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      November 2015

A Letter from Jonathan Lavin
AgeOptions President and CEO

AgeOptions is working on a number of fronts to continue to meet our obligations to older persons in the region and their service networks. We have asked our dedicated staff to help us through a time when our workload continues but we have limited opportunity to replace staff and to add staff where there is need. We are grateful to their flexibility, commitment and skill in helping us to achieve our goals in a difficult time. Read more 
Kirsten Peachey
Kirsten Peachey Elected Chair of AgeOptions Board Of Directors  
Members of the AgeOptions Board of Directors elected the Rev. Kirsten Peachey to a one-year term as chair at the October meeting. She succeeds Anthony Perry, M.D., who completed two terms. Brad Winick was elected vice-chair.
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Thank you to our generous Celebrating Milestones sponsors. Click here to see who they are.
11th Annual Fundraising Event, Celebrating Milestones,
Surpasses Previous Years
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, donors, advertisers, ticket purchasers and silent auction participants, Celebrating Milestones, the 11th annual AgeOptions fundraising event, raised approximately $100,000 for services benefiting older adults and people with disabilities. It is our most successful event to date.

AgeOptions Awarded $711,510 Grant
For Take Charge of Your Health Programs

Rose was diagnosed with diabetes at 67 and was paralyzed with fear that she would end up on dialysis. But after taking part in a six-week Take Charge of Your Diabetes workshop, Rose's (we're not using her real name) fears were gone, she was on her way to a healthier life and was even teaching others to live with diabetes. Read more   

$150,000 Grant Will Help Faith Communities, Social Service Agencies Support Family Caregivers
Like many recent college graduates, Manuel Andre Beltran, of Cicero, had been searching for steady employment. But his search was complicated by his need to care for his father, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. "My attempts to find available resources were discouraging," Manuel said. "I grew up in a Latino family, and whenever a family member needed assistance, especially when they were older, everyone did their part to help care for them." But that support system was no longer available and he was caring for his father on his own. Read more

2015 video Liz &Gladys
See Clients Tell How AgeOptions Changed Their Lives in Our Latest Video

The newest AgeOptions video, Celebrating Milestones, debuted at the October 15 Celebrating Milestones event. It features four AgeOptions clients, including Gladys, who is pictured here with Elizabeth Steimel of AgeOptions. The clients speak eloquently about how their lives have been changed by the Transition Engagement & Care Options and Benefits Access & Economic Security programs. Click here to see the video.

Going Home for the Holidays?
Look for Signs Older Family Members May Need Help
For many Americans, the holiday season is one of the few times each year they can spend time with their parents and other older relatives. That makes it an ideal time to find out if older loved ones need assistance in any areas of their lives, such as personal care, home maintenance, physical problems, finances and transportation. Read more

Giving Tuesday 2015
Black Friday . . . 
Cyber Monday . . .
 #Giving Tuesday 

December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving back and an important day for AgeOptions. Your donation will help us continue to provide vital services for older adults and people with disabilities. Thanks to a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation, your donation will go even further. RRF will match all contributions received through AgeOptions' Giving Tuesday campaign, up to $5,000.
Please mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday, December 1, and help us reach - or exceed - our goal of $3,000. Tell your friends how they can take part in Giving Tuesday, too. Go to to the AgeOptions website  to make a difference.