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Heaton honored by Iowa Commission on Aging

Jun 22, 2018
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By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Former Rep. Dave Heaton (R-Mt. Pleasant) was presented with the 2018 Betty Grandquist Lifetime Achievement Award by the Iowa Commission on Aging on June 12.

As a representative, Heaton championed legislation to improve the quality of life for older Iowans and Iowans with disabilities, including sponsoring a bill that established the Elder Abuse Taskforce and has made a significant impact on improving senior service delivery system to all Iowans. Heaton announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election.

Erin Kurth, Public Information Officer with the Iowa Department of Aging, said Heaton was an obvious choice for the award following his long service to the community.

“He was definitely a very qualified candidate and the committee (from the Iowa Department of Aging) voted unanimously to recognize him,” Kurth said.

Receiving the award was a honor to Heaton, who has known Betty Grandquist, who the award is named after, since he came into the legislature 12 years ago. Grandquist was the former director of the Department of Aging and former chair of the Iowa Commission on Aging.

The award was established in 2009 and has been presented annually since.

“I would say a lot of my work that I have done has been dedicated to seniors and long-term care,” Heaton said. “I appreciate the recognition and it was a very nice event. I’m extremely proud to be recognized.”

Heaton sponsored a bill in 2012 that established the Elder Abuse Taskforce. He continued to fight for a comprehensive approach to elder abuse prevention and intervention in Iowa. Heaton was also the lead sponsor for the bill that established the Office of Substitute Decision Maker to ensure Iowans have access to a court-appointed public guardian.

Nominations for the Betty Grandquist award can be received by the Iowa Commission on Aging from anyone. An application was submitted on Heaton’s behalf. The nominator supplied the Commission with two letters of reference from people in the community who were able to attest to his contributions for improving the quality of life for older Iowans.

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