June 2017
Participants Outline Needs and Concerns 
In Public Hearings on Area Plan on Aging

Older adults' awareness of services available to them and the need for services in more locations were on the minds of the 67 community residents who took part in the annual Area Plan on Aging Public Hearings hosted by AgeOptions.
AgeOptions Honors Volunteers
at 42nd Annual Luncheon
Jonathan Lavin, AgeOptions president and CEO, welcomes guests at the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

AgeOptions honored 40 volunteers from throughout the Chicago area for their service and dedication to older adults in their communities at the 42nd Annual Luncheon and Volunteer Recognition on June 15 at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside possible. Also honored were volunteers in six AgeOptions programs.

MMW Receives Two Grants
MMW Logo 2012

The Chicago Community Trust and Michael Reese Health Trust have provided grants of $88,000 and $45,000 respectively to Make Medicare Work (MMW).

Caregivers Relieve Stress at "Paint Nights"
Hertistyne Watkins at Paint Night
St. Eulalia Parish/Quinn Community Center in Maywood, one of seven Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB) partners in the west suburbs, has a unique way of helping caregivers relieve stress.
At Caregiver Paint Nights each Thursday, family caregivers can express themselves through painting.

Nan Anderson Receives Community Hero Award
Nan Anderson with David T. Reynolds of Harmony Health Plan

Nan Anderson, a member and former chair of the AgeOptions Advisory Council, received the Community Hero Advocacy Award from Harmony, a WellCare Company, at a ceremony on June 22. The award is given to persons or organizations who advocate for accessible, quality health care in the community.

Older Adults Find Fresh Food
Through a Unique Partnership
Hunger is an issue for many older adults. Living on a low income often requires individuals to make difficult decisions. Where is my next meal coming from? Will I buy medicine this month? Or food? Recognizing the need, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has partnered with farmers markets across the country to help ensure that low-income older adults can obtain healthy, fresh foods while at the same time helping to increase sales for local farmers.
Save the Date:  October 12, 2017

AgeOptions' 13th annual event will take place October 12 in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. You are invited to support our mission of serving older adults and their families as a sponsor, by donating to the silent auction or advertising in the program book.
Please visit the Celebrating Innovations web page for information on sponsorships, the silent auction and program book.
And please join us October 12 as we recognize innovation and creativity throughout the entire aging community. Enjoy a fabulous evening with our legendary silent auction, great music and food, and an opportunity to network with more than 350 guests. Call AgeOptions at (708)383-0258 for additional information.
Thank you to our Generous Celebrating Innovations sponsors *

Silent Auction
Rush University Medical Center
Dessert & Coffee
Visiting Angels of Chicago North Shore
IT Communications
Common Sense Solutions
Mom's Meals
Cantata Adult Life Services
Independent Living Systems
Plante Moran
Silver Plus
Tracy Bousky, Private Vista
Mary Coonda
Jonathan & Robin Lavin
Donna & Vern Moore
Diane Slezak & Dana Havranek
Advocate Health Care
BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois
Dr. Karen Babos
Jenner and Block LLP
Peck Ritchey, LLC
Quatrro FPO Solutions
Carla Rozycki
Help at Home
Media Communications
Philips Lifeline
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest
Becky J. Frederick, Workplace Strategy
Health Alliance Medical Plan
Audrey & Keith Klopp
Laner Muchin
Jay Lewkowitz & Family
Mather LifeWays  
Rob Mapes & Naomi Milstein
Bruce & Brenda Matson
Mutual of America
Kirsten Peachey & Alicia Gingrich
Sikich LLP
                                       *As of June 26, 2017