— 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!

— Learn essential networking and interviewing skills at our free, two-part webinar. Sharpening Your Networking & Interview Skills Part 1: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 6 p.m. CT No matter your skills or experience, getting the job often comes down to two critical factors: 1. Who you know, and 2. How you handle yourself in an interview. AARP’s free, two-part webinar, Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills, was created to help you hone …

— 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 days for members at locations in Des Moines  and Cedar Rapids, Tuesdays, May 28th, June 25th and July 23rd from 4 – 7pm. Meet up with AARP Iowa staff, local members and volunteers for a cool down with some free ice cream! Check in with our AARP volunteers and receive …

— Phishing scams aim to acquire valuable personal and financial data — such as your Social Security number, credit card details or passwords for online accounts — to steal your identity, your money or both. They are mostly associated with email but can come in many forms, including social media, pop-up ads, “vishing” (voice phishing by phone), “smishing” (phishing by text message) and “pharming” (drawing victims to bogus websites). Phishers bait the hook by promising goodies (free products or services, a …

— Learn about ways to avoid illegal robocalls and phone scams in this free, two-part webinar. Who’s Really on the Line? Fending Off Illegal Robocalls & Spoofing Part 1: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Robocalls have become an epidemic—there were nearly 48 billion of them in 2018 and phone scams are on the rise as well. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself and your family from …

— AARP Iowa is hosting community conversations to address the high cost of prescription drugs. Iowans know firsthand what it’s like to get caught in a financial crunch when it comes to paying for prescription drugs, and the increasing cost of medications is hitting older Iowans particularly hard. Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world, and costs are rising four times as fast as overall inflation. We’ve invited special guests and community members to discuss the challenges Iowans …

— AARP Iowa is encouraging local groups to schedule Fraud Watch Network presentations in 2019. Trained volunteers are eager to help protect older Iowans by sharing the latest information about, and tips to avoid, financial scams. Church groups, book clubs and many other community organizations have benefited from such presentations over the past two years. To schedule a talk for your group or to learn more about volunteering, call the AARP Iowa office toll-free at 866-554-5378 or email iaaarp@aarp.org.

— AARP Iowa is taking a road trip to the Charles City Challenge Whitewater Festival for a day on the Cedar River at Iowa’s first whitewater park. Named “Outstanding Event” by Iowa Tourism, the festival is now in its eighth year features kayak and tube events on the water as well as fun on the shore in a beautiful setting! Activities include disc golf, public art, walking trails, vendors, food and more.   Catch the bus!* In Des Moines (AARP Office): …

— AARP Iowa hosted a live event on April 10 to discuss fraud, scams, and identity theft with AARP members across the state. The call featured Iowa State Director Brad Anderson, State Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen, and Jessica Whitney and Al Perales from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. The experts shared information on various scams such as the IRS scam, investment scams, and caller ID spoofing. To view the program in its entirety as well …

— Attend AARP’s free, two-part webinar to find out how. Tips for Working Caregivers from Working Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Are you trying to balance caring for an aging or disabled loved one while working full or part time? Get the tips, ideas and support you need at AARP’s free, two-part webinar. Register today to get answers from AARP experts, a working family caregiver like you …

— After five years of working to pass legislation to support Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers, volunteer advocates from AARP Iowa along with other partnering statewide organizations, celebrated their persistence and dedication on Tuesday when Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds inked her signature to the 2019 Iowa CARE Act, Senate File (SF) 210 at a bill-signing ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol.  The legislation becomes law on July 1, 2019. “Iowa’s family caregivers are unsung heroes who sacrifice time and energy to help …