Illinois Aging Network Alert – March 13, 2019

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Illinois Aging Network Alert – March 13, 2019
A report of the impact Area Agencies on Aging have on Illinois seniors

 
The Illinois Aging Network Addresses Social Isolation

Social isolation is a growing concern around the world. The United Kingdom even created the office of Minister of Social Isolation to address it in that country. 

In Illinois, social isolation is becoming a health epidemic. The good news is that for over 45 years, the Area Agencies on Aging’s local network of Older American Act funded services and supports continue to reduce social isolation among older adults.

After special presentations at the last two National Association of Area Agencies on Aging conferences by the AARP Foundation, Illinois decided to concentrate extra effort on this concern. The 13 Area Agencies on Aging along with the Illinois Department on Aging will work together through the statewide initiative to raise awareness and provide a statewide impact to reduce social isolation among Illinois’ older adults. 

Social isolation is more than being alone. It is the result of feeling detached physically or psychologically or of being disconnected from the support of family, friends, and community. It is characterized by a lack of meaningful relationships, a desire for contact with more people, and/or feelings that relationships are inadequate.

A report from AARP documented that an estimated 17% of older adults were socially isolated* with risk factors that include such indicators as: 

  • Living alone
  • Major life transitions
  • Limited English speaking
  • Caregiving for someone with severe impairment
  • Socioeconomic status (i.e. low income or limited resources)
  • Mobility or sensory impairment
  • Rural distances, and urban crime isolation, etc.

The Illinois response to this issue is being developed and will be one of the first challenges for the new Illinois Department on Aging Director. At stake are the health and financial risks of social isolation:

  • Increased mortality in older adults (26%)
  • Health risks of ongoing isolation is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day
  • Greater risk of falls and self-neglect
  • Higher health care costs including increased incidents of dementia
  • Increased risk for hospital readmission and reliance on short-term rehab and skilled nursing home care

Future I4A Alerts will offer more on our efforts to increase awareness and counter the negative effects of social isolation. Representatives from your Area Agency on Aging will be in touch to share the wonderful work going on in your district for older adults, caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and individuals with disabilities.

For more information, contact Susan C. Real, I4A Legislative Chair, at (309)829-2065 ext. 218 or Joy Paeth, I4A President, at (618)222-2561.

*Statistics in this document were found in the following source: Elder, Katie and Jess Retrum. 2012. “Framework for Isolation in Adults Over 50.” AARP Foundation.

Illinois Aging Network Alert – February 27, 2019

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A report of the impact Area Agencies on Aging have on Illinois Seniors, from I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Contact:  Susan C. Real 309-829-2065 (Leg. Chair) or Joy Paeth 618-222-2561 (I4A President)

Illinois Area Agencies on Aging serve 559,000 older adults, family caregivers and grandparents raising grandchildren by supporting a network of over 230 community programs on aging.  This Alert will focus on Senior Nutrition Services in Illinois.

ILLINOIS SENIOR MEALS
(Source: Survey from AAAs Program Data for FY 2018)

  • 40,781 older adults received over 7 million home delivered meals.
  • 74,943 older adults were served over 2.1 million meals at congregate meal settings (such as senior centers).

THE IMPACT OF SENIOR MEALS ON OLDER ADULTS In East Central Illinois
(Source:  ECIAAA Participant Survey Results FY 2018)

  • 55% of congregate meal participants indicate the meal served at the site is their main source of food;
  • Nearly 10% indicate they had to skip meals because they had no food or money.
  • 87% of congregate meal participants and nearly 92% of home-delivered meal recipients report they eat healthier;
  • Slightly more than 80% of congregate meal participants indicate they feel better and 76% report improved health;
  • 66% of home-delivered meal recipients think their health has improved and indicate they feel better;
  • 67% of participants indicate they make more healthful and nutritious food choices because of participating in a congregate meals program.

