August 2017
Jonathan Lavin Receives n4a
Excellence in Leadership Award

Jonathan Lavin accepts the n4a award.

The  Nat ional Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) presented its E xcelle nce in Leadership Award to Jonathan Lavin, AgeOptions presiden t and CEO, at the n4a August 1 national conference in Savannah, Georgia.

Join Us October 12  

October 12 will be a night of great music and food, our legendary silent auction, networking with more than 350 guests and maybe a surprise. Dancing anyone? You'll not only have a fabulous evening, you'll be supporting AgeOptions' mission of serving older adults in our communities.

Administration for Community Living Grant
Supports Chronic Disease Self-Management Education

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has awarded AgeOptions a three-year grant totaling $850,000 supporting two chronic disease self-management programs, Take Charge of Your Health and Illinois Pathways to Health.

Task Force Leads AgeOptions Advocacy Mission
On Behalf of Older Adults
A central element of AgeOptions' mission is Advocacy - advocacy to improve systems and services to people can thrive as they age. The Older Americans Act requires all area agencies on aging, within their Planning and Service Areas, to advocate on behalf of older persons to local, state and federal policy makers. AgeOptions has championed that responsibility from its inception in 1974.

Caring Together, Living Better Receives
Retirement Research Foundation Support

Caregivers were honored at CTLB annual celebration luncheon.
The Retirement Research Foundation Board has granted AgeOptions $55,000 for Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB), a partnership of faith-based and community organizations supporting family caregivers in the western suburbs.

A Matter of Balance Helps
Older Adults Prevent Falls
One in three older Americans - about 12 million - fall every year, according to the National Council on Aging. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 and older. Fear of falling also takes a toll, as some older adults try to prevent falls by limiting their physical and social activities. AgeOptions' A Matter of Balance program is designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. 
Support Groups and Resources 
Help Relatives Raising Minor Children

Helen didn't need another support group, she told her fellow grandmother. Her life was complicated enough with raising her grandchildren. She was angry and stressed and had difficulty functioning. But she agreed to go to the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting at North Shore Senior Center and, 10 years later, reports it has helped her deal with the many challenges she was and still is facing.

Do You Like Us on Facebook?

Almost 600 people do. If you're one of them, you know the AgeOptions Facebook page is a great place to find out about our programs like Take Charge of Your Health, updates on Social Security, Medicare and other topics and legislation concerning older adults. You'll also see what we're up to, such as Make Medicare Work (MMW) trainings, benefits updates and plans for Celebrating Innovations, our 13th annual fundraising event taking place October 12.

Just go to Facebook, type "AgeOptions" in the search box and "like" us.