Please note, we are constantly updating the information on this web page to ensure that we are providing you with the most relevant resources.
HERE you can find a Comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Guide with information about updates, health and safety, taxes, unemployment benefits, mortgage assistance, utilities, business closures, and more.
IMPORTANT: If you are looking for emergency meals, please contact your local Care Coordination Unit. Find your’s by clicking HERE and typing in your home address.
*New* CJE Senior Living – Cyber Club: Virtual Community Programming
Weekly Highlight – visit the Senior Planet Coronavirus Resource Guide for technology assistance, tech tips/basics, their FREE upcoming events, and more!
Easy Tablet Help For Seniors is a completely FREE app that helps with tablet basics, communicating via your tablet, safety tips, and more! Check out the Demo here: www.generationsonline.org/gol4ipad
During this time of uncertainty, social distancing and isolation, the Friendship Line is a toll-free line that is available to share a conversation with someone who cares. If you are feeling lonely, call the Friendship Line and the person on the other line will love to share a conversation, listen to your story or concern and just lend an ear to those in need. The Friendship Line is also a crisis intervention hotline providing around the clock crisis support services including:
Call the Friendship Line any time, day or night, at (800) 971-0016
The Friendship Line is the Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free accredited crisis line for persons aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities.
Call-in opportunities to engage over the phone:
Other Activities to do at home:
Part 1 Covers Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Basics
An introduction to what the Illinois SMP provides to Medicare beneficiaries and how we serve our message of Protect, Detect and Report in the communities we serve. We will also go over current trends of what is happening in the world of Medicare Fraud including COVID-19.
Part 2 Covers How to Read Your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN)
Learn how to read your MSN and what to look out for when looking for potential fraud on your MSN.
Part 3 Covers Types of Medicare Fraud
We will discuss the different types of Medicare fraud, current trends we are seeing in 2020 and how scammers use different forms of communication to pull off their schemes.
Part 4 Covers Tips to Help Prevent Medicare Fraud
We will go over what to look out for when dealing with fraudsters, tips to avoid getting scammed, signs you can identify if you feel like you are getting scammed and what to do if you do fall victim to one of these Medicare fraud schemes.
COVID-19 and Caregiving Resources
Call4Calm – Mental Health Support Hotline. Launched by The Illinois Department of Human Services’ Mental Health Division as a free-of-charge, emotional support text line for Illinois residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19.
The Warm Line is a team of Wellness Support Specialists who have experienced mental health and/or substance use recovery in their own lives. The Warm Line is a source of support – if you just need to talk. Call 1-866-359-7593 M-F 8am – 5pm. (Main menu; select option 2)
ZinniaTV Programming created to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners: https://www.zinniatv.com/
COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults and Their Caregivers | COVID-19 Recursos Para Adultos Mayores y sus Cuidadores (Spanish) – click HERE
In Illinois, COVID-19 testing is available to anyone regardless of immigration or insurance status!
*New* Illinois Department of Public Health: Illinois COVID-19 testing sites that are open to all regardless of symptoms
*NEW* Illinois Assistive Technology Program – is working with the Illinois Department on Aging to distribute tablets
Illinois Department of Human Services – [learn_more caption=”The Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) New Toll-Free Number”] new toll-free number for all DRS customers to use during the current global pandemic. Existing or prospective customers can call 1-877-581-3690 to receive assistance regarding DRS programs and services that are designed to allow those with disabilities throughout the state to live, learn, and work independently.
These services include:
Video by Surgeon General J. Adams on making a cloth face mask at home without sewing…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1yqvJgf4