Spring Into 2015!

May 2015

The first few months of 2015 were filled with many things to celebrate. In March, the AOA staff attended the ASA conference in Chicago and were introduced to various pieces of information for the up and coming White House Conference on Aging. In April, we celebrated with our 41st Annual Meeting and May gives us more reason to celebrate as it is Older Americans month! We look forward to staying in touch with you throughout the year, there is so much more to come!
May is Older Americans Month

 Excerpt from ACL newsroom page 


"Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) celebrates Older Americans Month to recognize older Americans for their contributions to the nation. In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA), we are focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The theme for Older Americans Month 2015 is "Get into the Act."The OAA was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. It provides a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, personal care, transportation, job training, ombudsman services, legal assistance, and elder abuse prevention. By providing a variety of resources in these areas, ACL works year-round to support the goals of the OAA. We hope to use this Older Americans Month as a vehicle for individual and community empowerment. By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can "Get into the Act." 

For more information on Older Americans Month 


White House Conference on Aging
Excerpt from the National Tool Kit
for 2015 White House Conference on Aging

"The first White House Conference on Aging was held in 1961, with subsequent conferences in 1971, 1981, 1995, and 2005. These conferences have been viewed as catalysts for development of aging policy over the past 50 years. The conferences generated ideas and momentum prompting the establishment of and/or key improvements in may of the programs that represent America's commitment to older Americans including: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and the Older Americans Act. The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is an opportunity to recognize the importance of these key programs, as well as to look ahead to the issues that will help shape the landscape for older Americans for the next decade." For more information 


Agency on Aging's 41st Annual Meeting

Held on April 10 at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, the 41st Annual Meeting was again a great time for staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Council members, grantees and supporters to get together and celebrate the agency and each other. We welcomed newly elected and appointed members to the agency's governing bodies, recognized the exceptional service and dedication of Board and Council member honorees and the milestone anniversaries of staff members. Pictured are newly-elected Board Chairman, Dr. Michael Stowe, and honoree Betty Zelent who was recognized for her incredible 30 years of service to the agency. Mrs. Zelent has represented the older persons of DuPage County with compassion, style and grace, and we are so grateful for her commitment! It was also our pleasure to feature Jim Vanden Bosch, founder and executive director of Terra Nova Films, as guest speaker. His presentation, "Looking Through the Movie Mirror: How Older Adults are Portrayed in Mainstream Films" was wonderful, eye opening and highly entertaining. Click to view the photo gallery


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The number of people aged 80 and older will quadruple during 2000 to 2050

By 2050 the world will have almost

400 million

people aged 80 years or older.


Never before have the majority of middle-aged adults had living parents.

Agency on Aging Public Hearings

5/28 10:00 a.m.
Gladys Fox Museum

5/28 1:30 p.m.
Agency on Aging
West Chicago office


August 25 & 26 2015

The 20th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo
Drury Lane, OakBrook
For more information or to exhibit 

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 520,900 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