AARP Iowa

News, information and resources on issues that matter to Iowans 50+
JUL 22, 2021
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.
MAR 8, 2021
AARP, the Iowa DNR and Travel Iowa invite you to explore with the Iowa State Parks Digital Passport and earn prizes! Sign up in just a couple of easy steps and you’re on your way! The passport features more than 60 state parks, giving you the opportunity to enjoy outdoor excursions across the state.
MAR 31, 2021
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a fully self-contained home with its own kitchen, bathroom(s) and sleeping area on the same lot as the main house. They’re a great match for smaller households and can be created through basement or garage conversions, additions, or new construction of back yard ‘tiny homes.’ 
MAR 23, 2021
Join us at these upcoming virtual events.
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AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Iowa for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!
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Join us for a free webinar where we’ll explore the benefits of a backyard apartment—a small living space that shares property with a larger, single-family home—the common misconceptions and how to make the right decisions for you and your family.
Virus Outbreak Vaccine Iowa
A guide to when, where and whether to get a COVID-19 vaccine
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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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Joe Gonzalez can’t say no. He lives to serve, first as a trailblazing police officer and community volunteer, now as director of the Latino Heritage Festival. Our June Hidden Gem shares why he feels blessed to still be giving back to a place that gave his own immigrant family a new start some 63 years ago.
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.
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