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WHO WE ARE

The Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland is a planning and service agency designated by the Illinois Department on Aging to develop programs and support services for persons 60 years and older and family caregivers. Our purpose is to help older adults live and age well. As an area-wide focal point for the aging network, the Area Agency works to create an awareness of aging and caregiving issues and encourages the development and coordination of services to address those issues.

The Area Agency on Aging is a private, not-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors and assisted by an Advisory Council whose members reside throughout the twelve-county service area.

The Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland is one of more than 650 Area Agencies across the nation and thirteen in Illinois and serves as the local link to that network.

WHAT WE DO

With state and federal funding received through the Illinois Department on Aging, the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland awards grants and contracts to local service providers throughout the area for a variety of services. Funded services include Routine Health Screenings, Transportation, Congregate and Home Delivered Meals, Information and Assistance, In-Home Respite, Caregiver Counseling, Legal Assistance, Long Term Care Ombudsman, and Medication Management. Most of these services are available in each of the twelve counties served by the Area Agency.

The Area Agency directly provides Information and Assistance, Caregiver Training and Education, and a Senior Employment Program. The Area Agency and its network of service providers have been active in efforts to assist older persons and persons with disabilities to enroll in Illinois pharmaceutical assistance programs and Medicare Part D.

The Area Agency fulfills administrative responsibilities for the Illinois Department on Aging’s Elder Abuse and Neglect Program and Community Care Program.

There is no charge for the services funded by the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland, but voluntary contributions to the service provider agency are accepted. Such donations are used by the programs to provide additional service.

In FY 2009, 12,010 identified, unduplicated persons participated in one or more of the services funded through the Area Agency on Aging. Many of these individuals received more than one type of service and a large number of unidentified persons also received service, either as part of a group or as an anonymous caller for Information and Assistance.

ABOUT THE AREA

We serve the counties of Cass, Christian, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, and Scott.

Approximately 88,517 persons over the age of 60 reside within the twelve counties served by the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland. This group represents 19.4% of the total population of the area.

The area is predominantly rural, although four counties (Jersey, Macoupin, Menard, and Sangamon) are included in Metropolitan Statistical Areas by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Transportation to services and resources is a major need for many of the older residents of the area.

MISSION

The Older Americans act intends that the Area Agency on Aging shall be the leader relative to all aging issues on behalf of all older persons in the planning and service area. This means that the Area Agency shall proactively carry out, under the leadership and direction of the State Agency (Illinois Department on Aging), a wide range of functions related to advocacy, planning, coordination, inter-agency linkages, information sharing, brokering, monitoring and evaluation, designed to lead to the development or enhancement of comprehensive and coordinated community based systems in, or serving, each community in the planning and service area. These systems shall be designed to assist older persons in leading independent, meaningful and dignified lives in their own homes and communities as long as possible.

PURPOSE

To help older adults live and age well.

 

 
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