Senior Resources

We’ve compiled this list so you can find in one place resources that are available to older Iowans. Keep in mind that One Iowa doesn’t screen, endorse or recommend these resources. (Read more about our policy on this below). We hope you find this list helpful. If you know of a resource that should be added, please contact Buffy Jamison ([email protected]).


General

AARPhttps://www.aarp.org

AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age.

You’ll find information at their website on everything from financial well-being, health, how to contribute to society and local communities and how to fully enjoy life.   

AARP also has helpful resources for family caregivers. https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/

Iowa Area Agencies on Aging

https://www.iowaaging.gov/area-agencies-aging

The Area Agencies on Aging provide information and referrals to older adults, adults with disabilities, veterans and their caregivers. They coordinate a wide range of long-term living and community support services, including congregate and home-delivered meals, employment services, family caregiver services, options counseling, respite care and transportation services.

LifeLong Links https://www.lifelonglinks.org

LifeLong Links is Iowa’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers.

It provides information and referral services for older adults, people with disabilities, veterans and caregivers as they begin to think about and plan for long-term independent living. You can access help at LifeLong Links’ website or through this toll free helpline: 866-468-7887.

Aging Resources of Central Iowa http://www.agingresources.com

Aging Resources of Central Iowa is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), Area Agency on Aging. It’s goal is to allow older adults choices in their care process in order to remain safe and independent in their homes. Through federal, state and private funding, Aging Resources  advocates, coordinates and provides services to people 60 years of age and older and their families.

Iowa Department on Aging – https://www.iowaaging.gov

The Iowa Department on Aging focuses on improving the quality of life for older Iowans.  It strives to empower older adults to maintain their independence and advocates on behalf of older Iowans to ensure their rights, safety and overall well-being. You can find most state-funded resources for older Iowans at this website.

Office of Public Guardian – https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/elder-justice-adult-protective-services/office-public-guardian                                                                                                                        For Iowans who are not capable of making their own decisions about legal, financial or health care matters, the Office of Public Guardian strives to fill that gap.

Polk County Senior Center https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/cfys/services/senior-services-about-us/

Polk County operates seven multi-purpose senior centers and nine dining centers. The part-time senior centers are open to the public between 9:30AM to 1:30PM. The a full-time senior centers are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. The centers provide recreation, education, nutrition, health clinics, information and referral, volunteer opportunities and transportation to the center.

Family Caregiver Alliance – https://www.caregiver.org

Family Caregiver Alliance is a nonprofit organization that supports families and friends who are providing long-term care for loved ones at home.  It offers services, education programs and resources that provide information and tools to manage the complex demands of caregiving.


Falling Prevention

A Matter of Balance – https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/health-prevention-wellness/falls-prevention/matter-balance

A Matter of Balance is a falls and injury prevention program for older adults who have fallen in the past, have limited physical activity due to concerns about falling and are interested in learning more about flexibility, strength, balance and how to prevent falls. Classes taught by trained leaders are held twice a week for four weeks or once a week for eight weeks.

Stepping On – https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/health-prevention-wellness/falls-prevention/stepping

Stepping On is a falls prevention program that empowers older adults to practice health behaviors that reduce the risk of falling.

Tai Chi for Arthritis – https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/health-prevention-wellness/falls-prevention/tai-chi-arthritis

Tai chi an ancient Chinese exercise system consisting of slow, relaxed movements. Studies show that tai chi can increase participants’ strength, balance, functional mobility and flexibility while reducing pain, stress and risk of falling.

Mental Health

Unitypoint – https://www.unitypoint.org/desmoines/services-older-adult-mental-health-services.aspx

The Older Adult Mental Health Unit provides care to patients 55 years of age and older who are suffering from dementia, depression or a variety of other emotional disorders. This facility is a 12-bed, closed inpatient mental health unit.

Oral Health

I-Smile ͭ  ͫ Silver  –https://idph.iowa.gov/ohds/oral-health-center/ismile-silver

Description: I-Smile Silver is a pilot project aiming to achieve optimal oral health for older Iowans.

Mouth Care Matters – http://www.iowacaregivers.org/education/mouth-care-matters.php#.W2H2CC2ZOi4

Mouth Care Matters is a one-day specialty training in the area of oral care. It was originally designed for home care, hospice, and nurse aides; personal assistants; patient care technicians; and direct support professionals, but the program is also suitable for other health and long term service and support (LTSS) staff including licensed nurses.

Respite

Iowa Lifespan Respite Coalition – https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/family-caregiver-support/respite-care

The Iowa Lifespan Respite Coalition provides funds for emergency respite care for caregivers in crisis.

 

Employment

Senior Community Service Employment Program – https://www.ncoa.org/economic-security/matureworkers/scsep/

This is the nation’s oldest program to help low-income, unemployed people 55 years of age and older find work. The program matches eligible older adults with part-time jobs for community service organizations.

 

Older Worker Employment Program – http://heritageaaa.org/older-worker-employment-program

The Older Worker Employment Program helps individuals 55 years of age and older with a disability with employment.

 

Legal Assistance

Iowa Department on Aging’s Legal Assistance Program – https://www.iowaaging.gov/programs-services/elder-justice-adult-protective-services/legal-assistance

The Iowa Department on Aging’s Legal Assistance Program serves individuals aged 60 and older by providing legal advice and representation; information and education; and referrals in civil legal matters throughout the state.

 

Elder Abuse Prevention

Elder Abuse Prevention & Awareness Clearinghouse https://www.iowaaging.gov/news-resources/elder-abuse-prevention-awareness-eapa-state-clearinghouse

This site is a single point clearinghouse to find information and resources related to elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, including how to recognize elder abuse and prevent it from occurring.

