— Chuck Betts of Keokuk has been named AARP Iowa State President with responsibility to lead the Association’s Iowa Executive Council, working closely with AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern, Iowa staff and volunteers in their efforts on behalf of AARP’s approximately 370,000 members in Iowa. Betts, who has served on the AARP Executive Council since 2015, brings a wide range of professional and volunteer experiences in leadership, planning, educating and organizing to the state president role. Currently senior consultant at …

— Love working with numbers and helping fellow Iowans? AARP Iowa’s Tax-Aide volunteers are looking to add to their statewide team of tax-aide volunteer tax preparers. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income supported by the AARP Foundation. The Iowa program has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay involved and keep their brains sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop …

— 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 is pleased to welcomes the 2017 Class of AARP Iowa Executive Council members, leaders from across the state who are joining with a team of volunteers to provide strategic direction and leadership in support of accomplishment of AARP priorities in Iowa. “AARP is extremely fortunate to welcome this multi-talented group of professionals to lead the association into the next decade of service to members and volunteers across the Iowa,” said AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern. “We thank them …

— 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 …

— April is Volunteer Month, a time to recognize the contributions that Iowans 50+ provide to their communities through volunteer work and a chance for us all to think about how we can help make a positive difference in the lives of our neighbors. There are limitless opportunities to get involved with AARP in Iowa, and every special skill and talent can be utilized in some way or another. Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house, to …

— Looking to make a difference in your community? We invite you to join AARP in helping older 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 help Medicare-eligible Iowans with their health and long-term care insurance needs. More information on SHIIP can be found here. SHIIP counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families with questions or problems related to Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, …

— The state population is aging, and financial crimes against older people are a growing concern. Thirty-seven percent of fraud complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission in 2015 came from consumers 60 and older. To combat the problem, AARP Iowa has trained a team of Fraud Watch Network volunteers, who make presentations to church groups, senior centers, service organizations and other community groups across the state. The AARP state office wants to expand the number of organizations reached in 2017. …