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      Timely Links to Resources for Seniors

      Eileen Creager, LifeLong Links Coordinator, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, 5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 106, Des Moines, Iowa 50312-1444, (515) 633-9535, (800) 747-5352 – toll free, (515) 255-9442 – fax, Please check us out at www.agingresources.com. Eileen is pictured standing at a table exhibit at a vision loss resource fair at the Iowa Department for the Blind in the summer of 2015.Here are some links to important resources and crucial information for Iowa's seniors.

      Now is the time for Iowans with Medicare to check their health and drug coverage for 2017. Medicare's open enrollment period runs from October 15 until December 7th.
      https://www.medicareresources.org/faqs/when-is-the-next-medicare-open-enrollment-period/

      For detailed information about each Marketplace health insurance plan offered in Iowa contact https://dhs.iowa.gov/iahealthlink/find-a-provider

      Are you on Medicare? You may be able to save on your prescription drug cost. Contact the Social Security Administration directly or contact the State of Iowa’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program.
      www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp
      www.therightcalliowa.gov

      As we age, it is important to maintain good nutrition. Visit this site for your guide to a healthier lifestyle.
      http://www.agingresources.com/programs-services/nutrition-healthy-living

      Congregate meals are provided in a group setting. The meal site provides opportunities for socialization, nutrition education, nutrition counseling and information about other programs and services. For the meal site nearest you contact https://www.iowaaging.gov/congregate-meals

      IDB Introduces New Building Access Design

      Two helpful staff members of the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped are seen stationed at the newly created information desk area, poised to greet visitors and assist Library patrons with information and circulation needs.If you have walked into the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB) building recently you may have noticed that some changes are afoot. An inviting corner for Library users and visitors has been created in a re-purposed portion of the first floor employee break room/cafeteria, just inside the north door/accessible entrance. A comfortable sofa, book shelves that beckon to be explored, and some unique children’s activities are available to enjoy. Two helpful staff from the library are stationed nearby at the newly created information desk area, ready to greet visitors and assist Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped patrons with information and circulation needs. Library patrons are now able to refill cartridges, drop off books, and use other library services more quickly. A convenient accessible iPad mounted on a stand replaces the loose leaf binder sign-in book. The west side of the cafeteria has been rearranged in proximity to the vending machines with enough space for the usual number of people using it during breaks and lunch. It’s all part of a “one point of service” concept and design that Library and other IDB staff are presenting on a trial basis. Read more...

      More Feature Stories:

      December 3, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Board Meeting Part 1
      December 3, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Board Meeting Part 2
      December 3, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Board Meeting Part 3
      December 3, 2016 Iowa Commission for the Blind Board Meeting Part 4
      Timely Links to Resources for Seniors
      Emily Wharton Selected as Director of the Iowa Department for the Blind
      Iowa Commission for the Blind - Meeting Recordings and Minutes Archive
      Listen to Library News for Fall 2016
      Connections - A Peer Support Social Network

       

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