The Aging Report
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is hosting four Advocacy Breakfast Collaboratives across our eight county region! Join us to connect with your elected officials on matters concerning older adults and learn how we can work together to best support each other.
Choose Your Location!
  • Friday, February 8, 2019 at Tabor Hills Supportive Living Community, Semerad Pavilion (1327 Crystal Ave, Naperville) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Monday, February 11, 2019 at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital (333 North Madison Street, Joliet) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Friday, February 22, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church (200 E Jackson Street, Morris) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Friday, March 15, 2019 at The Garlands of Barrington (1000 Garlands Drive, Barrington) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Please note this date has been rescheduled from January 25th)

A light breakfast will be served at each event. These events are FREE to the public, but space is limited!

Please RSVP to the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois at (630) 293-5990 or lwilliamson@ageguide.org and specify which event you will be attending

These events are sponsored by Illinois Continuity of Care, AMITA Health, Tabor Hills Living Community, The Garlands of Barrington and AARP.
Agency on Aging Joins the
Dementia Friendly America Network
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois has had two communities join the Dementia Friendly America Network! North Chicago/Lake County and Kankakee County have received this prestigious honor that has only been designated to a handful of communities across the nation.
Dementia Friendly communities have committed to working with people with dementia and their support systems to make them feel included in the community. Too often, people living with dementia and their caregivers feel alone, isolated and unable to participate or engage in activities they have always loved. Dementia friendly communities engage multiple sectors of the community that commit to helping people with dementia live as independently as possible. 

The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois will continue their efforts in 2019 by engaging more communities and businesses in becoming Dementia Friendly. They plan to host memory cafes and Tales and Travels Memories programs through local libraries. The Agency plans to train more businesses on how to serve people with dementia through their Dementia Friendly Business Sector Trainings. In 2018, The Agency on Aging trained nearly 8,000 people to become dementia friendly through community presentations and business sector trainings. 
Do You Want to Become an Advocate for Seniors?
Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers work with seniors to ensure fewer people are victims of health care fraud. Volunteers help spread the message of Protect, Detect, and Report through presentations, attending community events and one-on-one counseling.

If you would like to become a Senior Medicare Patrol volunteer and fight health care fraud in your community, call our Community Planner, Glenda Love, at (630) 293-5990.
Early SNAP Benefits, not Extra Benefits, in February
People who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps) may receive their February benefit early, in order to reduce problems caused by the partial shutdown of the federal government. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers SNAP, has announced that most February benefits will be issued in late January.
The USDA emphasizes that this is an early benefit, not an extra benefit. The change in timing is to enable the USDA to issue February benefits while still complying with the terms of the continuing resolution that kept the federal government fully funded until December 22, 2018. Issuing the early benefits will be an administrative challenge, but the funds are available to do so.

Most SNAP recipients will have access to their February SNAP benefits in late January, rather than on their regular issuance date in February. But the benefit amount will be the same as usual, and must last until the regular issuance date in March . It is not yet clear how March benefits will be handled if the shutdown lasts that long.

More than 38 million people in more than 19 million households receive SNAP benefits, which average about $125 per person per month. Almost a third of households receiving SNAP include a senior or person with a disability. SNAP targets low income households, and more than 92% of SNAP benefits go to households with cash incomes at or below the poverty level, including 56% of benefits to households with incomes at or below half of the poverty level.

The partial shutdown affects the USDA and some other government agencies and programs because Congress has not yet approved their appropriation bills. Congress used continuing resolutions to keep the government functioning at 2018 funding levels after fiscal year 2019 began on October 1, 2018, but the last resolution expired December 22. The White House and Congress are at an impasse over various issues, but there is no controversy about the amount of SNAP benefits.
Do you need someone to talk to?
The Friendship Line is a toll-free line that is available to share a conversation with someone who cares. If you are feeling lonely, call the Friendship Line and the person on the other line will love to share a conversation, listen to your story or concern and just lend an ear to those in need. The Friendship Line is also a crisis intervention hotline providing around the clock crisis support services including:

  • Suicide intervention
  • Providing emotional support
  • Elder abuse prevention and counseling
  • Giving well-being checks
  • Grief support through assistance and reassurance
  • Information and referrals
Call the Friendship Line any time, day or night, at (800) 971-0016

The Friendship Line is the Institute on Aging's 24-hour toll-free accredited crisis line for persons aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities.
45th Annual Meeting & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon
April 12, 2019

Arrowhead Golf Club & Restaurant
26W151 Butterfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

For more information, contact Kaitie Hauser at 630-293-5990
24th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo
August 20 & 21, 2019

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

For more information, contact Kaitie Hauser at 630-293-5990 or visit seniorlifestyleexpo.org
28th Annual Celebrity Chefs Brunch benefiting Holiday Meals on Wheels & Aging Services
November 3, 2019

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

For more information, contact Kaitie Hauser at 630-293-5990
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois was established in 1974. Services funded or coordinated by the Agency on Aging meet the diverse needs of the most rapidly growing population in Illinois. Over 654,000 seniors age 60 and over live in the agency's eight-county service area:

DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties

Agency on Aging | 630-293-5990 |  info@ageguide.org  |  http://www.ageguide.org
P.O. Box 809
Kankakee, IL 60901-0809

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