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


of Directors 



Linda Siegel

University of Maryland 

Dept. of Health Services Administration



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



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



Genevieve Kruse

Consumer Market Sales

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Service Corp.


Bruce Matson, CPA

Retired CFO



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 



Nan Anderson
Aging Advocate


Vice Chairperson

Joan Strickland

Retired Teacher

Calumet City



Ruth Reko


Alzheimer's Association - Greater Illinois Chapter

River Forest



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



Carol Goldbaum

Consultant and Trainer

Generative Services



Margaret Hastings, PhD

Educator/Clinical Psychologist



Andrea Hetzel

Mature Market Administrator

Great Lakes Bank



Timothy Hinsdale

Proviso Township



Molly Hofer

Family Life Educator

University of Illinois Extension

Oak Forest


Jacqueline Jones


Jerome Kenney

Retired Community Representative

Park Ridge


Anna Marie McCall


Des Plaines


Barbara Palac

First Life Home Health, Skokie

La Grange


Isaiah Poland


50Plus Financial Group, Inc.



MC Robinson

Bellwood Trustee



Fran Tourdot

Illumident, Inc.

Geriatric Oral Health



Patricia Walker

Magically Made Meals
La Grange


Leila Ward

Retired Nurse Practitioner



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:


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.


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