The Aging Report
Healthy Aging Programs
Change Lives
September is Healthy Aging Month where we explore the many ways in which we can maintain our health and happiness and lead fulfilling lives.

Healthy Aging is more than just maintaining your physical heath. It is about mental, social, and financial health too. It's never too late to find a new career, new sport, passion or hobby.

The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois offers a suite of programs designed to help people manage their symptoms, improve their quality of life and reduce costs. Within the Take Charge of your Health suite, a specialized program focusing on diabetes and a Spanish version of Take Charge of Your Health are included.
Take Charge Of Your Health

These workshops enable older adults to manage their chronic health problems. They also help develop the individual’s skills in communicating and collaborating with health care professionals to improve health outcomes. Studies show that participants reported improved health, proper use of medications, and better ability to communicate with health providers.

This class is a multiple component exercise program designed to help seniors with stiffness and pain to be more active and confident in their daily lives, and allows them to live a more active lifestyle. The class provides physical activity training and health education for older adults with lower extremity Osteoarthritis.
A Matter of Balance (MOB)

This program teaches older adults how to reduce fall risks and eases their fear of falling, improves falls self -management, increases self-confidence, and promotes physical activity. It also helps eliminate the isolation and depression fear of falling causes.
Photos are courtesy of Senior Services Associates of Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties
You can learn more about Senior Services Associates and the healthy aging classes at

Photo courtesy of Senior Services Associates of Kane, Kendall and McHenry Counties
Senior Services Associates Provides Healthy Aging Programs throughout our Region
With offices in Kane, Kendall and McHenry counties Senior Services Associates is a leader in our region in offering a variety of healthy aging programs to promote better health among older persons. With 5 offices in three counties, the programs offered at each location may vary, however, the popularity of these classes and their attendance numbers have only increased over the years. In fact, in several offices, their participants attend multiple healthy aging classes and continue what they have learned in these programs in their daily life while building friendships that last a lifetime. The partnership between staff and volunteer trainers who are passionate about what they do has also added to the success of these programs in their counties. 
Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is an employment training program for individual’s ages 55 years and better. The program provides participants 20 hours per week of on-the-job training opportunities, at local nonprofits or government agencies, that assist in the development of new and marketable job skills to help you re-enter the workforce. All program participants receive a subsidized hourly wage for training to help offset costs associated with travel to and from their training sites. If you are interested in more information or enrolling in SCSEP, please contact Glenda Love at the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois at
27th Annual Celebrity Chefs Brunch Benefiting Holiday Meals on Wheels
Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:45 AM - 3 PM

Keep Calm & Put Your Jammies On
Because Hunger Never Sleeps

Food • Silent Auction • Photobooth • Raffles Wine • Live Auction • Wine Pull • Beer
For more information about attending, donating, or sponsoring the Celebrity Chefs Brunch,
contact Kaitie Hauser at 630-293-5990 
Have You Received Your New Medicare Card?
All Medicare beneficiaries are getting new Medicare cards and most enrollees in Illinois have already received theirs. The new cards have a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier,” or MBI, an identifier that replaces the number based on their Social Security number. The MBI is unique to one person and reduces the risk of identity theft and other forms of fraud.

Illinois residents can check their account to see if their new card was mailed.
Beneficiaries in Illinois who have not yet received a new card can call 1-800-MEDICARE to see if they need to update a mailing address or other information. Beneficiaries should take the new card to all medical appointments, so they can be bill correctly. All old Medicare cards should be destroyed.

Medicare and Social Security administrators warn enrollees to beware of possible scams. There is never a charge for the new Medicare card, no anonymous caller can expedite the process, and Medicare nor Social Security will ever call you to seek information. Anyone who receives such a call should hang up; if it happens again, it should be reported to 1-800-MEDICARE [1-800-633-4227], or to the Senior Medicare Patrol for Illinois at Age Options, (800) 699-9043.
Join Us and Walk to End Alzheimer's!
Join the Agency on Aging as we Walk to End Alzheimer's®!

We will be walking at Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles on Saturday, September 22nd. Registration beings at 8:30 AM and the ceremony begins at 9:30 AM. The walk begins at 10 AM.

If you are unable to participate, please consider making a donation to our team page. Every dollar advances the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association!

Dementia Friendly Memory Café
We wanted to correct the information about the organizations involved in the first ever Memory Cafe in Kankakee from last months newsletter.

The first Memory Café in Kankakee was held in May at the Manteno Fire Department.

We would like to thank University of Illinois Extension Office, Riverside Senior Life Communities, Bourbonnais Township Park District, Manteno Fire Station, Chief O’Brien, Manteno Police, as well as a Wal-Mart and other nurseries for their generous time and donations! These organizations are invested in creating a Dementia Friendly Community for those they serve.
A Memory Cafe is a social connection in the community to allow individuals with Dementia to have a positive quality of life and their family to stay connected with positive, engaging activities with their loved one!
Join Our Team and Make a Difference!
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is looking for candidates who are interested in sitting on our Board of Directors or Advisory Council!

Candidates should be interested in helping seniors, have a desire to make the public aware of services available to seniors, work or reside in the county you represent, will advocate and provide feedback to the Agency and the community it serves and serve as an unbiased voice for program development and resource distribution. Persons with the ability to attend meetings, an annual meeting and Agency events are encouraged to apply to Linda Williamson at
630-293-5990 or
Advisory Council Vacancies
Kane County
Kankakee County
Lake County
McHenry County
Will County
Board of Directors Vacancies
Will County
Lake County
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 |  |
P.O. Box 809
Kankakee, IL 60901-0809

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