade is the fifth largest such community in the U.S. Makes sense that the home to the …