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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!

  • Farmers Market voucher applications are available in Sioux City. Applications can be picked up at the Siouxland Center for Active Generations. Vouchers will be distributed on June 11 and 12 at the same location.

    Rural Mealsites/Senior Centers in Cherokee, Ida, Monona, Plymouth and Woodbury Counties will also begin offering application and vouchers beginning June 11.

    Distribution in Council Bluffs and other rural counties will be announced as details are known.

    Eligibility requirements set by the USDA need to be met. Vouchers are available ona first-come, first-serve basis while quantities last.

    For more details, click on the title.

  • Connections Area Agency on Aging, Inc. is currently soliciting proposals to provide services to the elderly and their caregivers. The Request for Proposals (RFP) being issued on April 29, 2019 is for those agencies who wish to contract with Connections AAA for any of the home and community-based services listed in the proposal for the specified counties. This RFP does not apply to those agencies that wish to have a purchase of service agreement with the agency in FY 2020. The notification on those agreements will be issued separately.

    Proposals are due back into the Connections office by 4:00 pm on May 24, 2019.

    Feel free to make additional copies of the proposals if you need to. Also, if the proposal does not apply to you, feel free to pass it on to someone it may apply to.

    QUESTIONS? Call Sherrie McDonald, R.N. at 800-432-9209, extension 8128.
    Click on the title to link to the packet and application form.

  • 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 mhighla@dhs.state.ia.us.
    Visit dhs.iowa.gov 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 twilson@connectionsaaa.org
    Click on the title for a listing of items to donate.