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January 2013 - March 2013  Tickets cost $5 for 1 and $10 for 3

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Last sale day for tickets at senior centers is Friday, March 22nd

Last day to purchase tickets in the office is Friday, March 29th

Drawing will be held Monday, April 1st (Really - No foolin’ here!)

This gorgeous and colorful quilt is a full-sized original design with a pale yellow flannel backing, great for cuddly afternoons by the fire.

This quilt was made and donated by Leola Poppen, who is a long-serving Southwest 8 Senior Companion volunteer!

Proceeds will help keep seniors independent and in their own homes.

This edition featuring . . . Technology For more information or to buy tickets, contact Connie Wilson or your local senior center:

Connie Wilson 712-328-2540 ext. 1042 cwilson@southwest8.org

Help can be found to navigate the world of technology See Page 2

Senior Center _____________________, __________________, IA 712-_______-_________

Enter to win a quilt See Page 5

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See what’s cookin’ at your area Senior Center See Page 11


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Help can be found to navigate the world of technology Chad Nation

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Technology is a rapidly changing frontier; what was popular yesterday might not be used by anyone tomorrow. Keeping up with what is going on in all matters technological can be difficult for the most practiced gadget-head, but it can be even more intimidating for seniors who have never been inclined to adopt new technology. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter or an e-reader, tackling anything new can be difficult, especially with little computer knowledge to start. If you don’t know the difference between a tweet and a poke, there are people out there that can help. And the importance of an Internet connection and the ability to use technology becomes more important each day as services shift to strictly online availability. Connect Iowa released a 2012 report focusing on the challenges Iowa seniors face in embracing technology that can deeply impact their quality of life. According to Connect Iowa – which embraces widespread access, use and adoption of broadband to improve all areas of life for Iowa residents – high-speed Internet is becoming increasingly important for access to government services, healthcare resources and countless other personal

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tasks like banking, shopping and communicating with family and friends. The issue of elderly technology adoption is especially important in Iowa because the state has the sixth largest share of residents over the age of 70 in the nation. According to the Connect Iowa research, 47 percent of Iowans age 70+ – approximately 169,000 – do not own a computer. Thirty-nine percent say they simply don’t understand how broadband is relevant to their lives; 24 percent say digital literacy is their problem and they don’t know how to use a computer or the Internet. However, of those Iowans over age 70 who do subscribe to home Internet service, 56 percent say they go

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online on a daily basis. “Broadband offers Iowa’s senior citizens new power and independence,” said Connect Iowa Program Manager Amy Kuhlers. “With an interactive link to family and friends, as well as increased access to healthcare information and services, broadband is empowering them to live more independently while enabling them to engage more fully with society.” Getting over that initial fear of the machines themselves can be the first step. In Council Bluffs, one source to help seniors tackle technology is the Council Bluffs Public Library. Lynn Friesner, reference manager at the

library, said seniors can benefit from basic computer instruction at the library four days a week through a program the library administers with West Central Community Action called “Senior Tech Time.” For a few hours, an instructor assists seniors in the library’s computer lab. “Anyone is welcome; the instructor starts each individual at their own level of comfort,” he said. Even if a senior has never touched a computer mouse, they can get assistance feeling out the computer. Friesner said the classes are usually well attended. “We usually have four or five seniors a day,” he

said. “And they return until they get to the level they wanted to attain.” And that level varies from person to person, he said. Some just want to learn how to work on a keyboard better, while others want to learn how to do some basic Internet research. “When they get to the point they can use Facebook or email to communicate with family, they usually are off and on their way,” Friesner said. The library also occasionally offers a traveling road show version of the class that visits senior centers and senior communities throughout the area. TECHNOLOGY/See Page 10


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Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, announced the agency is expanding the services available with a my Social Security account, a personalized online account that people can use beginning in their working years and continuing throughout the time they receive Social Security benefits. More than 60 million Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients can now access their benefit verification letter, payment history and earnings record instantly using their online account. Social Security beneficiaries also can change their address and start or change direct deposit information online. “We are making it even easier for people to do their business with us from the comfort of their home, office, or library,” Commissioner Astrue said. “I encourage people of all ages to take advantage of our award-winning online services and check out the new features available through an online my Social Security account.” Social Security beneficiaries and SSI recipients with a my Social Security account can go online and get an official benefit verification letter instantly. The benefit verification letter serves as proof of income to secure loans, mortgages and other

