The Aging Report
Advocating for Older Adults in Our Communities
During the months of February and March, the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois hosted four Advocacy Breakfast Collaboratives in partnership with AARP across our 8-county region. The purpose of these events was to offer members of the aging network and local older adults the opportunity to meet with their elected officials and discuss programs and services that impact older adults, specifically those that reduce social isolation for older adults residing in our communities such as transportation, home delivered meals, adult protective services and caregiver support programs. Due to the negative health effects of chronic social isolation on older adults, the Illinois Department on Aging made reducing social isolation among older adults a statewide initiative for the next three years.

The Advocacy Breakfast Collaboratives were a great success. Nearly 300 older adults, aging network service providers and elected officials attended these events. Attendees were made aware that social isolation is the lack of connection with other people, one’s community, resources and supports. Marla Fronczak, Executive Director of the Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois, explained in her opening address that we all must work together with our local communities, aging network, social service providers and elected officials to reduce social isolation. She stated that 1 in 5 adults over 65 are socially isolated and explained that older adults can be at risk of social isolation due to major life transitions, being a caregiver and/or lack of transportation options. Marla then made clear that home and community-based services are key to reducing social isolation and asked our elected officials to support these programs. Finally, Ms. Fronczak challenged attendees to connect with socially isolated people and link them to those home and community-based programs that alleviate social isolation. 

The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois will continue its advocacy work to bring awareness to social isolation among older adults and to assist in providing access to programs and services that reduce isolation in our 8-county region. If you know someone that you think may be socially isolated, call us at (630) 293-5990 and ask for Megan Napierkowski, she can help connect the individual to services available in his/her community. If you would like to help us in our advocacy efforts, please visit www.ageguide.org/advocacy
The 45 Annual Meeting & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois held its 45th Annual Meeting & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon on Friday, April 12th at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. After the Board of Directors and Advisory Council elections, appointments and community partner recognitions, guests enjoyed remarks from the Executive Director, Marla Fronczak and featured speaker, Judith Gethner, Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service.

Judith spoke with guests about  "The Power of Words: How to Change the Conversation on Aging". She emphasized the importance of re-framing the conversation about human services and aging and how using positive words can still show a need for support and funding without casting a negative view on aging or the services needed for the aging population.

The Annual Meeting was an extra special event this year as we recognized all of the organizations that have partnered with us in serving older adults. The luncheon concluded with a delicious lunch prepared by one of our own Holiday Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chefs, Alan Pirhofer. We would like to thank everyone who attended and supported them throughout the year!

We are always grateful for this yearly opportunity to come together and enjoy a day with those who support older adults and our agency's mission!
Agency on Aging Executive Director, Marla Fronczak and Illinois Department on Aging, Office of Older American Services, Jose Jimenez
Executive Director of Illinois Partners for Human Service, Judith Gethner
WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is seeking input from stakeholders (service providers, older persons, family caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren, Advisory Council members, members of our Board of Directors and other constituents) to help us assess the availability of services in your community and to address unmet needs. Please complete the survey below by Monday, April 29, 2019 . You may complete the survey more than once for different counties that you live and/or work in. 

We thank you for your input and in assisting us to improve our services in the communities we serve!
Welcome, Paula Basta!
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois would like to extend a warm welcome to Paula Basta, the new Director of the Illinois Department on Aging!

Paula was formerly the Director of Senior Services and Health Initiatives for the Chicago Housing Authority and has also worked at the Chicago Department of Family and Supportive Services. In 2009, she was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.

We look forward to her guidance and leadership at the Department on Aging and working with her as we advocate for increased services for the growing population of older adults in our communities.
2018 Annual Report
The Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018 is a snapshot of our evolving role in operating a complex delivery system of Older American Act (OAA) services for older adults and their caregivers in Northeastern Illinois for over last 45 years. This report also highlights our fiscal stewardship in maximizing the use of public and private funding to serve as many older adults as possible.

We accomplish this by contracting with local service providers to deliver aging services such as meals, transportation and in-home services. Our agency is also a direct service provider of Information and Assistance, Benefits/Health Insurance Counseling and Family Caregiver Support programs. 

