September 2015

Join Us October 15 for the
Festive 11th Annual Event

The evening of October 15 is set to be a festive blend of socializing, great music and food, dancing and bidding on fabulous silent auction items. The occasion is Celebrating Milestones, the 11th annual AgeOptions fundraising event, and you are invited to join more than 350 guests from 6 to 9 pm in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  Learn more  


State and Federal Budget Impasses
Threaten Services for Older Adults

At this writing, funding for senior services through the State of Illinois and the federal government continue to be threatened.
 
With no state budget, and the possibility of the federal fiscal year beginning on October 1 without a federal budget, cash flow and funding for senior services continue to be a major concern for AgeOptions.  Learn more 


Celebrating the Milestones that Changed the Lives of Older Americans 

Throughout 2015, AgeOptions is observing the anniversaries of four milestone events, each of which changed the lives of older Americans and people with disabilities. They are the Social Security Act of 1935, the Older Americans Act and the Medicare/Medicaid Bill, both enacted in 1965, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Each continues to contribute to the health, well-being and dignity of the older members of our communities.
 
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AgeOptions and Friends Celebrate Milestones
At Reception Sponsored by Cigna HealthSpring

On August 5, AgeOptions and friends toasted four landmark pieces of legislation that changed the lives of older adults and people with disabilities.
 
The celebrated anniversaries were Social Security, 80 years; the Older Americans Act and Medicare/Medicaid, 50 years; and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 25 years.   Learn more


CCP Hearing
People with Disabilities and Older Adults Describe How Cuts
To Community Care Program Would Change Their Lives
 
The tone was desperation at a July hearing at AgeOptions on proposed changes to the state's Community Care Program (CCP), the Department of Human Services Home Services program and other state programs that serve vulnerable residents of all ages. The CCP helps frail older people and people with disabilities stay in their homes, avoiding premature nursing home admission.  Learn more


 
Getting the Message Out
On Financial Exploitation
 
Every year older adults lose $2.9 billion of their assets to financial exploitation. Seniors are specifically targeted, and one in four will be a victim of a financial crime. AgeOptions is piloting a community education curriculum, Money Smarts for Older Adults, to inform them about this type of crime and how they can prevent it.  Learn more

 

iFAST award 2015
iFAST Receives National Aging Achievement Award
For Elder Financial Exploitation Prevention

n4a, the national association of area agencies on aging, recognized iFAST (Illinois Financial Abuse Specialist Team) with a CST Aging Achievement Award in the Elder Abuse Prevention category.   Learn more
 



Volunteers Honored at Annual Luncheon
Vol Luncheon 2015

AgeOptions honored 39 volunteers from throughout the Chicago area for their service and dedication to older adults in their communities at the 40th Annual Luncheon and Volunteer Recognition on June 18. The event was sponsored by ComEd.   
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Caring Together, Living Better Partners Celebrate Programs in South and West Suburbs
 
Caring Together, Living Better had two celebrations in June to commemorate the growing success of CTLB partners and their communities. CTLB is a volunteer-based program in which churches and community organizations work with AgeOptions to develop and provide services to support family caregivers in the south and western suburbs.  Learn more