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Aging/Disability Information and Assistance

Adult Protective Services

To report suspected abuse, financial exploitation or neglect of an older person or person with disabilities (ages 18-59), call 24-hour Adult Protective Services: (866) 800-1409, TTY: (888) 206-1327.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, 988 provides a connection to free, 24/7 confidential support.

Have a need specific to the aging population or the caregiver experience?  Contact AgeLinc with all your questions. 

AgeLinc works with the greater Aging and Disabled Provider Network to ensure accurate referrals for needed services throughout our twelve county service area.  We research new resources for new and trending needs, as well as connecting callers with established support services in their communities. 

We listed some county specific resources and services on the County Services page for your convenience.  If a resource or service is not listed on the County Services page, please let us know.

Benefit Access Assistance

AgeLinc can help low-income seniors ages 65 and older or individuals with disabilities apply for reduced-price car registration and free city bus passes through the Illinois Department on Aging Benefit Access program (previously known as the Circuit Breaker program). 

Some eligibility requirements:

  • You must be 65 years of age or older by December 31st of the current year; or
  • You must be 16 years of age or older and totally disabled before January 1st of this year.
  • You must live in Illinois at the time you file your application.
  • Your total income last year must be less than:
    • $33,562 for a 1 person household (yourself only); or
    • $44,533 for a 2 person household (yourself and your spouse, or yourself and one qualified additional resident); or
    • $55,500 for a 3 person household (yourself, your spouse and one qualified resident, or yourself and two qualified residents).

Eligibility is good for two years.  The two-year period starts at the time your application is approved.  You may file again beginning 90 days before your eligility expires.

We will help you with the online benefits application and with the required proof of income submission.  Contact us today!

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AgeLinc, Partner and Referral Services

State Funded/AgeLinc Provided Services

Benefit Access (Reduced License Plate Fees and Free City Bus Passes)

Caregiver Education, Emergency Gap Funding and Navigating Senior Living Options (See our Caregiver page for more information on availability and eligibility; If you are a CWLP customer, also call them for budget billing)

Education – Monthly Lunch & Learn, Caregiver Conference, Kinship Raising Grandchildren Conference.

PrideLinc Lunch, LGBT+ Support

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

Nutrition Assistance – Farmers Market Coupons (Those applying will receive one 5-coupon booklet per person per year, normally worth $25.00, in 2023 it was $50.00) starts late July, first come – first serve.  Coupons good until October 31st.  Eligibility based on income.  More information here.

State Funded/Partner Provided Services

Adult Protective Services

Aging Mastery Program (AMP):  Learn numerous techniques for aging well, making the best of longevity and maintaining independence during all stages of aging.  Sessions for this program include exercise, sleep strategies, healthy eating and hydration, financial planning, healthy relationships, advanced planning, medication management, volunteerism, and falls prevention.  Contact us to find dates and locations of programming in your area. 

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Education & Assistance

Caregiver Counseling

Diabetes Self-Management

Energy Bill Assistance (See LIHEAP website for eligibility requirements)

Insurance Help

Legal Assistance

Long-Term Care (LTC) Ombudsman:  When you need a Nursing Home Advocate

In-Home Care (Respite and Homemaker Assistance)

Matter of Balance (MOB):  Learn fall prevention techniques, understand how a fear can increase your risk of falls and learn how to make simple changes to your environment and physical exercise to reduce risk.  Contact us to find dates and locations of programming in your area. 

Medicare Part D Open Enrollment/Medicaid, Medicaid Extra Help Application Assistance

Savvy Caregiver:  Family/partner caregivers for dementia patients learn strategies for better caregiving in a confidential, caring, group environment with peers.  Participants receive information on stages of dementia, common behaviors associated with each stage, methods of healthy encouraging caregiving and the importance of self-care for caregivers.  Contact AgeLinc to find dates and locations of programming in your area.

Senior Nutrition Program:  Congregate and Home Delivered Meals – (see County Services page, select your county, look under Nutrition Program and call our partner service to receive meal sign-up assistance)

Stress Busters:  Family/partner caregivers for dementia patients learn how to develop and prioritize self-care in a confidential, caring, group environment with peers. Subscribe to our newsletter for details of upcoming Stress Buster events.

Transportation Assistance

Referral Services 

Addiction Assistance

Assistive Technology

College Education

Community Care Program and Nursing Home Prescreening

Food Stamps (SNAP)

Hearing Loss

Housing and Homestead Exemption 

Independent and Assisted Living

In-Home Care (Home Health, Health/Medication Management)

Medical Alert Systems

Mental Health Assistance

Routine Health Screenings

Senior Employment

Tax Return Assistance

Veterans Assistance 

Weatherization Assistance