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The Older Iowans Legislature is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization. Its members advocate for state legislators and the Governor to sign legislation that will result in an improved “Quality of Life for Older Iowans”.

The Older Iowans Legislature places special emphasis on the frail elderly; those citizens who have contributed much to our society, but have exhausted their resources and in need of assistance to lead meaningful lives.

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OLDER IOWANS LEGISLATURE
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2021
Held on Zoom

Based on favorable feedback from the format of last year’s meeting, the Older Iowans Legislature Board of Directors will conduct the annual meeting on ZOOM. You can also participate by phone.

In order to attend/participate in this event, You must register to obtain a ZOOM link or Call-In Phone Number. Watch here or contact via email: janron76@icloud.com. Registration information is at the end of this notice.

WHEN: Monday, September 27th
TIME: Starting at 9:00 a.m.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:

1. 9:00 – 9:15 am: Chair Kudej, OIL Board Chair

  • Opening Prayer
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Message from the Chair

2. 9:15 – 9:45 am: Guest speakers

  • Governor Kim Reynolds
  • Director Kelly Garcia, Department of Human Services

3. 9:45 – 10:30 am: Report on outcome of 2021 Legislative priorities:

  • Linda Miller, Director Iowa Department of Aging,LIVABLE HOMES PROGRAM “Aging in Place” HOME MODIFCATION
  • Angela Van Pelt, IOWA LONG-TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN
  • Anthony Carroll, AARP Associate State Director for Advocacy, ELDER PROTECTION
  • Di Findley, Iowa Caregivers, DIRECT CARE WORKERS

4. 10:40 – 11:40 am: Delegates will be divided into three OIL Standing Committees. They will meet via zoom in rooms, discuss the below items and other relevant issues, and report back to the assembly with their top two or three recommendations for priority legislation for 2022. As part of your registration, you will be asked which room you would like to be placed. The rooms and what they will cover are as follows:

Senior Rights Committee (Tony Vola, discussion leader, and Linda Linn, Secretary) It will initially focus on the Elder Protection legislation pending in the Iowa House (SF 522) and then consider other matters such as: elder abuse, property tax relief, cameras in nursing homes, grandparents’ rights, and simplified insurance policy language. Senior Rights Committee members may offer other ideas for consideration during the meeting.

Quality of Life (Kay Fisk, discussion leader, and Monica McCarty, Secretary) It will initially focus on livable homes, home modification, and aging in place program issues, as well as the Long-Term Care Ombudsman needs. Other matters to be considered: nutrition, transportation, housing, home modification, high cost of drugs, end of life decisions, and long-term care. Quality of Life Committee members may offer other ideas for consideration during the meeting.

Workforce/Caregiver (Keith Kudej, discussion leader, and Cindy Mueller, Secretary) The committee will initially review the status of the workforce registry. Topics discussed in the past include tax credits for caregivers, staffing in nursing homes, improved training programs, caregiver pay and elevating the status of caregivers. Workforce/Caregiver Committee members may offer other ideas for consideration during the meeting.

5. 11:50 am – 12:30 pm: The joint assembly will discuss and vote to determine the legislative issues for 2022.

6. 12:30 – 1:00 pm: The OIL business meeting and election of officers will follow the joint assembly followed by adjournment.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

You can register in three ways:
1. Use this form

2. Use the form posted with this email. Fill out the Registration Form and send it to address listed below

3. You can register with our Secretary using this email link: janron76@icloud.com

We ask our members to pay their annual dues at the time of registration.

OIL BY-LAWS SPECIFY:
Individual membership - $25
Supporting Professional memberships (non-profit agency) - $250 donation.
Sustaining Contributor is a corporation or institution contributing $1,000 or more.
Silver Contributor is an individual or organization making an annual contribution or grant of $2,500 for special events.
Individual membership is open to any adult.
However, voting privileges are restricted to those aged 55 and above.
Those under 55 are considered Associate members.

Money/Checks & Registration Information can be sent to:

Older Iowans Legislature
Aging Resources
5835 Grand Avenue, Suite 106
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Once you are registered, we will send information and link to log into the Zoom session or participate by phone.


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