Addressing the present and future needs of older Idahoans

341 W. Washington
Boise, Idaho 83702
Phone: (208) 334-3833
or 1-877-471-2777

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May is Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at Every Age

Across the country, older Americans – a rapidly growing population – are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they are giving back to make enrich their communities. They’re working and volunteering, mentoring and learning, leading and engaging.

For 55 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been observed to recognize older Americans and their contributions to our communities. Led by the Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging, every May offers opportunity to hear from, support, and celebrate our nation’s elders. This year’s OAM theme, “Engage at Every Age,” emphasizes the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life. You are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotion well-being.

It is becoming more apparent that remaining socially engaged can improve the quality of life for older adults. The Idaho Commission on Aging (ICOA) will use OAM 2018 to focus on how older adults in our area are engaging with friends and family, and through various community activities. Throughout the month, ICOA will conduct activities and share information designed to highlight local programs and resources. We encourage you to get involved!

And, join ACL and AoA in celebrating by participating in the Selfie Challenge! They want to see how you’re engaging. Simply take a selfie (or have someone take your photo) and tweet it with the hashtag #OAM18.

Visit the Official OAM Website and follow ICOA on Twitter and Facebook.

Contact your Area Agency on Aging: Visit or call 1-800- 677-1116

Alzheimer's Association Memory Cafe

Starting January 2018 - 1st Wednesday of each month

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Eagle Public Library, 100 N. Stierman Rd, Eagle, ID

RSVP Required – Call 208.206.0041

Alzheimer’s Association Memory Cafe offers a fun and relaxed way for people living with early-stage memory loss and care-partners to get connected with one another through social events that promote interaction and companionship.

Medicare Hospital Outpatient and Observation Status Toolkit

The difference between being an “admitted inpatient,” and an “outpatient under observation” cannot be determined by the medical care being administered. A patient who is undergoing hospital care for days may still be considered an outpatient under observation. The difference can have major financial repercussions for those receiving care or treatment and include higher costs and less coverage.

To help clear up this confusion, and to help you advocate for yourself or a loved one, the Center for Medicare Advocacy in partnership with the John A. Hartford Foundation has provided a easy-to-understand toolkit for patients and their caregivers. This toolkit includes a FAQ and handy infographic.

Living with Dementia: Advance Planning Guides for Persons with Dementia and Caregivers

The National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center is pleased to provide you with newly developed advance planning guides. The guides emphasize the importance of planning for people with dementia and cover four topics:

Idaho State University Kasiska Division of Health Sciences

Geriatric Certificate Program - to read more about upcoming classes click here.

Find a Senior Center in Your Area

To find Senior Centers in your area click on the links below:

North Idaho - Area I (Benewah, Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone counties)

North Central Idaho - Area II (Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce counties)

Southwest Idaho - Area III (Ada, Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley, Washington counties)

South Central Idaho - Area IV (Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Twin Falls counties)

Southeast Idaho - Area V (Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Oneida, Power counties)

Eastern Idaho - Area VI (Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Teton)

Idaho Legal Aid Services

POWER OF ATTORNEY VIDEO - Explains what a power of attorney document is and why it can be a usefule thing to have. Click for English version or Spanish version.

IDAHO INTERACTIVE LEGAL FORMS - a number of interactive legal forms where an avatar walks you through questions and populates the legal form from answers given. Visit the website to view all forms available.

ONLINE INTAKE SYSTEM - Prospective clients can now apply for services at any time. This interactive application will guide users through the application process and provide them with supplemental materials and referrals. Please visit or call (208) 336-8980 with any questions.

SENIOR LEGAL GUIDEBOOK - Basic information about Idaho's Laws for Seniors. Vist the website for access to the guidebook.

SENIOR LEGAL HOTLINE - If you are a senior (age 60+) and need help with a legal problem, or have a question you think a lawyer should answer call (866)345-0106 or in Boise area (208)345-0106, Spanish (866-954-2591). Hours are Monday - Friday 9:00 - 3:00 (Mountain time). Visit the website.

SEND A TEXT - Send a text for frequently asked legal questions. Text the words Eviction, Notice, Repairs, Property, Service, AmlDivorced or List for available keywords to (208) 718-1502. Read the Flyer.

Department of Finance & the Idaho Commission on Aging Recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day the DOF and the ICOA spotlight the importance of safeguarding Idaho's senior population by keeping a watchful eye for signs of elder financial exploitation and promptly reporting possible abuse to appropriate officials.

