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— 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 …

— The Iowa House this morning passed the 2019 Iowa CARE Act (SF 210) by a vote of 96-3. With the bill unanimously passing the Iowa Senate earlier in the week, the legislation now moves to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act outlines commonsense steps to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act legislation was …

— 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 …

— Only 22 percent of Des Moines streets are rated in “good condition” by national standards, and the vast majority of city streets are on the verge of requiring major maintenance. This is one of the many data points that city residents will learn about over the next three weeks through an AARP Iowa postcard campaign, set to hit mailboxes today, which highlights how Public Measure “A,” the local option sales tax, will improve the city’s infrastructure. Des Moines residents will …

— Legislation would help Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers The Iowa Senate Human Resources Committee voted unanimously today to advance the 2019 Iowa CARE Act (SF 84) out of Committee and to the full Senate. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act outlines commonsense steps to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and as they transition home. Sponsored by Sen. Mark Segebart (R) of Vail, SF 84 features four important provisions. The …

— Read our first AARP IOWA e-NEWS – January 2019 Legislative Session Begins Jan. 14 Passing Iowa CARE Act is Top Priority! Once again, the Iowa legislative session is upon us, beginning Monday, Jan. 14, followed by the Governor’s State of the State address on Tuesday. For AARP Iowa, our top legislative priority is passing the 2019 Iowa CARE Act, a no-cost, common-senses bill that provides needed support to Iowa’s 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one is admitted to the …

— 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 …