— 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!

— Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Americans are paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “It’s time for pharmaceutical companies …

— Discard old confidential documents safely and securely at our FREE Shred Day in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines . Bring up to three boxes of documents (per household). Staples and paper clips are fine, but all binders need to be removed.  No registration is needed. Cedar Rapids  Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. – noon Lower Parking Lot of Veterans Memorial Stadium 950 Rockford Road SW, Cedar Rapids Des Moines  Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. – noon Johnston Public …

— The Social Security Administration is using new public service announcements to warn Americans about the increasing number of telephone scams and to advise what to do about them. The number of such telephone impostor scams has increased more than tenfold in recent years. Complaints about them jumped from 3,200 in 2017 to 35,000 in 2018, with financial loses increasing from $210,000 to $10 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The PSAs are 60-second, 30-second and 15-second warnings for airing on TV and radio. The scams …

— In life, we all get a bit rusty, eventually. One friend needs a hip replacement and another is recovering from neurosurgery on his lower back. I have had surgeries to repair each of my shoulders and am planning on getting other procedures to essentially repair what is malfunctioning due to wear and tear. In other words: I’m getting old. Aging into the sixties and beyond immerses nearly everyone into an expanding world of medical maintenance. Whether our friends, family or …

— During tax-filing season, it pays to be aware of the ways that scammers and hackers may try to put your potential refund in their pocket. A number of different scams tend to ramp up during the filing season. Tax identity theft occurs when someone steals your Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax refund or to get a job.  There are also computer viruses out there (the “Emotet” virus for one) that can send emails supposedly from the IRS …

— Free donuts or pastries! 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 March and 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 …

— AARP Iowa has released the results of a new statewide caregiving survey, showing that 96 percent of family caregivers in the state believe it’s important to receive instruction on medical tasks they will need to provide for loved ones at home after discharge from the hospital. AARP Iowa is urging the state legislature to pass the Iowa CARE Act, which outlines steps that hospitals should take to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved ones transition to …

— This past week, AARP Iowa hosted a live teletown hall on Public Measure A – the local option sales tax in Des Moines, which local residents will vote on at the polls next Tuesday, March 5.  AARP Iowa State Director Brad Anderson was joined on the call by Christine Hensley, former Des Moines City Council member and Joe Van Haalen, president of Des Moines Firefighters IAFF Local 4. Public Measure “A” will generate an estimated $37 million in annual revenue for the City of …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6 p.m. CT You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Grants can range from …