— 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!

— Letter to the Editor, by Don Corrigan, AARP Iowa Executive Council Member As a volunteer in July on the Better Block project along East Grand, between East 5th and East 6th streets, I heard mixed comments from passersby [East Village block temporarily transformed for Build a Better Block]. There of course were concerns about where the parking was located, but mostly the questions were about “those silly white posts’” and what their purpose was. However, when the project was finished, …

— On an almost daily basis, there is a headline in the news about yet another data breach. While these events have become almost routine, it is still important to be sure to protect your identity from scammers. You can ensure your information stays safe by following these three steps that can make all the difference when a data breach happens. Rethink Your Passwords: Use unique passwords for each of your online accounts. That way, if one account is hacked, it …

— In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP/Iowa Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Iowa residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, AARP/Iowa and the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal …

— AARP Iowa is hosting two free “Sip, Sample, Serve” happy hours in late September, one in Des Moines on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and one in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 27, where prospective volunteers can learn about the many ways they can get involved, while mingling with AARP staff and other volunteers.  Event is free and the first drink is on us. There are a variety of ways in which someone can volunteer with AARP Iowa: • Fraud Watch: help …

— It’s summer and you know what that means: time for ice cream! As part of our outreach to connect with members across the state, we’re hosting a free ice cream day for members at locations in Des Moines on Thursday, September 6! Meet up with AARP Iowa staff, local members and volunteers for a cool down with some free ice cream! Present your AARP card and receive one small cone with a dip or crunch topping of your choice.     Des …

— 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.  …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions …

— By Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa State Director “Whoa!” “I’m impressed.” “It’s growing on me.” “Hey, @bradandersonIA, Miami Vice called. They want their paint back.” These were verbatim reactions to our Des Moines East Village Better Block project from a person driving by in a convertible, a skeptical business owner, a local columnist and a jealous fellow AARP State Director from the east coast. Like it, don’t like it, love it, don’t understand it – whatever you think of this project …

— AARP has announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including four recipients right here in Iowa. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November …