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AARP Members Converge on Capitol to Demand Better Support for Iowa Family Caregivers, Call for Passage of SSB 1182

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

DES MOINES, Feb. 25 – Today, AARP citizen advocates from around Iowa braved the winter weather to urge Iowa lawmakers to pass measures to help Iowa’s more than 540,000 family caregivers more confidently and safely care for their loved ones at home. Recognizing the critical role unpaid family caregivers play providing more than two thirds of home and community based long term care services, AARP advocates urged the Iowa General Assembly to pass The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, …

AARP Leaders, Citizen Advocates Urge Lawmakers to Improve Iowa’s Support for Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/24/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

AARP Iowa Lobby Day News Conference Set for Feb. 25th What:    AARP lobby day news conference on an important measure the Iowa Legislature can take this year to assist the more than 540,000 unpaid family caregivers who make it possible for their family members or other loved ones to live independently at home. Who: Martha Willits, AARP Iowa State President Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director Anthony Carroll, Associate State Director for Advocacy, AARP Iowa Iowa Family Caregivers share their …

Start Saving Those Family Stories Before They’re Lost Forever

Posted on 02/19/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

By Larry Lehmer The first step in saving a family history is to start with those family members closest to you –  usually parents, grandparents and siblings. But some people take their work outside the family as well. Deanna Beineke of Fort Thomas, Ky., started her work with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project by interviewing her father, World War II veteran Jack Burleson. Since then, Beineke has completed 55 interviews with veterans. “These people are dying at a …

Voting Rights 50 Years Later: Leaders Say the March to the Polls is Still Indespensable

Posted on 02/17/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

As America celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), millions of eyes are on the hard-fought battle that was finally won in 1965. Forums, documentaries, and movies, such as “Selma”, are permeating the airwaves with the historic events that led to the Congressional passage of the VRA, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6, 1965. But, even as the celebration of the victory has begun, there are those whose eyes remain focused on …

#TBT: The Difference Between History, Family History and Geneaology

Posted on 02/5/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

by Larry Lehmer History, the kind I learned in school, wasn’t usually my favorite subject. Memorizing dates, names and places tended to be dry and tedious exercises, unless there was an interesting story attached. Family histories are different. Their relevance is easier to understand with connections to people we actually know or have at least heard about from those people who are closest to us. One of the fascinations of delving into one’s past is that, for better or worse, …

New Survey Shows Majority of Likely Iowa Voters 45+ Supports Measures to Help Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/2/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

AARP Iowa today released findings of a statewide survey highlighting Iowa family caregiver experiences, challenges and needs.  The survey recognizes and supports the important role an estimated 540,000 Iowans play throughout the year as family caregivers. Their unpaid work and assistance makes it possible for their parents, spouses or other loved ones to live independently at home. “Today in Iowa, a silent army of more than half a million unpaid family caregivers are the unheralded backbone of our state’s care …