AgeOptions April 2013 Newsletter  
April 2013
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In This Issue
A Message from Linda Siegel
Spotlight on Volunteers
Tap Into Experience
Professional-Level Volunteers Lead New Projects
AgeOptions Celebrates Community Volunteers
New AgeOptions Website and Facebook Page
Caregiver Programs Receive New Foundation Support
Celebrating Aging: Caring in a New Era
Request for Proposals
Older Americans Month
AgeOptions at American Society on Aging Conference
Help Us Make a Difference

 

AgeOptions
Board
of Directors 

 

Chairperson

Linda Siegel

University of Maryland 

Dept. of Health Services Administration

  

Vice-Chairperson

Anthony J. Perry, M.D. 
Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs
Rush University Medical Center

 

Members

Tracy Bousky, CFP, CPA/PFS, MBA

Financial Strategy Network, LLC

 

Arlene Blaha, RN, MPH

Autism Society of Illinois (Retired)

 

Susan Cheng, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFA, CFE

SS&G, Inc.

 

Event Co-Chair

Mary E. Coonda

Social Security Administration (Retired)

 

Joseph M. Gagliardo, Esq.

Laner Muchin, Ltd. 

 

Murray A. Gordon

MAGA LTC Insurance

 

Kathleen Howe-Hrach, CPA/PFS, CFP

Credit Suisse Securities, LLC

 

Fred P. Karutz

SilverLink

 

Genevieve Kruse

Consumer Market Sales

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Service Corp.

 

Bruce Matson, CPA

Retired CFO

AgeOptions

 

Donna Moore

American Cancer Society (Retired)

 

Rev. Kirsten Peachey

Congregational Health Partnerships

Advocate Health Care

 

Event Co-Chair

Carla J. Rozycki

Jenner & Block LLP

 

Elizabeth M. Wells, Esq.

Law Office of Elizabeth M. Wells

 

Brad Winick

URS Corporation


2013 - 2014 AgeOptions
Advisory Council 

 

Chairperson

Nan Anderson
Aging Advocate
Evanston

 

Vice Chairperson

Joan Strickland

Retired Teacher

Calumet City

 

Secretary

Ruth Reko

Volunteer

Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter

River Forest

 

Members

J. Diane Adams-Alsberry

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Hazel Crest

 

Vaiju Dunung

Aging Volunteer

Des Plaines

 

Betsy Essex

Associate Professor

Governors State University

Oak Park

 

Merna Folkers

Retired Teacher

Mt. Prospect

 

Kelly Gilbert

Executive Director
Visiting Angels

Chicago

 

Carol Goldbaum

Consultant and Trainer

Generative Services

Wilmette

 

Margaret Hastings, PhD

Educator/Clinical Psychologist

Kenilworth

 

Andrea Hetzel

Mature Market Administrator

Great Lakes Bank

Matteson

 

Timothy Hinsdale

Proviso Township

Westchester

 

Molly Hofer

Family Life Educator

University of Illinois Extension

Oak Forest

 

Jacqueline Jones
Kinesiologist
Berkeley

 

Jerome Kenney

Retired Community Representative

Park Ridge

 

Anna Marie McCall

Volunteer-Educator

Des Plaines

 

Barbara Palac

First Life Home Health, Skokie

La Grange

 

Isaiah Poland

Consultant

50Plus Financial Group, Inc.

Chicago

 

MC Robinson

Bellwood Trustee

Bellwood

 

Fran Tourdot

Illumident, Inc.

Geriatric Oral Health

Worth

 

Patricia Walker
Owner

Magically Made Meals
La Grange

 

Leila Ward

Retired Nurse Practitioner

Robbins

 

Rose Zarnowski

Hines Veterans Administration Center

Orland Hills


Staff Officers for the Board of Directors

 
Jonathan Lavin
President and CEO
  
Diane Slezak
Vice President and COO
  
Kim Blechschmidt
Secretary and Director, Planning, Program Design and Grants Management
  

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AgeOptions NOW is a publication of AgeOptions, a nonprofit organization. As the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, AgeOptions serves 130 communities within 30 townships.

This spring issue of AgeOptions NOW includes several articles on volunteers and their importance to AgeOptions and all of our community partners.
  

Spotlight On Volunteers

Since National Volunteer Week is celebrated each April, this issue of AgeOptions NOW is focusing on volunteers.

 

  

Tap Into Experience

Volunteers have long been an important part of many AgeOptions programs. A new initiative, Tap Into Experience (TIE), is building a foundation for stronger partnerships with volunteers.

  
The TIE Team: Kim Blechschmidt, Meghan Jenkins Morales, Ruth Reko, Carol Goldbaum, and Annette McClain (from left)
  

Glenniece Martin and the Rev. Dr. Douglas Sharp are two of the newer professional-level AgeOptions volunteers. They are drawing on their skills and experience to play pivotal roles in two very different projects.

 

Glennience Martin
Rev. Dr. Douglas Sharp
  

AgeOptions Celebrates Community Volunteers

On June 20, AgeOptions will continue its tradition of recognizing volunteers nominated by organizations across the region at the 38th annual Volunteer Luncheon.

State Representatives Elaine Nekritz, assistant majority leader and chair of the House Pensions Committee, Darlene Senger and Kelly Burke
Volunteers and their guests listen to a singer at the 2012 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.
  

New AgeOptions Website and Facebook Page

Have you seen the completely new AgeOptions website? Take a look: http://www.ageoptions.org/.

 

Follow Us on Facebook

Join us on our new Facebook page and stay up-to-date on issues affecting older adults. 

  

Caregiver Programs Receive New Foundation Support

Two foundations recently provided AgeOptions grants to extend and replicate the Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB), program for caregivers.

  

Celebrating Aging:
Caring In A New Era

State Representatives Elaine Nekritz, assistant majority leader and chair of the House Pensions Committee, Darlene Senger and Kelly BurkeCelebrating Aging: Caring in a New Era, the ninth annual AgeOptions fundraising reception, will be Thursday, September 26, from 6 to 9 pm in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

  

Request for Proposals

AgeOptions is accepting applications (proposals) until April 29 from agencies that propose to provide services for older adults in suburban Cook County, Illinois.

  
Older Americans Month 2013
Unleash the Power of Age!
May is Older Americans Month

May is the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements.

  
AgeOptions at American Society on Aging Conference
AgeOptions had a distinct presence at the March 11 - 16 American Society on Aging's 2013 Aging in America conference in Chicago.
  
Help Us Make a Difference... 

Last year AgeOptions and our community senior service partners made a difference in the lives of 234,231 individuals -- an increase of more than 33,000 from the previous year. We expect the need for our services and programs to continue to grow as the population of older adults increases every year.

 

Your donation to AgeOptions will help us continue to provide essential services that contribute to the well-being of our older neighbors and enable them to stay in their homes and communities.

 

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