AgeOptions April 2013 Newsletter  
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In This Issue
A Message from Linda Siegel
Anthony J. Perry, M.D., Elected Board Chair
Celebrating Aging Breaks Records
Nan Anderson Receives Governor's Award
Home for the Holidays
New Nutrition Site Opens in Melrose Park
Caring Together, Living Better, Expands Into Western Suburbs
Diabetes Education Program Extends Reach to Latinos
Six States Represented at n4a Meeting
Legacy Corps Volunteers Complete Year of Service
Oro Latino Fiesta
See the New AgeOptions Video on YouTube
AgeOptions 2012 Video Receives Award
Take at Look at Our Facebook Page
Make a Life-Changing Donation

of Directors



Anthony J. Perry, M.D
Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs
Rush University Medical Center


Rev. Kirsten Peachey
Congregational Health Partnerships
Advocate Health Care


Event Co-Chair

Mary E. Coonda

Social Security Administration (Retired)


Event Co-Chair

Carla J. Rozycki

Jenner & Block LLP



Arlene Blaha, RN, MPH

Autism Society of Illinois (Retired)


Tracy Bousky, CFP, CPA/PFS, MBA

Financial Strategy Network, LLC


Susan Cheng, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFA, CFE


Joseph M. Gagliardo, Esq.

Laner Muchin, Ltd. 


Murray A. Gordon

MAGA LTC Insurance


Kathleen Howe-Hrach, CPA/PFS, CFP

Whitnell & Co.


Fred P. Karutz



Genevieve Kruse

Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Care Service Corp.


Roslyn Lennon
Chief Nursing Officer
Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center


Bruce Matson, CPA

Chief Financial Officer (Retired)



Donna Moore

American Cancer Society (Retired)


Linda Siegel
University of Maryland
Dept. Of Health Services Administration 


Elizabeth M. Wells, Esq.

Law Office of Elizabeth M. Wells


Brad Winick, AICP, LEED AP





Advisory Council 



Nan Anderson
Aging Advocate


Vice Chairperson

Joan Strickland

Retired Teacher

Calumet City



Ruth Reko


Alzheimer's Association -
Greater Illinois Chapter

River Forest



J. Diane Adams-Alsberry

Pediatric Physical Therapist

Hazel Crest


Vaiju Dunung

Aging Volunteer

Des Plaines


Betsy Essex

Associate Professor

Governors State University

Oak Park


Merna Folkers

Retired Teacher

Mt. Prospect


Kelly Gilbert

Executive Director
Visiting Angels



Carol Goldbaum

Consultant and Trainer

Generative Services



Margaret Hastings, PhD

Educator/Clinical Psychologist



Andrea Hetzel

Mature Market Administrator

Great Lakes Bank



Timothy Hinsdale

Proviso Township



Molly Hofer

Family Life Educator

University of Illinois Extension

Oak Forest


James Hunt


Oak Park 


Jacqueline Jones


Jerome Kenney

Retired Community Representative

Park Ridge


Dr. Audrey Klopp

Assistant Professor

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Loyola University

La Grange Park


Lt. David Krull
Riverside, Illinois, Police Department


Anna Marie McCall

Des Plaines


Barbara Palac
La Grange


Isaiah Poland
50Plus Financial Group, Inc.


MC Robinson
Bellwood Trustee

Fran Tourdot

Illumident, Inc.

Geriatric Oral Health



Patricia Walker

Magically Made Meals
La Grange


Leila Ward

Retired Nurse Practitioner



Diane Watry
Sales and Marketing Director
Terrace Gardens Assisted Living
Morton Grove 


Rose Zarnowski

Hines Veterans Administration Center

Orland Hills

Staff Officers for the Board of Directors

Jonathan Lavin
President and CEO
Diane Slezak
Vice President and COO
Kim Blechschmidt
Secretary and Director, Planning, Program Design and Grants Management

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AgeOptions NOW is a publication of AgeOptions, a nonprofit organization. As the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, AgeOptions serves 130 communities within 30 townships.