THE COST OF A MEAL VS. THE COST OF MEDICAL CARE

Cost of Home Delivered Meals for One Senior for Entire Year (365 Days)

Cost of 1 Day of Hospital Care

Cost of 10 Days in Nursing Home

$1,810

$2,431

$1,950

Source:  Meals on Wheels America. 2018.  “Delivering So Much More Than a Meal in Illinois.”

February 2019 Illinois Aging Network Alert

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A report of the impact Area Agencies on Aging have on Illinois Seniors, from  I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Contact:  Susan C. Real 309-829-2065 ext. 218 or Joy Paeth 618-222-2561 (I4A President)

I4A Welcomes New Members to the 101st Illinois General Assembly!

Who We Are - Illinois Area Agencies on Aging are your local leaders in aging and community living!  Authorized under the Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Illinois Act on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging were formally established in 1972 as “boots-on-the-ground” organizations charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities.  The 13 Illinois Area Agencies on Aging play a key role in planning, funding, and coordinating a network of senior programs in designated planning and service areas.

Who We Serve - Illinois Area Agencies on Aging serve 559,000 older adults, family caregivers, and grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren/children by supporting a network of over 230 community programs on aging.  We serve 21% of total Illinois senior population.

Efficient Use of Federal & State Funding.  Area Agencies on Aging are experts in administering $51.1 million in federal OAA funds and $30.8 million in Illinois General Revenue Fund (GRF) monies to best serve Illinois seniors. The OAA/GRF funding is also supported by local match and participant donations. (Source:  I4A AAA Survey – FY 2018 Program & Fiscal Data)

A Snapshot of Critical Services Provided in Illinois
(Source:  I4A AAA Survey - FY 2018 Program & Fiscal Data)

  • 389,000 older persons received information and direct assistance navigating Medicare Part D applications and other senior health assistance programs.
  • 40,781 older adults received over 7 million home delivered meals.
  • 74,943 older adults were served over 2.1 million meals at congregate meal settings (such as senior centers).
  • 36,000 older adults participated in healthy aging programs to prevent falls and manage chronic diseases.
  • 70,210 family caregivers of older adults and grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren/children receive support to continue their caregiving responsibilities.

November 21, 2018 Illinois Aging Network Alert

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A report of the impact Area Agencies on Aging have on Illinois Seniors, from  I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging.  

Contact:  Susan C. Real 309-829-2065 ext. 218 or Joy Paeth 618-222-2561 (I4A President)

Who We Are -

Illinois Area Agencies on Aging are your local leaders in aging and community living!    Authorized under the Federal Older Americans Act (OAA) and the Illinois Act on Aging, Area Agencies on Aging were formally established in 1972 as “on-the-ground” organizations charged with helping vulnerable older adults live with independence and dignity in their homes and communities.  The thirteen (13) Illinois Area Agencies on Aging play a key role in planning, funding and coordinating a network of senior programs in designated planning and service areas.

Who We Serve - 

Illinois Area Agencies on Aging serve over 520,000 older adults, family caregivers and grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren/children, by supporting a network of over 240 community programs on aging.    We serve 20% of the total Illinois senior population.  

Efficient Use of Federal & State Funding.  Area Agencies on Aging are experts in administering a total of $81.3 million in Federal OAA funds and Illinois General Revenue Fund (GRF) monies to best serve Illinois seniors. The OAA/GRF funding is also supported by local match and participant donations.

A Snapshot of Critical Services Provided in Illinois -

(Source:  Illinois Department on Aging’s FY 2017-FY 2019 State Plan on Aging Public Information Document)

  • 350,000 older persons receive information and direct assistance navigating Medicare Part D applications, and other senior health assistance programs.
  • 40,000 older adults receive over 6 million home delivered meals.
  • 82,000 older adults are served over 2.5 million meals at congregate meal settings (such as senior centers).
  • 23,000 older adults participated in healthy aging programs to prevent falls and manage chronic diseases.
  • 48,000 family caregivers of older adults and grandparents/relatives raising grandchildren/children receive support to continue their caregiving responsibilities.

