An update on the D.A. — it’s now the I.D.A.

The director of the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs — soon to be renamed the Iowa Department on Aging — issued a statement via email which I received at 8:34 a.m. today (Thursday, March 26, 2009). In it, McCalley declares the department will go by an acronym that's different from the one that drew the jokes (D.O.A.) and different from the acronym he said, at the beginning of the month, that the newly-named department would use (D.A.).  McCalley now declares it the I.D.A. 

“We are pleased that the Governor has signed SF 204, which updates various programs and changes the Department’s name.  Effective July 1, 2009, we will be known as the Iowa Department on Aging (IDA).”

The Mission of the Iowa Department on Aging (IDA) is to provide advocacy, educational, and prevention services to help Iowans remain independent as they age.  IDA provides over $30 million in services through a network of 13 Area Agencies on Aging across the state.

This differs from an email received from McCalley on March 4, 2009 in which McCalley said: "the Department on Aging will use the acronym DA."

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