This is a complete list of where to find Illinois senior services, aging information, area agencies on aging, and related links.
Illinois has a total population of 12.6 million, of which 16.1% is over the age of 65. By 2030, it’s projected that the share of the population over the age of 60 will rise to 25%.
The state has 25.7 geriatric providers for every 100,000 people over 65 and nearly 95% of Illinois senior citizens have a dedicated healthcare provider. There are also 142 home health care workers for every 1000 Illinoisans with a disability. However, just over 5% of seniors avoid seeking medical care due to the cost and only about one-third of nursing home beds in the state are rated at four or five stars.
8.6% of Illinois’s senior citizens live in poverty, and 13.7% experience food insecurity. However, 100% of those over 60 who are eligible for SNAP do take advantage of the program. Illinois spends $34 on community support expenditures for every citizen over the age of 60.
32.5% of Illinois’s seniors experience obesity and 40.3% of the state’s senior Medicare beneficiaries live with multiple chronic conditions.
Illinois has a total Medicare enrollment of 2.26 million, with people over 65 making up 85% of Medicare enrollees in the state.
There are 13 Area Agencies on Aging throughout the state of Illinois and the state government has a Department on Aging.
Illinois has many senior services available to help the elderly and caregivers. You just need to know where to look! Below, we’ve listed links to resources such as the Area Agencies on Aging which can provide services or connect you with the right resources for your needs.
Area Agencies on Aging
- Area 1 – Northwestern Illinois – serving Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties
- Area 2 – Northeastern Illinois – serving DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Kankakee, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties
- Area 3 – Western Illinois – serving Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, Upper LaSalle, Lower LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren Counties
- Area 4 – Central Illinois – serving Fulton, Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties
- Area 5 – East Central Illinois – serving Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, Shelby and Vermilion Counties
- Area 6 – West Central Illinois – serving Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler Counties
- Area 7 – AAA for Lincolnland – serving Cass, Christian, Greene, Jersey, Logan, Macoupin, Mason, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon and Scott Counties
- Area 8 – Southwestern Illinois – serving Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington Counties
- Area 9 – Midland AAA – serving Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jefferson and Marion Counties
- Area 10 – Southeastern Illinois – serving Crawford, Edwards, Hamilton, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne and White Counties
- Area 11 – Egyptian AAA – serving Alexander, Franklin, Gallatin, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union and Williamson Counties
- Area 12 – Chicago – serving the City of Chicago
- Area 13 – Age Options – serving Suburban Cook County
- Attorney General’s Office
- Department of Healthcare and Family Services
- Hispanic/Latino Affairs (DHS)
- Illinois Department on Aging
- Veterans’ Affairs Department
State Agencies and Non-Profits
- Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter
- Association of Community Action Agencies
- Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- Older Women’s League – presents programs on issues of interest to midlife and older women, and advocates for policy changes
- Prairie State Legal Services – for low-income residents