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housing, and state or local benefits. Additionally, people use the letter to prove current Medicare health insurance coverage, retirement or disability status, and age. People can print or save a customized letter. Social Security processed nearly nine million requests for benefit verification letters in the past year. This new online service allows people to conduct business with Social Security without having to visit an office or make a phone call, and very often wait for a letter to arrive in the mail. It also will reduce the time spent by employees completing these requests and free them to focus on other workloads. People age 18 and older can sign up for an account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, they must be able to provide information about themselves and answers to questions that only they are likely to know. After completing the secure verification process, people can create a my Social Security account with a

unique user name and password to access their information. People age 18 and older who are not receiving benefits can sign up for a my Social Security account to get a personalized online Social Security Statement. The online Statement provides eligible workers with secure and convenient access to their Social Security earnings and benefit information, and estimates of future benefits they can use to plan for their retirement. In addition, the portal also includes links to information about other online services, such as applications for retirement, disability and Medicare. “Given our significantly reduced funding, we have to find innovative ways to continue to meet the needs of the American people without compromising service,” said Astrue. “These new enhancements will allow us to provide faster service to more people in more places.” For more information, please go to www. socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

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Rent reimbursement program offered Seniors know all too well how difficult it can be living on a fixed retirement income. Fortunately, the Iowa Department of Revenue is again offering its Rent Reimbursement Program. Who is eligible? Iowa residents are eligible to file a claim for reimbursement of rent paid if their total household income is less than $21,335 and they meet at least one of the following conditions: They have turned 65 of age or older by Dec. 31, 2012, or they are disabled and 18 to 64 years of age by Dec. 31, 2012. Income includes social security, wages, pension, and interest and dividend income. If you receive a rent subsidy, the amount of your subsidy also counts as income. Married couples, if living together, are considered one household and may file only one claim and must combine their incomes. If they do not live together they may file separate claims. If two or more persons reside together and qualify for a reimbursement, each person may file a claim based on each individual’s income and each individual’s portion of the rent paid. You are not eligible if

the rental unit or nursing home in which you resided was not subject to property tax during 2012. If you are uncertain about the tax status, contact your landlord, administrator or county or city assessor. Only the rent paid during the period of time the property was in a taxable status can be used in computing the reimbursement. Rent Reimbursement Program applicants have from now until June 1, 2013, to

file for a 2012 reimbursement. If you received Rent Reimbursement in the previous year, you will receive an application in the mail. If you are a first-time applicant, forms will be available online at: http://www. iowa.gov/tax/forms/ propexcredit.html. If you have questions about applying for rent reimbursement, please call Southwest 8 Senior Services at (712) 328-2540 or toll free at 800-432-9209.

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I’m 65 or older, do I need to file an Iowa Income Tax Return? Maybe not! Even if you always filed an Iowa return before, you might not need to anymore if: • You’re Single and you have net income of $24,000 or less. • You’re filing status is other than Single and you have a combined net income of $32,000 or less. Find out at www.iowa.gov/tax. Do you still need to file a tax return? File electronically! File your federal and Iowa returns together through our Web site at: www.iowa.gov/tax. You may qualify to file electronically for free!

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Quilt-a-Quarter 

January 2013 - March 2013 Tickets cost $5 for 1 and $10 for 3

Last sale day for tickets at senior centers is Friday, March 22nd

Last day to purchase tickets in the office is Friday, March 29th

Drawing will be held Monday, April 1st (Really - No foolin’ here!)

This gorgeous and colorful quilt is a full-sized original design with a pale yellow flannel backing, great for cuddly afternoons by the fire.

This quilt was made and donated by Leola Poppen, who is a long-serving Southwest 8 Senior Companion volunteer!

Proceeds will help keep seniors independent and in their own homes.

For more information or to buy tickets, contact Connie Wilson or your local senior center: Connie Wilson 712-328-2540 ext. 1042 cwilson@southwest8.org

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Area Senior Centers The following centers are affiliated with the Southwest 8 Nutrition Department. Meals from Southwest 8 Senior Services Senior Centers follow the menu on the last page of the Better Living Courier, and meals are based on a suggested contribution of $3.25 to individuals age 60 or older. For the following centers please make meal reservations at 11 a.m. one day in advance. Council Bluffs at The Center 714 S. Main St. (712) 323-5995 M-F 12 p.m. Irwin Senior Center 520 Ann St. (712) 782-3367 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Carter Lake Senior Center 626 E. Locust St. (712) 347-6102 M-W, F 12 p.m. Thurs. 5 p.m. Logan Senior Center 108 West Fourth St. (712) 644-2229 M-F 12 p.m.

