November 2017
A Message from AgeOptions CEO, 
Jonathan Lavin 

Jonathan Lavin 

AgeOptions and other agencies and organizations in the aging network are facing delayed state and federal payments.  

AgeOptions Board of Directors
Elects Officers, Welcomes New Member 

The AgeOptions Board of Directors elected new officers at its October 2017 meeting.

Brad Winick of Planning/Aging succeeds the Rev. Kirsten Peachey as chair. Genevieve Kruse, divisional vice president, Retail Markets, Blue Cross, Blue Shield is the new vice chair. They will serve one-year terms. 

Mitchell Abrams, managing director of Homewatch Caregivers, joined the Board as a new member.
Staff Officers were re-elected at the meeting. They are Jonathan Lavin, president, Diane Slezak, vice president, Kim McCahill, treasurer and Rob Mapes, secretary.
Please click here to see a complete list of Board of Directors members.

Bradley Winick Elected to Chair
AgeOptions Board of Directors

Bradley Winick, AICP

Bradley Winick, AICP, was elected chair of the AgeOptions Board of Directors at the October meeting. Genevieve Kruse, MBA, divisional vice president, Retail Markets, for Blue Cross Blue Shield in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, is vice chair.

Legislative Breakfasts  And Training Sessions 
Scheduled for January and February
AgeOptions and area senior service agencies invite you to attend a Legislative Training Session on the morning of Thursday, January 11, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and/or one of the five annual Legislative Breakfasts taking place in January and February. 

AgeOptions and Community Programs
Help Caregivers Cope with Responsibilities

"In the beginning I wasn't sure what this program was about ... I was told "Let us help you" and that is exactly what happened. The educational workshops, the health fairs and the gatherings helped me understand that being a caregiver
 does not mean to be alone."  

(Caregiver who received services through AgeOptions' Caring Together, Living Better)

Leveraging Community Resources
For Those with Dementia and Their Caregivers
Individuals, families and communities across the U.S. are feeling the impact of dementia. M ore than five million Americans - one in eight people age 65 and older and one in three age 85 and older - is living with dementia and they are supported by 15.5 million family members and friends.

Guests Enjoy 13th Annual AgeOptions Event

Approximately 350 guests bid on Silent Auction items, dropped their tickets in Undercover Auction bowls and enjoyed great food and networking at Celebrating Innovations, our 13th annual event, which took place on October 12 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Are You One of the 600?

AgeOptions Facebook "Likes" have reached the 600 mark. That's 600 friends, colleagues, professionals, policymakers, older adults, caregivers and individuals from all walks of life who care about the older members of our communities and want to know about aging policy and AgeOptions programs and advocacy.