— 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!

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the largest event in the state and one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. The 2018 fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-19, and about a million people are expected to attend. AARP Iowa welcomes visitors of all ages to its booth in the Varied Industries Building. Visitors can pick up information on voting in the midterm elections, as well as resources for caregiving, fraud prevention and livable …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— 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 …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— 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 …

— We invite you to join AARP in helping Iowans learn more about Medicare benefits by volunteering for the Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)*. SHIIP is a free health insurance counseling service that helps Medicare-eligible Iowans with their Medicare and health insurance questions and problems. SHIIP counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families with questions or problems related to Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long-term insurance and other issues. SHIIP counselors provide accurate, up-to-date, unbiased information and SHIIP does not …

— 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 …