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March 2021

News & Updates

COVID Recovery Iowa


COVID Recovery Iowa is for Iowans who have been impacted by both the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the derecho. In addition, the program offers virtual support groups, activities, and resources and information referral.

Iowans in need of personal support can contact the Iowa Concern Hotline at 800-447-1985 (24x7), go to, or call the Iowa Warm Line 844-775-9276 between the hours of Noon and 10pm. A Spanish line is also available at 531-800-3687.


COVID Recovery Iowa

DHS Contracts with the Iowa Center for Economic Success


The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) can help older Iowans and Iowans with disabilities get free tax preparation services at different sites throughout the state. The funding for this initiative comes from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program. To find locations and times for tax preparation assistance go to or

For more information and details on Free Tax Preparation click here.


Tax Services

Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program


Applications will start to be accepted in March for the new Iowa Rent and Utility Assistance Program. Older Iowans in need of rental or utility assistance related to lost income during the pandemic can go or click here for more information 


Iowa Housing Recovery

Nutrition Services

Workshops to Stay Independent


It is never too early nor late to set goals for eating well and moving more! Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping individuals across the state learn the health benefits of eating well and how to strengthen your muscles to stay independent for life. These workshops are designed for adults age 60 or older and topics include: Three Meals a Day, Feast on Fruits and Vegetables, Power Up with Protein, Exercise Your Independence, Cooking for One or Two, and Brain Health. For more information on these courses click here.


Stay Independent

National Nutrition Month


National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Throughout the month of March all ore invited to follow along and learn more about healthful eating and physical activity habits. For example, eating a variety of nutritious foods every day, planning weekly meals, learning skills to create healthy meals, and information about consulting a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. A RDN can help tailor a eating plan that can fit each individual uniquely. 

For more information and ideas on how to participate click here.


National Nutrition Month

IDA Contracts with The Iowa Food Bank Association and

Central Iowa Shelter and Services


The Iowa Department on Aging utilized emergency relief CARES and FFCRA funding to contract with The Iowa Food Bank Association and Central Iowa Shelter and Services to provide meals and supplemental food items to older Iowans. The successful, innovative partnerships provided thousands of Iowans much needed nutritious food. See the documents in the links below for more details and information on the projects.


The Iowa Food Bank Association

Central Iowa Shelter and Services

Family Caregiver

Reduce Social Isolation and Loneliness


Social isolation and loneliness can be harmful to the physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional health of older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has developed an outreach toolkit to help reduce social isolation and loneliness. To find more information click here.

To join the national conversation on social isolation and loneliness use the hashtag #CommitToConnect on social media during the week of March 1-5th.


Social Isolation & Loneliness

Disease Prevention/Health Promotion

COVID Vaccine Assistance


211 Iowa is proud to serve as the state's Vaccine Navigators for eligible Iowans. Starting March 8th, 2021 Iowans who are 65 and older and need help navigating the vaccine process can call 211 for assistance scheduling a vaccine appointment at a    Hy-Vee pharmacy.


Vaccine for Older Iowans

Upcoming Events


Iowa Department on Aging Public Hearing Conference Call

March 15, 2021 | 2:00-3:00pm
Conference Call (Zoom)


How to obtain a copy of the 2022-2025 State Plan: 

Go to and search State Plan.

All comments of the draft State Plan on Aging must be received by the IDA by 4:30pm on April 5, 2021.