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On With Life is truly one-of-a-kind with recent CARF accreditation - May 29, 2019

On With Life is now the only freestanding inpatient rehabilitation program in the world accredited by CARF for children and adults for both brain injury and stroke specialty. Read More »


A Day in the Life of a PT Student at On With Life - February 20, 2019

Read how one PT student spent his clinical rotation at On With Life and how the experience shaped his future as a clinician. Read More »


Companion dog joins On With Life team - January 11, 2019

Companion dog, Boo, joins long-term program Read More »


On With Life Foundation Board of Directors adds four new members in 2018 - December 10, 2018

The On With Life Foundation Board of Directors continues to grow with the addition of four new members in 2018. Read More »


Parkinson's Association Optimism Walk at On With Life - August 21, 2018

On With Life is proud to host the inaugural Optimism Walk for Parkinson's Disease on Saturday, September 29, 2018! Read More »


On With Life Giving Away 500 Helmets at Iowa State Fair - August 6, 2018

On With Life, in partnership with the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, will be giving away 500 free bicycle helmets at the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, August 16. Read More »


2018 Celebrate Life Event: Join the Journey - July 15, 2018

Plan to Join the Journey at On With Life's Fundraising event, Celebrate Life, on Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center. Funds raised through Celebrate Life will enhance On With Life now and into the future through unrestricted support of innovative program development, specialized therapy equipment and healing environments. Read More »


On With Life Announces the 18th Annual Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fall Conference - July 8, 2018

Please join us on September 14, 2018 for the 18th Annual On With Life Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fall Conference with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Brent Masel, presenting "Moving the Field: Re-Conceptualizing Brain Injury as a Disease." Intended for healthcare providers, the On With Life Fall Conference brings together experts from around the United States to discuss recent trends in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Read More »


Announcing a Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) Continuing Education Course - July 6, 2018

Join us Saturday, August 18, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) introductory course that will provide insight into the comparison of normal movement to the abnormal movement patterns caused by neurological deficits. Read More »


The latest Headway is now online! - March 7, 2018

Check out our latest edition of Headway magazine! Read More »


Morrison named to Business Record's 40 Under 40 - February 27, 2018

On With Life's Chief Strategy and Development named as one of Business Record's 2018 40 Under 40 honorees. Read More »


On With Life Receives Community Development Grant - December 27, 2017

On With Life receives a grant for therapeutic grounds. Read More »


On With Life Recognized as a Best Kept Secret - November 19, 2017

On With Life has been named by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the Des Moines Business Record as the "Best Kept Secret" in the large company category within the Des Moines metro. Read More »


On With Life Announces New CEO - October 23, 2017

The On With Life Board of Directors has named Jeannette (Jean) Shelton, CPM, FACHE, as On With Life's new CEO. Read More »


The On With Life Promise - July 31, 2017

Our new video, The On With Life Promise, showcases our beautiful facility, our skilled staff and most importantly, our commitment to the individuals we are privileged to serve. Read More »


On With Life presents Music & Mojitos - July 19, 2017

Join us for "Music & Mojitos," a special celebration to learn more about the power of music therapy and how you can be a part of a one-of-a-kind music zen garden on the On With Life campus. Enjoy musical performances from Parranderos Latin Combo, and learn how important music, arts and culture is to the rehabilitation process. Read More »


Farm Bureau Supports On With Life Therapeutic Grounds Project - July 17, 2017

Local organizations support farming area at On With Life Read More »


American Prosthetics & Orthotics Supports On With Life Therapeutic Grounds Project - July 10, 2017

APO commits $25,000 to putting green Read More »


On With Life Becomes the Only Organization in the United States to Trial a New Therapy Equipment Device - June 22, 2017

On With Life is the only organization in the United States to trial the jDome, an interactive bike that allows persons served to virtually bike anywhere in the world! Read More »


On With Life Partners on Brain Injury Conference - May 2, 2017

On With Life and Mercy Medical Center are partnering to offer the 2nd Annual Brain Injury Conference: Recovery, Presentation and Long-Term Issues of Care. The conference is scheduled for Friday, June 23 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Read More »


On With Life CEO Announces Retirement - April 7, 2017

A message from our CEO, Julie Fidler Dixon Read More »


On With Life Named Top Workplace - December 13, 2016

For the fifth consecutive year, On With Life was recognized as a Des Moines Register's Top Workplace! To celebrate this remarkable achievement, we asked our staff to share their top five reasons On With Life is a top workplace. Read More »


On With Life Employee Receives Honor - August 10, 2016

Danyail Sathren was recognized by the Iowa Health Care Association Foundation for outstanding commitment to providing long-term services and support. Read More »


