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Aug. 14, 2013IA |  By: Snyder

AARP Iowa Opens Fair "Listening Post"

Music, ribbons, animals, rides and food-on-a-stick.

The Iowa State Fair is underway, and AARP Iowa is there to take in the sights and food, along with opinions about Medicare and Social Security. There's been talk in Washington that the two programs are at risk of going broke in the next few years. To sift through all the ideas about what to do, AARP has opened its "listening post" to get first-hand input. AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern, says several themes have been emerging.

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He says there will be a series of events for the duration of the fair, which runs now through the 18th, to see what ideas are palatable. And this year they're trying something different.

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Sovern says the August recess when congressmen are back home is a good time for Iowans to talk to their representatives about what they think the future of the programs should look like.