Cedar Rapids, Marion Make Top 10 Most Livable Cities for 50+; Des Moines Ranks as Featured Community

Posted on 04/20/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

AGE-FRIENDLY | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP ranks most livable neighborhoods and cities for date nights, staying healthy SEATTLE, April 20, 2015 — Thanks to factors like vibrant growth, a commitment to serving residents of all ages, and friendly citizens, Cedar Rapids and Marion have made it to the Top 10 of AARP’s Livability Index—a first-of-its-kind resource that helps people measure how well a community meets their current and future needs. •    Cedar Rapids is No. 7 on the Most Livable list for medium cities (pop. …

Iowa Welcomes New State Volunteer Leaders

Posted on 04/18/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

About AARP | Volunteering   AARP Iowa is pleased to welcome a new State President and new team of lead volunteers with responsibility to support  Iowa State Director Kent Sovern, staff and hundreds of AARP volunteers statewide to accomplish the Association’s mission of enhancing quality of life for all as we age. Martha Willits of Des Moines has been named AARP Iowa State President with responsibility to lead the Association’s Iowa Executive Council.  Joining Willits on the Council are current members Beverly and John …

Fraud Watch

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Community | Finances 50+ | Fraud | Volunteering Scammers Beware AARP Iowa debuted its Fraud Watch Network presentations in the eastern part of the state in December and is expanding the program statewide this year. Trained volunteers discuss the latest trends in telephone and online scams and explain how to recognize and report fraud. “Iowa’s population is aging, and financial crimes against vulnerable adults are a growing concern,” said Kent Sovern, AARP state director. Scammers tend to target older adults because they have accumulated wealth over a lifetime …

Life Reimagined

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events You’re invited to a Beginning Your Journey Workshop What’s next for you? It’s just a small, four-word question, but asking it may lead you to some big realizations. With Life Reimagined, you can explore real possibilities of your future. Take the first steps to pursue your on-hold aspirations at a Beginning Your Journey Workshop. And who knows what you’ll be inspired to do from here–the road ahead is entirely yours to define. Consider taking a first step by attending the …

2015 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Community | Events | Volunteering Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? Show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2015 AARP Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP’s most prestigious Iowa volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one Iowa individual or couple is selected each year. The nomination deadline is June 2. The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible …

AARP Live on RFD-TV

Posted on 04/15/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Disaster rarely gives you a heads up, and can take many unexpected forms. Everyone should have a plan of action, but some Americans can be particularly vulnerable during times of uncertainty. It’s important to keep this in mind when forming an effective plan, and to consider your personal needs. Disaster preparation is more than storing water and food, and every situation requires a different solution. On our recent episode of  AARP Live, our panel of experts shared important information to help you and your loved …