On With Life receives SCI CAN Foundation Grant - March 24, 2016

A SCI CAN Foundation grant of $4,500 will allow On With Life to purchase a multi-level stair system for their inpatient and outpatient neuro rehabilitation programs that will make the transition home much easier for the persons served and their families. Read More »


Latest edition of Headway is now online! - March 11, 2016

On With Life is excited to share its latest edition of Headway! In this edition, you'll find stories of encouragement and dedication from our persons served, staff, board members and community partners. We are so grateful to those who were willing to share their stories, and hope that you are as inspired by them as we were. Read More »


On With Life Receives Grant To Be Used Toward Room Remodel - November 23, 2015

On With Life's Long-Term Skilled Care Program for Youth and Younger Adults plans to begin its first major room remodeling project since opening in 1996, thanks in part to a $3000 grant to remodel person served rooms from the Mills County Community Foundation. Read More »


Join us for our Ankeny campus Open House event November 19! - November 5, 2015

Join us for our community fall fest open house! See what's new at On With Life with a self-guided walking tour of the new outpatient building, aquatic therapy pool and renovated therapy gyms! In addition, the Ankeny Chamber will be on hand for a special ribbon cutting ceremony! Read More »


On With Life Named Top 150 Workplace - October 29, 2015

On With Life is proud to announce our recognition as a 2015 Des Moines Register Top 150 Workplace! Read More »


Latest edition of Headway is now online! - August 25, 2015

On With Life is excited to share its latest edition of Headway! In this edition, you'll find stories of encouragement and dedication from our persons served, staff, board members and community partners. We are so grateful to those who were willing to share their stories, and hope that you are as inspired by them as we were. Read More »


On With Life receives SCI CAN Foundation Grant - April 22, 2015

Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the SCI CAN Foundation, On With Life will add additional outdoor-based therapy programs to their range of rehabilitation treatment options. The grant funds the purchase of permanent, outdoor therapy equipment that will be used in On With Life's new outdoor therapeutic gardens. Read More »


Celebrate Life - March 9, 2015

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and during the month, On With Life will Celebrate Life! We will feature persons served celebrating life after a brain injury, which looks different for everybody. Some celebrate by going back to school or back to work, others celebrate by camping with their grandchildren or celebrating a new baby. Whatever it may be, On With Life is proud to celebrate each and every one of their achievements. Read More »


Birdies for Charity Now Open - March 9, 2015

Community spirit is the driving force on the links at The Principal Charity Classic, and Central Iowans have a great opportunity to benefit area non-profits, including On With Life, by raising additional funds through Birdies for Charity. Read More »


Carla Dippold recognized in 100 Great Iowa Nurses - March 8, 2015

Congratulations to Carla Dippold, director of case management, who was named one of "100 Great Iowa Nurses!" Read More »


Fundraising Begins for Long-Term Room Remodel - March 5, 2015

On With Life's Long-Term Skilled Care Program for Youth and Younger Adults located in Glenwood, Iowa is hoping to embark on its first major room remodeling project since opening in 1996. While the rooms have had minor updates over the years, Administrator Dick Achenbach believes it is time for a much needed remodel. Read More »


Latest edition of Headway is now online! - February 24, 2015

On With Life is excited to share its latest edition of Headway! Studies have shown that individuals with a strong support system have improved outcomes following a brain injury, and the stories in this edition show how true that is. You'll meet family members who helped their loved ones through difficult times, as well as family members who inspire them to continue on. We are so grateful to those who were willing to share their stories, and hope that you are as inspired by them as we were. Read More »


2014 Foundation Report - December 8, 2014

The On With Life Foundation would like to share Life Forward, our 2014 Foundation Report. Read More »


Dixon and Demarest Join National Traumatic Brain Injury Panel - November 25, 2014

Two brain injury specialists from On With Life are among 50 top U.S. researchers and clinicians recently selected to develop rehabilitation guidelines for people with traumatic brain injuries. Julie Fidler Dixon, executive director at On With Life Inc. in Ankeny, and David Demarest, a neuropsychologist at On With Life, will work with other national experts on "Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Disease Management of Adults With Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury." Read More »


On With Life Receives National Innovation Award - October 20, 2014

On With Life has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Innovation in Care and Services Award. On With Life is being honored for the Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) program, which provides a specialized model and system of care for adolescents and adults with severe brain injury. Read More »


On With Life's Long-Term Program Named an Iowa Healthcare Association Quality Program Award Recipient - October 19, 2014

Awarded because of the development of our OWL's Nest Sensory Garden, the Life Enrichment award honors the creative and innovative measures taken by facilities to enhance residents' lives. Read More »


