State Fraud Awareness Efforts Help AARP Member Recover Thousands in Fraudulent Credit Card Charges

Posted on 01/30/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Iowa | Money & Work By Larry Lehmer Fraud is a huge problem, hitting 13 million Americans a year to the tune of $18 billion (that’s Billion, with a B). Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Older people are particularly vulnerable, even in Iowa. Just ask Karla Sibert of Palo whose aging parents are at different stages of dementia. Karla’s dad has had Alzheimer’s disease for some time; her mom is “at the beginning of it.” Her parents’ diminished mental capacity led to the …

Welcome to AARP Iowa’s version of “Throwback Thursday”

Posted on 01/29/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family | Iowa In case you’re not familiar with the term, it’s commonly used in social media to describe some sort of post about one’s past. It usually involves sharing of a cherished photo or story about a meaningful event from someone’s personal history. For several years I worked as a personal historian, helping people preserve for future generations those important moments from their lives. During this time, I wrote hundreds of articles on the subject of personal history. Starting today, I’ll be …

“I’ll Be Me” Movie Screening, Director’s Talk and Concert Set for Feb. 27 in West Des Moines

Posted on 01/27/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Iowa AARP Iowa is proud to work with LeadingAge Iowa for the Des Moines-area screening of the Glen Campbell documentary, I’ll Be Me, on February 27 at Hope Lutheran Church. This special evening includes a conversation with the Campbell family, moderated by the film’s director, James Keach, and a brief Campbell Family concert. James Keach is a long-time actor, director, writer and producer (Walk the Line, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie.) He directed and produced I’ll Be Me, and joins …

Need Help Filing Your 2015 Taxes? Iowa AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteers Are Ready

Posted on 01/22/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Iowa | Money & Work | Volunteering   Although she retired from a full-time accounting job in 2013, Iowa Tax-Aide volunteer Kay Vignovich says she has never been busier, and she wouldn’t have it any other way, especially during tax season. “I’m one of those people who like to help others and make a difference and if that means my calendar is full day to night, that’s ok by me,” said Vignovich, 66 of Des Moines, District Coordinator for Polk County for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program …

Support for Family Caregivers Tops AARP 2015 State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy | Iowa Increasing supports for the more than 540,000 Iowa family caregivers so they can more confidently care for their loved ones in their homes and communities tops the list of  priorities AARP Iowa will be working on during the 2015 legislative session. AARP is focusing on passage of model legislation, The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to better support family caregivers as they safely help Iowa seniors stay at home. “As well as helping family caregivers to manage the medical …

Making a Plan for Your Retirement

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP National | Comments

Iowa By Jean C. Setzfand Do you know what your retirement will look like? This might sound like an odd question, but stay with it for a minute. When you’re planning a vacation, I’ll bet you can visualize the whole thing – what city or perhaps beach you’ll be visiting, the weather, the events you’re hoping to fit in. Being able to see your goal makes it easier to put money aside to achieve it. The same holds true for retirement. …