Please take a moment to review our Annual Report . Over the next decade the proportion of the population over age 60 will continue to dramatically increase. Our newly adopted strategic plan positions us to meet this increasing need and demand for health and social supports that are vital to optimizing the quality of life for the older adults residing in the communities we serve.
Agency on Aging Advocates for Social Security 2100 Act
The Agency’s Board of Directors recently voted unanimously to support a bill now in Congress, HR 860/S 269, the Social Security 2100 Act. It would not only keep the system solvent for the rest of this century, it would also increase benefits for everyone and increase them most for those who rely most heavily on Social Security. The cost of these changes is a 0.05% increase in the Social Security payroll tax every year for 24 years, or a total of 1.2 percentage points each for the worker and employer, and application of the same tax rate to earnings above $400,000. As the ceiling on taxable earnings (currently $132,900) gradually increases, eventually it would meet the $400,000 mark, and all earnings would then be subject to the payroll tax.
How would it increase benefits? The bill would give all beneficiaries an increase of about 2% in their benefits. For an average retiree, currently receiving $1,461 monthly, this would be about $29.22 more a month. The bill would revise the benefit formula to increase benefits for those with the lowest earnings over their working lifetimes, so no one will retire into poverty. It would also revise the calculation of cost-of-living adjustments, so that the formula would give greater weight to expenses that are disproportionately large for most retirees, such as health care.

How would it raise payroll taxes? The current payroll tax is 6.2%, paid by both the worker and the employer, not including the Medicare payroll tax. Under this bill the rate would rise to 6.25% in the first year, 6.30% in the second year, 6.35% in the third year, and so on. After 24 years the rate would have risen to 7.4%, paid by both the worker and the employer.

How would it affect the trust fund’s solvency? The Social Security trustees have warned Americans bluntly: “Social Security is not sustainable over the long term at current benefit and tax rates. The combined Old Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance trust fund reserves will be depleted by 2034. At that point, payroll taxes and other income will flow into the fund but will be sufficient to pay only about 79% of program costs.”

Social Security actuaries project that the Social Security 2100 bill would generate enough additional revenue not only to pay the higher benefits it promises, but also to keep the system solvent through the end of this century.

Until recently, the trust fund had been growing every year as payroll taxes and dedicated income tax revenue exceeded benefit payments. The surplus was invested in the trust fund, which peaked at just under $2.9 trillion in late 2017. But the growing number of beneficiaries, primarily due to the retirement of the oldest baby boomers, ended the growth of the trust fund. In 2018 the system started dipping into the trust fund’s Treasury bonds, because its tax revenues and interest no longer exceeded benefits. With larger withdrawals from the trust fund every year, the fund will be completely gone in about 15 years. But the Social Security 2100 Act would reverse that pattern and keep the system stable for the next 80 years.

What is the bill’s status? Rep. John Larson (D, CT) introduced HR 860 on January 30, and it currently has 203 co-sponsors, all Democrats. Illinoisans Cheri Bustos, Sean Casten, Danny Davis, Bill Foster, Chuy Garcia, Robin Kelly, Mike Quigley, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky, and Lauren Underwood are all among them.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D, CT) introduced the identical Senate bill, S 269, the same day with one co-sponsor, and it was referred to the Senate Finance Committee.

What can you do? If you agree with the agency on Aging’s position on this bill and your U.S. Representative is already a co-sponsor, write your legislator to express your thanks and agreement. If your Representative is not a co-sponsor, write to ask for support for the bill. And write to both your U.S. Senators to express support for the Social Security 2100 Act and ask for their support as well. 
Second Round: Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Opportunity
Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is soliciting  Letters of Interest  from non-profit 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:
  1. Counseling (IIIB)
  2. Community Connection Collaboratives (IIIB: Education, Health Screening & Evaluation, and Recreation. Note: CCC funding is a bundled service)
  3. Legal (IIIB)
  4. Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (IIID)
 
Service providers must adhere to  General Service Requirements  and  Service Standards .
 
For further information about the Agency on Aging and its funded services, please view our  Public Information Document .
 
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 not be on any Federal or State Debarred, Suspended, Stop Payment or Excluded Parties listings.

Letters of Interest  should be sent to  mlowenstrom@ageguide.org  no later than April 22, 2019 .
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 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

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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