Pediatric Concussion Webinar Presented by Dr. David Demarest. - October 12, 2014

The Iowa Childhood Injury Prevention Webinar Series is offering a statewide educational opportunity on Pediatric Concussion presented by On With Life's Neuropsychologist, Dr. David Demarest, on Wednesday, November 5. Read More »


On With Life Named Top 100 Workplace - September 25, 2014

On With Life is proud to announce our recognition as a 2014 Des Moines Register Top 100 Workplace! Read More »


On With Life Hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony - July 8, 2014

On With Life hosted its groundbreaking ceremony for a new outpatient center and rehab facility expansion on July 8. View to learn more about the Campaign and to see photos from the ceremony. Read More »


Governor Makes Appointments to Advisory Council on Brain Injuries - July 7, 2014

Governor Terry Branstad recently announced his appointments to fill Iowa's boards and commissions which were made effective at the beginning of the new fiscal year. Among his appointments was On With Life's Jeni Durfey, Long-Term Skilled Care recreational therapist, who was named to the Advisory Council on Brain Injuries. Read More »


Funding for Waiver Services Threatened - Help Us Advocate! - May 14, 2014

Please ask the Governor to support funding for the Medicaid Waiver Waiting Lists and if you have a personal reason, story or connection tell him why! Read More »


8th Annual On With Life Golf Outing - May 8, 2014

It is time for On With Life's Annual Golf Outing! Our 8th Annual Golf Outing will be held at Otter Creek Golf Course on Thursday, June 26. After a morning on the greens, we hope you will join us for lunch, including brats, burgers, cool refreshments and a few surprises! Read More »


Alissa Fastenau Receives OWL Achievement Award - April 13, 2014

Congratulations to Alissa Fastenau for being named an On With Life Achievement Award winner! Read More »


On With Life Receives Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant - March 24, 2014

On With Life has been selected as a Legacy Grant recipient by Prairie Meadows. Through the grant, On With Life will be awarded $400,000 over three years to support the construction of a new Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Center. The Outpatient Center is the first phase of the Life Forward Capital Campaign project at On With Life. Read More »


Introducing our Winter 2014 Issue of Headway Magazine - March 11, 2014

Introducing our Winter 2014 Issue of Headway Magazine! Published twice a year by On With Life, this publication highlights our various programs, upcoming events, persons served and what's new in brain injury rehabilitation. Read More »


On With Life Employee Named to "100 Great Iowa Nurses" - March 10, 2014

We are very excited to announce that one of our employees, Judy Hilt, has been named as a "100 Great Iowa Nurse!" Read More »


On With Life Featured in Business Record - February 21, 2014

This week's issue of the Business Record covers non-profit capital campaigns and we're honored to have On With Life's Campaign highlighted. Executive Director, Julie Fidler Dixon, is also featured on the cover. Read More »


People Making a Difference: Judy Hilt - February 10, 2014

Twenty-one years ago, On With Life offered a job to Judy Hilt and from that day on, she has been an invaluable asset and brain injury rehabilitation expert for the organization. Read More »


Nancy Brightwell Named OWL Achievement Award Winner - February 6, 2014

Congratulations to Nancy Brightwell, RN in our Long-Term Skilled Care for Youth and Younger Adult program, for being named an OWL Achievement Award Winner! Read More »


LSVT BIG program fights Parkinson's Disease - January 29, 2014

Check out a great story in The Des Moines Register about two friends who completed our LSVT BIG program together earlier this winter. Read More »


On With Life to Host Complimentary Valentine's Screening - January 28, 2014

How are things going at home? Are you struggling with things that used to be easier? Are you noticing differences in your walking or are you falling more often? Are your splints not fitting like they used to? Do you wonder if you might need a therapy "tune-up" to brush up on your skills? We have a FREE event just for you! Read More »


Cancellation: 4 p.m. LSVT Educational Session - January 27, 2014

The 4 p.m. session scheduled for this afternoon is cancelled. As of now, we will still hold our 1 p.m. LSVT educational session. Read More »


Laura Hatcher Named First Achievement Award Winner - January 16, 2014

In October 2012, we announced the OWL Achievement Award; an award that recognizes truly outstanding individuals working at On With Life who have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to their job and our mission. On With Life would like to congratulate our first winner of the award, Laura Hatcher. Read More »


Cognitive Corner: Top 10 Habits of Highly Effective Survivors (Part One) - January 10, 2014

Therapy Manager, Dave Anders, shares the first five habits that help "highly effective" survivors make the most of their recovery. Read More »


