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Agency resumes mailing Social Security statements
Encourages people to create a Secure "my Social Security" account to abtain their statement online, anytime

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[September 20, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD - Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, has announced the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements--once every five years for most workers--while encouraging everyone to create a secure my Social Security account to immediately access their Statement online, anytime.  (Click here to continue readling)

Elder abuse 24-hour hotline is (866) 800-1409 or TTY (888) 206-1327

State recognizes Adult Day Service Providers during awareness week from September 14th to 20th
Observance highlights services that offer support & independence to seniors

SPRINGFIELD - In observance of Adult Day Services week Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is praising providers who offer support services at Adult Day Centers.  (Click here to continue reading)

State announces start of LIHEAP Winter Energy Assistance Program
Application period open for seniors, people with disabilities

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) has announced that seniors and people with disabilities can now begin applying for winter heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Under LIHEAP, utility bill payments are made on behalf of certain low-income households containing individuals with health risks.  (Click here to continue reading)

In observance of Grandparents Day state praises
grandparents raising their grandchildren
Dept on Aging funds support services for grandparents who need assistance to provide a stable environment for their grandchildren

SPRINGFIELD - In observance of Grandparents Day this Sunday, September 7, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., praises grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and reminded about support services. A grandparent who lives with and is responsible for most of the basic needs of their grandchildren, ages 18 and younger, is a primary caregiver. It’s estimated more than 100,000 grandparents in Illinois serve as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren because the parents are unable to.   (Click here to continue reading)

Social Security celebrates 79 years
By Becky Whitlow
Social Security District Manager in Springfield, IL

SPRINGFIELD - For the past 79 years, Social Security has maintained its place as an American cornerstone. Secure as its foundation is, Social Security has also been at the forefront of change. As the face of America has evolved over the course of the last eight decades, so too has Social Security changed along with the needs of the nation.  (Click here to continue reading

Senior Services of Central Illinois announces 2015 extended trips

SPRINGFIELD - Below is a list of extended stay trips being coordinated by Senior Services of Central Illinois:

New Orleans – January 26-31, 2015 (7 days/6 nights)
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! (Let the good times roll!) New Orleans lingers on the threshold between the Old World and the New, between history and legend. Jazz streams out into the moonlight, French doors open to the night breezes, sweet olive scents the air. Nearby there is laughter, a cork popping, and café brulot aflame. Here, in this little corner of the American South, where European traditions blend with Caribbean influences, the history is as colorful as the local architecture; the food is the stuff of legend. Come and experience this corner of America with us!  (Click here for complete list)

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Dept on Aging seeks nominations for Senior Hall of Fame
Nomination deadline is August 22; Winners announced later this year

SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., today reminded Illinoisan residents about the upcoming deadline to nominate older adults for the 2014 Senior Illinois Hall of Fame awards. The annual award, established in 1994 by the General Assembly, recognizes residents of the state, ages 65 and older who excel in the categories of Community Service, Education, Performance and/or Graphic Arts and the Labor Force. Nomination forms must be postmarked or faxed by Friday, August 22, in order to be considered.  (Click here to continue reading)

Eye-opening facts about aging eyes and vision problems

(BPT) - Most Americans know that vision problems begin to increase as they age. What they may not realize is that reduced vision is also linked to a higher frequency of falls, injuries and depression. Eye disorders such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration can rob seniors of their independence.  (Click here to continue reading)

Illinois Department on Aging raises awareness to prevent elder abuse
Campaign stresses importance of reporting suspected abuse; 24-hour hotline is (866) 800-1409 or TTY (888) 206-1327

SPRINGFIELD - Governor Pat Quinn has issued a proclamation that July is Elder Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) is raising awareness through its annual campaign. Elder abuse refers to a negligent act (physical, sexual, emotional, confinement, passive neglect, willful deprivation, or financial exploitation) by a caregiver or another person known by the victim that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult 60 years of age or older. (Click here to continue reading)

Brady brings consumer experts to aid Logan County seniors

LINCOLN - Illinois State Senator Bill Brady welcomed attendees at his consumer clinic at the Oasis Senior Center on Wednesday afternoon. Senator Brady represents several central Illinois counties including all of Logan County in the Illinois legislature. Representatives from the Illinois Attorney General, American Association of Retired Persons, and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) were on hand to answer questions from the audience about consumer fraud, and how to save on utility bills. (Click here to continue reading)

Seniors willing to discuss driving abilities, yet conversations rarely happen

There are currently more than 23 million licensed drivers aged 70 and older, and with baby boomers beginning to reach 70 years of age, the number of seniors on the road will rise steadily over the next two decades.  (Click here to continue reading)

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