Northland Area Agency on Aging in Decorah, Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging in Waterloo and Scenic Valley Area Agency on Aging in Dubuque are merging together to form Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A).
The three agencies are merging together as a result of a legislative mandate to reduce the number of Iowa's Area Agencies on Aging from 13 to six. Effective July 1, the newly formed Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) will be serving 18 counties in Northeast Iowa including Winneshiek, Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Chickasaw, Hardin, Grundy, Marshall, Tama, Poweshiek, Delaware, Dubuque, Jackson, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Allamakee counties.
NEI3A will continue to provide assistance and arrange for services for older persons, people with disabilities and family caregivers to help them remain independent and in their homes for as long as they desire, according to NEI3A Executive Director Mike Isaacson.
"Our goal is to make this a seamless transition. Existing clients will not see a change in services as we go through this merger," Isaacson said. "We are excited to merge together as NEI3A and look forward to providing quality services throughout Northeast Iowa.
NEI3A programs and services include options counseling, case management, nutrition programs, healthy lifestyles/senior centers, caregiver support, consumer protection, respite support, disaster assistance and evidence-based programming.
"Most people have no idea where to start to get help when they are faced with the challenge of helping a friend or loved one remain in their home. Or even what services are available to ease the transition when they are discharged from the hospital. We are here to help navigate through that process to help people throughout Northeast Iowa remain independent," Isaacson said.
For more information, call the Lifelong Links-Aging & Disability Resource Center at NEI3A toll-free at 1-877-538-0508.