In this section you will find links to information about upcoming AgeOptions events, as well as our newsletters, news releases, annual reports and news from other sources concerning older adults.
There is also a page for the news media. Please click on the links at the left to go to these pages.
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AgeOptions Emergency Preparedness Page
Had Important Information and Resources
The AgeOptions Emergency Preparedness web page has checklists, a situation summary and sources and materials to keep older adults and caregivers, as well as our partners and funded agencies, informed on alerts public health recommendations and how to prepare and plan for emergencies. You'll find links to a wide variety of organizations including the Illinois Department on Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois Department of Public Health and more. There are also links with information in languages other than English.
Agencies Serving Older Adults Are Continuing
To Provide Phone and Email Service
Most Agencies serving older adults are now working only by phone or email as a precaution against the COVID-19 corona virus.These include AgeOptions partner community agencies as well as state and federal agencies. Because all these agencies have their own hours and plans for serving clients, we suggest you call those you usually interact with. You can also call AgeOptions at (708)383-0258.
Please click here for information from the Social Security Administration.
Using Preferred Pronouns Helps Make Us a
Welcoming Agency for All People
Many AgeOptions staff members are now indicating their preferred pronouns in their email signatures. We have adopted this policy as a way to signal our desire to be a welcoming agency for all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Pronouns (words like “he/him/his”, “she/her/hers” and “they/them/theirs”) are used in place of proper names. In English, these words also convey information about the gender of the person being referred to. In addition to providing our pronouns, we often ask our partners, clients and caregivers to provide theirs because we realize that our assumptions about someone’s gender identity and their preferred pronouns may not always be correct. Click here to go to MyPronouns.org for more information and a wider array of potential pronouns.
Transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, a growing segment of the older adult population, are more likely to be mistakenly mis-gendered and, as a result, may not feel safe or respected. LGBT older adults, including the heroes of Stonewall and the early gay rights movement, and LGBT-identified caregivers are often hesitant to access services or benefits because they fear stigma or harassment and may experience social isolation and worse health outcomes as a result. As part of AgeOptions’ goal to develop culturally competent programming and responsive resources that empower everyone we serve to thrive as they age, we are committed to working toward becoming an agency that affirms the gender identity of everyone we interact with.
AgeOptions has received SAGECare Platinum certification, a distinction recognizing organizational competency to serve LGBT+ older adults. SAGECare is a division of SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ older adults.
Click here for information on AgeOptions LGBT+ Initiatives and Thrive with Pride Cafes.
Age Wave Study Shows Growing Older Population in Suburban Cook County
AgeOptions engaged Rob Paral and Associates to prepare a demographic of the older adult population in suburban Cook County. Ther eport, which uses the term "Age Wave" to describe the growth of this population, showsthe current population and percentage of seniors and projects both overall growth and changes in age distribution within the older adult demographic. The study also includes reports on disease and risk in the older poulation and a breakdown of data by legislative district. Click on the links to see the full reports.
Seniors in Suburban Cook County: Demographics and Population
Selected Health Indicators of Seniors in Suburban Cook County
The Illinois SMP Program at AgeOptions sends email Fraud Alerts every other Friday. These
alerts contain fraud-related news articles, information about current scams in
Illinois or other parts of the United States, and useful healthcare or
Read the latest Fraud Alert on the SMP Fraud Alert page.
Area Plan on Aging
Fiscal Years 2016 - 2018
The Fiscal Year 2018 Public Information Document has been published. The Area Plan on Aging outlines how AgeOptions will use state and federal funding to serve and support older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers in suburban Cook County. Click here to see the document.
If You Have Medicare, You Have Health Insurance
If you have Medicare, you have health insurance and do not need to enroll in the Marketplace plans. In fact, it is against the law for someone who knows that you have Medicare to sell you a Marketplace plan.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a fact sheet explaining why the Marketplace does not affect Medicare beneficiaries. It also distinguishes Marketplace Open Enrollment (for people who do not have any insurance) from the annual Medicare Open Enrollment (for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in Part D drug coverage).
To read the fact sheet, click here: http://www.cms.gov/Center/Special-Topic/Open-Enrollment/Downloads/Medicare-Marketplace-FAQs.pdf