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— Sometimes life takes you in a different direction than you thought you would go. It’s never too late to make a change. Start reimagining your life today by attending a free Life Reimagined Checkup. This fall, AARP Iowa is hosting a series of free, 90-minute sessions in communities across the state. Each check up offers tools and advice to help participants navigate transitions in their work, relationships or well-being. Sessions are designed to help participants reflect on their goals and …

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—   (DES MOINES, Iowa) – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP are collaborating to present two free franchising workshops for prospective small business owners on August 29, in Urbandale and West Des Moines. The workshops will be presented by Blake Martin, a franchise specialist with FranNet and a mentor with the SCORE Omaha Chapter. The workshops will introduce attendees to the ins and outs of opening a franchise, to the necessary research to determine the best franchise option …

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— AARP Iowa, the Family Caregivers Center of Mercy and the Iowa Area Agencies on Aging are teaming up to broadcast a live, online family caregiving event from Nashville, Tenn., featuring author and speaker Peter Rosenberger. Rosenberger, founder of Caregivers With Hope, will lead the free, interactive webinar titled “Unstuck: Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver with Humor,” Thursday, August 25th from 6-7 p.m. CT. Live, dinner and simulcast sessions of the event will be held at two locations in Iowa, …

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— Connect with other family caregivers around your table as you enjoy complimentary food and drinks. You’ll learn how to build a caregiver support network, tips to care for yourself and where to find local resources. Seats are limited to the first 40 RSVPs — so reserve your spot today! Locations and times are: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Swartz Sunday, August 21, 2016 Two times: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 Holiday …

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— Interview skills can always be improved and practiced, so don’t miss out and go into your next interview cold! AARP wants to help you by taking you behind the scenes of an interview, and help you learn what questions to ask, and what questions to avoid. Don’t miss our interactive  webinar “Interview Intel: Behind the Scenes Advice to Win Your Job” featuring AARP Jobs expert Kerry Hannon Tuesday August 9th at 3PM ET/ 2PM CT. Be sure to Register NOW! …

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— Join AARP for a free hands-on workshop for those who want to get the most out of their smartphones. Smartphones are provided for practice, and friendly TEK guides will answer questions. Workshops are scheduled for three different dates and locations across Greater Des Moines. Central Iowa members and guests are invited to sign up for one or more of the classes at the following dates and locations:  Monday, Aug. 8 at the Northwest Community Center; Tuesday, Aug. 16th at the …

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— At a recent Trump campaign event at the DoubleTree Convention Complex in Cedar Rapids, voters on both sides of the aisle eagerly discussed the future of Social Security. Twenty-five year AARP Iowa member Gary Heinick of Waterloo, a registered Republican, shared his experiences with Social Security as a retired civil engineer. “Social Security is where I get most, if not all of my income … I can’t imagine living without it.” Gary supports updating Social Security,  not just for him, but for his kids …

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— Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around! But what if you were a Family Caregiver for a loved one at the same time? It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” and people are feeling the pressure of being squeezed between all the other layers of life as a family caregiver and a parent. Register for AARP’s interactive webinar, “Family Caregivers Feeling Squeezed: Life in the Sandwich Generation.” Featuring Charima Young, ASD Outreach Georgia and Britnee Fergins, a mother of …

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— Iowa Executive Council Member, Fraud Watch Network Volunteer Joe Marquart  Urges Senate Judiciary Action to Fight Fraud The United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on June 29 in Washington D.C. to hear testimony on “Protecting Older Americans from Financial Exploitation.”  Chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the hearing included two panels of speakers.  The first panel consisted of John A. Horn, the United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia and Lois C. Greisman, head of the …

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— AARP Iowa is proud to introduce the 2016 Take a Stand Iowa field team. The Take a Stand campaign is candidates to Take a Stand on Social Security and form a plan to update it, not just for current beneficiaries, but for their children and grandchildren, and is inviting Iowans to get involved in the effort.  Meet the team:   Joshua Skaggs, Iowa State Field Director, responsible for the Iowa campaign and field organization, is originally from Saint Louis Missouri. He …