Free professional services

The Senior Center offers free professional services to meet the needs of community members ages 50 and up. In addition to the services listed below, local practitioners provide alternative health services to current members at the Senior Center. For current offerings, scheduling, or questions, check the current program guide or call The Center at 319-356-5220.

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)

Confused by your health insurance? SHIIP counselors can help you find answers to your questions about Medicare, Medicare supplemental insurance, long term care insurance, Part D for Medicare Drug Benefits, Part C for Advantage plans, and other health insurance issues.

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. SHIIP counselors are trained by the state and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies, or agents. The Center is a local sponsor for SHIIP in  Johnson County. Call 319-356-5220 to schedule an appointment.

Legal Counseling

Legal Counseling services at The Center provide area seniors with free, confidential legal advice about most non-criminal legal questions. Volunteer attorneys are available for 15-minute appointments on Wednesdays between 10-11 AM. Call 319-356-5220 to schedule an appointment.

Tax Aide Services

Each year The Center partners with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program to offer free tax help to taxpayers with low and moderate income, especially those ages 60 and above. Trained volunteers work with participants to prepare and e-file tax returns, ensuring they receive applicable tax credits and deductions. Help is also available for completing rent and property tax rebates for seniors and disabled individuals.

Appointments are available in the spring between February 1 and April 15.

Participants need to bring the following documents in order to receive tax aide services:

  • All W-2 and 1099 forms, and any other statements of income
  • Government issued identification
  • Copy of last year's income tax returns (both federal and state)
  • Social Security cards or other official documentation for yourself and all dependents
  • Checkbook if you want to do a direct deposit of any refund(s)

Check our website or call 319-356-5220 on January 19 or later for scheduling details.

Honoring Your Wishes: A Community-Wide Advance Care Planning Initiative

What if you suddenly experienced a severe injury or illness that left you unable to express your wishes regarding your healthcare? Would your friends and family know what kind of medical treatment you would want?

Advance care planning (ACP) is a process for you to:

  • Understand and discuss goals for future healthcare decisions in the context of your values and beliefs.
  • Produce or update a written plan (i.e., an advance directive) that accurately represents your preferences and prepares others to make healthcare decisions consistent with these preferences.

Certified advance care planning facilitators are available to meet with adults of all ages to facilitate conversations about health care preferences and assist in completing a health care directive or reviewing an existing one. Call 319-356-5220 to schedule an appointment.

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