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Staying Healthy As You Age
National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It is celebrated each year during the month of March and focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Proper diet and a healthy life go hand in hand, especially for older adults.
Age related challenges that hinder proper nutrition may include medication side effects, poor dental health, lack of finances, lack of transportation and access to nutritious food, physical difficulty, memory loss and depression.

Healthy food choices that are beneficial to older adults include carbohydrate-rich foods such as sweet potatoes and brown rice, protein-rich food such as salmon and beans, and fruits and vegetables. Other nutrient rich foods include foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin D and fiber. Older adults should also drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

Maintaining a healthy diet can help reduce the risk of many diseases that impact the lives of older adults. For more information on eating healthy as we age click here

Feeding the Body & Soul
When you learn about how a person eats, it’s like looking through a window into their life circumstances. Food and nutrition touches everyone’s life from providing basic sustenance to bringing together friends and family, whether for a daily meal or special occasion.

Our Home Delivered Meals program delivers roughly 3,000 home delivered meals per day. Last year (FY18) our program provided a total of 859,000 home delivered meals and 133,000 community dining meals throughout our 8-county service area.

But what do those meals mean for the recipients?Both home delivered and community dining meals truly nourish both body and soul. 
If you would like to learn more about our Senior Nutrition Programs , call the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois at (800) 528-2000
To nourish the body, all meals served in this program provide 1/3 of the daily nutritional needs of an older adult. Home-bound seniors eligible for the home delivered meals program, receive a hot meal along with a package of bread, fruit and milk. Community dining meals are open to anyone age 60 and over and are held at senior centers, churches, township buildings, low-income senior housing buildings, and other community settings. The general meal, provided in both home delivered and congregate dining, is appropriate for persons with diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure; however, menu options are available, in limited areas, to meet special dietary requirements or cultural preferences.    

Home delivered and congregate dining programs are a practical, cost-effective, and community-oriented way to provide nutritious meals to older adults. Home delivered meals truly have an impact on the participants including improved health, the ability to remain living at home and a sense of safety and security.

This program truly speaks to our mission to optimize the quality of life for older adults in our communities and keep older adults in their homes.
Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Opportunity
Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging is soliciting Letters of Interest from nonprofit and local government organizations qualified to receive Federal/State financial assistance grant funding to provide services for older adults (age 60+) as authorized under the Older Americans Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-73) in our eight (8) county planning and service area consisting of DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. The funding period is October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2020.
Fundable services include: Aging Disability Resource Network Access services package (Information and Assistance, Outreach, Options Counseling); Transportation; Congregate Meals, Home Delivered Meals, Caregiver Resource Center (Assistance, Respite, Gap-Filling) and Caregiver Counseling Center (Support Groups, Training, Counseling).

The service provider must adhere to the Agency on Aging’s General Service Requirements in addition to service-specific requirements listed at in our  Services Standards Page .

Further information about the Agency on Aging and its funded services please view our FY19  Area Plan Summary.

Successful applicants must comply with all pre-qualification requirements including, but limited to, current DUNS and SAM numbers, acceptable fiscal management/stability (including the ability to meet matching requirements), be in good standing with the Secretary of State and are not on any Federal or State Debarred, Suspended, Stop Payment or Excluded Parties listings.

Letters of Interest should be sent to no later than March 22, 2019 .
SOS - Strengthen Our
Social Security
About 63 million people collect Social Security benefits today, and this will rise to 80 million in
ten years. Without substantial changes in revenue or benefit levels, the system’s trustees project that the Social Security trust fund will be completely depleted by 2034. Neither political party wants to support payroll tax increases or benefit cuts unless the other party joins the effort, so in the highly partisan atmosphere of recent years, Congress has made little progress toward strengthening Social Security.
A bill introduced in January, HR 860/S 269, is the most recent attempt to extend the trust fund’s life, provide more adequate benefits, and treat all generations and income levels fairly. About a quarter of new payroll tax revenue would be used to increase benefits, and three quarters would bolster the trust fund and keep the system solvent through the end of this century.

On the revenue side, the bill would:
  • gradually increase the Social Security payroll tax (currently 6.2%, paid by both workers and employers, for a total of 12.4%) to 14.8%. The increase would be phased in at the rate of 0.1% year over 24 years;
  • apply the payroll tax to earnings over $400,000. The limit on taxable earnings ($132,900 in 2019) is adjusted annually to keep up with average earnings levels. When the limit reaches $400,000, in effect there will be no limit on taxable earnings – as is already the case for the Medicare payroll tax.

The bill’s major changes to benefits would:
  • increase benefits by about 2% for all beneficiaries;
  • revise the cost-of-living adjustment to reflect beneficiaries’ spending patterns more accurately, such as high medical costs;
  • increase the minimum benefit so that workers with low lifetime earnings would not retire into poverty.

The House bill’s chief sponsor, Rep. John Larson (D, CT), chairs the Social Security subcommittee of the Ways & Means Committee, is in a strong position to promote the bill. It will be subject to political scrutiny, financial evaluation, debate, and amendments, so its final version, if adopted, may differ significantly from the present proposal. Social Security is often called the third rail of politics, which it is fatal to touch, but some version of this bill may defy that description.

The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois' Board of Directors has voted to support this introduced bill. Anyone who currently receives Social Security benefits or expects to do so should consider it.

To learn more about the Advocacy work of the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois, visit our Advocacy page to learn more about our initiatives to advocate for older adults and how you can advocate for older adults in you community.
45th Annual Meeting & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon
April 12, 2019
9:30 AM - 1 PM

Join us for a presentation by Judith Gethner, Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service on The Power of Words: How to Change the Conversation on Aging .

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

For more information or to RSVP, contact Kaitie Hauser at
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
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 |  |
P.O. Box 809
Kankakee, IL 60901-0809

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