April 22, 2020
Welcome to this week's installment of our Aging Network 2020 Census Newsletter where we to share Census resources, updates and reminders. Be sure to bookmark our resource page: ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/

Check Your Mail Flyer -AgeOptions has a flyer to encourage people who have not yet completed the Census to check their mail for the paper form. Please use this flyer from now until May 6 .

Response Rates By Town:

  • You can use this script to add-on to well being check-ins
  • Now also available in Spanish HERE

For these resources and more, visit our Aging Network 2020 Census Resource webpage: http://ageoptions.org/gallery/2020Census/
Upcoming Calls
AgeOptions is hosting an open call for professionals in the Aging Network to call in with questions about the 2020 Census or their outreach efforts.
Conference Call information:

Date and Time:
  • April 28 at 1:00 pm CT

Mark your Calendars:
In May, we will be switching to bi-monthly calls-More details coming soon:
  • May 12 at 1:00 pm CT
  • May 26 at 1:00 pm CT


The Census Bureau's mailing schedule has been slightly modified and you can see full changes HERE
  • The Census Bureau is extending the window for people to receive the paper form in the mail.
  • We recommend that you keep encouraging people to check their mail (you can use our flyer in resources above)

Group Quarters
  • On this week’s call, we reviewed a question about Group Quarters Enumeration. See our Q&A Document HERE for answers to those questions.

Maps and Response Rates
  • As of Sunday, April 19, Illinois was tied for the #9 state in terms of self-response rate with 55.4% response rate
  • We went over the response rate map at 2020Census.gov and the UIC Map the Count on this weeks call.
  • The response rate map shows current rates and can be found HERE.
  • UIC’s mapping tool allows you to see and utilize more details and data, and can be found HERE

AgeOptions is partnering with Mather for their Telephone Topics programs to help reduce social isolation a nd inform seniors and the community in general. You can find printable schedules here:

  • Participants can use the following information to call in:
  • Call-in number: (855) 880.1246 
  • Enter Meeting ID when prompted: 386 399 7030#

  • Monday, 4/27/2020 - 9:30-10:00 am
  • 2020 Census Part 1: What It Asks and Why It Matters
  • Tuesday 4/28/2020 - 2:30- 3:00 pm
  • 2020 Census Part 2: Why Faith Communities Encourage a Complete Count
  • Wednesday, 4/29/2020 - 11:00-11:30 am
  • 2020 Census Part 3: How to Spot a Census Scam
  • Thursday, 4/30/2020 - 1:00 - 1:30 pm
  • Por que es importante completar el Censo del 2020.
  • 2020 Census: Why It Matters (Presented in Spanish.)

Reporting Reminders
For PSA 13 agencies receiving Census funding from AgeOptions and for the other AAAs in Illinois receiving IDOA funding, we reviewed five common errors on the monthly reporting form on this week’s call. Here is a recap:
  • Make sure you fill in the County Column. For PSA13 partners fill in the Address information fully.
  • In the columns that ask for numbers, (example: “total people reached” and “flyers distributed”), make sure to put only the number you want to report in that column, no words, [SPACE] or the cell will not add the number you are reporting to your total. If you would like to make a comment or provide additional information about the number you entered please, put it at the end in the comment box. 
  • When selecting “Other” under the column for activities, make sure to add the description in the allotted section so that we know what the activity was and any details you can provide. 
  • Please add Information and Assistance calls or well-being calls that included a Census message to the reporting form as an activity with the number of people you reached. This can be a monthly total.
  • The Questionnaire Assistance (QA) columns are meant to capture how many people you helped complete the Census, this number should be different from the total number of people reached. Examples that would fall under QA are things like talking people through the online or paper form on the phone, or connecting them to the hotline for the Census.
If you have any questions about the reporting form, please let us know.