Support Group to be held at On With Life - January 8, 2014

We invite you to join us for an opportunity to meet with other survivors and caregivers that can relate to your experiences, struggles and accomplishments. Read More »


Outpatient Neuro Rehabilitation Providing LSVT Big Exercise Program - January 6, 2014

LSVT BIG is an intensive therapy exercise program for people living with Parkinson's disease. The program focuses on strength, movement, balance, coordination and function. Read More »


Words of Wellness-SMART Goal Setting - January 1, 2014

Did you make a New Years resolution? Dietitian, Kate Adams, shares helpful tips on how to make your goals manageable. Read More »


Music, Movement Boost Cognitive Function, Reduce Anxiety - December 23, 2013

According to a study published online November 7 in "Age and Aging," a music-based exercise program enhances cognitive function and decreases anxiety in older adults. Read More »


Representative Ako Abdul-Samad Visits On With Life - December 4, 2013

Representative Ako Abdul-Samad visited our Post-Acute Inpatient program on December 3 to learn more about the services we offer as well as the on-going needs of brain injury survivors. Read More »


An On With Life Nurse With a Unique Perspective - November 17, 2013

"A car accident changes the lives of the victims and their family members in an instant. For one young woman, a car crash meant making a major decision that's changing the lives of others." Read More »


Iowa Motorcycle Rider Becomes Advocate After Serious Crash - November 15, 2013

An unusually high number of persons we've served this fall have been due to motorcycle related crashes, including one who has changed his view on the importance of helmets. Read More »


Words of Wellness-Salad Dressing - November 12, 2013

All salads are packed with nutrients and make a perfect, balanced meal right? Think again. Dietitian, Kate Adams, explains how to build a nutritious salad without packing on the calories. Read More »


Governor Branstad Visits On With Life - November 8, 2013

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad visited On With Life on November 6, 2013. This marks the first time that a sitting governor has visited On With Life. Read More »


Senator Jack Hatch Visits On With Life - November 5, 2013

Senator Jack Hatch visited On With Life on November 3 to learn more about brain injury rehabilitation and the services needed for those living with a brain injury. Read More »


Attorneys at Lawn: Justice in Deed Program Landscapes Rehab Center - October 23, 2013

The Iowa Association of Justice volunteered their time to help give our outdoor space a makeover using the Prairie Meadows grant awarded to On With Life earlier this year. Read More »


On With Life Golf Outing Raises More Than $56,000 - October 5, 2013

Thank you to everyone who made the 7th Annual On With Life Golf Outing and Silent Auction on August 1, 2013 a huge success! Read More »


On With Life, Ltd., Hosts Grand Opening of Sensory Garden - October 4, 2013

On Saturday, September 28, On With Life, Ltd. welcomed families, friends and staff to celebrate the grand opening of the OWL's Nest, a sensory garden for brain injury survivors. Read More »


On With Life Named Iowa Top Workplace for Second Consecutive Year - October 1, 2013

On With Life, a not-for-profit organization and a Midwest leader in brain injury rehabilitation, was recently named to The Des Moines Register's Top Workplaces in 2013. Read More »


Bioness Education & Screening Day - September 15, 2013

Do you or someone you know have trouble walking or using your hand as a result of Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury or Cerebral Palsy? Find out if a Bioness system is right for you. Read More »


Words of Wellness: Sweet Smarts - July 31, 2013

Have a sweet tooth? There are many different approaches to decrease your sugar consumption and learn how you can curb those sugar cravings with helpful tips! Read More »


On With Life to Host 22nd Annual Reunion - July 2, 2013

It's a Hoedown! Join us for a day of delicious food, fun games, and great music in recognition of the accomplishments of our former persons served and their families. Read More »


On With Life Awarded CARF Accreditation - June 5, 2013

CARF International announced that On With Life, Inc. has been accredited for its brain injury programs. "On With Life provides a unique and critical resource to this region of the country." Read More »


Dave Anders Receives the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award - June 3, 2013

Congratulations to the On With Life Therapy Manager, Dave Anders! Dave was honored at the 2013 Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa Conference and received the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award. We couldn't be more proud of you Dave and we are honored to have you be a part of the On With Life team! Read More »


Words of Wellness- Filling up with Fiber - June 1, 2013

What are the different types and fiber and why are they so important? Read More »


On With Life Announces Honorary Co-Chairs for 7th Annual Golf Outing - June 1, 2013

