LifeLong Links: Getting Information and Services to Older Iowans, Adults with Disabilities, and Family Caregivers During COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2020             Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging are at the front line of meeting the needs of older Iowans, adults with disabilities, and family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Older adults are at the highest risk for serious COVID-19 illness due to age-related changes in immune systems and, for some, … Continue reading LifeLong Links: Getting Information and Services to Older Iowans, Adults with Disabilities, and Family Caregivers During COVID-19 Pandemic

How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging

Photo via Apple Tree Dental This week's trivia question asks whether social interactions and friendships help reduce the negative health effects of aging. The answer is yes! Many human development and gerontology researchers have determined that our biology (i.e., genetics, physical health), our psychology (i.e., cognitive functioning and health), and social influences each play a … Continue reading How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging

Older Americans Act: Services that keep older Americans healthy, safe, and in their community

President Lyndon Johnson after signing the Older Americans Act, 1965. For over fifty years, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has resulted in helping older Americans remain in their communities-of-choice for as long as possible through local services. Signed in 1965, the OAA was established out of concern for the lack of community social services for … Continue reading Older Americans Act: Services that keep older Americans healthy, safe, and in their community