News You Can Use April 2015

Be an SMP Volunteer

Want to join our team of self-motivated, highly-trained volunteers?  Together we can make a difference in Iowa!

You will not do it alone. The integrity of the health care system depends upon you. Join the effort to help detect and report instances of fraud, waste and abuse in our health care system.

What will you do?

LifeLong Links to help older adults, individuals with disabilities and veterans in Eastern Iowa maintain their independence

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging, the Agency for Eastern Iowa, is pleased to announce the launch of LifeLong Links™, a statewide service for aging Iowans, Iowans with disabilities, veterans and their caregivers as they begin to plan for long-term independent living.

The Heritage Agency Awarded $10,000 "Share the Love" Grant by Meals on Wheels America

Subaru’s seventh “Share the Love” event supports eastern Iowa’s seniors

The Heritage Agency is proud to announce it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual “Share the Love” event. During the event held from November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, Subaru of America, Inc. donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which The Heritage Agency is a member.

The Falls Prevention Initiative for Iowans

The Falls Prevention Initiative for Iowans


The Iowa Department on Aging received a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to prevent falls by at-risk Iowans, a leading cause of injury-related emergency room visits and deaths for Iowans aged 65 or older.

"Increasing the variety and availability of evidence-based fall prevention programs throughout the state is key to reducing the number of fall-related injuries and deaths among older Iowans and Iowans with disabilities," said Iowa Department on Aging Director Donna Harvey.

National Caregivers Month

It's officially National Family Caregivers Month and we want you to help spread the word about the 2014 theme, "Care Comes Home." This theme focuses on the care provided by unpaid friends and family within the home and community. 

Volunteers needed to advocate for residents in local long-term care facilities

Volunteers needed to advocate for residents

in local long-term care facilities

The Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is seeking volunteers for its new Volunteer Ombudsman Program (VOP).  The VOP wishes to place 1-2 volunteers in every nursing facility, residential care facility, and elder group home in Iowa.

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging offers new programs to Caregivers

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging is expanding Caregiver Support Services through educational sessions and telephone supports.

Are you a caregiver? Do you have questions about resources or just want someone to talk with who understands the challenges of caregiving? At The Heritage Area Agency on Aging, we understand the unique roles of caregivers.  We can help connect you with resources to assist and support you in your role as caregiver.   We are also there to listen and offer emotional support. 


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