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Help for seniors in Iowa.

The local Agency on Aging offices in Iowa as well as non-profits provide help to senior citizens. Programs that are offered to seniors and the elderly include, but are not limited to, free food, nutrition services, prescription medications, counseling, home repairs and even free money for seniors over the age of 60. Find help near you for senior citizens.

Case managers from your local Iowa office are committed to helping less fortunate seniors, their caregivers and the homebound in any way they can. The goal is to help the elderly, retirees, and especially low-income senior citizens get the assistance they need.

Free food and meal deliveries for seniors in Iowa

Nutrition Programs include home delivered meals on wheels, sites that provide food, and education/counseling. Services can assists older persons and help them remain in their homes. The nutrition programs available include home delivered meals for people who are unable to leave their home, and this is mainly offered by volunteers that coordinate with charity organizations and aging offices. A minimal fee may be required to be paid. Locate free Iowa food pantries for senior citizens.

Congregate meals sites operate in many Iowa towns and counties. People who are at least 60 years of age, their spouse and dependent children can use these sites. A healthy, hot meal is served to those who qualify and need it.

Financial help and grant money for senior citizens in IA

Senior Transportation is coordinated by the Iowa Department on Aging, and is offered in some localities. Rides may be provided for medical appointments and critical shopping trips. A focus is on the homebound and people over the age of 65 in Iowa. The agency on aging can provides a means of transportation for a person who requires help in going from one location to another.




Information and referral is offered, and the elderly can get current details on available non-profits, resources, and programs for senior citizens over the age of 60, including free money from the government. There is also details on local and regional assistance programs. Case managers can link individuals and caregivers to the opportunities and services that are available in Iowa.

Benefits CheckUp is also offered from each office.  Use a database to print a list of financial assistance programs that may pay for some of your costs of utility, prescription drugs, health care, and other essential items or services. Also get help in applying for these programs, including LIHEAP or low-income energy bill help. More on utility forgiveness in Iowa.

Legal Assistance is offered statewide for low income seniors and the elderly. Advice, representation, and other support is made available. This also includes community education, counseling, pro-bono services and free representation by an attorney or other person acting under the supervision of an attorney. More on free legal aid or consultations.

The Iowa protective payee program can offer financial management for senior citizens, disabled and other individuals who are unable to manage their federal government benefit funds or public aid in a manner that preserves the most decision-making and independence for that individual.

Iowa medical and health care assistance for older adults

The federal government and Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can help seniors and older adults get questions answered about medical bills and health care. Learn about Medicare supplement insurance, long term care, prescription medications, free health care from Medicare, and also Medicare+Choice. All information, and any counseling needed, is offered for free. 1-800-351-4664

Area Agencies on Aging in Iowa operate the Case Management Program for the Frail Elderly, or CMPFE. It serves Iowans age 60 and over and was created to prevent premature institutionalization.





Iowa SMP can help seniors detect and resolve billing errors, Medicare waste, fraud, or abuse. Volunteers are highly trained, and they work with Medicare beneficiaries in cooperation with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP). Get help in detecting and resolving unintended errors, identify fraud, and more. Click here for ways to find medical billing advocates.

Home care services from Agency on Aging in Iowa

The Iowa Family Caregiver program can help family caregivers who take care of aged loved ones, disabled, or the chronically ill. It can provide caregivers the time off and support they need from providing care that they need. They can also get money from the government if they care for seniors over the age of 60 to 70.

Low interest loans are available for Home Modifications and Assistive Technology. They are offered in an effort to counter the lack of financial resources that many older Iowans and individuals with disabilities have. The loans can be used for the purchase of safety equipment, home modifications and/or assistive technology.

  • Agency on Aging helps seniors get free phones, including from Apple, Samsung or tablets. This is part of Assistive Technology as well as Lifeline. The goal is to ensure the elderly have some form of communication. Locate a free government iphone for seniors.

Adult Day Care and Health Services are offered for dependent adults in a protective, supervised, congregate setting. Services offered can include, but are not limited to, prescription medication assistance, social and recreational activities, counseling, meals, transportation, and rehabilitation.

