— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— As state lawmakers near a key deadline, the 2018 legislative session’s first funnel of February 16, AARP leaders and activists descended on the State Capitol this morning for the Association’s annual lobby day, urging lawmakers to pass the 2018 Iowa CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act. The bill (HF 2289/SSB 3123), with no cost to the state or taxpayers, would provide vital support for Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers who help their older parents, spouses and other loved ones …

— When Irene Olson was unexpectedly discharged from the hospital on a wintery Saturday afternoon after a short stay following aortic aneurism surgery, she phoned her daughter Sue, 175 miles away in Ames, telling her to come and pick her up. With minimal information from hospital staff regarding the discharge, Sue drove five hours through blizzard conditions. Arriving at the hospital, Sue’s mother was waiting in a wheelchair to be taken home. No instruction was provided to Sue on how to …

— The Iowa General Assembly convenes Jan. 8, and AARP Iowa is continuing to press for legislation that can ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and family caregivers. An estimated 317,000 Iowans serve as unpaid family caregivers, helping their parents, spouses or other loved ones with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, meals and transportation. They also help with medical tasks such as managing medications and dressing wounds. Even so, a 2015 survey found that 50 percent of …

— AARP Iowa and experts from the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) held a live Telephone Townhall event on Thursday, Dec. 7, and discussed new Medicare cards, options you have if your drug plan is not working, and other changes to Medicare in 2018. To view the program in its entirety, please visit https://vekeo.com/event/aarpiowa-35883/ AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable …

— AARP advocates in Iowa say it’s high time their state joined dozens of others in helping family caregivers be prepared to provide medical care when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Iowa General Assembly in the last three sessions, but the legislation has yet to reach a floor vote. The bill, already enacted in 39 states and territories, would let every hospital patient in Iowa designate …

— Jeremy Barewin joined AARP Iowa as associate state director of communications and outreach in late September. A Drake University graduate, Barewin brings more than 15 years of experience in communications and marketing to AARP Iowa, having spent the last decade working for healthcare organizations in the Chicago area. “Jeremy is a welcome addition to the AARP Iowa professional staff,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “He is a much respected and highly skilled communications professional with unique expertise in …

— AARP Iowa is working with employers to help them understand and support employees who also serve as unpaid family caregivers. The goal is to identify resources that can help not only caregivers but employers, as well. Six out of 10 caregivers are employed, and many also spend 20 to 40 hours per week on caregiving tasks. Their dual roles can adversely affect business if the burden leads to greater absenteeism, diminished productivity, declining morale and requests to reduce work hours. …