AgeOptions February 2013 Newsletter  
February 2013
In This Issue
A Message from Linda Siegel and Jonathan Lavin
Legislative Breakfasts, Community Forums
The Sequestration Threat
Legislators Discuss Pension Reform
Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Cheng
Legacy Corps Expands
Take Charge of Your Diabetes Plus Receives Accreditation
Health & Disability Advocates Receives Governor's Award
Sen. Mattie Hunter Honored
Nominate Your Volunteers!
Save the Date: Celebrating Aging 2013
New Board Member: Bruce Matson
Help Us Make a Difference


of Directors 



Linda Siegel

University of Maryland 

Dept. of Health Services Administration



Anthony J. Perry, M.D. 
Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs
Rush University Medical Center



Tracy Bousky, CFP, CPA/PFS, MBA

Financial Strategy Network, LLC


Arlene Blaha, RN, MPH

Autism Society of Illinois (Retired)


Susan Cheng, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFA, CFE

SS&G, Inc.


Event Co-Chair

Mary E. Coonda

Social Security Administration (Retired)


Joseph M. Gagliardo, Esq.

Laner Muchin, Ltd. 


Murray A. Gordon

MAGA LTC Insurance


Kathleen Howe-Hrach, CPA/PFS, CFP

Credit Suisse Securities, LLC


Lewis Jordan

Executive Director

Marin County Housing Authority, San Rafael, CA


Fred P. Karutz



Genevieve Kruse

Consumer Market Sales

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Service Corp.


Bruce Matson, CPA

Retired CFO



Donna Moore

American Cancer Society (Retired)


Rev. Kirsten Peachey

Congregational Health Partnerships

Advocate Health Care


Event Co-Chair

Carla J. Rozycki

Jenner & Block LLP


Elizabeth M. Wells, Esq.

Law Office of Elizabeth M. Wells


Brad Winick

URS Corporation

2013 - 2014 AgeOptions
Advisory Council 



Nan Anderson

Aging Advocate



Vice Chairperson

Joan Strickland

Retired Teacher

Calumet City



Ruth Reko


Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter

River Forest



J. Diane Adams-Alsberry

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Hazel Crest


Vaiju Dunung

Aging Volunteer

Des Plaines


Betsy Essex

Associate Professor

Governors State University

Oak Park


Merna Folkers

Retired Teacher

Mt. Prospect


Kelly Gilbert

Executive Director
Visiting Angels



Carol Goldbaum

Consultant and Trainer

Generative Services



Margaret Hastings, PhD

Educator/Clinical Psychologist



Andrea Hetzel

Mature Market Administrator

Great Lakes Bank



Timothy Hinsdale

Proviso Township



Molly Hofer

Family Life Educator

University of Illinois Extension

Oak Forest


Jacqueline Jones


Jerome Kenney

Retired Community Representative

Park Ridge


Anna Marie McCall


Des Plaines


Barbara Palac

First Life Home Health, Skokie

La Grange


Isaiah Poland


50Plus Financial Group, Inc.



MC Robinson

Bellwood Trustee



Fran Tourdot

Illumident, Inc.

Geriatric Oral Health



Patricia Walker

Magically Made Meals
La Grange


Leila Ward

Retired Nurse Practitioner



Rose Zarnowski

Hines Veterans Administration Center

Orland Hills

Staff Officers for the Board of Directors

Jonathan Lavin
President and CEO
Diane Slezak
Vice President and COO
Kim Blechschmidt
Secretary and Director, Planning, Program Design and Grants Management

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AgeOptions NOW is a publication of AgeOptions, a nonprofit organization. As the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, AgeOptions serves 130 communities within 30 townships.

In 2012, AgeOptions and our community partners served 234,231 people. This is an increase of more than 33,000 from the previous year and demonstrates the importance of our programs in suburban Cook County, metropolitan Chicago and across the state of Illinois.


Elected Officials and Community Residents Take Part in Community Forums and Legislative Breakfasts

More than 200 residents and legislators took part in AgeOptions' annual series of Community Forums and Legislative Breakfasts in January.

The Sequestration Threat

AgeOptions briefing paper explains how sequestration cuts would put older adults at risk.
Three state representatives discussed pension reform in Illinois and the impact on the aging network at a February information session at AgeOptions.
State Representatives Elaine Nekritz, assistant majority leader and chair of the House Pensions Committee, Darlene Senger and Kelly Burke (from left).
Susan Cheng
Susan Cheng
Forensic accountant, mountaineer, world traveler, volunteer.

Legacy Corps Expands,
Seeks People Needing
Companionship-Level Care

The AgeOptions Legacy Corps respite program has shifted its focus to veteran and military families and is expanding to serve all of suburban Cook County.
Some of the new Legacy Corps volunteers are pictured at a training session at AgeOptions.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes Plus 

Receives Accreditation

The AgeOptions diabetes self-management education program has received accreditation by the American Association of Diabetes Educators that will allow for Medicare billing for workshop participants.
John Coburn (left) with John Holton.

Health & Disability Advocates Receives Governor's Award

AgeOptions nominated HDA for the Governor's Unique Achievement Award, which recognizes groups, individuals and programs that have a positive impact on the lives of older adults in the state.
State Senator Mattie Hunter
From left to right, Jonathan Lavin, AgeOptions President & CEO, State Senator Mattie Hunter and John Holton, Director of the Illinois Department on Aging.
State Senator Mattie Hunter Honored for Protecting Illinois Seniors
State Senator Mattie Hunter received the Sid Granet Aging Network Achievement Award for Individual Excellence for her leadership in protecting Illinois seniors from financial exploitation.

Nominate Your Volunteers

AgeOptions will honor volunteers from organizations throughout the area, as well as those who volunteer in AgeOptions programs, at the 38th annual Luncheon and Volunteer Recognition on June 20.

State Representatives Elaine Nekritz, assistant majority leader and chair of the House Pensions Committee, Darlene Senger and Kelly Burke
Volunteers and their guests listen to a singer at the 2012 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
Celebrating Aging - Caring in a New Era, the ninth annual AgeOptions fundraising event, will be September 26. 

New Board Member:
Bruce Matson

Members of the AgeOptions Board of Directors recently welcomed retired AgeOptions Chief Financial Officer Bruce Matson as a new member.
Help Us Make a Difference... 

Last year AgeOptions and our community senior service partners made a difference in the lives of 234,231 individuals -- an increase of more than 33,000 from the previous year. We expect the need for our services and programs to continue to grow as the population of older adults increases every year.


Your donation to AgeOptions will help us continue to provide essential services that contribute to the well-being of our older neighbors and enable them to stay in their homes and communities.


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