The Aging Report
The Census Matters
& Here's Why
The 2020 US Census is coming! The census will impact your community for the next ten years and beyond. It informs decisions about everything from home delivered meals to the state of the roads. The census is worth about $34 billion per year to Illinois. You count, no matter your age, citizenship or immigration status, race or ethnicity. The 2020 Census equals representation, money and power for you and your community. 
The 2020 Census will NOT ask for citizenship status, Social Security Number, bank information, political party or affiliation. The census will never ask for a donation or payment of any kind . If you are asked for any of these things by someone pretending to be from the census, do not answer.

By federal law, the Census Bureau cannot share your answers with any other government entity. Your answers remain confidential and data is only reported as a whole.

There are three ways to respond to the 2020 Census: online, by phone, or by mail. This is the first time the census is available online, but you do NOT have to choose that method.
The US Census Bureau will mail invitation packets to your home in mid-March. This invitation will have a phone number you can call. The Census Bureau will not email you . If you do not complete the census online or by phone, you will automatically receive a mailed questionnaire by mid-April .

If you have not responded to the mailings, a Census Bureau employee will come to your door. To avoid this, complete your census early.

For a successful census completion experience, make a plan. How will you answer the census - online, phone, or mail? Community organizations are hosting events where you can get help completing the census online. Make your plan today for how you will answer the 2020 Census and let us know how we can help.

Call AgeGuide at (630) 293-5990 for more information or assistance. 

Join the Conversation!
AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois is hosting two more 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!

  • 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.
Celebrate Senior Independence Month!
February is Senior Independence Month! As we grow older, even some of the simplest tasks can become challenging. It is our mission to provide resources and services for older adults to help them live independently in their communities and optimize their quality of life. We do this by creating innovative programming to foster creative thinking, providing services such as a hot meal every day to home bound older adults and assisting older adults and their caregivers in finding the services they need to remain in their home and improve their quality of life.
Here are some helpful tips to help maintain independence at home
  • Inspect Safety Features: Remember to replace light bulbs in the house. Also, installing grab bars in the bathroom and checking banisters on the stairs can help prevent falls.
  • Embrace Technology: Having a security system in your home can bring great peace of mind. Also, having a cell phone easily accessible in emergencies can be very helpful. It not only will allow you to call for help but the flash light and emergency contact apps can make calling for help quick and easy. Be sure to add your favorite contacts to your speed dial.
  • Declutter: Cleaning your home of clutter can not only help your mental health but also help prevent falls by having clear walkways and arranging furniture to make it easily accessible.

AgeGuide has a variety of programs to help older adults remain independent, safe in their homes and connected to their communities. Contact us at (630) 293-5990 to learn more!
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.
46th Annual Meeting & Community Partner Recognition Luncheon

April 17, 2020

Featuring Illinois Department on Aging Director, Paula Basta, as the Keynote Speaker

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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Lombard, IL 60148

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