Dept on Aging Hosts Activities for Seniors & Their Familiesat the Illinois State Fair

"Senior Day" is August 12 when admission is free for guests 60 years & olderActivities at State Fair

SPRINGFIELD - August 5, 2013. Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) will again host activities for seniors and their families during the Illinois State Fair, August 8 - 18, in Springfield. IDoA will offer a special lineup of events in the senior center, which is the air conditioned setting of the Illinois Building located near the main gate of the fairgrounds. Attendees 60 years of age and older will be admitted free to the fair on Senior Day which is Monday August 12.

"Each year our staff and partners do a great job hosting activities and entertainment. I look forward to having fun while offering information about programs and services to benefit older adults and their families," said IDoA Director John K. Holton, Ph.D.

Some department programs include home and community assistance and services for reported cases of abuse through the newly created Office of Adult Protective Services.

(The full line up of IDoA activities follows this release). Some department favorites are scheduled on August 12 Senior Day, including the "NOT SO Newlywed Game" where couples, ages 50 years and older, test how much they really know about their spouse. Afterward, a seminar "Understanding Medicare" will be presented by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Then IDoA will host the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee State Finals. Winners from the regional competitions will attempt correctly spell words until judges crown a senior spelling bee champion. Families are encouraged to pre-register for the "Grandparent Grandchild Contest", when (on August 15) participants are judged on resemblance, costumes, talent and interviews. To pre-register, call (217) 785-3390.

Each day St. John's Hospital, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and the Lion's Club offer free health screenings, including:

  • Body Composition
  • Blood Pressure/Stroke
  • Blood Sugar/Glucose
  • Cholesterol Diabetic Eye Testing
  • Health/Weight
  • Hearing
  • Heart Risk Assessments
  • Mental Health
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pulmonary Function
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Skin Cancer (Derma Scan)

Activities at State Fair

The Illinois Department on Aging thanks representatives from the state agencies and private companies who will be on hand during the entire fair to provide information about services to help older adults. They include:

  • AARP
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Project and Battery Specialists
  • Illinois Bee Keepers
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Illinois Heart Rescue
  • Illinois Historic Preservation
  • Illinois Lion's Club
  • Illinois State Employees Retirees Association
  • Illinois State Treasurer's Office
  • Logan County Senior Center Bingo
  • Prairie Heart Institute
  • The Office of the Attorney General
  • The Office of the Secretary of State
  • St. John's Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • United Access
  • United States Social Security Administration
  • Watkins Home Products

For more information about the Department on Aging, call the Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966 or (or TTY for the hearing impaired at 888-206-1327), or log on to the website at


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