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.

  • Iowa Medicare Beneficiaries Will Soon Receive a New Medicare Card

    Des Moines - Identity theft affects everyone, including Iowans on Medicare. To help protect your identity, Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards between April 2018 and April 2019.
    “This is a welcome and important change that will affect many Iowans,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “We hear often about this issue and SHIIP is here to help be a resource for Iowans with questions during this transition.”
    The new Medicare card will no longer have a Social Security number on it. The new Medicare card will instead have a new number that is unique to you.
    Your Medicare benefits and coverage will stay the same. Only your Medicare cards will change.
    It is important that Iowans have their correct address on file with the U.S. Social Security Administration to be able to receive the new card. To update or check the address on file, visit or 1-800-772-1213. TTY users can call 1-800-325-0778. If you are a Railroad retiree, contact the Railroad Retirement Board at 877-772-5772.
    Mailing 57 million cards takes time. Your new Medicare card may arrive at a different time than the cards of your spouse, friends or neighbors. Call 1-800-MEDICARE if you don’t receive your card by April 2019.
    For more information visit or call SHIIP (the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program) at 800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942).

  • Iowa Department on Aging to Conduct Phone Survey About Medicare

    Between March 1 and March 11, 2018, the Iowa Department on Aging will be conducting a survey about Medicare assistance for Medicare Beneficiaries living in Iowa. Older Iowans may be contacted by telephone from Revelations Research.

    The survey will ask general questions about prescription costs and chronic conditions and about awareness of the Medicare Extra Help program, Medicare Savings Programs or the Medicare Prevention and Wellness Benefits. It also will ask about sources for information and some basic demographic information. Respondents' information will be kept confidential.

    The survey WILL NOT ask for Medicare or Social Security numbers or financial information, like credit card or banking information. Do not share your Medicare or Social Security number or financial information like credit card or banking information.

    If you have questions about this survey or Medicare Extra Help program, Medicare Savings Programs or Medicare Prevention and Wellness Benefits, call the Iowa Department on Aging at (800) 532-3213 or (515) 725-3333.

  • Council Bluffs: The Senior Corps volunteers once again collected snack items for Iowa's Cookie Crumb Project. Included with the snacks were cards, drawings and letters from students at the locations were Foster Grandparents serve. These items will be sent to deployed service members overseas. Senior Corps participate in two service projects each year, commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and 9-11. More information about how you can volunteer as a Senior Corp member can be found under the "Volunteer" tab.
    For photos, click on the title.

  • Jan 26, 2018 (Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Creston) The state of Iowa is having budget challenges and they have already cut the state budget for this current fiscal year, but they are considering even more cuts.
    • Connections has cut as much as we possibly can without having a negative effect on needed services for seniors.
    • CAAA has already reduced our office staff by 35% and many employees are wearing more than two or three hats.
    • Further cuts by the legislature may have a significant negative impact on senior services
    • This is why we are starting a paper plate “Save Lunch” campaign for both our congregate and home-delivered meal consumers.
    • Write “Save Lunch” on your paper plate, and tell the Iowa legislature why you love your senior center or what having your meals delivered means to you.
    • You can write your name on the back side, if you would like – but you certainly can remain anonymous, if you prefer.
    • We will collect these plates or you can mail yours to us. We will deliver them to the state capitol!
    •Follow our Social Media pages, share and push this information out!
    •Contact and talk with your local legislators! Attend local forums (Listed in our events calendar)
    Click on title to see the Des Moines Register article concerning the budget cuts.

  • Is this Iowa's "Priorities"?
    This article from the Muscatine Journal explains the impact of proposed budget cuts. Please act and contact your legislators.
    Click on title to link to the article.