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Aging in Place

Cerro Gordo County’s older population is growing at a higher rate than other age groups within our County. Nearly 20% of the total population is ages 65 and older and many are considering how and where to live out their retirement years. Not surprisingly, most people prefer to age in their homes and communities instead of in an institution. The challenges and opportunities of an aging population are beginning to change Cerro Gordo County in services, landscapes and interactions. We at the Cerro Gordo County Health Department have been developing a system to promote a community in which older adults are healthy, active, engaged and supported. We are meeting with area organizations and individuals to remove barriers to high quality aging. Our emphasis is on shifting the community culture to overlay system and structure changes to meet our population’s needs. Our pillars of changing the community are:

1.) Data & Community Assessment

2.) Community Environment & Public Policy

3.) Housing

4.) Aging Care

5.) Social Access

6.) Professional Development

7.) Sustainability

These pillars house multiple initiatives like: transportation initiatives (walking, parking, street crossing, paratransit, larger signage, wider lanes), suitable housing stock, mixed use zoning, mixed generation neighborhoods, family caregiver supports, policy change to housing tax, financial assistance for home repair, legal protection, safe environments, neighborhood skill sharing service, fall prevention, chore service, home safety, coordinated in-home/institution medical care (primary, specialist, nursing, diabetes prevention, telehealth), social engagement, community education, sustainable funding and so much more. Take a moment to review our Aging in Place health brief, look at some of the data we have gathered  and provide us feedback.


  • Nutrition Services
    • OrganizationProgramContact InformationServices
      Hy-VeeHy-Vee AislesMason City Hy-Vee #1 (West)
      2400 4th Street SW
      Mason City, IA 50401

      Mason City Hy-Vee #2 (East)
      551 South Illinois Avenue
      Mason City, IA 50401
      Shop for groceries online, by department. Order groceries for pick-up or delivery. Prices for delivery vary by store.
      Elderbridge Agency on AgingSenior Nutrition Program Fresh ConversationsMason City Office
      22 N. Georgia, Ste 216
      Mason City, IA 50401

      Nutrition Coordinator
      800-243-0678 ext. 7060

      Provides healthy, well-balanced congregate and home-delivered meals to diners. Fresh conversations, a part of the Senior Nutrition Program, offers monthly opportunities for older adults to gather for food, fun, and friendly conversation to help maintain independence. Congregate meal sites are located in Clear Lake and Mason City-Pilgrim Place.
      Community KitchenCommunity Meal ProgramCommunity Kitchen
      606 North Monroe Avenue
      Mason City, IA 50401

      Noon meals are provided, daily, Monday through Saturday. Evening meals are served Monday through Thursday. No testing for services and serve people regardless of ability to pay.
      Community KitchenMeals on WheelsCommunity Kitchen
      606 North Monroe Avenue
      Mason City, IA 50401

      Anyone unable to shop or cook can have lunch and dinner delivered every day of the week including weekends and holidays. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, with frozen weekend meals delivered Fridays. No waiting list for services.
      Good ShepardSenior SmorgasbordJohn Linden Chapel at Good Shepherd, Inc.
      302 2nd St. NE
      Mason City, IA 50401

      Each Sunday, after worship services are complete, Good Shepherd sponsors a hot, homemade, nutritious meal including a variety of meat, vegetables, salads, fruits, relishes, breads, and desserts.
      $5.00 for seniors 62 and older; $6.00 for invited guests and visitors.
      Food serving beings at 11:45am and continues until 12:30pm
      Senior Citizens Center, Clear LakeSenior Center Meals / Meals on WheelsSenior Citizens Center
      105 South 4th St.
      Clear Lake, IA 50428
      Congregate meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:30am. Cost is $3.50 for 60 years and older; $6.50 for those under 60 years.
      RSVP required by 9:00am day of.

      Meals-on-Wheels is also provided through the Senior Citizens Center.
      Ventura Community CenterCongregate MealsVentura Community Center
      4 North Weimer Street
      Ventura, IA 50482
      Congregate meals are served Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. Call to RSVP.
      Hawkeye Harvest Food BankFood BankHawkeye Harvest Food Bank
      122 S. Adams Ave.
      Mason City, IA 50401
      Provides emergency food for those in need who are referred to them. Food is provided to last for four days. Open Monday through Friday from 1:00-4:00pm.
      Clear Lake / Ventura Food PantryFood BankUnited Methodist Church
      508 2nd Ave N
      Clear Lake, IA 50428
      Those in need are permitted to make one visit per month.
      Hours of operation are Wednesday from 5:00-7:00pm, Saturday from 9:00-11:00am, first and third Friday of the month from 1:00-3:00pm.
  • Caregiver Support Services