The Aging Report
Area Plan Public Hearings
AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois will be holding two public hearings on Wednesday, May 26 & Thursday, May 27 to review its Public Information Document for FY2022-2024.
The purpose of the Public Hearings are to provide an open forum discuss AgeGuide's proposed plans for funding community based services for older adults and family caregivers, and to give the general public an opportunity to comment on its plans.
We invite our funded partners, elected officials, aging network professionals, and members of the community to make your voice heard on our proposed service design! 

Wednesday, May 26 from 1:30-3 PM

Thursday, May 27 from 10-11:30 AM
Celebrating Communities of Strength during Older Americans Month
In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again throughout Northeastern Illinois as friends, neighbors, and businesses found new ways to support each other.
In our communities, older adults are a key source of this strength. Through their experiences, successes, and difficulties, they built resilience that helps them to face new challenges. When communities tap into this, they become stronger too.
Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads the celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). This year’s theme is Communities of Strength, recognizing the important role older adults play in fostering the connection and engagement that build strong, resilient communities.
Strength is built and shown not only by bold acts, but also by the small ones of day-to-day life—a conversation shared with a friend, working in the garden, trying a new recipe, or taking time for a cup of tea on a busy day. And when we share these activities with others—even virtually or by telling about the experience later—we help them build resilience too.
This year, AgeGuide will celebrate Older Americans Month by encouraging community members to share their experiences. Together, we can find strength—and create a stronger future.

Here are some ways to share and connect:
  • Look for joy in the everyday: Celebrate small moments and ordinary pleasures by taking time to recognize them. Start a gratitude journal and share it with others via social media, or call a friend or family member to share a happy moment or to say thank you.
  • Reach out to neighbors: Even if you can’t get together in person right now, you can still connect with your neighbors. Leave a small gift on their doorstep, offer to help with outdoor chores, or deliver a homecooked meal.
  • Build new skills: Learning something new allows us to practice overcoming challenges. Take an art course online or try a socially distanced outdoor movement class to enjoy learning with others in your community. Have a skill to share? Find an opportunity to teach someone, even casually.
  • Share your story: There’s a reason storytelling is a time-honored activity. Hearing how others experience the world helps us grow. Interviewing family, friends, and neighbors can open up new conversations and strengthen our connections.
When people of different ages, backgrounds, abilities, and talents share experiences—through action, story, or service—we help build strong communities. And that’s something to celebrate!
Emergency Broadband
Benefit Program
The Federal Communications Commission is launching the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12th, a temporary benefit to help low-income households afford broadband during the pandemic. Eligible households include those with incomes below 135% of poverty and/or those who qualify for SNAP, SSI or Medicaid.
If eligible, qualified households can receive:
  • Up to a $50/month discount on broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of less than $50)
Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.
The program will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner.
Virtual Senior Lifestyle Expo
Join us for the Senior Lifestyle Expo, August 17 & 18 brought to you virtually in the comfort of your home!

Hosted by AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois, the Senior Lifestyle Expo was created to educate and empower older adults to remain independent, connected and engaged.
For the past 26 years, AgeGuide focused on offering older adults an annual opportunity to learn, interact and enjoy all the services that are available to them in the senior marketplace.

This year’s Expo will offer a variety of live/taped seminars, town halls, classes, entertainment, virtual exhibit spaces and more. With this virtual platform, sponsors and exhibitors can showcase products and services in a 2D Virtual Exhibit Hall. 

For more information, visit
AgeGuide Advocacy Update
At AgeGuide, we use our role as advocates for older adults to promote and elevate policies and programs that support older adults and their caregivers and effectively address the needs of an aging America.

As activity heats up in the legislature in the final days before the deadline to move bills out of committee, AgeGuide is keeping an eye on both Springfield and Washington and continuing to advocate for the needs of older adults in our region.

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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 700,000 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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