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Iowa’s Aging Network Commends Senator Grassley for Supporting Older Americans Act PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anthony Carroll   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:10

Des Moines, Feb. 11 – Today AARP Iowa, the Iowa Department on Aging, the Iowa Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, and the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging join together to thank Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley for co-sponsoring S. 192, reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA).  Senator Grassley signed on as a co-sponsor on February 5, 2015.

“As organizations who work with older Iowans, we stand together in thanking and commending Senator Grassley for his leadership and support of this broadly bipartisan and balanced bill that reflects the culmination of more than three years of bipartisan work,” said Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director. “AARP supports the pragmatic approach this bill takes to continue to provide services and programs to help older Iowans live with independence in their homes and communities, and we applaud Senator Grassley for his support for older Iowans by co-sponsoring this crucial legislation.”

“As Iowa’s network of support for older Iowans and care givers, the Area Agencies on Aging support and appreciate the efforts of Senator Grassley and all of Iowa’s legislative delegation for their efforts on behalf of Iowans.  The Older Americans Act provides the foundation that allows Iowa to continue to be a great place to for Iowans to call home.” from Mike Isaacson, Chair of the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging

“Long-Term Care Ombudsmen have a unique and important role in the long-term care system.  The Older Americans Act authorizes Ombudsmen to act as advocates for people who live in nursing homes and assisted living programs.  Iowa’s Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman supports reauthorization, including the provisions that guarantee residents have unimpeded access to independent Ombudsman services and are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation,” said Deanna Clingan-Fischer, Iowa State Long-Term Care Ombudsman

“The Iowa Department on Aging is pleased to see movement on the reauthorization and will work closely with both Senator Grassley and Senator Ernst as the bill moves forward to ensure the needs and interests of older Iowans and their caregivers are recognized,” added Donna Harvey, Director of the Iowa Department on Aging.

Since it was enacted into law in 1965, millions of our most vulnerable older Iowans have relied on the services provided by the OAA for their health and economic security. These services help older Iowans live independently by:

  • Supporting nutrition programs, including home delivered meals, congregate meals, and senior centers;
  • Providing home and community-based services, including preventive health services and transportation assistance;
  • Assisting family caregivers with information and referral, counseling and respite care;
  • Preventing and detecting elder abuse by funding Long Term Care Ombudsmen; and
  • Providing part-time community service employment and training.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.

About Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging

i4a is a non-profit trade association made up of six Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) in Iowa, which provide information and education about care options for older Iowans, persons with disabilities and their caregivers allowing them to remain in their homes regardless of income or preparing for other long-term care options.

 

About Iowa’s State Long Term Care Ombudsman Office

The mission of the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman is to protect the health, safety, welfare, and rights of individuals residing in long-term care by investigating complaints, seeking resolutions to problems, and providing advocacy with the goal of enhancing quality of life and care.

 

 

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First Lady Chris Branstad to receive Volunteer of the Year Award from American Heart Association of Central Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 11:02

(DES MOINES) – Iowa First Lady Chris Branstad will be named “Volunteer of the Year” at the American Heart Association’s Des Moines Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. The Heart Ball celebrates the American Heart Association of Des Moines’ work, donors, volunteers and the lives saved because of the group’s effort.

“I am honored to have been selected as the American Heart Association’s Volunteer of the Year,” said First Lady Chris Branstad. “Iowans have always been very generous with their time and charitable giving and it is a pleasure to serve along with other volunteers and staff to help make Iowa a healthier state.”

Branstad has been a longtime supporter of the American Heart Association, and for the past two years has served as Chair of the Circle of Red, recruiting 75 members and raising more than $50,000 to improve women’s heart health.  Circle of Red is a powerful group of women in Central Iowa who are dedicated to raising awareness and funding research, education and advocacy initiatives through the Go Red For Women movement.  Branstad will continue to serve as Chair of Circle of Red through the 2015 campaign, and hopes to grow the group to more than 100 members.

According to the American Heart Association, in the past five years, 2010-2014, the American Heart Association has funded 83 studies in Iowa at a cost of $9.4 million.

“Mrs. Branstad has been an invaluable asset in furthering the Go Red For Women movement here in Central Iowa,” says Kassi Wessing, Communications Director for the American Heart Association.  “Because of Mrs. Branstad’s work, more women in Central Iowa know that heart disease and stroke are their greatest health threat, and that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented.”

The Heart Ball is open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information, please visit www.DesMoinesHeartBall.com.

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Legislative Forum on Saturday, February 14 in Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jean Hessburg   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:52

DES MOINES, IA (02/11/2015)(readMedia)-- Legislative forums featuring Quad City state legislators are being held:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

10:30 a.m – noon

Doors open at 10 a.m.

