Welcome to The Link!


On behalf of the Iowa Department on Aging, welcome to the inaugural issue of The Link – our new monthly e-newsletter for all things related to aging in Iowa.


While The Link replaces some of our previous publications, including AgingWatch and Healthy Aging Update, we think you'll be pleased with the breadth of topics it covers and the information it contains – from updates on Older Americans Act programs to state legislative issues to upcoming educational opportunities. As always, we welcome your feedback as we strive to provide you with the timely information you need to enhance the quality of life for older Iowans.




Donna K. Harvey

Director, Iowa Department on Aging 


Health and Human Services budget bill passes at close of 2015 Legislative Session


Just prior to the end of the 2015 Legislative Session on June 5, the House and Senate agreed on a version of Senate File 505, the Health and Human Services budget bill that provides funding to executive branch human services agencies, including the Iowa Department on Aging and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.


Governor Branstad signed the bill into law on July 2, authorizing funding for aging and long-term care advocacy programs in the amount of $12.7 million.


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Family caregivers: America's invisible army


Often described as an "invisible, isolated army," family caregivers are an indispensable element of our nation’s health care and long-term services and supports systems. Findings from the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 study completed by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute suggest this “army” is 43.5 million Americans strong. And while caregivers are defined as anyone over the age of 18 who provides unpaid care to a friend or relative, American caregivers are becoming more diverse.


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Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition attracts more than 100 attendees to first annual symposium


On July 10, the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition held its first annual falls prevention symposium, "Iowa Stands Up To Prevent Falls."


The conference took place in Waterloo and featured opening remarks by Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey, a variety of presentations by national and local experts on falls prevention and engaging panel discussions.  


With one out of every 27 older Iowans hospitalized for a fall-related injury at an average cost of $26,388, falls are a serious, but largely preventable, public health issue. Copies of handouts from this year's conference are posted on the Iowa Department on Aging website, along with other falls prevention resources. 


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Iowa White House Conference on Aging event stimulates statewide discussion


Are Iowa communities equipped to offer the wide range of services aging individuals will need to maintain their long-term independence? Do older Iowans know what types of services they need? How will Iowa adapt to ensure its aging population will be able to maintain the highest quality of life possible?


Those questions and others were the topics of discussion during a special statewide event on June 26, when the Iowa White House Conference on Aging Coalition presented “Join the Conversation: Iowa White House Conference on Aging Dialogue.”


With community conversations taking place across Iowa, “Join the Conversation” sparked a statewide discussion about issues like the changing dynamics between generations; the challenges of caregiving; the financial considerations of elder care; and the realities of aging. As nearly 200 Iowans shared their thoughts, their comments were documented as part of a report that was shared with the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. 


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Call for Centenarians


The Iowa Department on Aging, in collaboration with the Iowa Area Agencies on Aging and the Governor’s Office, is seeking the public’s support and assistance in identifying Iowa’s centenarians. 


read more and download application form 




Train the Trainer: Mandatory Reporter Training for Dependent Adult Abuse


The Iowa Department on Aging is pleased to offer a new online module for its Train the Trainer:Mandatory Reporter Training for Dependent Adult Abuse curriculum. The module is accessible through the IDA website ( and is available 24/7. 


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Tough Decisions


Nov. 6, 2015

8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Iowa State Bar Association

625 E Court Ave., Des Moines


This conference, hosted by the Guardianship Association of Iowa Network (GAIN), will focus on mental health, aging and substitute decision-making in Iowa. Conference attendees are eligible to receive 6.0 CEUs. The cost is $50 to attend and registration closes Oct. 30, 2015. 




Save the Date: 2016 Governor's Conference on Aging & Disabilities


May 23-26, 2016

Iowa Events Center

Des Moines


This conference, hosted by the Iowa Department on Aging and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council and powered by NASUAD, will celebrate older adults and people with disabilities and shine a spotlight on the many opportunities that accompany

the ever-changing aging and disability communities. Call for sessions opens in August!