— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Iowa for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— In an Era of Continuous Data Breaches, AARP/Iowa Seeks to Empower Public with Simple Tips to Protect Sensitive Personal Information As data breach incidents proliferate, a new AARP survey finds that that an alarming number of Iowa residents have failed to take the basic precautions against identity fraud. In response, AARP/Iowa and the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched a campaign to raise awareness of identity theft risks and educate consumers on how to enhance the safety of their personal …

— AARP Iowa is hosting two free “Sip, Sample, Serve” happy hours in late September, one in Des Moines on Tuesday, Sept. 25, and one in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Sept. 27, where prospective volunteers can learn about the many ways they can get involved, while mingling with AARP staff and other volunteers.  Event is free and the first drink is on us. There are a variety of ways in which someone can volunteer with AARP Iowa: • Fraud Watch: help …

— It’s summer and you know what that means: time for ice cream! As part of our outreach to connect with members across the state, we’re hosting a free ice cream day for members at locations in Des Moines on Thursday, September 6! Meet up with AARP Iowa staff, local members and volunteers for a cool down with some free ice cream! Present your AARP card and receive one small cone with a dip or crunch topping of your choice.     Des …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 p.m. CT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— To recognize the outsize contributions that people over 50 make to the economy, experts have developed the concept of the “longevity economy.” Based on an analysis conducted by AARP in 2017, the longevity report looked at all economic activity of people 50 and older. Even though in 2015 only 36 percent of Iowa’s population was 50 or older, the total economic contribution of 50-plus residents accounted for 41 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and 42 percent of state …

— The Iowa Department on Aging, AARP Iowa and the Older Iowans Legislature are seeking input from Iowans on the biggest challenges when it comes to aging in Iowa as they begin to prepare for the next legislative session. The three organizations are working together to ask residents of all ages for their thoughts on what Iowa can do to improve the quality of life for its older population through a brief online survey posted on the Department on Aging’s website …

— Seeking volunteers statewide to help Iowans live their best lives Every September 11th since 2002, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and across the world, have participated in the National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service. This year, AARP Iowa is honoring September as Make a Difference Month, and are seeking volunteers statewide to donate their time, skills, and passion to participate in a host of events and initiatives in …

— Free donuts! Now that we’ve got your attention, AARP Iowa members are invited to free Coffee and Donut Days in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Come get to know and connect with other AARP members and volunteers during Donut Days in September and October (see below for dates and times). Make sure to bring your AARP card to present in order to receive your first cup of coffee and donut for free. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy your breakfast …

— The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the largest event in the state and one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. AARP Iowa will be in the middle of the action for the fair’s duration, Aug. 9-19, with an interactive booth in the Varied Industries Building, where attendees can find the latest information on issues impacting the 50+, including Medicare and Social Security, and can take the pledge to vote in the upcoming mid-term election.  …