AgeOptions April 2013 Newsletter  
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In This Issue
A Message from Tony Perry
AgeOptions 40th Anniversary
Rev. Kirsten Peachey, New Board of Directors Vice Chair
Federal Spending Bill Has Hits and Misses for Older Adult Programs
Grant Provides Start-Up Funds for Multidisciplinary Approach to Financial Abuse
Elected Officials, Agency Representatives Attend Legislative Breakfasts
CTLB Adds First Latino Partner Organization
Volunteer Nominations Open for Annual Recognition
Tenth Annual Celebrating Aging Event Will Be October 9
Help Us Make a Difference

of Directors



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



Rev. Kirsten Peachey
Congregational Health Partnerships
Advocate Health Care



Arlene Blaha, RN, MPH

Autism Society of Illinois (Retired)


Tracy Bousky, CFP, CPA/PFS, MBA

Financial Strategy Network, LLC


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


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

Whitnell & Co.


Fred P. Karutz



Genevieve Kruse

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Service Corp.


Roslyn Lennon  Chief Nursing Officer
West Suburban Medical Center


Bruce Matson, CPA

Chief Financial Officer (Retired)



Donna Moore

American Cancer Society (Retired)


Carla J. Rozycki
Jenner & Block LLP


Linda Siegel
University of Maryland
Dept. Of Health Services Administration 


Elizabeth M. Wells, Esq.

Law Office of Elizabeth M. Wells


Brad Winick, AICP, LEED AP





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


James Hunt


Oak Park 


Jacqueline Jones


Jerome Kenney

Retired Community Representative

Park Ridge


Dr. Audrey Klopp

Assistant Professor

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Loyola University

La Grange Park


Lt. David Krull
Riverside, Illinois, Police Department


Anna Marie McCall

Des Plaines


Barbara Palac
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



Diane Watry
Sales and Marketing Director
Terrace Gardens Assisted Living
Morton Grove 


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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A Message from Tony Perry

Dr. Anthony J. Perry

I was honored to be elected chair of the Board of Directors last October as AgeOptions entered its 40th year as the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County. This anniversary is an important benchmark in many ways.




AgeOptions 40th Anniversary

AgeOptions is celebrating 40 years of service to older adults and those who care for them this year.


The Rev. Kirsten Peachey's work has been shaped by her experiences living in parts of the world most Americans never see.


Federal Spending Bill Has Hits and Misses for Older Adult Programs

The spending bill passed by Congress in January restores and even increases funding for some - but not all - critical services for older adults cut in the March 2013 sequester.


The Wells Fargo Foundation recently provided a $45,000 seed grant that will enable AgeOptions and our partners in the Older Americans Protection Network (OAPN) to develop an integrated multidisciplinary system to identify, respond to and prevent financial abuse of older adults. 


Elected Officials, Agency Representatives Attend Legislative Breakfasts

Adult Protective Services was the focus at this year's Legislative Breakfasts sponsored by AgeOptions in partnership with 16 community-based senior service agencies.

The agencies convene the annual breakfasts to allow local agencies and constituents to provide information to federal, state, county and local officials serving suburban Cook County.


Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB) is continuing its expansion into the western suburbs with the addition of the first Latino partner organization, Cicero Area Project.


AgeOptions will continue its long tradition of recognizing volunteers nominated by organizations across the region at the Annual Luncheon and Volunteer Recognition on June 19. This year will bring a change:  In celebration of AgeOptions' 40th anniversary, we will honor 40 volunteers instead of the 30 recognized in past years.


Tenth Annual Celebrating Aging Event Will Be October 9

This is a year of anniversaries for AgeOptions. In addition to celebrating the Agency's 40th anniversary, we are looking forward to our tenth annual fundraising event, Celebrating Aging: 40 & Beyond.


Please mark your calendars and join us on October 9 in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Help Us Make a Difference

Last year AgeOptions and our community senior service partners made a difference in the lives of 216,411 individuals. 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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