AgeOptions innovates, partners, and advocates to improve systems and services in order to strengthen communities so people thrive as they age.
People thriving as they age
At AgeOptions, we believe that…
Quality of life is essential to everyone
Communities that care make a difference
Knowledge is powerful
Good choices depend on reliable resources
That’s why we connect aging with options for living well
The diversity of our organization and communities is a rich asset that strengthens our mission and guides our decisions and direction.
AgeOptions creates and sustains a variety of innovative programs that respond to the rich diversity of our communities and older adults. We serve a diverse population of more than 480,000 older adults in 130 communities, providing leadership and support to programs that respond to the needs of older persons.
AgeOptions is designated by the federal Older Americans Act and the Illinois Department on Aging as the planning and service agency for the 30 townships surrounding Chicago – home to more than 2.5 million people. Our responsibilities include funding and programming for the 130 communities in suburban Cook County.
We administer more than $15 million annually in federal and state funds. More than 88 percent of resources support services through grants to more than 60 community-based senior service organizations such as councils on aging, townships and senior centers. We also receive and administer grants for special programs from organizations across the country.
With our partner agencies in the community, we anticipate assisting more than 200,000 people every year with a variety of information and programming, including one-on-one services and support to media, students, academic institutions, local government and the general public.
AgeOptions provides resources to community agencies for the delivery of essential services to older persons. These include:
AgeOptions is part of a national network of Area Agencies on Aging established by the federal Older Americans Act of 1965. Designated by the Illinois Department on Aging in 1974 as the Suburban Cook County Area Agency on Aging, we changed our name to AgeOptions in 2006 to reflect our revitalized mission, vision and growth as an organization that creates and sustains a variety of innovative programs that respond to the rich diversity of our communities and older adults.
While our programs are concentrated in suburban Cook County, AgeOptions also leads coalitions and has direct responsibility for several programs that serve metropolitan Chicago and the entire state of Illinois. Programs initiated with AgeOptions support are often, in time, carried forward totally by state and local agencies.
As an independent corporation (not part of any governmental unit) we address issues professionally and with the goal of assuring that there is a framework for responding to the needs of older persons.
AgeOptions provides leadership on major issues affecting the lives of older persons in our community, including:
AgeOptions is an innovator, developing and testing programs such as:
AgeOptions is an advocate, seeking and developing support for: