— There’s just so much to love about riding a bike. Enjoy fresh air, sunshine and your community while building health. Discover these Real Possibilities with AARP and enter today for your chance to win a valuable prize. Today we’re introducing the Bike La Crosse Sweepstakes. The package for the sweepstakes prize includes one bike in the size and style chosen by the prize recipient, a bicycle accessory package that includes a helmet, lock, water bottle/installed water bottle cage and choice of bike seat, …

— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: 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 …

— June 27, 2017 — DES MOINES, IA Iowa’s leading consumer advocate for older Iowans and leading long term care provider advocates joined together to urge Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst to vote against the U.S. Senate’s health care bill, “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” The proposed bill includes cuts to Medicaid financing. Medicaid cuts would have devastating impact on Iowa’s services for older adults and persons with disabilities. Medicaid is a critically-important payer for long term care services and supports. …

— Large Majorities of Older Voters Across Party Lines Oppose the Age Tax, Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections, Medicare and Medicaid Cuts June 22, 2017 – DES MOINES, IA — AARP Iowa today released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over health care policies important to older Americans. “Health care is a deeply personal issue that has a real and immediate impact on American families across the political spectrum. These survey findings are very clear …

— WASHINGTON, DC—With baby boomers beginning to turn 80 in 2026, states must accelerate the pace of improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older people and adults with disabilities, according to AARP’s new state scorecard released today. The report, Picking Up The Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers (“Scorecard”), shows that although most states have made some progress, the pace of change overall remains too …

— AARP Iowa is hosting briefings this month to inform members about health care reform and possible changes to Medicare. Federal legislation could lead to major changes in health care, and Iowans can learn at these meetings how to help ensure access to health care for everyone 50 and older. Experts will listen to members’ concerns and suggest ways to get involved in advocacy efforts, including contacting members of Congress and state leaders. The meetings are set for Sioux City, June …