Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …

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From finding a job to making the most of your work day, AARP will present free a webinar titled Trade Your Dress Shoes for Slippers: The Inside Scoop on Being a Teleworker,”  Tuesday May 10th. Sharon Emek, Founder and CEO of Work At Home Vintage Experts (WAHVE) and former professor at Rutgers, will give you tips on teleworking, help you avoid work-from-home scams and find reputable employers who are hiring teleworkers. She’ll be joined by AARP North Carolina volunteer Stan C. …

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In a recent AARP survey, more than 9 in 10 Iowa voters age 18 and older said it is important for presidential candidates to lay out a plan to make Social Security financially sound for future generations. That level of support held across party lines and age groups. Nearly 1 in 4 Iowans age 65-plus rely on Social Security for at least 90 percent of their income. Without presidential leadership and congressional action to update the program, benefits could be …

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As the Iowa House debates the House Health and Human Services (HHS) Budget bill, House File 2460, AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern writes members about his recent hospitalization. Read his letter below describing the successful transitions he experienced having a designated caregiver and thorough instructions for his at-home care, measures called for in the CARE Act, which is included in HF 2460. April 19, 2016 Members of the Iowa House of Representatives: For most of my adult life, I …

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Des Moines, April 15, 2016 – AARP applauds the Iowa House Appropriations Committee for including the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act in the House Health and Human Services (HHS) budget, HF 2460, which passed the House Appropriations Committee and now moves to the House floor. The CARE Act, introduced as HSB 564 in 2016, is commonsense legislation to better address the caring realities of Iowa’s estimated 317,000 caregivers, so that they are better prepared to care for their …

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Last week on April 7, 2016, Senator Joni Ernst, along with others, introduced the Credit for Caring Act, which provides working family caregivers with up to a $3,000 nonrefundable tax credit for qualified expenses. This support from Sen. Ernst is vitally important, particularly for Iowans. Iowa has over 317,000 caregivers every year. These men and women contribute approximately $3.86 billion worth of unpaid care. The bill, beyond the $3,000 refund, has the following guidelines: Applicable for family caregiver expenses over …

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When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

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You’re Invited to Our Virtual Viewing Party: Staying Competitive with Work & Jobs! Register and watch our online lessons on your computer or mobile device. As a thank you, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless steel travel mug! Watch the videos – which will teach you how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, YouTube and more to stay competitive in the job market.  You can take a short quiz for a chance to win our grand prize – a $250 …

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For the past six months, AARP Iowa volunteers and staff worked tirelessly on the Take a Stand campaign, calling for presidential candidates to address their  plan to update Social Security for future sustainability. Activities launched in August 2015 at the Iowa State Fair and built steadily to the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses on February 1, 2016. “The things I do for AARP! Last night I put on my AARP “Take a Stand” t-shirt over my other clothing, went out and climbed …

Money Smart Week

Join AARP April 23-30, in partnership with Money Smart Week Iowa, to learn how to stretch your money and prepare for retirement security! On Tuesday, April 26th, Iowans around the state can learn about the latest tips, tools and resources to help plan for a more secure retirement future via a statewide telephone conference and webinar.  This online and by-phone conversation and webinar will discuss how to find a financial advisor, when to collect Social Security, and how to protect …