As I complete two years as the chair of AgeOptions Board of Directors, I leave with gratitude and a feeling of honor to be able to have served you in this leadership capacity.




Anthony J. Perry, MD, Takes on Role of AgeOptions Board Chair

Dr. Anthony J. Perry

Dr. Anthony Perry says he is honored to serve as chair of the AgeOptions Board of Directors. He sees the opportunity as a way to impact the lives of many older adults and caregivers in suburban Cook County.




Celebrating Aging Breaks Records

State Representatives Elaine Nekritz, assistant majority leader and chair of the House Pensions Committee, Darlene Senger and Kelly BurkeCelebrating Aging: Caring in a New Era, the ninth annual AgeOptions fundraising event, was a record-breaker.


The September 26 event in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago raised a net income of approximately $73,000.


Nan Anderson with John K. Holton, director of the Illinois Department on Aging

Nan Anderson Receives Governor's Award

Nan Anderson, chair of the AgeOptions Advisory Council, received the Governor's Unique Achievement Award at an October ceremony in Springfield.    


AgeOptions nominated Nan, who is an active volunteer.


Home for the Holidays? 
Look for Signs Older Family Members May Need Help

For many Americans, the holiday season is one of the few times of the year that they and their parents and other older relatives spend quality time together. 


That makes it an ideal time to determine if older loved ones need assistance in any areas of their lives, such as personal care, home maintenance, physical problems, finances and transportation.


New Nutrition Site Opens in Melrose Park

A new congregate dining site in Melrose park is scheduled to open December 2, with a grand opening on December 3. It will provide hot, nutritious lunches and activities on weekdays.


Two west suburban churches, Neighborhood United Methodist Church in Maywood and Faith Cathedral in Bellwood have joined Caring Together, Living Better (CTLB) and plan to start offering services and resources for caregivers.


Diabetes Education Program Extends Reach to Latinos

The percentage of Illinois adults diagnosed with diabetes rose 60 percent between 1995 and 2010 and is projected to rise another 25 percent by 2020, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.


Jonathan Lavin, AgeOptions president and CEO, and the AgeOptions leadership team were among approximately 50 people attending the National Assoication of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) six-state Federal Region 5 meeting on October 28.

Legacy Corps Volunteers Complete Year of Service

Eighteen Legacy Corps members ended their 2012-2013 term of service October 31 with a total of 6,570.25 hours of service. Nine of the 2012-2013 volunteers reached 450 hours of service, which entitles them to an education award that they can use themselves or transfer to a child or grandchild.


The 2013 Oro Latino Fiesta included something for everyone, from Zumba exercise and performances by a folkloric dance troupe to presentations on the Affordable Care Act, immigration issues and dealing with depression.


Close to 100 older adults took part in the annual Fiesta on October 26 at MacNeal Hospital.


The newest AgeOptions video, Celebrating Aging: Caring in a New Era, premiered at the September 2013 fundraiser. Lisa Parker, master of ceremonies for the event, also narrated the video, which details what "Caring in a New Era" means to AgeOptions.

AgeOptions 2012 Video Receives Award
AgeOptions has received a National Mature Media Award for the 2012 video, AgeOptions: Advocacy - Action - Answers on Aging.

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Every year more older adults require access to community resources to enable them to remain in their homes. Last year, AgeOptions and our community senior service partners made a difference in the lives of 234,231 individuals - an increase of more than 33,000 from the previous year.


The need for our services and programs continues to grow as the population of older adults increases ever year. Unfortunately, support from federal and state governments is on the decline at the same time the older population is increasing dramatically.


You can make a difference in the lives of the older adults in our communities.


At this time of year when we all take the opportunity to think beyond our own circumstances, we ask you to remember the older adults in our communities and the effect your support will have in their lives.


Please consider making a year-end contribution to AgeOptions and help us continue to provide life-changing services for older adults - services such as information and assistance, home-delivered and congregate meals, benefits assistance and so much more. Your support will help to provide the much-needed financial resources to continue these vital programs and services.


Please make a life-changing contribution today!


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Thank you for all you do on behalf of the older adults in our communities.

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