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AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois is hosting three Advocacy Breakfast Collaboratives across our eight county region! We welcome elected officials, aging network providers, local partners and concerned citizens for a community discussion about current issues facing Illinois older adults, caregivers and families.

Choose Your Location!

  • Monday, February 10, 2020 at AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital (333 North Madison Street, Joliet) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Friday, February 21, 2020 at Eola Community Center (555 S. Eola Road, Aurora) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Monday, March 2, 2020 at The Garlands of Barrington (1000 Garlands Drive, Barrington) from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

These events are sponsored by AARP, AMITA Health, The Garlands of Barrington and Illinois Continuity of Care Association.
Music & Memory Program Helping Older Adults with Memory Loss
14 Yorkville High School music students interviewed seven older adults at the Oswego Senior Center about their favorite types of music as part of the Music & Memory program meant to help older adults who have dementia make cognitive improvements through music.

The auditory cortex, located in the center of the brain, is where music memory is stored. For as long as someone is breathing, that person has access to music memory. The auditory cortex also happens to be the last part of the brain to be impacted by Alzheimer’s.

Musical memory is entwined with language, visual and experiential memories, and the goal is to find the right music that will help bring out those memories.

Important Updates to Benefit Access Program
Thank you   Governor JB Pritzker   and the Illinois General Assembly for truly respecting yesterday, supporting today, and planning for tomorrow by raising the income eligibility limits on the Benefit Access Program, which went into effect on January 1 st . The Benefit Access Program includes the Secretary of State License Plate Discount, Seniors Ride Free Transit Benefit, and Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride.
With this adjustment, more older adults and persons with disabilities will be eligible for free rides on public transportation and for license plate discounts. It’s important to note that the license plate registration fee paid by a vehicle owner with an approved Benefit Access Application will continue to be $24.00.

Any application submitted January 1, 2020 through April 15, 2020 will continue to use 2018 income but will be subjected to the new income limits. Applications submitted on or after April 16, 2020 must use 2019 income to file. Persons who applied in 2019 but were denied based on 2018 income using the previous income limits, may re-apply online using their 2019 income on or after April 19, 2020.  Once approved, benefits are valid for two years.
For more information and help applying with the Benefit Access Program, contact your local Senior Health Assistance Program.

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.
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46th Annual Meeting & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon

April 17, 2020

Crown Plaza
26W151 Butterfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

For more information, contact Kaitie Hauser at (630) 293-5990
25th Annual
Senior Lifestyle Expo

August 18 & 19, 2020

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

For more information, contact Kaitie Hauser at (630) 293-5990 or visit
29th Annual Celebrity Chefs Brunch benefiting Holiday Meals on Wheels & Aging Services

November 8, 2020

Drury Lane
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

For more information, contact Kaitie Hauser at 630-293-5990
AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois was established in 1974. Services funded or coordinated by AgeGuide meet the diverse needs of the most rapidly growing population in Illinois. Over 681,000 seniors age 60 and over live in the agency's eight-county service area:

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

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