AARP Iowa

News, information and resources on issues that matter to Iowans 50+
MAY 12, 2022
Iowa voters need to prepare for important changes to election rules in advance of the June 7 primaries. They include a shorter early-voting period, shorter voting hours on primary day and more limits to who can pick up and drop off another person’s ballot.

A new redistricting plan has also changed the boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
FEB 12, 2022
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MAR 31, 2021
Small houses or apartments that exist on the same property lot as a single-family residence are known Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). This traditional home type is re-emerging as an affordable and flexible housing option that meets the needs of older adults and young families alike.
DEC 20, 2021
AARP Iowa is working on a number of issues to improve the lives of Iowans through advocacy and our many engagement programs. Take action on the issues that matter to you.
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Cheryl Tevis of Pilot Mound came from a long line of farmers. Now 71, she charted a different route for herself, staying close to agriculture as a writer but also helping women advance in the world of ag. This October Hidden Gem helped found and now leads an Iowa volunteer group dedicated to women supporting women in both agribusiness and farming.
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Join AARP Iowa and the Alzheimer’s Association to learn more about Brain Health Resources, Webinars and more!
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AARP is promoting a plan to help more Iowans receive long-term care services in their homes.
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On a snowy night 25 years ago, Ruth Mwangangi arrived in Iowa from Kenya. Grateful for the warm welcome she received, she’s continued ever since to pay it forward, donating thousands of volunteer hours helping other newcomers or those with special needs both appreciate their differences and succeed in their new lives. Discover why this 52-year Ankeny woman believes everyone should volunteer.
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While the retirement planning journey can seem daunting, there are plenty of resources to assist you along the way to a happy, healthy retirement.
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Linda Smith vividly remembers her first powerlifting meet in late 2018. “I was terrified,” she says. But this 56-year-old Oxford mother of nine and grandmother of nine loved the competition. Since then, our August Hidden Gem has set new records for the deadlift in her age and weight class and still has more goals to tackle.
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AARP Iowa State Director Brad Anderson released the following statement today in response to news from Washington that the Federal Government will require all nursing homes to mandate vaccination for staffers or face loss of Medicare and Medicaid funds. 
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Jerry Yocum was just a boy living in nearby Pocahontas when his life briefly intersected with a World War II German prisoner of war camp. But this 83-year-old retired Algona history teacher never imagined that decades later, he’d play a major role in telling the story about that same camp. Meet our July Hidden Gem.
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Is your 65th birthday coming up? You know what that means: It’s time to prepare for Medicare. Get ahead of the game with answers from our free webinar on Medicare, including when to enroll, what’s covered and where to find help along the way.
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In July, AARP Iowa is presenting a free virtual workshop to teach older Iowans how to plan for a financially secure retirement. 
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