News Room

Sioux City Meals on Wheels were delivered by Hummer on 1/5/2016, by members of National Guard D Company 323 BSB.

Boots to the ground...on snow packed streets and sidewalks - National Guard members issue a challenge to other businesses, organizations and groups to help fill the urgent need for Meals on Wheels drivers in Sioux City and Council Bluffs!

Members of the National Guard receive instructions about their routes and how to deliver Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors. The guard members delivered over 160 meals in Sioux City.

  • Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced Friday, Oct 27, 2017.
    The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 29, 2017. (Note: some people receive both Social Security and SSI benefits) The Social Security Act ties the annual COLA to the increase in the Consumer Price Index as determined by the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) will increase to $128,700 from $127,200. Of the estimated 175 million workers who will pay Social Security taxes in 2018, about 12 million will pay more because of the increase in the taxable maximum.
    Information about Medicare changes for 2018, when announced, will be available at www.medicare.gov.
    The Social Security Act provides for how the COLA is calculated. To read more, please visit www.socialsecurity.gov/cola.

  • October 5, 2017 (Sioux City) Connections Area Agency on Aging is implementing a frozen meal program to individuals 60 years of age and older. A frozen version of Meals on Wheels will be offered to home-bound clients. The program will be provided in rural areas where we are unable to reach the clients with a hot home-delivered meal. Meals are provided on a suggested contribution of $3.75 per meal.

    A grant from Missouri River Historical Development (MHRD) has provided partial funding. The grant enabled Connections Area Agency on Aging to purchase a temperature-controlled vehicle. This will allow us to safely deliver the frozen meals to clients’ homes in Woodbury, Cherokee, Ida, Monona, and Plymouth Counties.

    If you are 60 years of age or older and interested in receiving more information on these meals, please contact Connections AAA 1-800 432-9209

  • LE MARS — Keeping active and fit is important for people of all ages.

    A number of activities are offered at the Le Mars Senior Center to help individuals remain active.

    Most recently, a group of seniors completed a course, Tai Chi for Arthritis, offerered by the Connections Area Agency on Aging.

    Stan Wisnieski was the instructor for the eight week course. Sessions were held twice a week.

    “I have taught ‘A Matter of Balance’ here before. When I told them Tai Chi was coming, they wanted me to bring it here,” Wisnieski said.

    Persons with arthritis have mobility but limited mobility, he said.

    For this class, Wisnieski taught the Sung style developed by Dr. Paul Lam.

  • Our Fall Shredtastic is scheduled to be held on Friday, Sept 22. It will be from 11-1:00 at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations, 313 Cook Street. Thank you to our partners, Document Depot, Sioux City Police, and Siouxland Center for Active Generations.

    This event is open and free for seniors and caregivers to dispose of personal papers and prescription medications. Donations are encouraged and welcome.

    Paperclips and staples do not need to be removed. Not accepted are: Papers from a business (no matter if office or home based), metal binder clips, spirals, plastic, heavy cardboard including covers and corrugated cardboard, over the counter medications or sharps (needles and needle points).

    The Shredtastic in May disposed of over 2.25 tons of paper, and a large amount of medications.

  • Advisory Council Members Sought

    Connections Area Agency on Aging is seeking interested individuals to serve as members of their Advisory Council. Regional Advisory Councils meet every other month with meetings in Creston on 2nd Tuesday at 1:00, Council Bluffs and Sioux City on 2nd Thursday at 10:00. Members are asked to input into the agencies plans, programs, and activities to better meet the needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and caregivers to live safely and independently in their own communities and homes. Connections seeks representatives from a wide variety of backgrounds including those using services through Connections, seniors, caregivers, persons with disabilities, elected officers, service providers, and general public. There is an option for members to attend the meetings by teleconference if unable to travel. For more information, contact Connections at 800.432.9209 or on our website at www.connectionsaaa.org.