This Year's Project:
Connections is one of six Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa working to keep older Iowans independent, healthy, and thriving in the environment of their choice. Connections Area Agency on Aging is your one stop shop for aging in place in Iowa. We enhance the quality of life for elders through education, planning, and coordination of services. Connections Area Agency on Aging provides services and supports to older Iowans and their caregivers in the following Iowa counties: Adair, Adams, Cass, Cherokee, Clarke, Decatur, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Taylor, Union, and Woodbury. Services we provide include: information and assistance, service navigation, meal programs, caregiver support, respite services, consumer protection, evidence-based health programs, advocacy, Older Worker Program, and recreation and educational programs.
Family Caregiver Programming
The proceeds from the Siouxland Big Give 2019 will benefit our Family Caregiver Programs. The Family Caregiver Program works to provide family caregivers with the resources they need to enhance and extend their ability to care for a loved one. Seventy-seven percent of caregivers report that services definitely enabled them to provide care longer than otherwise would have been possible; 89% of caregivers reported that services helped them to be a better caregiver; and nearly half of the caregivers of nursing home-eligible care recipients indicated that the care recipient would be unable to remain at home without the support services. Across the United States, almost 7.8 million children are living in homes where grandparents or other relatives are householders, with more than 5.8 million children living in grandparents' homes and nearly 2 million children living in other relatives' homes. In 2016 in the state of Iowa, 16,681 children under 18 were being cared for by a grandparent. Connections AAA assists Family Caregivers through • respite services which provide temporary relief for families caring for adults aged 60 and older. Respite care can range from a few hours of care provided on a one-time basis to overnight or extended care sessions. Respite care can be utilized on a regular or irregular basis and must be provided by skilled care providers or professionals; • individual counseling; • support groups; and • assistance (including financial assistance) in the areas of health, nutrition, financial literacy, and in making decisions and solving problems related to their role as a primary caregiver.