December 2011
In This Issue
A Message from Tracy Bousky
Linda Siegel to Lead AgeOptions Board
Annual Fundraiser Exceeds 2011 Goals
AgeOptions Receives National Award for MMW Coalition
Videos Tell Stories of Older Adults "One Away" from Financial Crisis
Community Volunteers Honored at Annual Event
RTC, SMP, ESI Volunteers Honored by AgeOptions
National Family Caregiver Month Observed
AgeOptions Profile: Advisory Council Member Kelly Gilbert
Illinois SMP Receives National Award
Catholic Charities Recognized for Fraud Prevention in Older Adult Housing
Judge Patricia Banks Recognized for Service to Aging Community


AgeOptions Board

of Directors 


Linda Siegel

University of Maryland School of Public Health



Dr. Anthony Perry

Rush University Medical Center

Vice Chairperson


Bob Brooks

Brooks & Robertson, LLP


Arlene Blaha

Autism Society of Illinois (Retired)


Tracy Bousky

Financial Strategy Network, LLC


Mary E. Coonda

Social Security Administration


Donna Drinan



Joseph Gagliardo

Laner, Muchin, Dombrow, Becker, Levin & Tominberg Ltd.


Murray Gordon

MAGA Ltd. Insurance


Cathy Gleason

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois


Kathleen Howe-Hrach

Credit Suisse Securities, LLC


Lewis Jordan



Frederick Karutz



Carmenza Millan

AARP Illinois


Donna Moore

American Cancer Society (Retired)


Rev. Kirsten Peachey

Advocate Health Care


Carla Rozycki

Jenner & Block LLP


Elizabeth Wells

Attorney at Law


Brad Winick

URL Corporation


AgeOptions Advisory Council Members


J. Diane Adams-Alsberry



Merna K. Folkers

Vice Chairperson


Betsy Essex



Nan Anderson


Gina Baxter


Vaiju Dunung


Kelly Gilbert


Carol Goldbaum


Margaret Hastings


Andrea Hetzel


Timothy Hinsdale


Leah Hobson


Molly Hofer


Gerald Iaccino


Jacqueline Jones


Jerome Kenney


Charles Kerpec


Cheryl Kuba


Anna Marie McCall


Naoko Muramatsu


Lora Oldham


Isaiah Poland


Ruth Reko


Joan Strickland


Fran Tourdot


Patricia Walker


Leila Ward 



AgeOptions Staff Officers
Jonathan Lavin
President and CEO
Diane Slezak
Treasurer and COO
Kim Blechschmidt
Director, Planning, Program Design and Grants Management
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As the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, AgeOptions serves 130 communities within 30 townships.


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Tracy Bousky



In October, Tracy Bousky completed her two-year term as chair of the AgeOptions Board of Directors. She reflects on the challenges AgeOptions faced during that time, and the strengths and solutions they generated. 


   Linda Siegel

Linda Siegel, the new chair of the AgeOptions Board of Directors, sees a "big year ahead" that will present challenges and opportunities to the agency and the board.






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More than 300 guests, 51 sponsors and 160 contributors to the silent auction made Celebrating Aging - Partnering With Our Communities a success.




The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging recognized MMW's innovative spirit and leadership with a top award.



We tell the stories of three older adults who were one bad break, one illness, one lost job away from financial crisis.



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Twenty-nine volunteers were honored at the 36th Volunteer Recognition.



RTC, SMP, ESI Volunteers Honored

AgeOptions honored 82 volunteers with Red Tape Cutters, Senior Medicare Patrol and the Economic Security Initiative.



The Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB) caregiver support program hosted several events for volunteers and partner organizations in November. 



Kelly Gilbert




"I didn't need Oprah to tell me my passion," says Kelly Gilbert. "I always knew what it was."





The Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol is among the top five programs in the country.






AgeOptions award cites agency for its work in educating residents of senior housing buildings on how to prevent fraud. 




 Judge Patricia Banks


AgeOptions nominated

Judge Banks for the Governor's Unique Achievement Award.





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