Extension News

LifeLongLinks Web Portal Connects Iowans to Aging and Disability Resources

12/12/2006

AMES, Iowa -- All Iowans, especially Iowa's older adults and people with disabilities, now have easier access to statewide resources through one comprehensive Web portal at www.LifeLongLinks.org. Lifelong Links provides Iowans with easier access to financial, health care, legal and community support information to help them plan for their future.

LifeLong Links helps people easily locate and access services  ─  regardless of where they first seek information. Visitors to the site can search by location for home- and community-based services such as home-delivered meals, transportation and respite for family caregivers. The site also provides links to agencies that can help Iowans explore their options for long-term care and determine their eligibility for certain programs. 

By making access to information easy, LifeLong Links removes barriers to community living faced by many people of all ages. The site is funded through the Administration on Aging and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is part of the President's New Freedom Initiative. 

Iowa was awarded $800,000 in April 2004, to create this virtual statewide resource center to enhance Iowa's existing information and referral systems -- Iowa COMPASS, Iowa 211 and the Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a) Iowa Family Caregiver Program. 

Iowans can learn more about the site contents and navigation by viewing a tutorial Web cast posted on the LifeLongLinks.org homepage. The Web cast can be viewed captioned or non-captioned.

For more information contact Mary C. Anderson, Aging and Disability Resource Center project director, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, (515) 725-3346, mary.anderson@iowa.gov.

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Contacts :
Mary C. Anderson, Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, (515) 725-3346, mary.anderson@iowa.gov
Catherine Hunt, Extension Communications and Marketing,
(515) 294-1039, cathi@iastate.edu