The Link - July 2020

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                             July 2020

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Caregiving in the US 2020

The National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC) and AARP presented the following image with updated trends in their research. The study showed that more than one in five Americans are family caregivers. As well as, family caregivers are in worse health than they were five years ago. See the graphic below for more information.


For more information on this study click here.

Nutrition Services

Feeding Iowans Task Force

The Iowa Department on Aging is a part of the Feeding Iowans Task Force. Know someone who is newly insecure due to COVID-19? Learn about more available resources including home delivered meals and senior food boxes by clicking here.

Falls Prevention


In today's environment, home is where the health is. To support safety at home, Falls Prevention programming needs to address the fact that falls are happening outside of health care facilities.

With the ACL 2020 Empowering Communities to Reduce Falls Risk Grant, Iowa will work to help low-income seniors age safely in their own homes. The Iowa Department on Aging will be working collaboratively with other partners, to implement CAPABLE program pilots developed to keep seniors safe at home. For more information on the CAPABLE Grant click here.

Elder Abuse Prevention

June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and was celebrated across Iowa by lighting up different buildings and monuments in the color purple. The picture below shows the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, connecting Iowa and Nebraska, lit up for Elder Abuse Awareness Week. If interested in learning more click here.  



Senior Medicare Patrol Warns of COVID-19 Fraud

The National Council on Aging has put out an article talking about how the Senior Medicare Patrol has been receiving complaints. The complaints consist of unsolicited callers using the fear and uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to prey on Medicare beneficiaries. To read the full article click here.

Legal Protections

Legal Assistance Development

Currently, the Legal Service Providers in the state have been seeing the following issues:

  • Problems with Receipt of Stimulus Payments
  • Attempted or Actual Garnishment of Stimulus Payments
  • Nursing Home Issues
  • Employment/Unemployment Issues

If you hear about or know of someone dealing with any of these due to COVID-19 please contact your legal assistance provider.

Iowa Legal Aid COVID-19

As one deals with the fallout from the global COVID-19 outbreak, many will experience legal issues related to not only health care, but a wide variety of other civil legal problems. Click here for resources to help with issues and other legal information.


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The mission of the Iowa Department on Aging is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long-term living and community support services that helps older Iowans maintain health and independence in their homes and communities.