— AARP Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, City of Des Moines, local businesses teaming up to create age-friendly, healthy, active block Bookended by the Iowa State Capitol to the east and the Des Moines River to the west, East Grand Ave. is a corridor to culture, food, shopping and activity in Downtown Des Moines’ bustling Historic East Village. Home to some of the best restaurants and retail options that Des Moines has to offer, the section of East Grand between East …

— 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. The 2018 fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-19, and about a million people are expected to attend. AARP Iowa welcomes visitors of all ages to its booth in the Varied Industries Building. Visitors can pick up information on voting in the midterm elections, as well as resources for caregiving, fraud prevention and livable …

— Volunteers Needed: Help us to Build a Better Block! AARP Iowa, the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, business owners, and local advocates are working together with Team Better Block on a temporary beautification project on East Grand Ave., in Des Moines, July 16-19. It’s going to take a village, so you too can be a part of this innovative and unique community-building opportunity! The pop-up project in the city’s East Village area, between  E. 5th & …

— AARP Iowa is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award – which honors 50+ Iowans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Iowa is excited to shine a light on 50+ Iowans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP State President Chuck Betts. Nominations …

— Chuck Betts of Keokuk has been named AARP Iowa State President with responsibility to lead the Association’s Iowa Executive Council, working closely with AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern, Iowa staff and volunteers in their efforts on behalf of AARP’s approximately 370,000 members in Iowa. Betts, who has served on the AARP Executive Council since 2015, brings a wide range of professional and volunteer experiences in leadership, planning, educating and organizing to the state president role. Currently senior consultant at …

— Love working with numbers and helping fellow Iowans? AARP Iowa’s Tax-Aide volunteers are looking to add to their statewide team of tax-aide volunteer tax preparers. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income supported by the AARP Foundation. The Iowa program has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay involved and keep their brains sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop …

— The Iowa General Assembly convenes Jan. 8, and AARP Iowa is continuing to press for legislation that can ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and family caregivers. An estimated 317,000 Iowans serve as unpaid family caregivers, helping their parents, spouses or other loved ones with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, meals and transportation. They also help with medical tasks such as managing medications and dressing wounds. Even so, a 2015 survey found that 50 percent of …

— AARP advocates in Iowa say it’s high time their state joined dozens of others in helping family caregivers be prepared to provide medical care when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Iowa General Assembly in the last three sessions, but the legislation has yet to reach a floor vote. The bill, already enacted in 39 states and territories, would let every hospital patient in Iowa designate …

— 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 …

— AARP Iowa is working with employers to help them understand and support employees who also serve as unpaid family caregivers. The goal is to identify resources that can help not only caregivers but employers, as well. Six out of 10 caregivers are employed, and many also spend 20 to 40 hours per week on caregiving tasks. Their dual roles can adversely affect business if the burden leads to greater absenteeism, diminished productivity, declining morale and requests to reduce work hours. …