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State calls attention to the residents of long term care
in observance of Residents Rights Month
Dept on Aging Ombudsman program protects and defends residents rights

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[September 20, 2014]  SPRINGFIELD - October is Residents’ Rights month, as started in 1981 by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care to highlight the importance of resident focused care. In keeping with this year’s theme “Better Staffing: They Key to Better Care”, Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, PhD., is encouraging people to become educated about long term care. In addition to providing services for older adults to remain living in their homes, IDoA also serves residents living in long term care facilities.  (Click here to continue reading)

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New technology opens horizons for Christian Village residents

LINCOLN -  It’s no longer just the younger generations who are enjoying technology. Thanks to the Linked Senior program, now older adults at the Christian Village are using simple technology to stay engaged mentally, socially, physically and spiritually.  (Click here to continue reading)

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

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)

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)

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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

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