The Older Iowans Legislature offering an Opportunity for Impact

Written by Theresa Rose on August 31, 2016

The annual meeting of the Older Iowans Legislature (OIL) will offer Iowa’s seniors and those interested in senior issues to have a direct impact on their future and their quality of life.

 

The OIL annual meeting is a “grassroots” example of democracy in action as attendees at the Monday, September 26 and 27 meeting will have the opportunity to explore issues affecting their lives, find consensus and then vote for three proposals which will become the issues the Older Iowans Legislature will advocate to the Governor and the State Legislature during its next session.

 

Participants will gather at 12 noon the Iowa House Chamber on September, sit at a legislator’s desk and have the opportunity to participate at their level of comfort. Governor Terry Branstad and Senate President Pam Jochum will address the delegates. Experts from various fields will present information on Senior Rights, Workforce and Access to Care and Services, Navigating and Improving the System (Information and Resources) and Quality Care.

 

The Senior Rights Committee will explore elder abuse as it relates to both physical and financial in an institutional and family setting and then identifying possible areas that need to be corrected through legislation or regulation. Other committees will (1) explore the current environment for the direct care workforce and recruitment and retention challenges; (2) look at information and resources that support aging in Iowa and how the system can be improved; and (3) survey the nursing home and home and community-based services landscape in Iowa regarding current problems and follow up with ideas on improving quality care.

 

OIL members and Associate Members are asked to select a committee in which they would like to participate when they register for the annual meeting on-line at www.olderiowans.org website. A seat in the House Chamber will be reserved for you.

 

OIL has reserved a special-rated block of rooms at the Downtown Holiday Inn and the Econo lodge on Merle Hay Road.  The Older Iowans Legislature and the six Area Agencies on Aging have scholarships and resources available to help cover expenses.

 

During the recent legislative session Oil advocated successfully for one million dollars in funding for LifeLong Links, $61,334.00 for aging specialist and $100,000 for a managed care ombudsman.

 

The Older Iowans Legislature is encouraging seniors and other to help make a difference by becoming an OIL member for $25.00 and by attending OIL’s annual meeting September 26 and 27 in Des Moines. Contact OIL President, Helene Magee for more information:  563-580-9758 or email helene400@msn.com