To help fight this problem, both agencies suggest watching for the following warning signs of suspicious behavior that may indicate potential elder financial exploitation:

  • Has an elder moved away from existing relationships and toward new associations with other unknown "friends" or strangers?
  • Has a new person entered the elder's life and shown an excessive interest in the elder's finances or accounts?
  • Are you unable to speak directly with the elder despite repeated attempts at contact?
  • Does the elder display unexplained excitement over a financial windfall or prize check and reluctance to discuss details?

If these sound familiar, The Department of Finance recommends contacting the agency at (208) 332-8000. Other types of elder abuse should be reported to Idaho's Adult Protective Services. You can find the nearest Area Agency on Aging office at For more information click here to read the press release.

From Friends in Action to Legacy Corps for Veterans and Military Families

Legacy Corps for Veterans and Military Families is able to work with any family; however they are particularly focused on addressing the specific needs of military family caregivers. In addition to their work with seniors, they are working to meet the needs of caregivers across the lifespan through education programs and Family Caregiver Conference.
The day-to-day work remains the same: volunteers continue visiting elders, providing respite, and helping with home maintenance and repair. Their community partnerships remain a valuable and integral part of the mission and goals. Additional support through the National Legacy Corps team, with the emphasis on military caregivers, provides opportunities to partner with veteran and military communities and agencies to build community collaborations which enables them to reach more volunteers and caregivers in larger geographic areas.

For more information visit Legacy Corps for Veterans and Military Families.

Idaho Caregiver Alliance Gives a Voice to Family Caregivers

More than one in four adult Idahoans assume critical responsibilities that make it possible for children and adults living with disabilities, long term illnesses and frailty to live in their home and community. These “family caregivers” are parents, grandparents, spouses, adult children and other family members who contribute more than $2 billion per year to Idaho’s economy. They coordinate and provide complex medical and mental health services and navigate financial and legal challenges. The essential role of family caregivers is often overlooked, as are the negative health, employment, and emotional impacts experienced by caregivers. The Idaho Caregiver Alliance serves as a statewide voice, convener, and catalyst for sustaining and supporting these essential providers of care. For more information on the Idaho Caregiver Alliance click here.

Create a Caregiving Plan

U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes authored a Letter to the Editor on aging and family caregiving for the Suffolk-News Herald. Congressman Forbes cited the new data from the Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report and offered several suggestions for those caring for aging parents. In addition, his office has created an Organizational Tool Kit to help Americans organize their vital documents. Read the Letter to the Editor, "Things to know about aging parents".

Need help? Idahoans Can Text 2-1-1 Idaho Careline for Resources

Idahoans can text their inquiries for information about health and human services to the 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine at 898211. 2-1-1 does not provide any direct assistance, but there are thousands of programs throughout Idaho that do, and 2-1-1- is dedicated to connect callers to that information. 2-1-1 Idaho Careline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding state holidays, and has a statewide database with more than 4,500 resources. For information about 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine, dial 2-1-1 on your phone, text your zip code to 898211, or go to Read more in the 211informational flyer.

Senior Legal Hotline Available to Idaho Seniors

The Senior Legal Hotline’s hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, MST.

To contact the Senior Legal Hotline, seniors can call toll free, 1-866-345-0106, or 208-345-0106 in the Boise area, or TTY (Deaf and Hearing Impaired) 1-800-245-7573.

The Hotline serves any Idahoan aged 60 and older with civil legal questions regarding Medicaid, Social Security, long term care, guardianships, advanced directives, grandparents rights, elder abuse, family law, consumer law, and housing, among others.

Anti-Fraud Hotline and Enhanced Website to Assist Seniors

The hotline makes it easier for senior citizens to report suspected fraud and receive assistance. The hotline is staffed by a team of committee investigators weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The investigators will directly examine complaints and, if appropriate, refer them to the proper authorities. Anyone with information about suspected fraud can call the toll-free fraud hotline at 1-855-303-9470, or contact the committee through its website, located at

Telephone Caregiver Support Group

The telephone caregiver support group is for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's who could benefit from a support group, yet find it difficult to travel to a meeting site. The meetings are the first Monday of every month, from 2pm to 3:30pm mountain time.
The group is designed to:

  • Provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers through regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Help participants develop methods and skills to solve problems.
  • Encourage caregivers to maintain their personal, physical and emotional health, as well as optimally care for the person with dementia.

Call 1.800.272.3900 for more information about joining the telephone support group. Contact: Kelli Moorehead.


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