PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2018 

McMaster out and Bolton in. Also on the Friday rundown: students across the nation prepare for the March For Our Lives; some good news on the labor front and folks in Montana take clean power into their own hands.

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Public News Service - IA: Senior Issues

Every day, 317,000 Iowans provide care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones who need help. (

DES MOINES, Iowa – An Iowa Senate committee hears a bill Wednesday that would ensure family caregivers have training to perform some types of medical needs when their loved ones are discharged from a hospital or rehabilitation center. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would all

Iowa's small towns have fewer children as the U.S. population continues to gray. (

DES MOINES, Iowa – A study to determine why some small towns in Iowa wither and others thrive is under way at Iowa State University. For more than 30 years, most small Midwest communities have experienced shrinking populations, an exodus of younger people, job losses and fewer community serv

The American Psychological Association suggests that doctors need to be encouraged to include social connectedness in medical screening. (Anja/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Loneliness and social isolation are growing problems in Iowa and across the United States. That's what a growing body of research from psychologists to caregivers and experts in senior care is indicating. According to AARP, more than 43 million adults in the country age 45

Market Innovation director for AARP Jeffrey Makowka says it's important that older adults are able to live life on their own terms. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Growing older does not hold the same connotations as it once did, and some Iowans are using their ingenuity to challenge perceptions of aging. On Thursday, finalists in the Disrupt Aging Innovation Concept Challenge will present their ideas for a product or service that ca

Don Corrigan of Des Moines, center, is the 2016 AARP Iowa Andrus Award Winner. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa — One in three Iowans volunteers, earning the state the ranking of 10th nationally for community service in a new survey. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, each year about 765,000 people in Iowa give their time to help others. Don Corrigan of D

In 2015, there were more than 570,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Iowa. (MGD Boston/Morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa – For the next several weeks, Iowans with Medicare plans have an opportunity to review their health care options for 2017. Open enrollment for the program is under way and runs until Dec. 7. Kent Sovern, state director of AARP Iowa, strongly recommends that people read No

AARP is one group that believes the presidential candidates aren't saying enough about what they'd do to update Social Security and ensure its future. (

AMES, Iowa — Nearly one-third of people over age 65 in Iowa rely on Social Security as their sole source of income, and more than 60 percent depend on it for at least half of their income. A recent report from the Social Security Administration shows that the program will be in jeopardy with

The economic value of family caregivers in Iowa approaches $4 billion. The CARE Act would provide education and support for caregivers when a family member is hospitalized. (

DES MOINES, Iowa - About 317,000 Iowans are family caregivers looking after loved ones at home who can't care for themselves. According to AARP, the trend continues to grow as the lengths of stays in hospitals continue to decrease. Elaine Ryan, AARP vice president for state advocacy and strategy in

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