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Health and Safety for Older Women

Aging is different for women and men, and research shows that women are particularly vulnerable to certain health conditions like breast cancer, osteoporosis, heart disease, domestic violence and sexual assault. To educate Iowa women on healthy living, disease prevention and treatment, a number of resources are available. 

Women's Health Iowa: Healthy Living Over 50 is a comprehensive resource for women developed in partnership between the Iowa Department of Health and Iowa State University Extension. Iowa also has state and local chapters of many major health information and advocacy organizations such as the American Heart Association, the Susan G. Komen Foundation (Breast Cancer), and many others.

Women are most likely both to be caregivers and to need caregivers; Iowa's Family Caregiver Program offers resources to help. Case management, health insurance, and many other resources are available from the Iowa Department on Aging. The Iowa Caregivers Association is an education and advocacy organization for professional caregivers.