How to Make Your Community More Livable

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Community | Events | Livable Communities | Local Resources As part of its efforts to make Iowa communities better places to live and age, AARP will present tips and tools for livability at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference. More than 500 mayors and other municipal officials are expected to attend the Cedar Rapids event Sept. 23-25. Presenters will address an array of issues, including the challenges of a rapidly aging population. Kent Sovern, AARP state director, will show conference participants how to use the AARP Livability Index …

Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Announces Leadership Academy for Adults 50+

Posted on 08/31/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Livable Communities DES MOINES, Aug. 28, 2015 —  Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Initiative program, Evolve: Reigniting Self & Community, an adult leadership series for age 50+ residents interested in building community leadership skills, exploring their purpose and implementing a community project. The project is being offered in collaboration with a grant from Polk County in support of the Greater Des Moines Age-Friendly Initiative, which is led by the City of Des Moines, AARP, Aging …

Volunteers Keep Social Security Top of Mind For Candidates

Posted on 08/27/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Uncategorized   Because of its first-in-the-nation caucuses, presidential candidates make frequent visits to Iowa’s towns and cities long before the official campaign season—and when they do, AARP Iowa volunteers are there to make sure that the candidates know Social Security is important to our members. At gatherings large and small this summer, groups of volunteers clad in their distinctive red AARP t-shirts ask candidates the question : “How are you going to address Social Security’s financial shortfall and reform the program to put …

“Catch Me if You Can” Author Joins AARP Fraud Watch Network

Posted on 08/26/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Fraud AARP Iowa joins in welcoming Frank W. Abagnale, nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes, as an AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador.  Abagnale will work with the Fraud Watch Network to provide online programs and community forums to educate consumers about ways to protect themselves from identity theft and cybercrime. Once one of the world’s most famous con artists, Abagnale’s story was told in his best-selling book, Catch Me if You Can, and in the 2002 movie of …

SBA and AARP “Summer of Encore Mentoring” Events in Waverly and Muscatine

Posted on 08/25/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Money & Work | Uncategorized Iowans 50+ looking to start a business are invited to join with the U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP for a “Summer of Encore Mentoring,” events in Waverly and Muscatine Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 26 and 27. Building on the success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Month in April 2013 and April 2014, both organizations will match these “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance. WHAT: “Summer of Encore Mentoring” for Encore …

AARP Iowa Reaffirms Social Security on 80th Anniversary

Posted on 08/14/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy | Events State Fair Celebration Showcases Popular Support for Program Des Moines, Aug. 14, 2015 – While commemorating the 80th anniversary of the signing of Social Security into law in 1935 today at the Iowa State Fair, AARP Iowa State President Martha Willits said the program “remains as important as ever.” AARP Iowa celebrated the occasion at in a State Fair tent complete with games, prizes, birthday cake, dignitaries, and the release of results of a new national AARP survey on American’s views of …