— 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!

— 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 …

— AARP Iowa and the state Office of Attorney General are hosting a teletown hall about imposter scams on Tuesday, April 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. AARP also is sponsoring two free shredding events, one in Des Moines on April 29, and the other in Cedar Rapids on May 1. According to federal data, nearly 14,000 Iowans filed scam complaints in 2015. Identity theft complaints topped the list, with imposter and debt collector scams following closely behind. “Con artists don’t …

— 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 …

— Refresh your safety awareness skills and attend a TRIAD-sponsored seminar in your area this summer. TRIAD is a group of law enforcement, fire fighters and community partners who work to promote adult safety. The volunteer organization unites law enforcement and the 50+ population, in addition to community agencies, to identify and provide education in necessary areas. Area TRIADs are hosting multiple safety programs, listed below, in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas. Read below to find one near you! …

— May is National Bike Month and this year more cities and communities across Iowa are hosting events and programs to encourage more Iowans to use bikes for recreation and transportation. In Des Moines, AARP Iowa is excited to be part of the Central Iowa Bike Month Kick off event on May 6 at the Confluence Brewing Company.  The official event begins at 6:30 PM. For more information for Des Moines, go to www.dsmbikecollective.org The statewide Bike to Work Week is set …

— AARP Iowa has opportunities to volunteer with its Speakers Bureau. AARP Iowa equips volunteers to present important information to the community. On-going skills and message training are provided, as well as technical support from the Iowa Office. Current Speaker’s Bureau volunteer areas of opportunity are: AARP Fraud Watch Network: Help Iowans learn more about how to protect themselves and their families from theft and fraud by joining the AARP Iowa Fraud Watch Network outreach volunteers. AARP Life Reimagined Check-Up: Facilitate …

— “Once you’re a caregiver, you’re always a caregiver. I would not change it for the world,” Deborah Rusher AARP Iowa formally recognized the efforts of Iowa family caregiver Deborah Rusher with a presentation ceremony and luncheon on Monday, Nov. 23rd at The Center in Council Bluffs. Rusher and her husband Mike have been caregivers for years—first for a son with leukemia and another son with Down syndrome, then for their mothers, and now for her 87-year-old father, Carl, who still …

— If you’re evaluating your possible healthcare options during the 2016 healthcare open enrollment period, join AARP for an information and resource session for families looking to purchase insurance in the individual marketplace. We’ll help you learn what you need to know, including tax credits and coverage information. The session will also include information on Iowa’s new Medicaid program. Information sessions are scheduled in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. The Cedar Rapids event will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at the …

— As part of its efforts to make Iowa communities better places to live and age, AARP will present tips and tools for livability at the Iowa League of Cities annual conference. More than 500 mayors and other municipal officials are expected to attend the Cedar Rapids event Sept. 23-25. Presenters will address an array of issues, including the challenges of a rapidly aging population. Kent Sovern, AARP state director, will show conference participants how to use the AARP Livability Index …