LifeLong Links is a resource that helps older Iowans, adults with disabilities, veterans and caregivers learn more about long-term living services and supports available throughout the state. The Department developed LifeLong Links™ to serve as Iowa’s Aging and Disability Resource Center. LifeLong Links is accessible through a call center at 866-468-7887 and the Area Agencies on Aging. Once a consumer reaches out to LifeLong Links, he/she has access to:
Information & Assistance
Information about local services and resources
Assistance in identifying service needs
Referrals to local service providers
Information about the choices available when planning for long-term independence (e.g. where to live, what services may be needed, how to locate service providers, how to pay for services)
One-on-one consultation to help determine which option is best, given the consumer's needs, wishes and available resources
Development of a person-centered plan that lists the consumer's goals and the steps to take to achieve those goals
Area Agencies on Aging
Under the Older Americans Act, the Iowa Department on Aging has designated six Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) to provide information and referrals to older adults, adults with disabilities, veterans and their caregivers, and coordinate a wide range of long-term living and community support services, such as case management, congregate and home-delivered meals, employment services, family caregiver services, options counseling, respite care and transportation services.
Their expertise about programs and providers in your community will assist you in leading an independent, meaningful and dignified life in your own home and community for as long as possible.