— 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 …

— 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 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 …

— AARP Iowa is working with employers to help them understand and support employees who also serve as unpaid family caregivers. The goal is to identify resources that can help not only caregivers but employers, as well. Six out of 10 caregivers are employed, and many also spend 20 to 40 hours per week on caregiving tasks. Their dual roles can adversely affect business if the burden leads to greater absenteeism, diminished productivity, declining morale and requests to reduce work hours. …

— 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 …

— AARP and other advocates have formed Elevate Aging, a collaborative that addresses aging issues in Iowa. Among its priorities for the 2017 legislative session is passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The CARE Act would allow hospital patients to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver before the patient is discharged and to instruct the caregiver on how to perform follow-up medical tasks the patient will need at home. At …

— AARP Iowa’s top legislative priority in 2017 will be passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The legislation would provide training and support for family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. A recent AARP survey of Iowa voters 45 and older showed strong support for key provisions in the bill: A family caregiver’s name would be included in a patient’s record upon hospital admission (84 percent); the designated caregiver would be notified before …

— AARP Iowa, the state Office of Attorney General and other agencies are providing training for law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges to help them address elder abuse in their communities. Funded by a three-year $400,000 federal grant, the project also provides services to victims—including housing and legal assistance—and strengthens intervention at the local level. Nearly 12,000 Iowans were referred for elder abuse services from 2007 to 2011 through a demonstration project in 22 counties. If the project had operated statewide, …

— Connect with other family caregivers around your table as you enjoy complimentary food and drinks. You’ll learn how to build a caregiver support network, tips to care for yourself and where to find local resources. Seats are limited to the first 40 RSVPs — so reserve your spot today! Locations and times are: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Swartz Sunday, August 21, 2016 Two times: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, IA 50309 Holiday …

— AARP Iowa today announced it is bringing CAREversations – an interactive, engaging family caregiving event, to Des Moines. There are more than 42 million family caregivers in the United States and more than 317,000 family caregivers in Iowa providing care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. “Whether you’re starting to plan, helping coordinate a big move or taking care of a family member in your home, it’s important …