On With Life, a Midwest leader in brain injury rehabilitation, will be hosting its 7th Annual Golf Outing and Silent Auction on Thursday, August 1 at Otter Creek Golf Course. Guests will enjoy lunch, an afternoon of golf, followed by a silent auction and dinner. Attendees will also hear a personal story of a former Southeast Polk high school student, Lizz Cassler, and her mother Barb, both of whose lives have been touched by the services provided by On With Life. Read More »


Without Helmets, Costs in Motorcycle Injuries Rise - May 31, 2013

The average medical claim from a motorcycle crash rose by more than one-fifth last year in Michigan after the state stopped requiring all riders to wear helmets, according to an insurance industry study. Across the nation, motorcyclists opposed to mandatory helmet use have been chipping away at state helmet laws for years while crash deaths have been on the rise. Read More »


"The Iowa-China Connection" - May 27, 2013

After moving from Harbin, China in 2008, Zongze Chen had big plans for his future in the United States. All that changed when he was t-boned on his way to Lake McBride. On July 11, 2011 Eugene was transferred to On With Life to begin intensive rehabilitation. A touching story with personal comments from his mother and father, and advice to persons served and families from someone that has never lost heart. Read More »


On With Life Named Finalist For The Des Moines Register's Aurora Award - May 26, 2013

On With Life has been named a finalist for The Des Moines Register's 11th annual Aurora award, which recognizes nonprofit organizations that have identified a need within the community and have worked to fill it. Read More »


On With Life Announces Launch of New Website - May 24, 2013

New look, new features, new photos. Learn everything you need to know about the changes we made with our new website. Read More »


Words of Wellness-The Need for Caffeine - May 22, 2013

For some, a cup of joe is as much of their morning ritual as brushing their teeth or making their bed. Swear by it or avoid it, caffeine has a powerful influence in our lives. But how much is too much? Our dietitian, Kate Adams, explores this issue further. Read More »


Cognitive Corner-Self Esteem - May 16, 2013

What can survivors and caregivers do to help rebuild some of the self-esteem that has been lost to brain injury? As usual, there are no quick or easy answers, but hopefully a few of these tips will help put you on the right path. Read More »


Words of Wellness-Boost Your Brain Power - May 8, 2013

In case you needed another push to get yourself up and moving, exercise is good for your brain! Read More »


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Ankeny and Des Moines Sign Proclamation's for Brain Injury Awareness Month - April 30, 2013

On With Life worked with the City of Ankeny and the City of Des Moines to officially designate March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. A special thanks to Ankeny Mayor Gary Lorenz and Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie for recognizing the importance of brain injury awareness. On With Life looks forward to working with both of these cities to advocate on behalf of those persons with brain injury. Read More »


Words of Wellness-The United States Obesity Mystery - April 29, 2013

"Would you like to Supersize that?" Despite the fact that about 35% of US adults are obese and while it may seem that Americans are "supersizing" and snacking more than ever, we are in fact taking in fewer calories per day. Research appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that Americans were taking in more calories from 1971 to 2003, but since 2003 we have been consuming 74 calories less per day. So if we are taking in less calories why are our waistlines not shrinking? This article suggests a few reasons why things are not adding up. Read More »


Words of Wellness-The Truth About Food Claims - April 17, 2013

Determining whether a health claim is clever marketing or a true benefit is next to impossible these days. Dietitian Kate Adams, clears up many questions you may have when looking at food labels and what you can trust. Read More »


Senator Amy Sinclair Visits On With Life - April 15, 2013

Our persons served enjoyed the surprise visit from Iowa Senator Amy Sinclair earlier this Spring. Read More »


Words of Wellness-2013 Food and Nutrition Trends - April 10, 2013

A new year means new trends. If you have been asking what the newest twists and foods are for 2013, then read on for our predictions. Read More »


Does The Term "Cultural Diversity" Apply In Brain Injury? - March 29, 2013

We work with persons and their families in rehabilitation who come from various minority ethnic groups, races, and religious backgrounds. When individuals experience a significant brain injury, it often also affects their language skills. Our approach to, and interactions with, persons with brain injury need to be addressed and re-conceptualized in order to help them relearn essential social customs to succeed in their relationships. Read More »


Words of Wellness-Going Greek - March 27, 2013

Dietitian at On With Life, Kate Adams explores the benefits of Greek Yogurt. Read More »


Blessing and a Privilege - November 2, 2012

On With Life at Glenwood was fortunate to have been a host site for six seminarians this summer. Over 175 young men spend ten weeks at Creighton University, completing their Institute for Priestly Formation program focused on spiritual formation for diocesan priests. In this article they share their experience during their time at On With Life. Read More »


Do You See What I See? - May 31, 2012

On With Life's therapists have a number of tools with which they address the rehabilitation of vision. Read More »


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