July 2015

We have officially started summer...or have we? We celebrated Memorial Day, Fathers Day and Independence Day, but where are the summer temps and that sunshine that we so long for? Where is the Illinois State budget that is so needed to keep us all moving smoothly in the right direction? There are so many questions and variables right now but we are confident that we can "weather these storms" and push onward and upward through these rocky seas. Together we WILL continue to work harder to make aging easier, and together hand in hand  we will continue the work that matters to so many and changes lives everyday!

 Excerpt from NCOA website


"The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent-services like meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, benefits enrollment, and more."By promoting and engaging in activity, wellness, and inclusivity, more Americans than ever before can "Get into the Act."   


"The U.S. Senate took a much-needed step to support older adults by passing without opposition S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization of 2015, which funds critical services that keep our nation's seniors healthy and independent. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) commends the Senate action and encourages the U.S. House of Representatives to work swiftly to pass similar legislation."  

 To learn more on the OAA 


'Dine Around Lake County' honors Older Americans Act anniversary
By Dan Moran

"As Lake County seniors join their nationwide peers in forming a burgeoning demographic, agencies like Catholic Charities Lake County are looking to help them "age in place."

Marla Harris, department director for the Waukegan-based agency, explained that concept as an individual staying in their chosen home and community - and away from the potential expense of institutional care.

"That's the goal of all of our senior services," Harris said. "To help them remain in their homes if they wish to do so."

Social Security Turns 80!
The Commissioner's Message

"As we observe the 80th Anniversary of the nation's Social Security programs, we acknowledge the legacy we are entrusted to preserve. Over the decades, generations of Americans have relied upon the care and services of our committed personnel. Today, over 65,000 Social Security employees compose our great agency, providing exemplary service to the public. It is an honor to recognize the critical role our programs play in the lives of so many individuals, for whom we are the face of the federal government.

We take considerable pride in administering benefits and providing financial protection for nearly 64 million individuals who receive almost a trillion dollars annually. These include payments to retirees, adults and children with disabilities, and surviving family members, delivering on our government's promise to maintain the welfare and protection of our people. Our rich history is founded on simple, yet profound principles, reflected in the integrity and compassion of our employees. It is this narrative and tradition upon which we will build as our agency evolves and reorients our customer-centered focus to meet the emerging service needs of the public....

To read the entire message  

To read about Vision 2025 


Community Planner Cheryl Lockwood Retires

Cheryl Lockwood joined the staff as a Community Planner eight years ago, though she has had a relationship with The Agency since 1994 when she was appointed to the Advisory Council and later the Board of Directors. She has worn many hats in her tenure here, but whatever hat she wore you knew it would be worn with flair and never taken off until the job was done!

It was no easy undertaking to be the agency's Senior Employment Specialist during the "Great Recession" but Cheryl's passionate persistence never faltered. As she tackled new duties under the Community Planning reorganization, her dedication and commitment always resulted in wonderful new achievements, always to the benefit and in the best interest of our seniors.


Cheryl is retiring at the end of July and moving to Iowa where she will enjoy life with her family and grandchildren. While we will miss her here, we wish her all the very best and very gratefully acknowledge her wonderful service to the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging. Thank you Cheryl!


"Lights, Camera, Action!"

It's time for the 20th annual Senior Lifestyle Expo! With over 100 exhibitors, great seminars, exciting activities, fabulous entertainment and a fun Hollywood theme - there's going to be something for everyone! We're rolling out the red carpet so make your plans now to join us at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace on August 25 & 26 from 9am-2pm. We'll see you there!


Something to think about............

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Celebrity Chefs Brunch!
"Lights, Camera, Action to Cut Hunger!"
contact Kaitie or Mimi 
for more information

Did you know?

"Today's senior centers are reinventing themselves to meet the needs and desires of the aging baby boom generation.

Boomers now constitute more than two thirds of the 50+ population.

Senior centers are developing new programs and opportunities for this dynamic generation of older adults."

-Senior Facts


Tuesday 8/25 at 6pm FREE

Caregiver Seminar

For more information 

The Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging was established in 1974. Services funded or coordinated by the Agency on Aging meet the diverse needs of the most rapidly growing population in Illinois. Over 520,900 seniors age 60 and over live in the agency's eight-county service area:

DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Will Counties
Agency on Aging | 630-293-5990 | |
P.O. Box 809
Kankakee, IL 60901-0809