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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties
630-293-5990 ext. 105
DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties
Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, and Warren Counties
Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties
309-829-2065 ext. 201
Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby, and Vermilion Counties
Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Hancock, Pike, and Schuyler Counties
Cass, Christian, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, and Scott Counties
Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair, and Washington Counties
Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jefferson, and Marion Counties
Crawford, Edwards, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White Counties
Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, and Williamson Counties
City of Chicago
Suburban Cook County