Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Aging Services

June 25, 2019 | United Way Team

Learn more about our funded partner, Aging Services, and how their services are supporting our community.

damir-bosnjak-VQ2L7t5qt_8-unsplashOur funded partners cover a lot of ground in East Central Iowa, providing a variety of resources and services to those who need it most. This month we are learning more about Aging Services, whose goal is to help older adults remain in their own home, involved in the community, and independent for as long as possible.

The conversation around aging can be tough, but it’s something we all eventually face whether it’s a loved one or ourselves. Being prepared for how our minds and bodies change is something Aging Services tries to bridge.

“Everybody is going to have a loved one who gets older and needs assistance,” said Aging Services Executive Director, Lindsay Glynn. “It’s vital to make sure people are aging how they want.”

From in-home services to adult day centers to volunteer support, Aging Services gracefully approaches this tough conversation on a daily basis.

“We do things people might not even realize they need help with until they’re suddenly in that position,” said Glynn.

This could be something as simple as lawn mowing, snow removal, or driving to get groceries. It could also be something more complex like transportation to and from medical appointments, giving caregivers a needed break, or connecting individuals and families to other community resources. Their wide range of services, centers, and programs provide opportunities for older adults to continue learning and growing and maintain their independence for as long as possible. 

Aging Services isn’t solely supporting older adults, though, as they realize the importance of supporting their loved ones and caregivers. Especially if they’re part of the “sandwich generation” who have found themselves caring for both their children and their parents.

“They’re often trying to balance taking care of their entire family and it can be really overwhelming,” said Glynn. “That’s where Aging Services can come in and be helpful.”

Each year, approximately 3,000 older adults are matched with the resources to ensure their continued independence through Aging Services.

“We serve as a one-stop-shop for someone who realizes they might need these services,” said Glynn. “We are here to wrap care around people so they can stay in their homes. It’s incredibly rewarding and necessary, and I’m so blessed to be part of it.”