Neola Senior Center 110 Fourth St. (712) 485-2179 M-F 12 p.m.

Malvern Senior Center 201 East Fourth St. (712) 624-8985 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Oakland Senior Center 618 N. Hwy (712) 482-3353 M-F 12 p.m.

Sidney Senior Center 2820 N. Ridge Road (712) 374-3053, M-F 12 p.m.

Villisca Senior Center 312 S. Third Ave. (712) 826-5182 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Clarinda Senior Center 1140 E. Main St. (712) 542-2932 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Stanton Senior Center 326 Broad Ave. (712) 826-2782 Tue./Wed./Thurs. 11:45 a.m.

Dunlap Senior Center 619 Iowa St. (712) 643-2244 M-F 12 p.m. Missouri Valley Senior Center 100 S. Fourth St. (712) 642-3215 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Red Oak Senior Center 109 E. Washington (712) 623-3497 M-F 12 p.m. Please note: the Lakin Campus, Shenandoah (Meal Site) and Hamburg Senior Centers have closed, contact Southwest 8 at 1-800-432-9209 with questions.

Woodbine Senior Center 411 Walker St. (712) 647-3011 M-F 11:30 a.m. Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Glenwood Sr. Center 20 N. Vine St. (712) 527-4213 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Harlan Senior Center* 706 Victoria (712) 755-2757 M-F 12 p.m.

The following centers are not affiliated with Southwest 8 Senior Services: Atlantic Senior Center 411 Walnut St. (712) 243-3599 M–F 9 a.m. to 4p.m.; Meals served Tues./ Wed./Thurs., 11:30 a.m.

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Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol: Monthly news you can use Help for understanding Medicare coverage for serious chronic illnesses Does cancer, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease affect you or someone you care for? The National Council on Aging is offering a new resource to help you understand the services Medicare covers as they relate to these serious illnesses. Other organizations that offer helpful tips for persons touched by these diseases are also listed. Go to www.MyMedicareMatters.org, look for the “Staying Healthy” section, then click on “disease information.” The more you inform yourself about Medicare coverage, the better able you’ll be to find possible billing mistakes on your Medicare Summary Notice. When your Medicare Summary Notice arrives in the mail, take time to review all the charges sent to Medicare. Use your “Personal Health Care Journal” to check for mistakes on the Medicare notice (call Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-423-2449 if you’d like a free journal). If you have a question about what was billed to Medicare, call the medical provider to ask for more information. If they find a mistake, they’ll correct it with Medicare; then you’ll get a new Medicare notice to see the changes. If you aren’t able to get the information or action you request, call Iowa

Senior Medicare Patrol to get tips on what to do next, 1-800-423-2449. Online pharmacies: Buyer beware! “Ninety-seven percent of online pharmacies don’t follow U.S. pharmacy laws.” This is according to the Food & Drug Administration’s “BeSafeRX” campaign, www.fda.gov/Drugs. (Go to “Buying Medicines Over the Internet.”) If you pick an online pharmacy that’s part of that 97 percent, you could put yourself in danger by using counterfeit or substandard drugs! We all know that our medications are very expensive; if you’re trying to save money, please be alert to these signs of a fake pharmacy: • Lets you buy drugs without giving them a prescription; • Offers cheap prices that seem too good to be true; • Isn’t located in the United States; • Isn’t licensed in the United States. You can use the Iowa Board of Phar-

macy website to verify licensed pharmacies at http://www.state.ia.us/ ibpe/verification.html. The Internet is a terrific source of worldwide information but we should always be careful to make sure the information we use is credible. Protect yourself! Ideas for ways you can help your kids and grandkids You have some information that could be a life saver for your family – what is it? The answer: Your family health history. The U.S. Surgeon General offers an internet-based tool called “My Family Health Portrait.” In about 20 minutes, you can enter information that creates a family health history for you. Then you can share that history with your children or grandchildren, who can enter health history information on their own “portrait” and view results that may help identify if they have a higher than average risk for certain illnesses. The information you enter

