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Aging Resources

It is estimated that by 2030, people older than the age of 65 will represent about 22% of the population in the United States, with the fastest growing segment of the older adult population being those 75-plus years of age.

Aging Care Connections is well prepared to meet the growing demands for information, resources and access to programs and services to assist older adults in reaching their maximum level of independence and quality of life. Aging Care Connections serves older adults, age 60 and older, and their families who may have questions related to resources for their senior relatives. As the aging resource center for our community, Aging Care Connections assists more than 8,000 older adults and families who seek the information and tools they need to consider their options for elder care.

Older adults are encouraged to call Aging Care Connections with questions concerning in-home care resources, long-term care options, benefit information, community resources for transportation, nutrition, socialization and other issues related to aging. Calls may result in individualized assessment and linkage to services, enrollment in a benefit program or Medicare D Plan, or a referral to appropriate community service providers.
As the community’s aging resource during the past year….

  • Aging Care Connections took 9,394 phone calls from 4,663 individuals seeking help with aging issues.  
  • Aging Care Connections completed assessments for 1,490 older adults and provided 1,044 older adults with ongoing care coordination amounting to 7,370 hours of service.
  • Aging Care Connections provided 1,864 hours of support and much-needed respite to 256 different caregivers of older adults.  
  • Aging Care Connections provided 2,823 hours of educational programming related to aging issues to 1552 individuals.  
  • Aging Care Connections investigated 301 cases of elder abuse (including 58 self-neglect cases) in 30 communities with the average report taking 20 hours for a total of 6,020 hours.  
  • Aging Care Connections provided help with energy costs, pharmaceutical benefits and Medicare issues to 1,167 older adults.
  • Aging Care Connections’ Aging Resource Center (ARC) Program helped 440 older adults make a smooth, seamless transition from the hospital or a skilled nursing facility

Information such as the following is available at Aging Care Connections from other professionals on an appointment basis:
The Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago
Estate planning
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

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Helpful links to other aging resources:

Family Caregiver Alliance
Wellspouse Foundation   
Alzheimer's Association (All Illinois Chapters)
Arthritis Foundation
Incontinence
Lewy Body Dementia
Medicare Part D
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance
Illinois Department on Aging
Mesothelioma Guide Mesothelioma Guide is your trusted ally in the fight against asbestos-related cancer. Their mission is to guide mesothelioma patients to better health care options and to find a cure.
www.asbestos.com Public Outreach Department for the Mesothelioma Center. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, most people who are diagnosed with the disease are seniors, about 75 percent. This organization works with these individuals and their families to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.

Administration on Aging:
Elder Care Locator (funded through the Area Agencies on Aging, locate assistance throughout the country.)        
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys            
Social Security & Medicare Information Websites     

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Helpful links to other aging resources

 

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