— AARP Iowa invites community groups across the state to schedule a free presentation to help their members guard against fraud. AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers ready to give Fraud Watch Network presentations to church groups, civic clubs, veterans organizations, senior centers and libraries across the state. Financial crimes against older Iowans are a growing concern. Con artists often target older people because they are likely to have savings. To schedule a presentation or to become a volunteer …

— 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 …

— AARP and Iowa Public Television have teamed up to produce Stealing Your Life, a program on how to guard against fraud. The show features Frank Abagnale, whose exploits decades ago were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can. Today, Abagnale is an authority on forgery, embezzlement and identity theft. For more than 40 years, he has advised the FBI and major corporations on how to outsmart con artists. As an ambassador for AARP Fraud Watch Network, he has …

— Need a financial tune up? Money Smart Week events to the rescue! If you could use a little help learning how to stretch your money and jump start your retirement security planning, join AARP for these Money Smart Week Iowa programs! Financial Security on Tap Cedar Rapids: Tues., April 25, 5:30-7 PM Des Moines: Wed., April 26, 5:30-7 PM AARP and the Iowa Insurance Division (IID) invite you to join a fun, informative evening of trivia games, sweepstakes and financial …

— Politicians are not likely to make plans to update Social Security unless voters ask them to do so. That’s why AARP opened an office in Des Moines—to serve as a hub for efforts to hold presidential and congressional candidates accountable for explaining how they would keep Social Security financially sound for current and future generations. In a recent AARP survey, more than 9 in 10 Iowa caucusgoers of all ages and across party lines said it’s important that the next …

— In a recent AARP survey, more than 9 in 10 Iowa voters age 18 and older said it is important for presidential candidates to lay out a plan to make Social Security financially sound for future generations. That level of support held across party lines and age groups. Nearly 1 in 4 Iowans age 65-plus rely on Social Security for at least 90 percent of their income. Without presidential leadership and congressional action to update the program, benefits could be …

— As part of ongoing efforts to help Iowans save for their future and enjoy lifelong financial security, AARP is hosting events statewide during Money Smart Week, April 23-30. AARP will hold a tele-town hall on Tuesday, April 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. Iowans can call in to listen to or take part in a conversation with financial professionals. Topics will include how to find a financial adviser, when to collect Social Security and how to protect your assets from …

— With the state’s Feb. 1 presidential caucus on the horizon, AARP Iowa volunteers have hit the political trail. They are meeting with candidates at coffee shops and local rallies to ask, if elected, how the candidates would put Social Security on stable footing for future generations. Meanwhile, the AARP state office is keeping Social Security in the spotlight by hosting candidate forums and posting candidates’ positions online. “Every four years, the ears of the nation listen to presidential hopefuls in …

— It’s that time of year again: Medicare Open Enrollment. AARP encourages all Medicare beneficiaries to review their health and prescription drug plan choices for 2016 during open enrollment (October 15th – December 7th). With the explosive rise in prescription drug prices, consumers should pay particular attention to their drug coverage options to help save money. On October 29, 2015 AARP Iowa was pleased to host Kris Gross, director of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and SHIIP staffer Patty Price for …

— Measure Would Protect Retirement Investors and Savers from Conflicts of Interest The U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule to protect 401(k) and IRA investors against conflicts of interest in the financial services industry would better ensure that American families have adequate income in retirement, according to comments filed with the agency yesterday by AARP.The rule, proposed in April, would require financial advisers to provide advice in their clients’ best interest, rather than meeting an inadequate standard currently applicable to some …