AARP Iowa

News, information and resources on issues that matter to Iowans 50+
JUN 15, 2022
A new Iowa law fixes the gap in law enforcement and financial institutions’ tools to stop and prevent elder abuse by making it a crime for the first time.
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 works with community members and decision-makers to inform and enact positive change on the issues that affect all of us as we age. This includes health and independence, financial security and making our communities more livable for all Iowans.
Dorothy Pisarski
Des Moines, IA –— AARP Iowa State President Chuck Betts has announced that Dorothy Pisarski of Des Moines and Larry Kudej of Cedar Rapids have been named to the AARP Iowa Executive Council,  a team of volunteers from across Iowa who provide leadership to support the implementation and execution of AARP priorities statewide. 
Andrus Award
AARP Iowa is seeking nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, its most prestigious honor. 
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He discovered birding as a Prairie City boy when an uncle who taught ornithology shared his passion, “and I knew it was OK to look at birds, it wasn’t weird.” He especially likes getting others hooked on his hobby and for 30 years has led bird walks for the Des Moines Audubon Society. Meet Dennis Thompson, 65, our May Hidden Gem.
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Iowa Specialists Offers Advice on Reclaiming a Healthier Lifestyle
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After 15 months of being out of synch with our normal routines, lots of worry and stress, sitting too long, and comfort eating, returning to a healthy lifestyle might be an uphill climb for Iowans; replacing new habits and getting back on track could prove difficult. To help, AARP Iowa talked with Iowa health experts to get their guidance on ways to reclaim healthy habits.
COFFEE MUG
Grab your favorite beverage, coffee not required, and join us for a casual conversation to learn more about AARP in your community from local volunteers. We’ll discuss issues important to adults 50 plus, share some stories, and have fun. We hope you can join us!
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AARP, the state Department of Natural Resources and Travel Iowa are offering free Iowa State Park Passports this summer to encourage residents to get out and be active after a long winter. 
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Mary Young Bear’s bead art nourishes both her creativity and pride in her Meskwaki heritage. Yet her influence on the Meskwaki settlement near Tama, IA, reaches well beyond beading. Mentor, art conservator, cultural advocate and - perhaps most important to her – mother all describe this accomplished 61-year-old, our April Hidden Gem.
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To help older Iowans age in place with caregiving and support nearby, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are gaining popularity.
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Coralville blues artist Kevin Burt’s been performing for almost three decades. But at age 50, he became an “overnight sensation,” winning a coveted international blues competition. The pandemic’s put things on pause, but it hasn’t cooled Kevin’s creativity or determination to get back in front of live audiences when the world safely reopens. Meet Kevin Burt, 52, our March Hidden Gem.
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