— 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!

— Scammers have come up with tactics that specifically target Veterans.  AARP wants to make sure you and the loved ones in your life have the resources to protect yourselves from the following scams. Targeting veterans can take many forms. The following list are some scammer favorites to look out for: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get personal …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Free donuts! Now that we’ve got your attention, AARP Iowa members are invited to free Coffee and Donut Days in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Come get to know and connect with other AARP members and volunteers during Donut Days in November (see below for dates and times). Make sure to bring your AARP card to present in order to receive your first cup of coffee and donut for free. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy your breakfast or take …

— The Iowa Department on Aging, AARP Iowa and the Older Iowans Legislature are seeking input from Iowans on the biggest challenges when it comes to aging in Iowa as they begin to prepare for the next legislative session. The three organizations are working together to ask residents of all ages for their thoughts on what Iowa can do to improve the quality of life for its older population through a brief online survey posted on the Department on Aging’s website …

— Seeking volunteers statewide to help Iowans live their best lives Every September 11th since 2002, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and across the world, have participated in the National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service. This year, AARP Iowa is honoring September as Make a Difference Month, and are seeking volunteers statewide to donate their time, skills, and passion to participate in a host of events and initiatives in …

— The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the largest event in the state and one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. AARP Iowa will be in the middle of the action for the fair’s duration, Aug. 9-19, with an interactive booth in the Varied Industries Building, where attendees can find the latest information on issues impacting the 50+, including Medicare and Social Security, and can take the pledge to vote in the upcoming mid-term election.  …