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Older Americans Act At 50
Time to Make Your Voice Heard
Fifty years ago, the stroke of a pen made unprecedented history for older Americans and their families. But 50 years later, that precedent and those it benefits are in jeopardy.
The pen was held by President Lyndon Johnson and the document he signed on July 14, 1965 was the Older Americans Act (OAA), which set objectives for maintaining the dignity and welfare of older adults and their families. The Act provides funding for home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, preventive health services, transportation, job training, and elder abuse prevention.
For more than 40 of those 50 years, Aging Care Connections (ACC) has partnered with AgeOptions to provide Older Americans Act programs to tens of thousands of individuals and their families; significantly improving their quality of life.
"The Older Americans Act helped us get established in the 1970s", said Debra Verschelde, Executive Director of ACC. "And it is still here today to help older adults maintain independence in the community. To me, it is the cornerstone of so much of our work with older adults and families." Click here to continue reading
Medicare Open Enrollment
Enrollment Period October 15—December 7
(Changes will take effect on January 1)
Each year, you have a chance to make changes to your Medicare Health Plan or Medicare prescription drug coverage for the following year. Please call Aging Care Connections at 708-354-1323 to make an appointment to discuss the plan that is best for you.
LIHEAP Information (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program)
October 1, 2015 – for Seniors and Disabled Persons
November 1, 2015 – Reconnection Assistance and Households with Children under 6 years old
December 1, 2015 – General Enrollment
LIHEAP assists income-eligible households with energy services, in the form of a one-time benefit payment to the utility companies that is applied to the household's energy bills. Although funding for the LIHEAP program is still in discussion, any individuals wanting to apply should call Aging Care Connections for updates at 708-354-1323.
A special thank you goes out to the following sponsors for helping to make Celebrating Seniors Week 2015 a great success:
In-Kind Celebrating Seniors Week Sponsors