Case management services are offered at most Iowa Area Agency on Aging centers. The locations offer seniors and the elderly coordinated assistance. This helps ensure any resources offered are effective. Activities that are part of case management can include assessing needs, coordinating the provision of services among providers, developing care plans, referrals, arranging services, follow-up and reassessment as required.

Chore, Homemaker, and Home Repairs are offered by some centers. Seniors can receive assistance if they are having difficulty with heavy housework, yard work, or sidewalk maintenance. Resources can help improve or maintain a residence, and homemaker services in Iowa can provide help preparing meals, shopping for personal items, using the telephone, doing light housework, or managing money.

Personal Care is a low cost, or maybe free program that can provide supervision, personal assistance, stand-by support, or cues for persons having difficulties. Volunteers, or trained staff, provide help with bathing, eating, dressing, toileting or similar activities. Also provides to the family caregiver information and assistance.







Addresses and phone number for senior assistance programs in Iowa

There are multiple sites. Call an Agency on Aging below for referrals.

Elderbridge Agency on Aging
This center, from multiple offices, helps senior citizens in the counties of Audubon, Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cerro Gordo, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hancock. They also provide services in Humboldt, Kossuth, Lyon, Mitchell, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux, Webster, Winnebago, Worth, as well as Wright County.

  • 1190 Briarstone Dr., Mason City, IA 50401. Phone: (641) 424-0678
  • An Agency on Aging office is at 308 Central Ave., Fort Dodge, IA 50501. Phone: (515) 955-5244
  • 603 N West St., Carroll, IA 51401. Main number is (712) 792-3512
  • Another center is at 714 10th Ave. E, Spencer, IA 51301. Phone: (712) 262-1775

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging
Residents of the following counties can apply. Allamakee, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Hardin, Howard, Jackson, Marshall, Poweshiek, Tama, or Winneshiek. The main phone for all offices is (800)779-8707

  • 607 Washington St., Decorah IA 52101.
  • 3840 W 9th St, Waterloo, IA 50702.
  • 123 W. Main Street, Marshalltown, IA.
  • 2728 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52001

Aging Resources of Central Iowa
5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 106, Des Moines, IA 50312-1437. Phone: (515) 255-1310 or 1-800- 747-5352
The elderly, retirees and seniors in the counties of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Story, and Warren will get help. Free respite care, adult day care, home repairs, grant money and more is offered. Learn more on Aging Resources of Central Iowa assistance programs.

The Heritage Area Agency on Aging
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, PO Box 2068, Cedar Rapids, IA 52406. Phone: (319) 398-5559 or 1-800- 332-5934
The counties of Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Washington are supported. Free transportation for people over the age of 60, hardship grants, home or roof repairs and other benefits are provided.

Milestones Area Agency on Aging
Counties covered include Appanoose, Clinton, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Lucas, Mahaska, Monroe, Muscatine, Scott, Van Buren, Wapello, and Wayne.

  • 623 Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501. Dial (641) 682-2270
  • 509 Jefferson St., Burlington, IA 52601-5427. Main phone: (319) 752-5433
  • 935 E 53rd St., Davenport, IA 52807-2664. Call (563) 324-9085




Connections Area Agency on Aging
The non-profit has multiple offices. They provide financial help to seniors over the age of 60 to 70, Meals on Wheels, elder abuse care, government money and more. Counties assisted include Adair, Adams, Cass, Cherokee, Clarke, Decatur, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Taylor, Union, and Woodbury.

  • 231 S. Main St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503. Main phone: (712) 328-2540
  • Another site is at 2301 Pierce St., Sioux City, IA 51104. For details, dial (712) 279-6900
  • 109 N Elm St., Creston, IA 50801. Main phone: (641) 782-4040

Additional help for seniors in Iowa

There are other benefits, financial assistance programs and resources for seniors in Iowa. Everything from help for caregivers to free government money, Medicare benefits and more is available, including from the IA Human Services for Aging. Referrals are given too.


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