Below are options to find the information and/or assistance on resources for older adults and caregivers. Read the brief description for each option, and then click on the one that will work best for you:
Visit the AgeOptions Referral Page
This web page allows you to find your local Care Coordination Unit (CCU) using your home address. It will provide you with contact information for the CCU. Contacting the CCU will initiate the process to determine eligibility and connect you to appropriate meal services, adult protective services and caregiver services. Click here to go to the page.
Find information about services and programs
Find out on your own what services and programs are available in Cook County and what benefits you might be eligible for.
Click to find information on Take Charge of Your Health, Living Well in Your Home and Community, Safety and Well-Being, and Accessing Information and Resources.
Go to benefitscheckup.org to find out if you’re eligible for federal, state and private programs that will assist you with a variety of issues, like health care and prescription costs, food assistance and utilities, just to name a few.
Search for services and programs nationwide
Eldercare Locator, a service of the U.S. Administration on Aging, helps you find agencies in every U.S. community that can help older persons and their families gain access to home and community-based services.
Nutrition Innovations Project
AgeOptions is testing the benefits of a closed-loop referral system for people over 60 who appear to be food insecure. The project is made possible by a 2018 federal Administration for Community Living grant.
The Nutrition Innovations project uses a closed-loop referral system in which specific health care providers complete referrals for persons 60+ years of age who appear to be food insecure and send these referrals to AgeOptions through an electronic resource and referral platform. Staff at AgeOptions screen the referred individuals for their needs related to food insecurity, plus other social determinants of health.
AgeOptions also assists referred individuals to gain access to various government programs and other services and programs offered by AgeOptions and our partners. Typically, referred individuals identified as being food insecure are linked with home-delivered meals, congregate dining and local food pantries.
Once the screening and linkage has been made on behalf of a referred individual, AgeOptions staff informs the health care partner of the programs and services that are now available to the individual. This action is referred to as closing the loop.
The Nutrition Innovations project includes an evaluation of the impact of the programs and services on the referred individual’s health and well-being, as well as the value and benefit of knowing the information will have to the health care provider in terms of knowing the outcome of their referral.
To be a referring health care provider, please contact AgeOptions at (708)383-0258.
Click here to go to the Thrive with Pride Page.
AgeOptions is committed to increasing our LGBT+ cultural competence and understanding and responding to the challenges faced by LGBT+ older adults. We want to provide welcoming and inclusive services to individuals who, because of a lifetime of discrimination, may hide who they are when accessing Aging Network services.
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.
Thrive with Pride Cafes
AgeOptions created Thrive with Pride Cafes to combat social isolation among LGBT+ older adults. This network of community sites provides social support and vital information to LGBT+ older adults and caregivers in suburban Cook County.
Thrive with Pride Cafes are envisioned as safe spaces for older adults and caregivers to learn more about benefits, share their stories and discuss topics that matter in a safe and affirming environment. AgeOptions provides programming tailored to the needs and interests of participants at each site.
All cafes are now meeting online through the end of 2020 at the earliest. When in-person gatherings are once again possible, they will meet at least monthly at AgeOptions’ partner sites throughout suburban Cook County.
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