Rogalski Center

Saint Ambrose University

518 West Locust Street

Davenport, Iowa

Quad City state representatives and senators are invited to attend the forums which are free and open to the public. The forums are sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), the Scott County Farm Bureau, the Working Iowa Neighbors Coalition of the Quad Cities Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), the Business and Professional Women of Davenport and the Quad Cities Area Realtor Association (QCARA).

For more information contact Toby Paone at 563-355-3731 (office); 563-370-3270 (cell); This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
PHONE SCAM ALERT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas Gibbs   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:42

The Scott County Sheriff's Office would like to make the public aware of an aggressive phone
scam.

On February 9th, 2015 our Chief Deputy received a phone call on his personal phone from 1 (236)526-553. The person identified themselves as being from Global Technical Support and that his personal computer was connected to the Global Technical Support mainframe and was sending numerous error messages and that it might be infected with a virus. The Chief Deputy recognized this as a scam and began to question the caller. The caller was very aggressive and again stated that my computer was compromised and they were calling to help.

The caller was questioned further and was unable to answer some simple IT related questions. The caller was informed they had reached a law enforcement official and this call was a phone scam. The caller continued with his scam stating he was trying to help and he needed to connect to my computer to help. He was very insistent that I didn’t understand, he was from Global Technical Support and he was trying to help.

This was a very aggressive phone scam call and we want to make the public aware in hopes that people will not fall prey to this scam. The caller was very aggressive even after learning he was talking to a law enforcement official and it didn’t seem to faze him in the least bit. Generally if you would fall prey and allow them to connect to your computer they may appear to run a virus scan of your computer which would then show a false reading your computer is infected. After they show you the fictitious virus scan, then they usually inform you of a charge to fix your computer, when in fact there is nothing wrong with it.

To learn more about scams and other safety tips, please visit our webpage at http://www.scottcountyiowa.com/sheriff/safety.php.

 
Governor Rauner Announces Recipients of 2015 Order of Lincoln Award PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lance Trover   
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:19

SPRINGFIELD -- As Illinois celebrates the 206th birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Governor Bruce Rauner today announced this year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln, which is the state’s highest honor for professional achievement and public service.

“This year’s recipients of the Order of Lincoln have helped make Illinois and the world a better place,” Gov. Rauner said. “The work they have accomplished is admirable, and it is our privilege to honor them. Mr. Lincoln would be proud.”

This year’s recipients are:

Arthur H. Bunn, CEO of Bunn-O-Matic Corporation

Bunn is a civic and philanthropic leader in Springfield; and a member of one of Illinois’ pioneer families, whose great-great-grandfather opened a grocery store in Springfield 170 years ago, with Abraham Lincoln as one of his first customers.

Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme

Cousin heads the world’s largest humanitarian organization, serving 97 million beneficiaries in 80 countries. “My mission is simple,” she has said, “to end hunger in my lifetime.”

J. Roland Folse, surgeon and founding chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. 

Dr. Folse served on SIU-School of Medicine’s faculty for more than 30 years, and the Folse Endowed Chair of Surgery has been established in his honor.

Sara Vaughn Gabbard, nationally recognized Lincoln Scholar and Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana

Gabbard, a native of Lincoln, is entrusted with a prized collection of Lincoln artifacts, and has devoted her professional career to increasing the nation’s knowledge of Abraham Lincoln and the times in which he lived.

Gary Slutkin, Founder and Executive Director of Cure Violence

Dr. Slutkin’s innovative program has worked to reduce shootings and killings, and Cure Violence now has 52 program sites in 23 U.S. cities and eight nations of the world. He is a professor of epidemiology and international health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, where he seeks to treat violence as he would seek to reverse epidemic disease outbreaks.

W. Russell Withers, Jr., Broadcaster – Posthumous Honor

The award will also be presented posthumously to one of the last of a vanishing breed of broadcasting pioneers, the Founder of Withers Broadcasting Companies which operates six television stations and 30 radio stations in Illinois and across the Midwest. Prior to his death, Mr. Withers provided leadership to a wide range of civic, professional and charitable organizations including his chairmanship over many years of the Illinois Broadcasters Foundation.

The Order of Lincoln will be presented at the 51st Annual Convocation of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in the chamber of the Illinois House of Representatives in Springfield on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The Order of Lincoln was established by the Governor of Illinois in 1965, and the Lincoln Academy of Illinois -- an independent, non-partisan organization -- was created to administer the award and to choose the annual award recipients.

Following the award presentation on May 9, 2015 a gala reception and dinner in honor of the 2015 recipients will be held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. Funds raised at the dinner will be used to provide Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Scholarships to one student from each of the 56 four-year colleges and universities in Illinois and one student representing the state’s community colleges. The students are chosen by their college presidents on the basis of academic achievement and community service.

The ceremony and short interviews with the honorees will be converted into a PBS documentary to be shown on all PBS stations across Illinois later in the year.

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