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Keep warm indoors and out: Tips to help seniors beat winter chill If you are like most cold weather months. Tips for bundling people, you feel cold every up if you have to now and then during the be outside: winter. What you may Dress for the weather not know is that being really cold can make you very sick. Older adults can lose body heat fast – faster than when they were young. A big chill can turn into a dangerous problem before an older person even knows what’s happening. Doctors call this serious problem hypothermia. Hypothermia is what happens when your body temperature gets very low. For an older person, a body temperature colder than 95 degrees can cause many health problems such as heart attack, kidney problems, liver damage or even worse. Being outside in the cold or even in a very cold house can lead to hypothermia. There are steps you can take to reduce your chance of getting hypothermia. Tips for keeping warm inside: Set your heat at 68 degrees or higher. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. To keep warm at home, wear long johns under your clothes. Throw a blanket over your legs. Wear socks and slippers. When you go to sleep, wear long johns under your pajamas, and use extra covers. Wear a cap or hat. Ask family and friends to check on your during

if you must go out on chilly, cold or damp days. Wear loose layers of clothing. The air between the layers helps

keep you warm. Wear a waterproof Put on a hat and scarf. coat or jacket if it’s You lose a lot of body snowy. heat when your head – Information provided by the National Institute on Aging and and neck are uncovered. National Institutes of Health.

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Better Living (Senior Courier) is a publication of The Daily Nonpareil and Southwest 8 Senior Services, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for southwest Iowa. The publication is distributed by The Daily Nonpareil to approximately 17,000 households in Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties. An additional 8,000 copies are distributed through a volunteer distribution network to people age 60 and older in Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby counties in Iowa. Address all correspondence to: Better Living/Courier Coordinator, Southwest 8 Senior Services, 300 W. Broadway, Suite 240, Council Bluffs, IA 51503; or call (712)

328-2540 or toll-free at (800) 432-9209; or you can contact us via the Web at www. southwest8.org Advertising Information The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs represents the Better Living section. Advertising rates are available by contacting retail advertising at (712) 3281811. The advertising deadline for the next issue is the 13th day of the month prior to the running of the ad. Policy Board Cass County: Burton Conn; Fremont County: Christina Hankins; Harrison County: Rollie Roberts; Mills County: Terry Amburn; Montgomery County: John Waltz; Page County: Open; Pot-

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“We have a trunk with 10 laptop computers and we set up a lab on site,” he said. “It is really well received, they usually want us to come back.” Seniors that have already mastered computer and Internet basics, might want to step it up technologically. Those interested in

learning more about e-readers can also find help at the library. Anyone thinking about purchasing an e-reader, or who has received one as a gift and doesn’t know how it works, can attend an e-reader “petting zoo” at the library. Friesner said they have examples of tablets, IPads, Nooks and Kindles that attendees can try out, or they can

bring their own gadgets to the class for help mastering. “We show people how to use the e-readers, and we have over a thousand titles they can check out at the library,” he said. While using technology can be intimidating, it’s about trying it out and finding what is comfortable. And there is plenty of help out there to get you to where you want to be.

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Sweet and sour chicken breast over white rice Japanese vegetables fruit punch juice cup fortune cookies (x2) apricot halves

Meatballs in gravy over wild rice carrot coins grape juice cup wheatberry roll Mandarin oranges

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Swiss steak in tomato veg. gravy mashed potatoes green and gold beans blueberry bread banana pudding or sugar-free vanilla pudding

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Ham shanks in scalloped potatoes lima beans Oroweat fiber bread cinnamon apples

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Lasagna casserole chuckwagon corn spinach side salad wheat bread stick red seedless grapes

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Sloppy Joe wheat hamburger bun baked potato pickled beets Mandarin oranges and pineapple

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Chicken alfredo sliced beets spinach side salad Italian roll red seedless grapes

Turkey tetrazzini Italian vegetables spinach side salad Vienna bread cubed cantaloupe

Breaded fish wedge scalloped potatoes creamy coleslaw Oroweat fiber bread cubed cantaloupe

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Grilled turkey burger leaf lettuce/tomato wheat hamburger bun Garlic parm. whip potatoes vegetable pasta salad diced peaches

