Iowa’s Family Caregivers Deserve Basic Supports

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving Arlene and her husband had just celebrated their 50th anniversary when he had his first of two back surgeries, before being diagnosed with cancer and passing five years later. Arlene was the primary caregiver for her husband throughout his illness, doing everything she could to keep her husband at home. While she wouldn’t have had it any other way, she said there were times during her caregiving journey she would have welcomed additional support and instruction. Arlene is not alone. …

Workshops Focus on Retirement Security

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Finances 50+ As part of its efforts to improve retirement security for Iowans, AARP is sponsoring several events during Money Smart Week, April 18-25. AARP will host a statewide tele-town hall on April 20, 7-8 p.m., as well as workshops in Cedar Rapids, April 21, 5:30-7 p.m.; Davenport, April 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; and Des Moines, April 23, 5:30-7 p.m. The events are free, and participants will learn about online tools that can help them plan for retirement. “This weeklong focus on …

Happy #TBT: Dealing with Someone Else’s Trunk Full of Memories

Posted on 03/26/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family So what do you do if Aunt Gertie dies and leaves you with a trunk full of memories? Her memories. After all, she thought so much of you that she entrusted you with the eternal care of many of her favorite possessions. Decluttering experts will tell you that the hardest items to get rid of are those with which you have an emotional connection. Those passed into your hands from loving relatives are the hardest of them all. But, just …

Media Advisory: March 27 AARP Quad Cities Caregiver Forum

Posted on 03/25/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Caregiving | Community What: Public forum to introduce new AARP caregiver resources and programs, share state survey findings on the wants and needs of Iowa family caregivers, and connect attendees to local services and supports. Who:  Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa Associate State Director for Advocacy Dawn Carstensen, Milestones Area Agency on Aging Bill Horrell, Alzheimer’s Association Quad Cities area residents and family caregivers When:            11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 Where:           Center for Active Seniors Inc., CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly …

Free “Transitioning to Medicare” Webinar Set for March 25

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Health & Wellbeing How much do you know about Medicare? Take this 10-question quiz and then sign up for the free “Transitioning to Medicare” seminar on Wednesday, March 25th from 2 pm Eastern/ 1 pm Central to learn the basics of Medicare eligibility and enrollment, coverage options and where you can go for help. This 60-minute web event will also include time for you to ask questions of AARP experts. To participate, you need a computer with Internet access and audio capacity. Even …

Throwback Thursday: Tips for Recapturing that ’70s Decade and Other Memorable Times

Posted on 03/19/2015 by | AARP Iowa | Comments

Home & Family by Larry Lehmer   So many stories, so little time. That’s why very few of us have tackled the task of preserving our own life stories for our children, grandchildren and generations to come. But, just as we enjoy stories about our grandparents and their life journeys, our grandchildren will someday expect the same from us. There are many ways to get started. If you’ve kept a diary or journal at some point in your life, you’re well ahead of …