May is Older Americans Month - Make Your Mark

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Volunteer to help or request services from your local Area Agency on Aging

May is Older Americans Month in Illinois and IDoA is encouraging all Illinoisans to Make Your Mark in the lives of our older Illinoisans.

Video Message from Governor JB Pritzker to Our Aging Network

IDoA Director Paula Basta highlights options available to everyone on how they can Make Their Mark.


We want you to know that you are never too old - or too young - to participate in activities that Make Your Mark on our seniors. Delivering a meal, writing a letter, or just a simple phone call to check-in will certainly bring a smile to anyone’s face. Show them you care. Now, more than ever, let’s do what we can to Make Our Mark in the lives of our older adults!

Legendary television journalist, producer, and news anchor, Bill Kurtis assisted in putting together a 30 second PSA which encourages everyone to Make Their Mark.

Their eyes have seen history first-hand. They've seen good times, hard times, dangerous times, and these times. Our seniors have Made Their Mark on our world; Now it's our turn. May is Older Americans Month in Illinois. Make Your Mark with them, through support, interaction, communication, friendship. And you'll see life, through their eyes.


"It’s a privilege to be a part of this campaign," said Bill Kurtis. "I know when I heard that being over 60 put you among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, it took me a while to realize how far into the bracket I am at 79. How hard it was to face the reality that these warnings were meant for me, along with the countless other older Illinoisans. After decades of being the caregivers, and the ones on the front lines, we now need to turn to rally all the non-seniors to be ever more caring and concerned about the physical and mental health and well-being of those we honor this May - Older Americans Month."

The Area Agencies on Aging are accepting assistance from volunteers for non face-to-face contact with our older adults. No experience is necessary for volunteers. Your local Area Agencies on Aging will provide you with instructions and stand ready to accept your help. It’s essential we support one another and show compassion to those who need it. We encourage anyone to volunteer by looking up your local Area Agency on Aging by county, emailing, or calling our Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966.

If you or an older family member, friend, or neighbor are in need of any kind of assistance, please know we are here to help you.

Are you under 60 years of age, disabled, homebound and in need? Visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity website. Just click on the county you live in on the map at the link and it will give you the information you need to get assistance.

*Below is a quick reference of Area Agency on Aging contact names and phone numbers if you are interested in volunteering.  


Area 1

Jeffrey Barnes
(779) 221-3702
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties

Area 2

Alaine Kvedaras
630-293-5990 ext. 105
DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties

Area 3

Jacob Irish
Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, and Warren Counties

Area 4

Anita Brown
Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties


Area 5

Amber Johnson
309-829-2065 ext. 201
Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion Counties

Area 6

Adam Smith
Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Hancock, Pike, and Schuyler Counties

Area 7

Jennifer Hopper
Cass, Christian, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, and Scott Counties

Area 8

Joy Paeth
Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington Counties

Area 9

Lori Cummins 
Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jefferson, and Marion Counties

Area 10

Shanna Holmes
Crawford, Edwards, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties

Area 11

Tina Overton
Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, and Williamson Counties

Area 12

Joyce Gallagher
(312) 746-5682
City of Chicago

Area 13

Joan Fox
Suburban Cook County