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

Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging 2019 Policy Agenda: Family Caregivers, Elder Justice, and Services

Iowa Capitol (c) WHO Radio On January 14, 2019, Iowa’s 88th General Assembly will begin the 2019 legislative session. Iowa’s GOP remains in control of the executive and legislative branch of Iowa’s government. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s first female governor, will be joined by a record 44 female legislators (33 in the House, 11 … Continue reading Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging 2019 Policy Agenda: Family Caregivers, Elder Justice, and Services

Road Map to a Healthy Brain: Alzheimer’s Disease, Public Health, and an Action Agenda

The United States is not ready for the looming Alzheimer's disease and dementia crisis. Called the "defining disease of the baby boom generation" by U.S. Senator Susan Collins in 2014 (1), Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. (2). By 2050 nearly 14 million Americans will be living with the … Continue reading Road Map to a Healthy Brain: Alzheimer’s Disease, Public Health, and an Action Agenda