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Aging and Disability Resource Center

The ADRC offers information to help older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities make decisions about care. The Suburban ADRC, a collaboration between AgeOptions and the Progress Center for Independent Living, offers information, assistance, guidance and decision assistance to those encountering long-term care housing and support decisions.

Advocacy

AgeOptions is committed to representing the needs of older persons in the community, region, state and nation, and to protecting the rights of older adults and ensuring that critical services are available.

Caring Together, Living Better

South and west suburban churches and organizations provide services to support low-income African-American and Latino caregivers. These volunteer-based services include meal delivery, in-home and onsite respite care, transportation, support groups and educational workshops. This partnership-based program was made possible by a grant to AgeOptions from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and is currently supported with funds from the Kott Memorial Charitable Trust.

Diabetes Self Management

AgeOptions offers Take Charge of Your Diabetes and Tomando Control de su Diabetes as part of the Take Charge of Your Health chronic disease self-management program. Participants attend a series of workshops that provides information and self-management skills for older adults who have diabetes, and their caregivers. AgeOptions also offers an eight-week version of the Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program that includes individualized assessment and consultation with a Registered Dietitian. For more information click here.

Economic Security Initiative

This economic security planning program provides options that can help suburban Cook County residents age 55 and older regain their financial footing. The program provides connections to resources to help with finances, including public benefits, legal services, jobs, housing, health and in-home services.

AgeOptions was one of eight organizations nationally to receive a grant for the program through the National Council on Aging with support from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and the Retirement Research Foundation.

Hospital Transitions

AgeOptions and a group of community agencies and hospitals in the Bridge Transitional Care Partnership were awarded funding by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for this program to reduce hospital readmissions among people with Medicare.
 
Through this program, people at high risk of being readmitted after a hospitalization are connected with community supports that help them follow discharge instructions.

Long-Term Support Choices

Person-centered counseling is offered to assist individuals in making long-term support choices.

Make Medicare Work Coalition

Make Medicare Work is an program to provide older adults, people with disabilities and professionals who serve them with education, counseling and public advocacy on state and federal health care and prescription drug programs.

AgeOptions, the Progress Center for Independent Living and Health & Disability Advocates are partners in this statewide coalition.

Suburban Elder Justice Coalition

The goal of this partnership is to meet the needs of older adults who are abused, neglected and/or exploited through communication and collaboration among elder abuse investigators, local law enforcement and the court system.

Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP)

Community-based sites connect older adults and persons with disabilities to programs that help pay for prescription medications. SHAP sites also provide information, educational programs and individual counseling.

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

AgeOptions is a Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) site, providing health insurance counseling for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

AgeOptions coordinates this statewide program that educates and empowers older adults to prevent, detect and report health care fraud. We partner with the other 12 Illinois Area Agencies on Aging to reach consumers across the state.

Take Charge of Your Health

This program, in which participants take part in a series of workshops to learn how to thrive with a chronic health condition and not simply survive, has four components:

  • Take Charge of Your Health: Live Well, Be Well – Provides information and self-management skills for older adults with ongoing health conditions, and their caregivers.
  • Tomando Control de su Salud – A culturally adapted Spanish language version of Take Charge of your Health.
  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes – Provides information and self-management skills for older adults who have diabetes, and their caregivers.
  • Tomando Control de su Diabetes – A culturally adapted Spanish language version of Take Charge of Your Diabetes.
  • Take Charge of Your Diabetes Plus – An eight-week version of the Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program that includes individualized assessment and consultation with a Registered Dietitian. For more information click here.

Targeting Linguistically & Culturally Isolated Individuals

Older adults who speak little to no English can be connected to existing services and programs through translation, referrals and assistance in applying for services and benefits.

Veterans Independence Program

This program makes it possible for veterans of any age who are at risk of nursing home placement to stay in their homes. A partnership among the three Veterans Administration Medical Centers and the three Area Agencies on Aging in the Chicago area, it allows veterans to direct and plan their own care and decide how to spend funds in ways that support staying in their homes. Veterans must be referred by the VA.