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

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

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 …

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

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

Money & Work   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 …

New Iowa Uniform Power of Attorney Information Available

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

Money & Work 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 …

Fraud Watch Network Featured at Cyber Security Forum

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Money & Work AARP Iowa was a partner in a successful event Sept. 4th in Ames featuring the Fraud Watch Network with the National Cyber Security Alliance. STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life drew more than 130 people from ISU students to business owners to AARP members as part of a 10-city tour on activating security features available on many of the web’s most popular sites. Senator Chuck Grassley, Attorney General Tom Miller and ISU President Stephen Leath opened …

Sign Up for Fraud Alerts at State Fair

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work AARP invites visitors to the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 7-17, to stop by its booth to sign up for alerts from the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The fair attracts about 1 million visitors each year. People of any age can request watchdog alerts to learn about scams active in their community. Tips from law enforcement officials and former con artists also are available at  

Tony Vola: Iowa’s older workers deserve respect and protection

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Money & Work In his June 16 guest opinion for the Press-Citizen, heaping praise on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Gross decision on age discrimination and his role in it, Frank Harty misrepresents the law and fails to show an understanding of the harsh impact of this ruling on people’s lives. The Gross decision represented a drastic and damaging change in employment discrimination law. For decades before Gross, a worker had to show that age was one motivating factor in an adverse employment decision. …