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Meaty chili with kidney beans over baked potato shredded cheese/sour cream corn muffin oatmeal raisin cookies

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Beef roast in gravy mashed potatoes green beans wheat roll Birthday cake or white cake square

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Fried chicken (x2) Baby red potatoes Oregon blend vegetables wheat roll strawberry shortcake with whipped cream

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Pork loin in gravy mashed potatoes peas and pearl onions deli rye bread tapioca pudding or sugar-free vanilla pudding

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Carved ham steak in pineapple raisin glaze 1/2 baked sweet potato broccoli, Oroweat fiber bread Mom’s peach cobbler or white cake square

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Beef soft tacos (x2) taco meat/shredded cheese sour cream/taco sauce sweet potato wedges cowboy caviar fresh orange

Breaded chicken breast leaf lettuce and tomatoes wheat hamburger bun mashed sweet potatoes cowboy caviar fresh orange

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Cheese omelet tater rounds orange juice cup fresh baked biscuit with gravy cubed cantaloupe

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10 THINGS ANYONE CAN DO TO PROTECT SENIORS

Harlan

February brings us up to heart month with the wearing of the red, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ birthdays, and Ground Hog Day with his prediction of the length of winter! (Probably more!) Even with all of these things to celebrate, the seniors here at the Harlan Senior Center still have time to do crafts on Mondays and Fridays, play cards and Bingo and hold a Movie Day. There will be blood pressure checks on the Feb. 14 and Feb. 21. Our Valentine’s Day will be celebrated at our evening meal for the month on Feb. 14 with Lee Williams performing as “Abe Lincoln.” We are also gearing up for our annual Belgian waffle supper fundraiser at Vet’s Auditorium from 5-7 p.m. Tickets will be available. To continue our celebration of Heart month, we will be having talks about taking care of your heart all month long!

Carter Lake

Every year an estimated 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Experts believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as five cases go unreported. Elder abuse happens, but everyone can act to protect seniors. Here are 10 things you can do to help prevent elder abuse:

1. Learn the signs of elder abuse and neglect. 2. Call or visit elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors and ask how they are doing.

3. Provide a respite for a caregiver by filling in for a few hours or more.

4. Ask an older acquaintance to share his or her talents by teaching you or your children a new skill.

5. Ask your faith leaders to discuss with their

congregations elder abuse prevention and the importance of respecting older adults.

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7. Suggest your doctor talk to his or her older patients individually about possible abuse.

8. Contact your local adult protective services or long-term care ombudsman to learn how to support their work helping at-risk elders.

9. Volunteer to be a friendly visitor to a nursing home resident or homebound elder in your community.

10. Send a letter to your local paper, radio, or TV

station suggesting it cover World Elder Abuse Awareness Day or National Grandparents Day.

Disclaimer: This document was produced for the National Center on Elder Abuse by the University of Delaware and was supported in part by a grant from the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (90-AM-3146-02). Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Therefore, points of view or opinions within this document do not necessarily represent official Administration on Aging or DHHS policy.

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Greetings from the Carter Lake Senior Citizen Center. We would like 6. Ask your bank manager to train tellers on how to invite you to our open house being to detect financial exploitation of elders. held on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. We have done some painting and sprucing up and would love to have you join us for coffee and cookies. Other events this month at the center: On Feb. 2, we will be joining the Optimists for their spaghetti dinner. Also, there will be a bake sale at the Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Senior’s bowling will be held on Feb. 7, Feb. 14, • Spacious 1 & 2 bedroom NEGLECT and Feb. 28. Movie Day units available now will take place on Feb. 21. The blood pressure clinic • Secluded, quiet & only 3 blocks will be held on Feb. 11 at to Mall of the Bluffs 10:30 a.m. Crafts will be on Feb. 13 and the ValenIAL FINANC ATION tine/Birthday Party will be EXPLOIT held on Feb. 14. Manicures and nail painting will be www.aoa.gov/YEAP.html held on Feb. 15. Site counPatricia N Thomas cil is Wednesday, Feb. 20. FARM BUREAU AGENT Flexibility, mobility and Products available at 900 Woodbury Ave Suite 7D stability class will continue Farm Bureau Financial Services Council Bluffs, IA 51503 Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa to be held every Friday at 712-256-5520 is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 10:30 a.m. See you there!

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