December 2016
AgeOptions Joins National Campaign 
To End Senior Hunger
Thank you so much from the bottom of my soul. My refrigerator is empty with only a bottle of water, ketchup, relish, mustard, and I used the last of the jelly and eggs today. This is the greatest gift that you have given me. I hope that one day I can pay it forward and help someone else. I am forever grateful.  --Janet

AgeOptions was recently awarded a continuation grant to support the National Council on Aging (NCOA) nationwide effort to help older adults like Janet who are struggling to buy groceries by applying for SNAP to supplement their food budget.

Going Home for the Holidays?
Look for Isolation, Loneliness and Other Signs
Older Family Members May Need Help
The holiday season often brings together families who live too far apart to see each other often. Although they likely have kept in touch digitally or by phone, in-person visits provide an opportunity for those visiting older relatives to take a closer look at how they're doing.

Caring for Caregivers:
Where to Turn When You Think You're Alone

Debra has been caring for her 83-year-old mother, Ruth, at her home in Bellwood since 2004. Their story, and its challenges and rewards, is not unlike those of the estimated 359,000 family caregivers in Cook County.
Community Involvement Is a Passion
For New Board of Directors Member

Enrique Salgado Jr., who was elected to a three-year term on the AgeOptions Board of Directors in October, lives a life of community involvement.  "It's been one of my passions since I was 18," he said.

Advisory Council Elects Officers

Joan Strickland, of Calumet City, was elected chair of the AgeOptions Advisory Council, succeeding Nan Anderson. Members also elected Carol Goldbaum vice chair and Jacqueline Jones secretary. 
Caring Together,  Living Better 
Celebrates South and West Partners

Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB), a partnership of faith-based and community organizations dedicated to supporting those caring for an older adult, celebrated the South and West Suburban CTLB volunteers, caregivers, churches and organizations at two events this year. Both events were sponsored by Cigna.

Catholic Charities Northwest Employee
Receives Statewide Outstanding Caregiver Award

Michael Welch, a Chore Housekeeping staff member of Catholic Charities Northwest Senior Services (CCNW), is one of five recipients of the Illinois Department on Aging's (IDoA) 2017 Outstanding Caregiver Award for Older Americans Act services. AgeOptions funds Chore Housekeeping under Title III of the Older Americans Act.

Thank You for Your Giving Tuesday Support

Thank you for supporting AgeOptions on Giving Tuesday, November 29. A global day of giving, Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support our communities during the holiday season.