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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!

  • For the remainder of the month of January, Amazon Smile is donating 30 times their usual rate. 15% goes to the charity of your choice...and Connections hopes you will choose us. No additional cost to you for the initial magazine purchase. Look for the "eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on the product details pages for eligible product. Not valid for renewals.

  • Important Update Related to Food Assistance Benefits

    (Des Moines, Iowa) – The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has been notified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, known in Iowa as Food Assistance, will be available for the month of February. Due to the federal shutdown, issuance of February Food Assistance benefits will be early.
    February benefits will be available on recipients’ electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards on January 17, 2019, instead of the regular February dates. These are normal February benefits, they are just being issued early.

    The Department encourages recipients to budget their normal benefits to ensure they last through the month of February.
    “At the Iowa Department of Human Services we understand the importance of ensuring food security for Iowans in need and will do everything we can to ensure there is as little disruption as possible,” said Director Jerry Foxhoven.

    The Department anticipates increased call volume, which may impact timeliness of returned calls. Contingency plans are being developed for the month of March, should they be needed and information will be shared as it available. The Department will continue to closely monitor the situation.
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    For more information contact Matt Highland at 515-281-4848 or
    Visit for information on DHS and its programs.

  • The Senior Corps program at Connections Area Agency on Aging is collecting snack and comfort items for U.S. Troops serving overseas. The Iowa Cookie Crumbs will ship the donated items to military personnel. Items may be taken to any of the Connections offices, in Council Bluffs, Creston, or Sioux City.
    For more information, contact Terri Wilson at 800.432.9209 or
    Click on the title for a listing of items to donate.

  • 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 (, 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.

    To read more, please click title.