Caregiving Resource Center

— AARP and other advocates have formed Elevate Aging, a collaborative that addresses aging issues in Iowa. Among its priorities for the 2017 legislative session is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The CARE Act would allow hospital patients to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver before the patient is discharged and to instruct the caregiver on how to perform follow-up medical tasks the patient will need at home. At …

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— Don Corrigan of Des Moines has been named winner of the 2016 AARP Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Corrigan received the award at a statewide celebration honoring the 2016 Andrus Award nominees and all AARP Iowa volunteers on Nov. 17 at the Holiday Inn Des Moines. AARP 2015 Iowa Andrus Award recipient Betty Kelly of Iowa City and keynote speaker AARP Central States Regional Volunteer Director Jim Scheibel presented the award. In …

Fraud Watch Network

— Every Two Seconds Someone’s Identity is Stolen – Don’t Let it Be Yours! With scammers busy thinking up new ways to steal your money, how can you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors? Join us for a Lunch & Learn Fraud Watch Network workshop in Cedar Rapids on Dec. 8 or in Des Moines on Dec. 9 to learn tips on how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud. Learn how scammers think, so you can build up your defenses against the kinds …

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— AARP Iowa members are invited to kick off the upcoming holiday season with free Coffee and Donut Days in Des Monies and Cedar Rapids. On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 10 am,  stop in to connect with other members and enjoy your first *beverage and donut – to stay or go, with our compliments for the season, when you present your AARP card.  We’ll be at Donut Hut in Des Moines and Krispy Kreme in Clive. On Friday, Dec. 2, from 7 to …

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—   By 2030, one in five adults in the U.S. will be 65-plus, and the vast majority of them will want to remain in their homes and communities. Join AARP for an interactive discussion on what affects your ability to live your best life in your community.  We’ll discuss how your  neighborhood can become more age-friendly by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; and access to key services. Well-designed, livable communities promote health, sustain …

Daniel Parolek

—   All are invited to join AARP and volunteer and community leaders of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Initiative for the fourth annual report to the community on Friday, Dec. 16th at Des Moines University, this year featuring special guest Daniel Parolek. A national thought leader in architecture, design, and urban planning, specifically in terms of creating livable, sustainable communities and buildings that reinforce them, Mr. Parolek’s presentation will center on the concept of “Missing Middle Housing.” He’ll address how …

AARP On Tap

— Where healthy habits and happy hour find common Ground! Ring in the holidays with AARP and partners in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines for “Healthy Choices on Tap: An Active & Healthy Living Holiday Trivia Night” on Dec. 6 in Cedar Rapids and on Dec. 8 in Des Moines. Join AARP Iowa and partners Mercy Medical Centers of Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Heritage Area Agency on Aging, Aging Resources of Central Iowa and the Iowa Department of Public Health …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 2 pm CT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …