October 2018
Some Observations

Jonathan Lavin
By Jonathan Lavin
AgeOptions President and CEO

As I prepare to retire from AgeOptions, I am struck by the opportunity we offer to the community providers who are the heart of our service to suburban Cook County older persons. The Area Agency on Aging is the most accessible and interested organization for advocating and supporting those who are delivering services at the community and home care levels.

Staff, Board and Advisory Council Members
Surprise Jon Lavin with Retirement Party
The upcoming 14th annual AgeOptions event, Celebrating Leadership, will honor Jonathan Lavin and his 40 years leading AgeOptions. But convinced that one retirement party isn't enough, AgeOptions staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Council members, and Lavin family members surprised Jon at a retirement party September 17.
AgeOptions Receives Grant to Reduce

Food Insecurity and Nutrition Risk

AgeOptions is one of five agencies nationwide to receive the U.S. Administration for Community Living's Nutrition Grant. The two-year grant will enable AgeOptions to develop and implement a referral system with health care providers to decrease the prevalence of food insecurity and increase the likelihood that patients who are experiencing food insecurity and/or are at nutrition risk will receive and act upon referrals to community-based resources. Participating health care providers are Rush University Medical Center and Oak Street Health.
   AgeOptions Advocacy Task Force Meets
With Representative on Older Americans Act

Advocacy Task Force
Members of the AgeOptions Advocacy Task Force met with U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi in August to talk about the upcoming reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). First enacted in 1965 and reauthorized every decade, the OAA was the first federal level initiative aimed at providing comprehensive services for older adults.

AgeOptions Receives Grant to Continue Statewide
SMP Program Aimed at Preventing 
Health Care Fraud

Health care fraud doesn't just cost taxpayers money. It can result in Medicare beneficiaries being denied services or equipment they need. Since 1997, Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has worked to educate and empower consumers throughout the state to prevent, detect and report   health care fraud.
From Visiting Grandchildren to Raising Them:
Support and Services Are Available

The Scotts (we have changed their name), who are in their late 50s, were enjoying retirement. The north suburban residents enjoyed going to concerts and the lakefront, and visiting their grandchildren in Arizona. But their lives changed a year ago when the grandchildren, a 12-year-old and 10-year-old twins, came to live with them.

14th Annual Networking Reception & Silent Auction
An event to honor and celebrate the older adults we serve

Thursday, October 18
at the Hyatt Regency Chicago
It's Not Too Late to Get Tickets!
Click here or call us at (708)383-0258

Be Sure to Check Out the Centerfold!

. 2017 Year in Review, the AgeOptions annual report for Fiscal Year 2017, can be seen on our website. You'll see highlights of our programs and services for older adults and those who care for them, as well as a special centerfold. Hint: It's a look back at Jon Lavin's 40 years with AgeOptions, complete with pictures that will make you smile.
Click here to see the 2017 Year in Review on the AgeOptions website.