— AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern was honored earlier this month with the 2017 Planning Advocate – Engaged Citizen award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Iowa) during the Upper Midwest Planning Conference in Dubuque.  This award honors an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning the built environment in the public arena. Cory Scott, an urban planner with RGD Planning and Design led the effort to recognize Sovern. “Kent actively creates partnerships between …

— Jeremy Barewin joined AARP Iowa as associate state director of communications and outreach in late September. A Drake University graduate, Barewin brings more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing to AARP Iowa, having spent the last decade working for healthcare organizations in the Chicago area. “Jeremy is a welcome addition to the AARP Iowa professional staff,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “He is a much respected and highly skilled communications professional with unique expertise in …

— AARP and Iowa Public Television have teamed up to produce Stealing Your Life, a program on how to guard against fraud. The show features Frank Abagnale, whose exploits decades ago were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Today, Abagnale is an authority on forgery, embezzlement and identity theft. For more than 40 years, he has advised the FBI and major corporations on how to outsmart con artists. As an ambassador for AARP Fraud Watch Network, he has …

— AARP is pleased to welcomes the 2017 Class of AARP Iowa Executive Council members, leaders from across the state who are joining with a team of volunteers to provide strategic direction and leadership in support of accomplishment of AARP priorities in Iowa. “AARP is extremely fortunate to welcome this multi-talented group of professionals to lead the association into the next decade of service to members and volunteers across the Iowa,” said AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern. “We thank them …

— Urges Congress to pass much-needed federal tax credit for nation’s family caregivers WASHINGTON, DC, May 18, 2017 —AARP commends the sponsors of the bipartisan Credit for Caring Act that would help support America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 annually for those who qualify. The Credit for Caring Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate (S. 1151) by Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and …

— March 17, 2017 – Des Moines ¬– Iowa’s first Disrupt Aging Innovation Challenge drew to a close this week as five finalists presented their business concepts to a panel of judges and audience evaluators. The finalists, who were chosen during the Celebrate Innovation! Week8 at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), competed in a “Shark Tank” style event on Thursday, March 16th at Edgewater, a WesleyLife senior living community in West Des Moines. Aaron Kolesik, 20, of West Des Moines …

— AARP Iowa leaders announced the association’s 2017 top state legislative priority and Presidents Day Congressional Recess activities to a gathering of more than 90 AARP volunteers from across Iowa at the State Capitol on Tuesday. “AARP has a long history of fighting for both affordable health care and family caregivers,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “Today, as members of Congress are home in Iowa for President’s Day recess activities, we are launching our Protect Medicare campaign to preserve …

— Media Advisory for 8:30 am, Tuesday, Feb. 21  What: AARP Iowa kicks off its 2017 Lobby Day and Presidents Day Congressional Recess activities with a gathering of more than 80 AARP volunteers from across Iowa at the State Capitol. Their focus for the day is the need for greater support of Iowa families by passing the CARE Act. During this week’s Congressional President’s Day recess, these advocates are also working to reach out to our Iowa Congressional delegation, asking them …

— Des Moines, January 26, 2106 — In response to the Sanders campaign mailing featuring AARP and the Association’s Take A Stand campaign, AARP does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. While we have encouraged the presidential candidates to lay out their plans to update Social Security, AARP did not authorize the Sanders campaign to mention AARP or use the AARP logo, and we did not participate in its production. …

— AARP Iowa is pleased to support “Embrace Aging,” a series of six public conversations on healthy aging for Central Iowa residents presented by Calving Community at Drake’s Olmsted Center, Sussman Theater between January and June 2016. The first program is Healthy Aging and Brain Wellness on January 26th and features a conversation  on Alzheimer’s and aging led by Dr. Robert Bender, a geriatric physician with a specialty in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The program will be moderated by Dr. Mary …