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of the Iowa Department on Aging is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of long term living and community support services that help individuals maintain health and independence in their homes and communities.
Department & The Older Americans Act
The Iowa Department on Aging serves a fast-growing segment of Iowa's population-
people 60 years of age and older. IDA has two divisions- Policy
& Administration and Elder Rights/Home & Community-Based
Services- that work to accomplish the wide-ranging goals of the
Older Americans Act.
The Older Americans
Act (OAA) was enacted in 1965 to promote the well-being of older
persons and help them remain independent in their communities. The
U.S. Administration on Aging distributes federal OAA funds to states,
which, in turn, designate Area Agencies on Aging (AAA's) that provide
information and services to older persons. Title III of the OAA
provides funds to help states organize and pay for meals and a broad
range of home & community based services through the AAA's and
hundreds of service providers throughout the state; this structure
is commonly called the "aging network". All persons age
60 and older are eligible to receive services, but states are required
to target assistance to persons with the "greatest social or economic
is required by the Older Americans Act to have a state unit on aging.
The Iowa Department on Aging is Iowa's state unit on aging. IDA's
responsibilities as the state unit on aging include:
all state activities related to the purposes of Title III
a State Plan on Aging
as an effective and visible advocate for older persons by:
and commenting upon all state plans, budgets and policies
that affect elders.
technical assistance to any agency, organization, association
or individual representing the needs of elders.
that preferences for services will be given to older individuals
with greatest economic or social needs.
that preference for services will be given to low-income minority
and rural older adults.
Department works with Congress and Iowa's General Assembly
The Iowa Department on Aging monitors both federal and state
legislation impacting the lives of older Iowans.
At the Federal level, the Department is available to work with
members of congress, their staff, constituency groups and members
of the general public. In some cases, the Department may offer written
or oral testimony on proposed legislation.
At the State level, the Department is also available to work with
members of Iowa's General Assembly, caucus staff, constituency groups
and members of the general public on matters affecting the lives
of adults over the age of 60. During the state legislative session,
the Department may pre-file bills, work to support, monitor or oppose
proposed legislation and provide information and resources to the
legislative body. The state legislative web site may be accessed
Plan for FFY 2010 - 2013
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