Support for Family Caregivers Tops AARP 2015 State Legislative Priorities

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

Advocacy 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 …

Helping Caregivers Perform Follow-Up Care

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy As in other states, AARP urges passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act in Iowa to help family caregivers care for their loved ones safely and confidently. The measure aims to ensure that caregivers understand how to perform follow-up care when a hospital patient comes home. “Giving caregivers the kind of hands-on instruction they need to care for someone after a hospitalization is key to improving the odds that the person receiving care can successfully stay home,” said …

New Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Information Available

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy During the 2014 General Assembly, AARP worked with the Iowa Bar Association and other interested groups to secure passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) to help curb the growing problem of elder financial abuse. Senate File 2168 passed both the Iowa Senate and the House unanimously and was signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad effective July 1. This Iowa version of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) will better protect Iowans against financial exploitation while …

AARP State President Visits 15 Iowa Cities on 2014 Voter Engagement Tour

Posted on 10/16/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy As part of AARP’s 2014 voter engagement campaign in Iowa, State President Tony Vola is leading a 15-city “Pizza & Possibilities” informational tour.  Vola is traveling the state to talk with members and the public about how AARP is working in Iowa to improve financial security, warn against fraud and scams, and encourage voter engagement on important issues. All the Pizza & Possibilites events are at a Pizza Ranch restaurant unless otherwise noted.  The full schedule of events is: 10/16 …

Reflections from the AARP Booth at the Iowa State Fair

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy There’s lots to love about the Iowa State Fair. From the butter cow to fried-anything-on-a-stick. From free musical acts to critters of all persuasions. From quilts that would make Martha Stewart seethe with envy to baked and canned goods you wish your grandmother would have made, there’s something for everyone. For AARP volunteers, there’s also the time-honored pleasure of mingling with fellow Iowans and hearing stories about issues that are important to them. This year those issues were fraud and …

New Poll of Iowa Voters 50+ Shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy Voters Worry Secure Retirement Slipping Away, Want Candidates to Address Economic Security August 11, 2014 — AARP Iowa today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them.  Voters also want to see candidates who focus on improving their financial security, as they believe incomes have not kept up with their cost of living, especially health costs, taxes and retirement security. 50+ Voters’ Financial Outlook: …