February 2019
Elected Officials Discuss Issues Essential to
Older Adults at Annual Legislative Breakfasts
 
The Legislative Breakfast at
Kenneth Young Center

Elected officials and representatives of area senior service agencies came together again this year to discuss issues facing older adults and hear how they and those who serve older adults and caregivers can support each other. AgeOptions and our community partners sponsor the breakfasts each year.





Connections are the heart of what we do. They include our partner community organizations, our sponsors and supporters, the communities we serve and the national and state organizations that support our work, as well as the participants in our programs and the older adults and caregivers who are our clients.

 
Did You Know?

AgeOptions and our community partners served 161,932 individuals in the 2018 fiscal year. That's a four percent increase from 2017.

New Memory Cafes Are a Gathering Place for
Older Adults with Memory Concerns 
And Their Caregivers


Memory Cafes are welcoming places for older adults with memory concerns and their care partners. The cafes provide a relaxing, engaging space to socialize, participate in activities and obtain resources regarding dementia and services available in the community. AgeOptions is collaborating with our funded Congregate Meal Sites and Caregiver Resource Centers to pilot 21 Memory Cafes across suburban Cook County.

Turning 94 and Celebrating 25 Years of
Delivering Meals - Without Missing a Day


Samuel Grimes, pictured here on his 90th birthday, will turn 94 in March. Mr. Grimes also marks 25 years of delivering meals through Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, an AgeOptions funded partner.

Benefits Access Unit Helps Veronica Get SNAP And Prescription Coverage


Veronica (we've changed her name) was in emotional and financial distress when she called AgeOptions Information & Assistance a month after her husband died. She was having trouble paying her bills and had no Part D Medicare prescription drug coverage. The Social Security Administration referred her to AgeOptions.

AgeOptions Is Featured in National Story
About Food Insecurity Among Older Adults


Food insecurity and social isolation
among older adults are issues AgeOptions focuses on, and CEO  Diane Slezak was interviewed for a Next Avenue newsletter story on the subject. Next Avenue is part of the PBS system, and the story was also featured on some PBS websites.


SAVE THE DATE!
OCTOBER 3, 2019

It's not too early to put
Celebrating Connections,
the 15th annual AgeOptions networking reception and silent auction, on your calendar. 

We'll return to the beautiful Crystal 
Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from 6 to 9 pm for an evening of great food, the popular silent auction and opportunities to make connections with the approximately 350 guests expected to attend.

Celebrating Connections  is our year-round 2019 theme and campaign.

Look for information coming soon on event sponsorship and advertising opportunities and tickets. For more information, please contact Vera Lewis at vera.lewis@ageoptions.org or (708)383-0258.