We strive to make aging easier through the development and promotion of a network of services for older adults and persons with disabilities designed to optimize the quality of their lives.
The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois is one of 655 Area Agencies on Aging throughout the United States and one of 13 in Illinois. Created by Congress to implement the Older Americans Act, Area Agencies on Aging coordinate a wide variety of services for persons age 60 and older. In 1974, the Illinois Department on Aging designated the Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois as the Area Agency on Aging for DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties. Over 654,000 older adults live in our agency’s eight county service area.
The Agency on Aging is a non-profit organization that works closely with the Administration on Community Living, Illinois Department on Aging and many other agencies to address both the immediate and long range needs of older adults. We are dedicated to advocating for increased services, benefits, and programs for older adults so they can age in place. One of the Agency on Aging’s primary functions is to award funding to local agencies in each county to provide vital Older Americans Act services. The Agency then monitors these services throughout our region to ensure they are of high quality and the funds are spent appropriately.
The Agency on Aging serves the Northeastern Illinois Region in the following ways:
- Planning ahead & assessing the needs of older adults and their caregivers to establish services and funding priorities.
- Developing new or expanded programs to meet the needs of our service area.
- Coordinating a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system through the establishment of working relationships with other funding agencies and service providers.
- Delivering a wide range of long term services & supports to older adults & their families.
In all these ways, and in many others, The Agency on Aging Northeastern Illinois works daily to fulfill its motto, “Working Harder to Make Aging Easier.”