— 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!

— AARP Iowa has released the results of a statewide caregiving survey showing that 96 percent of current family caregivers in Iowa believe it is ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important that they receive instruction on medical tasks they need to provide for their loved one at home upon being discharged from the hospital.  The survey of 800 registered voters age 40+ across the state also showed that Iowans are overwhelmingly in support of three measures in the Iowa CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record …

— AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers who are eager to protect older state residents from scams and fraud. The AARP Fraud Watch volunteers have been well received by church and service groups, book clubs and other community organizations across the state for the past two years. As organizations are planning their program calendars for 2019, they are invited to contact AARP Iowa to schedule a Fraud Watch Network presentation. Get the latest information about scams happening locally and …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible.   Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote …

— AARP Iowa, Latino Political Network (LPN) and county auditors are partnering to inform voters ahead of mid-term election with 5 statewide programs — Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Mason City and Shenandoah — during the week of Oct. 15. AARP Iowa and the Latino Political Network (LPN) are working on a non-partisan effort to inform Iowa’s voters 50+ and Latino population on changes to the state’s voter laws, partnering with a bi-partisan group of county auditors from across the state.  This “It’s …

— Nationwide Campaign Aims to Help Voters Age 50+ Hold Politicians Accountable Today, AARP launched “Be The Difference. Vote™,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Americans age 50-plus as they vote in the 2018 midterm elections. The campaign will provide information on where politicians stand on the issues and help these decisive voters hold politicians accountable for their positions this November. To promote voter engagement throughout Iowa ahead of the June 5 primary, AARP staff and volunteers are travelling to …

— Iowa’s primary elections will be Tuesday, June 5, and every statewide office is up for grabs, with contested primaries in each race. AARP is hosting events across Iowa this month to inform members and their guests about state and federal issues that affect Iowans 50-plus, as well as changes in the state’s voter laws. A new state election law will be in effect for the June primaries. Changes include requiring every voter to show a driver’s license, passport, military ID …

— On Wednesday, AARP announced Iowa Senator Charles Grassley as a recipient of AARP’s 2017 Congressional Award for his legislative leadership during the first year of the 115th Congress on an issue area that will benefit the lives of the 50+, our families, and our communities. Senator Grassley received this recognition for working in a bipartisan manner on an issue of importance to people age 50 and older. More specifically, Senator Grassley received this award for his leadership in promoting access …

— 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 …