August 2018
Proposals to Cut Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid and Non-Defense Discretionary Spending Must Be Questioned

Jonathan Lavin
By Jonathan Lavin
AgeOptions President and CEO

Clearly the aging of America requires a commitment to keeping all Americans healthy, active and supported as they age. For years, Social Security was viewed as a fund that supported gaps in the rest of the federal budget. Now it is time for a commitment to fundamental repayment and increased investment in our older population. The issue of where the funding will come from is not as important as the declaration that the nation has a compact with its citizens to meet health and income security needs. 

Transition Engagement Program and Peer Mentors
Receive Aging Innovations and Achievement Award
AgeOptions is proud to announce that the Transition Engagement Program and the Peer Mentors were among 16 programs to receive an Aging Innovations and Achievement Award. Awards were presented at a luncheon July 28 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago during the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) 43rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow.
Medicare & Medicaid Advanced Training for Experienced Professionals Will Be August 17

AgeOptions is hosting a Medicare & Medicaid Advanced Training on Friday, August 17 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Five CEU credits are offered.The training is for experienced professionals who counsel older adults and people with disabilities on their health care benefits options. 

AgeOptions Honors Community Volunteers
At 43rd Annual Recognition Luncheon  

AgeOptions honored 53 volunteers from throughout the Chicago area for their service and dedication to older adults in their communities at the 43rd Annual Luncheon and Volunteer Recognition. 
   AgeOptions Receives 5-Year SMP Grant

The Administration for Community Living (ACL), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recently awarded AgeOptions a five-year grant to continue leading Illinois SMP.
SMP empowers consumers to prevent health care fraud. Program staff and volunteers provide education and help people who have Medicare and Medicaid protect themselves and detect and report fraud, waste and abuse.

Illinois Residents Receiving New Medicare Cards

Illi nois residents with Medicare began receiving their new cards in July. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is mailing the cards to everyone with Medicare between April 2018 and April 2019 and Illinois is in the group of states whose mailing started in June. Medicare is required by law to take Social Security numbers off cards and replace them with unique, randomly generated numbers in order to keep personal information more secure and help protect personal identify.

October 18, 2018
6-9 pm
In the Crystal Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Wacker Drive

On October 18, AgeOptions will host our 14th annual fundraising event, Celebrating Leadership. The year's event is special because we are honoring Jonathan Lavin, our president and chief executive officer, who is retiring on October 31 after 40 years with AgeOptions. We are also celebrating a leadership transition as Diane Slezak, our chief operating officer who has been with AgeOptions since 1976, succeeds Jon as president and CEO.