— AARP Iowa Hosting ‘Power of the 50+ Iowa Voter’ Education Programs Across the State in May Iowa’s primary elections take place June 5, 2018, with big decisions awaiting Iowans in key contested state primary races and new election laws in place for the first time in a statewide Iowa election. AARP is hosting program in communities across Iowa throughout May to discuss top state and federal issues that affect Iowans 50-plus, and to inform you of changes to Iowa’s voter …

— With scammers busy thinking up new ways to steal your money, how can you protect yourself, your family and your neighbors? Join us for a discussion about how to safeguard against identity theft and fraud. Learn how scammers think, so you can build up your defenses against the kinds of tricks con artists use, and about keeping more of your hard-earned money where it belongs – in your pocket. AARP Iowa is hosting in-person events in several Iowa communities. Please …

— In case you missed the 2018 Iowa CARE Act teletown hall from Tuesday, April 3, the full recording of the call is now available online at the link below: https://ws.onehub.com/files/qju6yccg The 2018 Iowa CARE Act includes commonsense steps that will help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. All Iowa patients have the opportunity to designate and record the name of a family caregiver when they are admitted to a hospital; the …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6– 6:30 p.m. CT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12 – 1:00 p.m. CT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take steps …

— Discard old confidential documents safely and securely at our FREE Shred Day during April’s Money Smart Week in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Quad Cities. Bring up to three boxes of documents (per household). Staples and paperclips are fine, but all binders need to be removed. No registration is needed. See below for dates, times and locations. Cedar Rapids Area Shred Day Monday, April 30,  11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at: Cedar Rapids Kernels’ Parking Lot, 950 Rockford Road SW …

— Free donuts! Now that we’ve got your attention, AARP Iowa members are invited to free Coffee and Donut Days in Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines. Come get to know and connect with other AARP members and volunteers during Donut Days in April (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 or …

— AARP Iowa invites community groups across the state to schedule a free presentation to help their members guard against fraud. AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers ready to give Fraud Watch Network presentations to church groups, civic clubs, veterans organizations, senior centers and libraries across the state. Financial crimes against older Iowans are a growing concern. Con artists often target older people because they are likely to have savings. To schedule a presentation or to become a volunteer …

— By Chuck Betts AARP Iowa State President As this year’s state legislative session nears conclusion, a number of statewide organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Iowans have joined together to urge passage of the 2018 Iowa CARE Act. This is a no-cost, commonsense step to support Iowa’s caregiving families when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. In its most recent form, the proposal has no recorded opposition. In fact, all Iowa health care provider groups …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Today, AARP Iowa, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Inc., American Heart Association Midwest Affiliate, Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Iowa CareGivers, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Upper Midwest Chapter and Older Iowans Legislature sent an open letter to Iowa state lawmakers urging passage of the 2018 Iowa CARE Act this session. Read the full letter here. The 2018 Iowa CARE Act includes commonsense steps that will help family caregivers …