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— With a July 1 nomination deadline approaching, AARP Iowa is encouraging Iowans to take a few minutes to nominate an outstanding 50+ Iowan for the 2016 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, making them eligible to  receive $1,000 to award to the charity of their choice. “AARP Iowa is pleased to be able offer a $1,000 cash award to the winner of our highest volunteer service award, and we’d love to see as many individuals and organizations as possible …

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— AARP Iowa today announced it is bringing CAREversations – an interactive, engaging family caregiving event, to Des Moines. There are more than 42 million family caregivers in the United States and more than 317,000 family caregivers in Iowa providing care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. “Whether you’re starting to plan, helping coordinate a big move or taking care of a family member in your home, it’s important …

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— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

— From January to June 2016, AARP Iowa has proudly supported the monthly community education and outreach series, Embrace Aging. Created and sponsored by  Calvin Community Foundation, a non-profit continuous care retirement community, with support of AARP and a number of area partners, this informative series shines light on range of topics Iowans face as they progress through aging to end-of-life. Moderated by an AARP Iowa representative, each conversation features an expert speaker and a wealth of tips and information. Video …

— Every year, AARP honors an outstanding volunteer who is sharing his or her experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of his or her community members with the Andrus Award for Community Service. Do you know an extraordinary volunteer, age 50 or older, who should receive AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award in Iowa? The deadline has been extended to July 1, so please take a moment to nominate a volunteer now! For many years, AARP Iowa has recognized our …

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— Refresh your safety awareness skills and attend a TRIAD-sponsored seminar in your area this summer. TRIAD is a group of law enforcement, fire fighters and community partners who work to promote adult safety. The volunteer organization unites law enforcement and the 50+ population, in addition to community agencies, to identify and provide education in necessary areas. Area TRIADs are hosting multiple safety programs, listed below, in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas. Read below to find one near you! …

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— AARP Iowa is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity to create a better community. The two programs, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness, and the Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity’s Rock the Block!® work to revitalize neighborhoods while making homes safer, more affordable and accessible. Volunteers are needed to help with painting, landscaping, light carpentry and minor exterior home repairs. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. To learn more, attend one an informational …

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— Summer is here, and it’s hot! As part of our outreach to connect with members across the state, we’re hosting “free ice cream days” for members at locations in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Meet up with AARP Iowa staff, local members and volunteers for a cool down with some free ice cream! Just bring your AARP member card on the specified day to one of the locations below for a treat!   Cedar Rapids, Tuesday, August 2, 4 – …

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— All Iowa member are invited to join AARP for member nights at the I-Cubs and the Cedar Rapids Kernels this July. Take advantage of a discount on tickets, and stop by the AARP table to learn more about member events in your community as well receive a special member offer at each ballpark. Des Moines I-Cubs Game! Sunday, July 17, 1:08 PM at Principal Park: 1 Line Dr, Des Moines, IA 50309 The Cubs play the Las Vegas 51s, the …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

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— This week, AARP Iowa volunteers and staff were in Washington, D.C. with a contingent of AARP leaders and members from across the county to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security.   In meetings with members of the House and Senate on Wednesday, June 8, AARP volunteers and staff from every state urged their members of Congress to recognize the importance of caregiving and Social Security on …