2022 Conference - Winners at Caregiving!

Laughter Is CONTAGIOUS – No Need For Hand Sanitizer! 

What You Liked Most
“How happy everyone seemed to be, and the exhibitors were amazing.”
“Having options on what parts we want to attend.”
“Getting to see everyone together again. I always learn more to do better with my job.”
“I felt respected as a family caregiver. Thank You!
“Excellent speakers”
“How you make us feel special… that we matter.”
“Family caregivers and direct support people are recognized.”


Grateful Family Caregiver Speaks to Direct Care Workers

Mary Timp spoke to Direct Care Workers During Iowa CareGivers’ Recognition Reception at Conference

My mother, Helen Timp, was a direct caregiver as a nurse aide at a nursing home in Decorah in northeast Iowa for 23 years. Last year, mom died of cancer at age 89. My mother loved caregiving. She took pride in her work; it was her profession. Yes, it was challenging. Let’s face it, some of the residents she cared for challenged her. The working conditions could be challenging too. But she also formed friendships with residents and with her co-workers. It was a community that she valued. I came across her nurse-aide training manual. Reading through that manual reinforced for me the level of responsibility and skill you caregivers have. My hat’s off to you! Thank you so much for your dedication to your profession and the passion you bring to it.

By Mary Timp, daughter of Helen Timp


Margaret Swanson Legacy in Giving Award Winner
Deb Reardon, Home Care Aide, Clayton County Public Health Visiting Nurse Association, Honored With Margaret Swanson Legacy in Giving Award For 43 Years in Direct Care!

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Conference 2022 and Other Programs: 
Virtual or Face to Face? –
Quick Survey to Help Us Decide

With such uncertainty due to COVID-19, we'd like your input.  We recognize your needs for education and networking and want to meet those, but we are also looking to keep you and your clients and families safe.  If you have already completed the survey, thank you.  

If you work in Direct Care:

If you employ Direct Care Workers:

2019 Conference: Caregiving: It’s Universal

Networking, updating skills, and learning new things… all while having a little fun! 

The Best Exhibitors Ever!

And Thanks to Tony Our Exhibitor Host!  Good Job!

Thanks to Our Exhibitors for These Kind Remarks!! 

See You Next Year! Participants were really interested in information related to our workshop calendars, RA, Future Ready Iowa, and Last dollar scholarship information. Caregivers are a multiplier audience that can further disseminate our information to others. Appreciate being able to share information about our services with the caregivers - for personal or professional growth This might be one of the better conferences I have attended.  

Everything was scheduled really well and we had help when we needed it. :-)  

Here are a few of our exhibitors


Stellar Speakers Shine at Conference

Thanks to all of our wonderful speakers!!

Honoring Those Who Have Reached The Age of 100 or Older — A Highlight of Iowa CareGivers Conference!

An audience of about 150 rose in ovation to each of the eight central Iowa centenarians honored at a recent reception during the Iowa CareGivers conference.

“These amazing individuals redefine aging and defy the myths about aging. We’re humbled by this opportunity to shed a light on the enormous contributions they’ve made and continue to make to our country, state, their communities and families,” said Joel Olah, Director, Aging Resources of Central Iowa. Common themes shared by many of the centenarians when asked to what they attribute their longevity, were family and hard work!!  Some credited a family history of long lives to their longevity. Their sense of humor was also displayed. 


The Oldest Guest of Honor, Dorothy F Pickett, 105

Meet the Other Honorees

Congratulations to these central Iowa centenarians pictured above with their families and Eric Hanson, News Anchor, KCCI TV8 (left) and Brian Majeski, Assistant Director, Iowa Department on Aging.  

Also honored but unable to attend was Kenneth Agard, 101.

View the entire photo gallery here!


Governor Kim Reynolds’ Message to Centenarians

The reception was a partnership between the Iowa Department on Aging, Aging Resources of Central Iowa, Iowa CareGivers.

Thanks to KCCI TV 8 and Early Morning News Anchor, Eric Hanson, for emceeing the event.

Thanks to our reception sponsors Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and AARP Iowa.

Record Number of Health Screenings Provided During Iowa CareGivers Conference

We are grateful for the dedicated health professionals from the Iowa Dental Hygienist's Association and Polk County Health Department for donating their time and supplies to provide a record number of conference attendees free health and oral health screenings! Thanks All!!!


Space Aliens Land at Iowa CareGivers “Caregiving: It’s Universal” Conference

These friendly space aliens pledged to help earthlings with the direct care workforce shortage: 

They proclaimed:

  • We are here to help earthlings
  • We are the future of direct care!

See the full photo booth gallery here:


The Conference Sponsors That Make It Possible!

Hear Why Other Caregivers Attend The Conference!

Whether you’ve been in the field for 15 or more years or just starting out…there is something for everyone!!


Click here to view past conference photo galleries!