— 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!

— On Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council unanimously approved MoveDSM, the first citywide comprehensive transportation planning effort, establishing a multi-modal vision for transportation in Des Moines over the next 25 years. AARP Iowa, the American Heart Association (AHA), and Des Moines Public Schools—who have worked together in recent months to urge passage of Move DSM—applaud the City Council for passing the plan, which identifies how transportation supports the City’s goals for safety, quality of life, and economic development. “Des …

— On Friday, November 16, AARP Iowa hosted a tele-town hall about Medicare changes for 2019, including new Medicare cards. The conversation was led by experts from the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol in Des Moines, Kris Gross and Patty Price. The hour-long call addressed questions and issues specific to those who are either enrolled in Medicare or know someone who is. To view the call in its entirety, click on the photo …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone when you’re in the middle of something and then having the “person” on the line be another robot telemarketer telling you that someone has “stolen your credit card information.” Unfortunately, these illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever and they’re costing victims of scammers millions of dollars each year. Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, …

— Barbara McClintock of Des Moines was named the 2018 winner of the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service which is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  The award was presented to McClintock at AARP Iowa’s annual volunteer recognition event in Des Moines on Nov. 8. In addition to the award, McClintock received a check for $1,000 to donate to her charity of choice, Aging Resources of Central Iowa. McClintock was selected for her dedication to advocacy for aging populations. …

— Just AARP for these fun holiday festivals in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas. Cedar Rapids: Nature’s Noel! Saturday, December 1 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Indian Creek Nature Center 5300 Otis Road SE, Cedar Rapids When it’s time to deck the halls, it’s time for Nature’s Noel. AARP is a proud sponsor and we hope you come out for fresh green decor and the artisan gifts you’ve always loved. Then stay for a day of family fun with …

— This summer four Iowa communities received AARP Community Challenge grants to jump-start beautification and accessibility projects. The Iowa grants, which totaled more than $17,000, will help the Avoca Public Library build a musical park for concerts and a green space for gatherings, enable the Keokuk Parks Foundation to convert tennis courts into dedicated pickleball courts, fund decorative lighting on Main Street in Manning, and share the Woodbine community’s history by mounting signs on buildings and in pocket parks along Main …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible.   Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote …

— When you go into an airport, coffee shop or mall, connecting to free public Wi-Fi is convenient for sending emails, checking social media or even sending a text, but using it can be risky. A common tactic scammers use to collect your personal information, emails, credit card numbers and passwords is by setting up their own “evil twin” network with the same name as an already existing public Wi-Fi network. The scammer hopes that your computer or device will connect …

— Legislation would help Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds and Democratic challenger Fred Hubbell both voiced support for passage of a CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act in Iowa in a recently recorded video voter guide interview with AARP Iowa. The candidates for Governor were asked four questions about aging issues in Iowa, and had one minute to provide their answers to each. Both candidates were posed the question, “What would you do to provide more support …

— Before you head to the polls, learn where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to you. AARP  Iowa sat down with candidates for Iowa Governor to hear how they would help Iowans live independently, support caregivers, protect public pensions and strengthen guardianship laws to protect Iowa’s most vulnerable citizen. Watch how they responded below, so you can cast an educated vote this November.   Question 1: Living Independently The majority of Iowa residents want to stay in …