The Aging Report
July is Social Wellness Month
Social wellness and healthy relationships are a vital component living a long and healthy life. Creating and maintaining healthy relationships contribute to your good health and combats social isolation. The Illinois Department on Aging, in collaboration with Area Agencies on Aging, finds this issue so detrimental to the well-being of older adults that they have prioritized working with community based senior providers to enhance the existing service delivery system to reduce social isolation among older adults. Social isolation and its toll on a persons health has been compared to smoking sixteen cigarettes a day. You can improve your mental and physical health this month by increasing your social connections. Why not encourage a friend or loved one to do the same! 

Three ways to get social this month are:
  1. Visit with a friend or family member
  2. Take advantage of local senior transportation to attend an event or outing
  3. Join a club, visit your local senior center or church, and/or attend an exercise class

Many studies show that older adults who are socially active live longer and have a better quality of life. What will you do this month to increase your social wellness?
Photo by Eldercare Locator
Community Partner Spotlight: Oswego Senior Center
One way to increase your social wellness is visiting your local senior center to meet and connect with others and learn something new or enjoy an activity with others! Many senior centers provide programs such as fun events, exercise classes, educational classes, cooking classes, day trips and more!

The Oswego Senior Center is a community center serving the needs of seniors living in the Oswego area. The mission of the senior center is to promote the general well being of the Oswegoland senior population by honoring and serving while providing an environment that improves quality of life and extends independent living.

The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is proud to recognize their recent achievement of the National Nutrition Month 2018 INC Community Partnership Award. They were recognized for being a leader in exemplary programming for healthy aging.
Join Our Team and Make a Difference!
Volunteering is a great way to stay social, meet new people and give back to your community!
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is looking for candidates who are interested in sitting on your Board of Directors or Advisory Council!

We are looking for candidates who are 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
Board of Directors Vacancies
Will County
Lake County
Advisory Council Vacancies
Kane County
Kankakee County
Lake County
McHenry County
Will County
Care Coordinator of the Year!
Deb Wyeth with the Grundy County Health Department was named Care Coordinator of the Year in the State of Illinois by the Illinois Department on Aging! Deb has served the senior community at the Grundy County Health Department for over 19 years and plans to retire next month. Congratulations, Deb and best wishes on your retirement!
Watch For Your New
Medicare Card
New Medicare cards are on their way to Illinoisans this summer. Most enrollees in Illinois will have their new cards by Labor Day.

The new card and number help protect card-holders’ identity, reduce fraud, and safeguard important health and financial information. The new cards can be used right away and old cards should be destroyed.

Beware of scammers! Remember that Medicare will NEVER call you for personal information. For more Medicare tips, check out the Medicare Tip Sheet!

Beneficiaries should be sure that Medicare has their correct mailing address, they can update their address by calling the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213, or at .
Attend the FREE Caregiver Seminar
Living with Alzheimer’s disease is challenging, changing life for both the person with the 
disease and their family. But what if someone diagnosed was in their early 60s, 50s or even as young as in their 30s? Younger onset Alzheimer’s disease affects people 65 years old or younger. 

Susan Frick, MSW, LSW, Director of Without Warning ® , a support program for individuals and families who live with younger onset Alzheimer's, will be presenting Too Soon To Forget, a documentary on younger onset Alzheimer's and there will be a discussion about Dementia Friends.

“Too Soon to Forget” takes an in-depth look at the particulars of younger onset Alzheimer’s and provides information to help educate viewers about the effects and its impact. With 
stories of nine families from the RUSH Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s support group, Without Warning®, this documentary will begin a national conversation that encourages awareness, understanding and acceptance. 
Join us on Tuesday, August 21st at Drury Lane

Doors Open at 6 PM, Program begins at 6:30 PM

RSVP to this FREE event to Kaitie at 630-293-5990 or
Another way to improve social wellness is attending an event! Our Senior Lifestyle Expo is a great event that brings seniors together with the products and services that are invaluable to maintaining their quality of life.
Senior Lifestyle Expo
August 21 & 22, 2018
23rd Annual
Senior Lifestyle Expo
"Discover the Sweeter Side of Aging"
9 AM to 2 PM
Drury Lane, Oak Brook

Holiday Meals on Wheels
Celebrity Chef's Brunch
November 4, 2018
27th Annual Celebrity Chef's Brunch
Keep Calm & Put Your Jammies on
Because Hunger Never Sleeps

For more information on attending, donating or sponsoring, contact Kaitie 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 |  |
P.O. Box 809
Kankakee, IL 60901-0809

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