OIL session planned Sept. 24-25 at Capitol

DES MOINES ? The Older Iowans Legislature will have its 2018 session starting at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. Sept. 25 in the Iowa House Chamber at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

Iowans age 65 and older are part of a growing group making up about 16.4 percent of the state?s total population. By 2030, this group is expected to increase to 20.5 percent creating unique challenges for seniors and their quality of life. It also will present challenges to the state of Iowa as it tries to meet their needs.

With these numbers, now is the time to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults, and it all starts with individuals advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. The OIL organization, sanctioned over 40 years ago by the Iowa General Assembly, advocates for seniors before the Iowa Legislature and the governor.

The OIL is a non-partisan, nonprofit, all volunteer organization with the mission of advocating on behalf of Iowa?s senior citizens. OIL has supported the expansion of the Elder Abuse Law, increased funding for home and community based services, funding for the Department on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging and LifeLong Links.

The OIL Board of Directors has invited Gov. Reynolds and her Democratic challenger, Fred Hubbell, to speak at the annual meeting. Delegates also will hear from the legislative leadership from both parties and the department heads of the Department on Aging, Public Health, Inspection and Appeals and Human Services.

More information will be available to those interested in attending the annual meeting. Scholarships are available to help cover expenses. A $25 membership fee is required for delegates to be a voting participant.

For further information, contact Helene Magee, OIL chairwoman, at 563-580-9758, email or OIL Secretary Ron Jome at Milestones Area Agency on Aging supports the OIL mission.