January 2018
Advocacy Training Is January 11

AgeOptions invites the Aging Network and all others interested in advocacy to our 2018 Advocacy Training on January 11. The training will be from 9 am to noon in the Matter Conference Room, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #1230, Chicago. For additional information, contact Kate Bobbitt, (708)383-0258; kate.bobbitt@ageoptions.org.


Legislators, Aging Network Representatives 
Will Discuss Issues Essential to Older Adults
At Legislative Breakfasts
  
Federal budget issues, changes to the Affordable Care Act, simplifying Medicare Part B enrollment, Illinois budget issues, Adult Protective Services, Cook County budget issues and other topics essential to older adults and those who care for them will be discussed at the 2018 Legislative Breakfasts in January and February.  

New Board Vice Chair on Being a Champion
of Transformational Change 

Genevieve Kruse 

It started at the kitchen table with Grandma, Genevieve Kruse says about her career journey. So far that journey has led to her current position at Blue Cross Blue Shield and to AgeOptions where she was elected vice chair of the Board of Directors in October.
 
New Storytelling Tool Gives Clients a Voice 

Storytelling Workshop 

Telling our clients' stories is a powerful form of advocacy. Enabling clients to tell their own stories is even more powerful. AgeOptions has initiated a way to collect those stories on an ongoing basis by joining StoryCorps, a platform to collect and share stories.
 
A Tribute to Diane Slezak and a Look Back
at AgeOptions' History

Diane Slezak

Diane Slezak, AgeOptions chief operating officer, celebrated her 41st anniversary with the agency on December 20. Diane joined the agency just two years after it was founded in 1974. Jonathan Lavin, president and CEO, recalls some of the highlights of Diane's role in guiding AgeOptions and creating our most important and effective programs.



Save the Date for the 14th Annual
AgeOptions Networking Event
October 18, 2018
Hyatt Regency Chicago

At our 14th annual event and throughout 2018, AgeOptions will be Celebrating Leadership
 
Be sure to mark your calendars and join us at 6pm October 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for networking, the highly anticipated silent auction and great food.