— Are you looking for a part-time job? AARP can connect you with employers who are looking for workers aged 50+. Register today for our free Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work, Thursday, January 26th. It’s a live, online event starting at 10 a.m. CT where you can upload a résumé, chat with hiring employers, and get tips to help you find a part-time job! You’ll have access to interactive webinar hosted by hiring employers and be able to play online games that …

— AARP Driver Safety continues to help  meet needs of older drivers through educational programs led by more than 4,000 volunteers and a myriad of resources. AARP Driver Safety has continued to evolve with the times, delivering on AARP’s goal to promote the independence of older Americans and enhance their quality of life. AARP Driver Safety launched the new and improved AARP Smart Driver™ Course, the nation’s largest driving refresher course.  Although the course is geared to drivers age 50 and older, the …

— 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 …

— More than 140 community leaders, residents and volunteers gathered for the Fourth Annual Report to the Community of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Community ‘Great Places for All Ages’ initiative and Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series presentation at Des Moines University Olsen Medical Education Center on Friday, Dec. 16th. Keynote speaker, Berkeley, California-based architect Daniel Parolek, explored the concepts of “Missing Middle Housing” and how this type of single-family scale, multi-unit or clustered housing supports livability. Parolek shared examples of cities …

— The City of  Des Moines’ efforts to encourage energy efficiency, sustainability and age-friendly practices  have earned the city and Mayor Frank Cownie inclusion in the new book, “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages, 100+ Inspiring Ideas from America’s Mayors,” by Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President for Community, State and National Affairs. “Mayor Cownie and the City of Des Moines deserve tremendous credit for their vision and leadership in focusing on sustainability, conservation and livability,” said AARP Iowa State …

— AARP Iowa has three internships available in the AARP Iowa State office in Des Moines’ East Village, beginning in January. Deadline for applications is December 16, 2016.  To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to AARPIA@AARP.ORG with your name and internship timeframe in the subject line (ie – “SPRING 2016 INTERNSHIP – [YOUR NAME]”). Requirements for all internship opportunities: Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Must be able to work a minimum of 14 …

— AARP Iowa’s top legislative priority in 2017 will be passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The legislation would provide training and support for family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. A recent AARP survey of Iowa voters 45 and older showed strong support for key provisions in the bill: A family caregiver’s name would be included in a patient’s record upon hospital admission (84 percent); the designated caregiver would be notified before …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …