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4 Steps to Combat Loneliness


It is December and the holiday season is in full swing. For most, this holiday season looks very different and we are being surrounded by feelings of loneliness and isolation. Loneliness is more than an emotional issue; it has real implications for physical and mental health. However, loneliness does not need to be an ongoing problem. Check out an article here for four tips to help combat loneliness and protect the mental health of yourself or a loved one this holiday season and beyond. 

Protect Yourself Against Medicare Fraud


The Administration for Community Living's Senior Medicare Patrol Program works to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse. Watch and share the short video found here help yourself and others.


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COVID Recovery Iowa Can Help


Do you feel anxious? Lonely? Isolated? Frustrated? A sense of loss? COVID Recovery Iowa is here to listen and offer support to individuals with disabilities. They offer free, confidential counseling through a one-time meeting or ongoing basis, and social support through text, phone, email or zoom. As well as education and resources about COVID and online group activities and events to increase social interactions.

Click here for more information.


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Aging With Attitude!


Older Adult Technology Services helps seniors harness technology to change the way they age. The courses, programs, and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, get in shape, and make new friends. Put together by Senior Planet the goal is bigger than the latest gadgets, apps, and websites. It is more about enabling older adults and people of all ages to find ways to come together to learn, work, create, and thrive in today's digital age. Click here for more information and courses.

Iowa Concern

Iowa Concern


Iowa Concern is a program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offering Iowans a source of help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is no cost for this free and confidential service. Iowa Concern offers information and referral services and stress counselors for a wide variety of topics.

  • Hotline - toll-free at 1-800-447-1985; language interpretation services available
  • Live chat service that immediately connects you with a stress counselor where you can "talk" (type) one-on-one in a secure environment
  • Email an expert with your legal, finance, stress or crisis/disaster questions

For more information click here.

Nutrition Services

Transform Your Personal Health


Fresh Conversations is a free nutrition education program designed to support healthy aging and independence. Every month, Iowans aged 60 and older gather to discuss current nutrition and health topics and discover new ways to stay active and independent.

For more information click here.

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Better Living for Elders


CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place, Advancing Better Living for Elders) teams a registered nurse, occupational therapist and handyman to help older people live more comfortably and safely in their homes. IDA received a 2020 Empowering Communities to Reduce Falls Risk Grant to pilot the program in Cass, Mills, Pottawattamie, and Dallas counties in partnership with Connections AAA, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Habitat for Humanity, and other community partners. To learn more about the research and pilot project click here.

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The Only 2020 Holiday Guide for Caregivers You'll Need


The 2020 holiday season is looking pretty different than years past due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Families are adapting their holiday celebrations and traditions to factor in everyone's health and safety. The article found here (and below) has all the creative tips and ideas, expert advice, and even gift ideas to help you make the season bright! 


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2020 Home for the Holidays Campaign


Every year the Eldercare Locator's annual Home for the Holidays campaign encourages discussion of important issues affecting older Americans at the time of year when family and friends often gather. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have changed the way we live and interact with one another, and the holiday season will look very different as well. N4a has produced a consumer brochure "Staying Connected and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers". Click here for this resource. 

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The Art of Aging


Jim Owens, has written about the important of movement in the aging process and has produced a short documentary titled "The Art of Aging Well". The short film includes experts, personal stories, and his own path to aging wellness. The film is available on PBS, and Owens describes the process as an art and not a science. Watch it here.

Falls Prevention

Maintain Your Independence


Falls contribute to many older Iowans losing their ability to live independently as they age. The causes of falling vary with contributing factors which include: reduced strength in lower extremities, use of four or more medications, poor vision, chronic health problems and unsafe home conditions. For more information and classes to help prevent falls click here.

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Elder Abuse Prevention

Protect Yourself


Veterans and imposter scams are still at it, make sure you are protecting yourself and your personal information. Scammers will pretend to be officials with the IRS or other government agencies to get your money. Some will pretend to be from legitimate businesses to get your personal information and other sensitive information. With the increase of social isolation (and even before COVID) scammers would also use social networking sites to ask individuals for money. Protect yourself and read more about these scams here.

Elder Mistreatment in the Streets


COVID-19 has brought to the light many unprecedented harms and preexisting hardships for older adults all over the world. One in particular is the decent of older adults at the economic margins into poverty and the increased threat of homelessness. Unsheltered homeless elders may be the least recognized and largest concentration of individuals that are subject to elder abuse. To learn more about this growing issue and what you can do click here.


The National Council on Aging is also hosting a webinar on December 16th titled "Pathways to Homelessness among Older Adults with Mental Illness". For more information and to register click here.



Legal Protections

Are your utilities at risk of being shut off?


Utility bills can strain the budgets of many Iowans. This is especially true for elderly and disabled Iowans who live on fixed incomes. If you are struggling to pay your natural gas and electric utility bills, you have certain rights and remedies that may help you avoid having your utilities shut off. Click here for more information.

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Fall Prevention Classes


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Not All Traditions are Cancelled!

Where to Watch the Nutcracker Online Virtually for FREE!


Sugar Plum Fairies will not only need to be dancing in your head. Watch all the different variations of the Nutcracker from your typical Performing Arts Center version to "the Hip Hop" Nutcracker. From younger dancers as little cows, soldiers, and mice to the more accomplished dancers who have trained for years you will not have to miss this tradition. Dress up, make cupcakes and popcorn, or go all out with a Nutcracker-themed treat to have during your virtual viewing, for all the information click here.