AgeOptions is committed to creating support systems and resources that allow older adults to stay in the community of their choice. Along with our network of community-based agencies, we provide programs and services to enable older adults to live well in their communities.
For more information, call AgeOptions at (708)383-0258 or (708)524-1653 for TTY users.
Information and Assistance
Aging and Disability Resource Center
AgeOptions is the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) for suburban Cook County with our partner, the Progress Center for Independent Living. ADRCs provide access to services and information to older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities.
Central Point of Access
AgeOptions serves as a central point of access where older adults, caregivers and people with disabilities can receive information and gain access to benefits and services.
Experienced staff respond to thousands of inquiries each year about programs and services for older adults. They directly connect callers to local senior service agencies, eliminating the need for additional phone calls.
For information and assistance, call AgeOptions at (708)383-0258 or (708)524-1653 for TTY users.
Benefits Information and Enrollment
Older adults and people with disabilities can receive information about benefits, be screened for eligibility and receive assistance in enrolling in public benefit programs at community-based locations. AgeOptions staff will connect you to our partner agencies that can assist with enrollment in programs in areas such as prescription drugs, medical care, food and utilities.
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.
SHAP – Community-based sites that are part of the Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP) provide information, educational programs and individual counseling for older adults, people with disabilities and those who care for them about programs that help pay for prescriptions.
Elder Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation
Intervention and Prevention
Specially trained case managers investigate reports of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older adults in order to resolve problems and arrange for appropriate assistance.
To report suspected elder abuse, neglect or financial exploitation, call the Illinois Department on Aging’s Elder Abuse Hotline at (866)800-1409. Reports may be made anonymously.
Information is also available by calling AgeOptions at (708)383-0258 or (708)524-1653 for TTY users.
This seasonal program provides coupons for eligible older adults to use at participating local farmers markets, making fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable. Please call AgeOptions for locations and availability.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
AgeOptions and our partner agencies support older persons who are responsible for minor children through information, connections to support services and access to support groups.
We can also connect older adults to organizations that provide assistance with legal matters related to caring for minor children. For information, call AgeOptions at (708)383-0258 or (708)524-1653 for TTY users.
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
AgeOptions provides education and services that support healthy living through Take Charge of Your Health, an evidence-based program for participants with chronic health conditions to learn how to thrive and not simply survive. Six-week workshops meet for two and a half hours each week and are led by two certified class leaders who have either personal or professional experience with ongoing health conditions.
Four versions of the program are offered throughout suburban Cook County:
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.
Nursing Home Advocates
This program protects the rights and promotes quality of life for people who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Senior Community Service Employment
A program for low-income adults age 55 and older who are entering or re-entering the job market. Services include advice and assistance with resumes and conducting a job search, mentoring and part-time paid employment training.
Senior centers in communities throughout suburban Cook County are gathering places for older adults to enjoy social and recreational activities, dine, attend classes and take part in health and wellness programs.
Community dining options are provided at a variety of locations throughout suburban Cook County. These sites offer freshly served, balanced hot meals, nutrition education, socialization and activities. Some sites offer culturally appropriate meals for certain ethnic groups.
AgeOptions supports a number of programs for older adults that provide transportation to medical appointments and to do essential errands, such as grocery shopping. Participants must meet eligibility requirements.