Summer & State Updates!
July 2016
Times continue to be incredibly challenging in the state of Illinois. A stop gap budget is in place, but it is a band aid on a gushing wound. Reduced funding doesn't solve the problem or provide for the critical services needed by our most vulnerable citizens. We can only hope and pray that November brings about REAL solutions and a balanced budget for our state.
In the meantime, the Agency on Aging forges ahead because despite the fact that legislature has not done their job, WE have a job to do! With limited resources and looming uncertainty for the future, our seniors need us advocating and working on their behalf now more than ever. We ask you to continue to talk to your legislators and local politicians...Speak up for those who cannot. Throw the lifejacket to all of those who are sinking or treading water and be the voice of those who need us the most!
DO THE RIGHT THING....PASS A BALANCED BUGET NOW!


Two-Thirds Grateful?

-Prepared by the West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging

"All of the 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Illinois are very grateful to the Governor and the members of the House and Senate for agreeing to a partial budget fix. Hopefully we can pay for most the services that we provided last fiscal year and we can begin to provide partial services for this fiscal year.
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The recipients of these services are eternally grateful also.
But now we must begin to figure out how to pay for the services that we already provided last fiscal year and then try to figure out how to provide two-thirds of the services that we normally
provide for the next six months.
 
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Agency on Aging Seeks Candidates for Advisory Council
-Marla Fronczak,
Community Planning Manager

The Agency on Aging's Advisory Council has vacancies in Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry and Will counties. If you have a desire to make the public aware of services available to seniors and work or reside in one of these counties, we would love to hear from you.
 
Persons 60 or better are encouraged to apply. This is your opportunity to contribute your skills and experience and learn about the Older Americans Act and the Aging Network.
 
For more information contact Linda Williamson email or call 630-293-5990.


Region's Senior Population Continues Steady Growth while Minority Proportion Increases
-Loretto Cowhig
Community Planner
 
Demographic changes over an extended period usually occur predictably, although there may be some unexpected changes in smaller areas. Here are some surprising and some expected facts from the Census Bureau's most recently released population estimates, as of July 1, 2015:
 
 

Coordinating a Community Response to Hoarding
-Lucinda Hurt 
Community Planner
 
On June 20th, Kane County Hoarding Task Force held its third training on "Coordinating a Community Response" to hoarding at Ridgeland High School in Maple Park, Illinois. Breakout sessions included speakers from law enforcement, code enforcement, fire personnel, animal control, mental health providers, guardianship/legal, clean up services and social services. Dr. McGrath from Amita Health also spoke during the lunch in a question and answer session. While the first two trainings were focused on the basics of each discipline's role in a hoarding situation, this training focused more specifically on a case study and how each discipline would respond. These trainings have been critical in educating the community on how to respond to a hoarding situation and how to work as an interdisciplinary team on such cases. The Area Agency is honored to be part of this task force and its work in the community! 
 
 
21st Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo!
-Mimi Bajagich,
Special Event Manager

Welcome to Paradise!
 
The 21st Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, August 23 and 24, 2016 at the Drury Lane Conference Center, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
With a fun tropical Hawaiian theme and something for everyone, attendees will enjoy fantastic live entertainment, games and attractions; educational seminars for seniors and caregivers; health and wellness demos and screenings; Senior Idol and Writing Challenge competitions; and the largest gathering of exhibitors in the area, providing information on products and services specific to seniors!
 
For more detailed information: www.seniorlifestyleexpo.org
 
In conjunction with the Expo, a free Family Caregiver Seminar "Managing Family Conflict" will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, also at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the program, featuring speaker Denise Brown of CareGiving.com, will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
 
Please RSVP to Kaitie Mayberry Hauser email or call
630-293-5990,  if you plan to attend this seminar.

Something to think about............

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Stay Connected
It's NEVER too early to start planning for tomorrow!

SAVE THE DATES! 

08.23.2016

&
08.24.2016
21st Annual
Senior Lifestyle Expo


11.6.2016

25th Annual
Silver Anniversary
HMOW Celebrity Chefs Brunch

For more information, contact Kaitie or Mimi
630.293.5990 
 

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Excerpt from

The Road Not Taken

-By Robert Frost

 

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both...

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference"


The Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging was established in 1974. Services funded or coordinated by the Agency on Aging meet the diverse needs of the most rapidly growing population in Illinois. Over 634,000 seniors age 60 and over live in the agency's eight-county service area:

DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will Counties
Agency on Aging | 630-293-5990 | info@ageguide.org | http://www.ageguide.org
P.O. Box 809
Kankakee, IL 60901-0809