Your continued support of Illinois Aging Programs is vital!                                                                                        

Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging Alert for June 7, 2018

I4A Alert

Illinois Aging Network Alert


A report of the impact of the state budget impasse on Illinois Seniors and Community Programs on Aging, from I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging Contact: Jon Lavin 708-383-0258 (I4A President)


Thank You!


The Illinois Area Agencies on Aging offer our gratitude to you for enacting a state budget, on time, and with clear support for older Illinoisans, especially those challenged by health, social isolation, physical, financial, and emotional barriers. But the budget you enacted also recognizes the value of older persons to Illinois as a resource, a connection to our past, as builders of our communities and supporters of many positive efforts to improve the lives of their neighbors, friends and relatives.


As July 1 approaches, the community based senior service network is preparing:
• To initiate Self Neglect Services under Adult Protective Services programming;
• To increase access to information on benefits, services and programs through our Aging and Disability Resource Networks with your granting of new funding for Planning and Service Grants for Area Agencies on Aging;
• To expand delivery of meals (both home delivered and in congregate settings) with both Illinois and national support;
• To offer respite and other supports to unpaid family caregivers of older persons with additional federal funding;
• To enroll additional older persons in Medicaid to assure Illinois receives a high levels of Medicaid reimbursement;
• To deal with the impact of Social Isolation as the statewide initiative of Area Agencies on Aging and the Department on Aging – more to come on our planning, the impact on health and family that loneliness, isolation and lack of sensory stimulation takes on older persons.


Now we need your attention and support to find ways to sustain Adult Day Services in Illinois. Without an increase in rates, vital centers of day services will continue to disappear – please place that on your 2019 “must do” list.
Bottom line – You can #ILOlderAdults with accomplishment and pride! You came through for your District and Illinois’ older population!

Jonathan Lavin
Chief Executive Officer
AgeOptions

I4A Alert

Illinois Aging Network Alert
A report of the impact of the state budget impasse on Illinois Seniors and Community Programs on Aging, from I4A - Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Contact: Jon Lavin 708-383-0258 (I4A President)


April 16, 2018
For Your Older Constituents

In the proposed 2019 budget, the community based senior service network, which is traditionally supported through Planning and Service Area Grants to Area Agencies on Aging, is slated for a $1,050,000 increase.

Last year (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017), this line item in combination with federal funding, helped to reach and serve 492,396 people. Those older persons, age 60 and over, and their unpaid family caregivers, are asking Illinois for assistance. In 2017, recipient agencies provided 9,735,281 incidents of direct support even with diminished capacity due to late or non-existent state payments.

The rationale for the proposed $1,050,000 increase is the State mandate to offer unfettered access to information, support and services through community based senior service programs.

The extensive information and support requested as part of Answers on Aging “No Wrong Door” information network originate from:
• Those entering Managed Care;
• Those who need meals in Congregate and home settings
• Those who have no way to transport themselves to medical and other destinations
• Those who are totally isolated without access to social connections and activities
• Those grandparents who are the sole care providers for grandchildren
• Those in need of legal guidance
• Those providing all of the care for a loved older family member
• Those who are in abusive or neglectful settings
• Those waiting for benefits applications to process by overburdened Department of Human Services regional offices.
• Families that are beginning the planning process for obtaining assistance as they age,
• And the lingering effect of community agencies working day to day without knowing if funds would ever arrive.

Please support in the final FY 2019 Appropriation the Illinois Department on Aging community based network with full funding of $6,203,073 for Planning and Service Area Grants. Your community agencies will know that you came through for them!

(Our thanks to Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, AgeSmart Community Resources and East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging for their assistance in preparing this Alert)

Distributed for I4A by:
Jonathan Lavin
Chief Executive Officer
AgeOptions

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