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Governor Kim Reynolds signs the proclamation for Elder Abuse Awareness Week with Reps from Iowa's Area Agencies on Aging present!

Elder Abuse Awareness Week is official! Sept 1-7

Tasha, Elder Rights Specialist at Connections Area Agency on Aging, shows her excitement and amazement of the signing of the Elder Abuse Awareness Week Proclamation!

  • We are pleased to announce a new on-line Caregiver Support Group, using Facebook. We know caregivers are busy people - balancing work, home, their loved one's care and so much more. This open forum format will give caregivers the opportunity to ask questions, to get advice, to give advice and connect with other caregivers and our Family Caregiver Specialist!

    Family Caregivers Connections is a support group for Iowa Caregivers who are caring for their elderly loved ones. The group is closed to members only. Jan Odens Schnack, a Family Caregiver Specialist at Connections Area Agency on Aging is available for any questions, assistance or guidance that might be needed. You are invited to share your thoughts on anything you would like. We hope this space can be a positive outlet for someone who needs caregiver support. This group is ran and moderated by Connections Area Agency on Aging (www.connectionsaaa.org), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with office locations in Sioux City, Council Bluffs and Creston.
    THIS IS A CLOSED GROUP: All posts made within this group are only seen by group members and will not show up in your Facebook friends' news feeds. Please remember to be kind and keep all posts supportive and positive.

    Click on title to link directly to the group!

  • This information comes from the State SHIIP office - IA Insurance Division.
    Connections is proud to be a sponsor site at both the Council Bluffs and Sioux City Offices.
    Des Moines – Open enrollment is underway for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is available to offer free, unbiased and confidential assistance to Iowans.

    “Iowans have nine new Part D drug plans available to them in 2019 and many new Medicare Advantage options,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “Medicare can be very confusing, and I encourage any Iowans eligible for Medicare as well as caregivers to reach out to our SHIIP team for assistance before the open enrollment window closes.”

    Iowans may make changes to their Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plan during open enrollment through December 7, 2018. Iowans that miss the open enrollment deadline most likely would have to wait a full year before making changes to their plan.

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  • Changes in Social Security and Medicare for 2018

    On Thursday, October 11th, the Social Security Administration announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amounts people receive each month. The 2.8 percent increase will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019.
    Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2018.
    • The monthly maximum federal benefit amounts for SSI in 2019 are $771 for an eligible individual, and $1,157 for an eligible couple. By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W).
    On Friday, October 12th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the premiums, deductibles, and co-insurance for Medicare Parts A and B for the 2019 calendar year.
    • The standard monthly premium for Part B enrollees will increase by $1.50 to $135.50, and the annual deductible will increase by $2 to $185.
    • The Medicare Part A inpatient hospital deductible will increase by $24 to $1,364.
    • The statutory hold harmless provision will continue to apply to about 2 million Medicare beneficiaries to protect them from a Part B premium increase that would exceed their Social Security benefits increase.

  • Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. To prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths, Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) upcoming National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides an opportunity for consumers to dispose of unneeded and expired medications. On Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 AM to 2 PM, thousands of temporary collection sites will be available across the country to accept unneeded prescription drugs, including controlled substances, for safe disposal. To date, 9,964,714 pounds of unneeded medications have been collected by DEA since fall 2010. Consumers can also find year-round disposal sites by using the drug disposal location tool in the Initiatives section of NABP's website.

    Click on the title to link to a website where you can find your nearest disposal site.

  • Connections made a difficult decisions to relinquish two federally funded programs, Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents in the Council Bluffs regions. Other services and programs remain in place to serve seniors, caregivers, veterans and adults with disabilities.
    Click on title to view the news story from WOWTV - Omaha.