— Last week I overheard one of our AARP volunteers in a spirited discussion with an AARP staff member. They were discussing how AARP was handling some issues and I quickly realized that there were different points of view being presented. The discussion was very kind and remained friendly the entire time, with many, “I understand where you are coming from…” phrases thrown around. I was not only impressed because it was one of the most respectful political discussions I have …

— The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans. The BCRA cuts nearly $59 billion over 10 years from the Hospital Insurance trust fund by repealing a 0.9 percent payroll tax on higher-income workers. This would hasten Medicare’s insolvency and diminish the program’s ability to pay for services in the future. The bill would also increase Medicare premiums by removing nearly $26 billion in required payments from pharmaceutical companies over 10 …

— AARP Iowa is excited to be sponsoring another free movie screening! This month’s movie will be The Zookeeper’s Wife. The movie is set in 1939 Poland and follows the life of Antonina Żabińska and Dr. Jan Żabiński as they care for the Warsaw Zoo. After their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina begin covertly working with the Resistance and use what has become of their zoo to save lives. The danger increases and Antonina begins putting herself and …

— Central Iowa caregivers are invited to join with other local caregivers for a “CAREversation” about family caregiving on Thursday, July 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Louie’s Wine Dive in Des Moines.   CAREversations are an interactive family caregiving event is designed to allow attendees to connect with other family caregivers, share tips and ideas, learn how to build a caregiver support network, and find out about local resources. “Whether you’re starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or …

Brandi Dye, Iowa intern

— “Hi, Brandi. Our Fraud Watch Educators are happy with the video you posted.” “Dope.” This is a representation of a typical interaction I might have with my boss, the AARP Iowa communications director, as we pass in the hall. What is harder to represent with words is the look on her face when I respond with the word “dope.” I like to think that I know how to behave myself in a professional setting. But until I started at AARP …

— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— As a 20-year-old woman, I have been told for years that I am on my phone too much and that I am on social media too often. As a student studying public relations and a current communications intern, this makes me laugh. Yes, the majority of the time that I am on my phone I am talking to my friends or procrastinating on some silly video but social media is also where I stay up-to-date on my news, keep informed …

— June 27, 2017 — DES MOINES, IA Iowa’s leading consumer advocate for older Iowans and leading long term care provider advocates joined together to urge Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst to vote against the U.S. Senate’s health care bill, “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” The proposed bill includes cuts to Medicaid financing. Medicaid cuts would have devastating impact on Iowa’s services for older adults and persons with disabilities. Medicaid is a critically-important payer for long term care services and supports. …

Brandi Dye, Iowa intern

— I am twenty-nine years away from being eligible for an AARP membership. What do I know about the life experiences that the 50+ community share? Not much. But this week has been packed full of events and I think I may have a way the 50+ community and us Millennials are quite similar. One of the events I attended this week was a lunch and learn event regarding the possibility of changing healthcare. The healthcare information was important, and I …

— Large Majorities of Older Voters Across Party Lines Oppose the Age Tax, Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections, Medicare and Medicaid Cuts June 22, 2017 – DES MOINES, IA — AARP Iowa today released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over health care policies important to older Americans. “Health care is a deeply personal issue that has a real and immediate impact on American families across the political spectrum. These survey findings are very clear …