Iowa Department of Human Services   https://dhs.iowa.gov/dependent_adult_abuse

The Dependent Adult Abuse program provides evaluations and assessments of alleged abused dependent adults. The program provides services and makes referrals to help abused dependent adults acquire safe living arrangements.

Iowa Department of Inspections & Appeals, Health Facilities Divisionhttps://dia.iowa.gov

This department is responsible for inspecting and licensing or certifying health care providers and suppliers, restaurants and grocery stores, social and charitable gambling operations, hotels and motels, and barber and beauty shops. In addition, DIA staff investigates alleged fraud in the State’s public assistance programs and conducts contested case hearings to settle disputes between Iowans and various state government agencies.

Iowa Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman – https://www.iowaaging.gov/state-long-term-care-ombudsman

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an  independent entity within the Iowa Department on Aging. Its mission is to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of individuals living in long-term care facilities. It advocates, investigates complaints with residents’ permission and works to resolve problems with the goal of enhancing quality of life and care.

 

LGBTQ Specific

Women’s Cultural Collective – https://www.meetup.com/Womens-Cultural-Collective-Central-Iowa-Meetup/?_cookie-check=BQtn-zJH3PyNN-t_

This Iowa women’s organization seeks to promote community building and provide a safe atmosphere for lesbians. All women are invited to attend its activities and events.

PrimeTimer’s of Central Iowahttp://www.primetimersww.com/centraliowa/

Membership in Prime Timers Central Iowa is a social membership organization that provides older gay and bisexual men the opportunity to enrich their lives.   

First Friday Breakfast Clubhttp://www.ffbciowa.org

This is an educational group for gay, bisexual and transgender men. The group gathers monthly in Des Moines for breakfast, fellowship and a speaker. It provides a safe and supportive environment for all members and guests.

Family Caregiver Alliance https://www.caregiver.org/special-concerns-lgbt-caregivers

Description: Family Caregiver Alliance is a nonprofit organization that supports families and friends who are providing long-term care for loved ones at home.  In addition to services, education programs and resources for caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance also addresses special concerns of LGBTQ caregivers. That includes an online LGBTQ community support group. https://www.caregiver.org/lgbt-community-support-faq

SageCare USAhttp://sageusa.care

SAGECare provides training and consulting on LGBT aging issues to service providers. As a division of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), we are part of the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults.

SAGE: https://www.sageusa.org/get-involved/

SAGE provides services and advocacy for GLBT elders. SAGE offers a National Center of LGBT Aging, an LGBT Elder Hotline 1-888-234-SAGE, a National LGBT Housing Initiative and more.

 

Support Groups

One Iowa North https://north.oneiowa.org

One Iowa NORTH is an affiliate of One Iowa, a statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) organization working to preserve and advance equality for LGBTQ individuals in Iowa through grassroots efforts and education.

Transcend North Iowa http://transcend.lgbt

Dedicated to supporting transgender, non-binary, and all gender nonconforming individuals.

Transformations Iowahttps://www.facebook.com/transformationsiowa/

Transformations Iowa is a support group for transgender and non-binary people with meetings in Des Moines, Urbandale, and Cedar Rapids.

Prepare to Care Guide LGBT from AARP

https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/home-and-family/caregiving/2017/05/prepare-to-care-guide-lgbt-aarp.pdf

This is a planning guide for caregivers in the LGBTQ community and for those who may be recieving care.  

Iowa Power of Attorney Act   https://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/iowa-uniform-power-of-attorney-act-1?ref=NEo27

Iowa Legal Aid provides information and forms to create power of attorney documents for financial, health and general decisions.  

Iowa Power of Attorney Act FAQ

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jmleav5qiifvhr2/AARP_POA_brochure_FINAL3_4Web.pdf?dl=0 This is an FAQ about Iowa’s Power of Attorney Act.


Faith Based

First Unitarian Church – https://www.ucdsm.org/

The congregation has taken deliberate steps to become more inclusive of LGBTQ people.  The congregation works to address the needs of LGBTQ persons at every level of congregational life, welcoming not only their presence, but also the particular gifts they bring.

Plymouth https://www.plymouthchurch.com/connecting-caring/connecting/lgbtq/

As an open and affirming congregation, Plymouth Church embraces diversity in its congregation and community.  The church welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

Urbandale UCC https://urbucc.org/justice/

Urbandale UCC is an open and affirming congregation that welcomes persons of every age, race, gender identity and expression, nationality, ability, and sexual orientation.

Downtown Disciples – https://www.downtowndisciples.org

Downtown Disciples is an all-inclusive Progressive Christian community and urban ministry, “doing justice, loving  kindness and walking humbly” together in Des Moines, Iowa. It is LGBTQ + affirming and proclaims #BlackLivesMatter. You are invited to visit its all-inclusive spiritual community and become part of its movement for wholeness in this fragmented world.

Walnut Hills UMC – https://whumc.org

Walnut Hills belongs to the Reconciling Ministries Network, which mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.

Tifereth Israel Synagogue-

Tifereth Israel Synagogue honors diversity in all its forms, welcoming interfaith families, same-sex couples, and people of all cultural backgrounds.

 

Hospices

Hospice Care in Iowa

http://www.hpcai.org/Information/For-Consumers

Here you can find a directory of the hospices in Iowa as well as information about how hospice works, how to choose hospice care and more.

Visiting Nurse Services/Hospice of Central Iowa

https://www.vnsia.org

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa provides medical and social services for women, children and families, adults and seniors across Iowa. Services include home visits, family support, parent education, transportation, and much more.

 

About this list:

It’s important for you to know that One Iowa does not screen resources and we don’t make any guarantees.  Our decision to list these resources does not imply that we are endorsing or recommending that you use any of them. One Iowa also doesn’t endorse the quality of information or service provided. This list is informational only.  It’s up to you to vet each resource.