November 21, 2018 Illinois Aging Network Alert
Illinois Aging Network Alert
A report of the impact Area Agencies on Aging have on Illinois Seniors, from I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Contact: Susan C. Real 309-829-2065 ext. 218 or Joy Paeth 618-222-2561 (I4A President)
Who We Are -
Illinois Area Agencies on Aging are your local leaders in aging and community living! Authorized under the Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Illinois Act on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging were formally established in 1972 as “on-the-ground” organizations charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities. The thirteen (13) Illinois Area Agencies on Aging play a key role in planning, funding and coordinating a network of senior programs in designated planning and service areas.
Who We Serve -
Illinois Area Agencies on Aging serve over 520,000 older adults, family caregivers and grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren/children, by supporting a network of over 240 community programs on aging. We serve 20% of the total Illinois senior population.
Efficient Use of Federal & State Funding. Area Agencies on Aging are experts in administering a total of $81.3 million in Federal OAA funds and Illinois General Revenue Fund (GRF) monies to best serve Illinois seniors. The OAA/GRF funding is also supported by local match and participant donations.
A Snapshot of Critical Services Provided in Illinois -
(Source: Illinois Department on Aging’s FY 2017-FY 2019 State Plan on Aging Public Information Document)
- 350,000 older persons receive information and direct assistance navigating Medicare Part D applications, and other senior health assistance programs.
- 40,000 older adults receive over 6 million home delivered meals.
- 82,000 older adults are served over 2.5 million meals at congregate meal settings (such as senior centers).
- 23,000 older adults participated in healthy aging programs to prevent falls and manage chronic diseases.
- 48,000 family caregivers of older adults and grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren/children receive support to continue their caregiving responsibilities.
Your continued support of Illinois Aging Programs is vital!