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Links to Other Organizations and Resources

State and Regional Organizations

  • A web resource center searchable database of services, providers, and resources for Iowans.
    Iowa's network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers are located within the Area Agencies on Aging. This provides a "no wrong door" approach to accessing information, services, and benefits for seniors, caregivers, veterans and persons with disabilities. Phone: 1.866.468.7887

  • Provides vital services, education and support to people living with Alzheimer's as well as their family members and caregivers who are also affected by their loved ones diagnosis. The Greater Iowa Chapter serve those affected, by providing these services in 85 Iowa and Illinois counties. Offices are located in: Burlington, Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Quad Cities, Sioux City and West Des Moines

  • Based out of Jenny Edmundson Hospital, Support to improve health by avoiding hospital admissions, reduce medically unnecessary services and encourage appropriate utilization of care, in addition to the utilization of primary care providers for preventative care, activate patient/family engagement, coordinate care, and enhance follow-up care.

  • Information on Iowa's Aging network and issues pertaining to older Iowans.

  • The consumer protection division protects consumers from fraud and ensures fair competition in the marketplace. The crime victim assistance division provides services and assistance to victims of violent crimes. Find current consumer alerts or file consumer complaints.

  • Center for Disabilities and Development. Provides a search for resources with a mission of being the leading source of information and supports for Iowans with disabilities, their families, and service providers.

  • Serving Iowans aged 60 and older, and their families.

  • The Iowa Department for the Blind helps educate, train and empower blind and visually impaired individuals to pursue lifelong goals.

  • Iowa Dept of Health and Human Services administers Food Assistance (SNAP) programs and Medicaid. Abuse of a child or dependent adult may also be reported on this site.

  • Division of Health Facilities and reports on long-term care facilities.

  • A partnership of local public health, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), non-profit organizations, health care providers, policymakers, businesses, and many others working together to promote and protect the health of Iowans.

  • Tax forms and help including state taxes, rent reimbursement, and property tax credits and exemptions

  • The Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Program helps Iowans learn about and access the assistive technology (AT) they need as part of their daily lives to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. Easter Seals maintains an Equipment Loan service, a Lending Library to try out different options, and a Demonstration Center at Easter Seals Camp Sunnyside. They also will take donations of used equipment or help facilitate a site to buy and sell equipment.

  • Provides legal resources for low-income Iowan, older Iowans, and others looking for help with a legal problem or seeking information on the law. Offers a Legal Hotline for Older Iowans at 800-992-8161

  • The mission of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals residing in long-term care by investigating complaints, seeking resolutions to problems and providing advocacy with the goal of enhancing quality of life and care.

  • The Iowa Safety Net Pharmacy puts free and low cost medications directly in the hands of patients in need. As a non-profit safety net pharmacy, we are bringing several national, regional, and state safety net programs under one roof to serve the unique pharmacy needs of Federally Qualified Health Centers, Free Clinics, and other safety net providers.

  • The State of Iowa Insurance Division, helping seniors with their insurance needs. Connections is proud to be sponsor sites for SHIIP in Council Bluffs and Sioux City, with volunteers helping with Medicare at these two offices.

  • Our Mission is to strengthen the voice of Iowans with disabilities on issues affecting their lives, to build a statewide network of centers for independent living, and to collaborate with our partners in advancing the independence, productivity, and full inclusion of Iowans with disabilities.

  • A partnership of health care providers, public health professionals, caregivers, researchers, cancer survivors, volunteers, and many other Iowans who work together to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa

  • Hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Concern is a source of help for Iowans in need. Specific areas include legal, finance, stress, crisis/disaster.

  • Affordable housing programs offered by IFA include mortgage and down payment assistance as well as programs that assist in the development and preservation of affordable rental properties.

  • The consortium mobilizes the University of Iowa’s rich resources in geriatric education and promotes the development of sustainable, high quality training programs to improve the training of health professionals in geriatrics, develop and disseminate curricula for treating the health problems of elders, support the training and retraining of faculty who teach geriatrics, develop continuing education for health professionals who provide geriatric care, and provide students with clinical training in geriatrics.

  • The University of Iowa Center on Aging's goal is to continue to expand the educational opportunities for seniors, caregivers, and practitioners

  • The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project (UMPRP) is one of six regional pension counseling projects funding by the U.S. Administration on Aging to provide free legal counseling services to individuals in the five state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

  • Vocational Development Center offers employment opportunities for seniors and persons with disabilities

National Organizations

  • A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives

  • Working in close partnership dedicated to policy development, planning and the delivery of supportive home and community based services for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.

  • The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

  • The leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.

  • Resources for independent living with vision loss

  • Resource to cultivate leadership, advance knowledge, and strengthen skills of those who work with, and on the behalf of, older adults.

  • Providing advocacy, support, and information for caregivers.

  • Working to protect health care and consumer fraud and enforcing civil rights, while addressing discrimination against older persons.

  • Find community assistance for seniors in your area. A service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. (LifeLong Links as a state resource may be more accurate and up to date.)

  • Website to assist with health insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses.

  • A large coalition of the nation’s non-profit organizations serving older Americans, dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s older population. We provide a voice for seniors and their families in the ongoing national debate on aging policy.

  • Quality and up to date information on Medicare issues and nursing home information.

  • Professional association representing the interests of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and hospice services.

  • Umbrella organization for the Agencies on Aging.

  • Providing information, assistance, and advocacy on behalf of older persons.

  • Clearinghouse on abuse and neglect of the elderly, providing information and referrals to agencies and specialists regarding older persons.

  • Providing information, training, technical assistance, advocacy and leadership on aging services and issues.

  • Working to enhance the quality of life for individuals who are terminally ill.

  • Current research and information on health issues relating to Aging. Excellent, reputable resources.

  • Conducts and supports research on physiology of specific drug addictions, causes, consequences, prevention and treatment.

  • Organization to assist in providing free or low costs prescriptions to those in need.

  • Social Security retirement programs, survivor benefits, disability insurance, and Supplemental Security Income.

  • An online guide to government information and services.

  • Information and resources for Veterans and their families.

  • A national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

  • A Federal Agency for research on mental disorders, working to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

  • A agency of the National Institutes of Health with a mission to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind

  • Provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers, including an on-line magazine.

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