— As we enter the holiday season, once again it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy: Watch out for deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and …

— AARP Iowa has released the results of a statewide caregiving survey showing that 96 percent of current family caregivers in Iowa believe it is ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important that they receive instruction on medical tasks they need to provide for their loved one at home upon being discharged from the hospital.  The survey of 800 registered voters age 40+ across the state also showed that Iowans are overwhelmingly in support of three measures in the Iowa CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record …

— AARP Iowa is taking its show on the road over the next two weeks to talk about caregiving issues with Iowans across the state ahead of the 2019 Iowa legislative session, which is set to begin on January 14. One of the big issues up for discussion is the Iowa CARE Act, which outlines commonsense steps to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and as they transition home.  In addition, AARP …

— Lately, scammers have been spoofing phone numbers of banks, doctor’s offices and other official agencies. Spoofing means that a scammer’s phone number will show up on your caller ID as an official number. Scammers have been doing this with the 1-800 number for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to try and collect vital personal information from people in order to steal their identities. Recently, the AARP Fraud Watch Network was debriefed by the Office of Acting Inspector General (OIG) about …

— AARP Iowa has a team of trained volunteers who are eager to protect older state residents from scams and fraud. The AARP Fraud Watch volunteers have been well received by church and service groups, book clubs and other community organizations across the state for the past two years. As organizations are planning their program calendars for 2019, they are invited to contact AARP Iowa to schedule a Fraud Watch Network presentation. Get the latest information about scams happening locally and …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6 p.m. CT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— Scammers have come up with tactics that specifically target Veterans.  AARP wants to make sure you and the loved ones in your life have the resources to protect yourselves from the following scams. Targeting veterans can take many forms. The following list are some scammer favorites to look out for: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get personal …

— On Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council unanimously approved MoveDSM, the first citywide comprehensive transportation planning effort, establishing a multi-modal vision for transportation in Des Moines over the next 25 years. AARP Iowa, the American Heart Association (AHA), and Des Moines Public Schools—who have worked together in recent months to urge passage of Move DSM—applaud the City Council for passing the plan, which identifies how transportation supports the City’s goals for safety, quality of life, and economic development. “Des …

— On Friday, November 16, AARP Iowa hosted a tele-town hall about Medicare changes for 2019, including new Medicare cards. The conversation was led by experts from the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) and Senior Medicare Patrol in Des Moines, Kris Gross and Patty Price. The hour-long call addressed questions and issues specific to those who are either enrolled in Medicare or know someone who is. To view the call in its entirety, click on the photo …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone when you’re in the middle of something and then having the “person” on the line be another robot telemarketer telling you that someone has “stolen your credit card information.” Unfortunately, these illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever and they’re costing victims of scammers millions of dollars each year. Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, …