The Illinois Department on Aging helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities. Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older people themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans. www.state.il.us/aging

Aging Care Connections is a community resource for older adults and their families in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. From in-home services and support to opportunities for health and wellness, the Agency is meeting the needs of today’s older adults and their families within the community. hwww.agingcareconnections.org

The Association of Senior Service Providers is a network of professionals who work with, or on behalf of seniors.  Members include representatives from the long-term care industry, retirement communities, home health agencies, hospitals, community-based organizations, private practitioners, colleges and universities, government offices and more. hwww.assp-dupage.org

AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. hwww.aarp.org

The US Department of Veterans Affairs provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents. hwww.va.gov

The Social Security Administration‘s mission is to advance the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America’s Social Security programs.  www.ssa.gov

The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is a FREEstatewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP is sponsored by the Illinois Division of Insurance.  www.insurance.illinois.gov/ship

The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age.  www.naela.org

The Midwest Geriatric Care Managers Association is an association of private practitioners whose purpose is the development, advancement and promotion of humane and dignified social, psychological, and health care for the elderly and their families. The association is committed to working towards the highest quality of care for the elderly and their families through education, advocacy, and high standards of practice. hwww.midwestgcm.org

The Older Americans Act of 1965 established the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency’s Assistant Secretary for Aging leads the administration. This organization calls for a range of programs that offer services and opportunities for older Americans. It specifically targets seniors at risk of losing their independence. hwww.aoa.gov

The National Family Caregivers Association educates, supports, empowers and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for loved ones with a chronic illness or disability or the frailties of old age. NFCA reaches across the boundaries of diagnoses, relationships and life stages to address the common needs and concerns of all family caregivers. hwww.nfcacares.org

The National Alliance for Caregiving: The Alliance is dedicated to providing support to family caregivers and the professionals who help them and to increasing public awareness of issues facing family caregivers. hwww.caregiving.org

Over the past 30 years, AgeOptions has established a reputation for meeting the needs, wants and expectations of the senior population in suburban Cook County. Our purpose is to connect older adults, aged 60 and over, with resources and options for care so that they can have a full range of choices and live their lives to the fullest. Our role is to plan, fund, coordinate and advocate for this special group and their family caregivers. hwww.ageoptions.org

The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter serves 68 counties in Illinois with offices in Bloomington, Carterville, Chicago, Joliet, Rockford and Springfield. Since 1980, the Chapter has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes. www.alz.org/illinois/index.asp

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes. hwww.diabetes.org

The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” hwww.americanheart.org

Each day, the Arthritis Foundation is at work in communities across the United States, researching the causes of and cures for arthritis, supporting community outreach and education programs, which directly help families cope with this devastating disease, and initiating grass-roots advocacy efforts which give it a face. www.arthritis.org

The National Stroke Association makes a difference in the lives of people touched by stroke by offering programs in local communities. hwww.stroke.org

Caring Connections, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is a national consumer and community engagement initiative to improve care at the end of life, supported by a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. hwww.caringinfo.org

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. hwww.cancer.org

In 1995, the Meals On Wheels Association of America established the ProjectMeal Foundation as its fundraising and grant-giving arm in order to combat the growing problem of hunger and malnutrition among the elderly. www.mowaa.org

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. AAGP’s mission is to enhance the knowledge base and standard of practice in geriatric psychiatry through education and research and to advocate for meeting the mental health needs of older Americans. hwww.aagponline.org

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) represents over 7,000 assisted living providers, continuing-care retirement communities and independent care providers. Founded in 1990, the federation seeks to advance the assisted living industry and enhance the quality of life for the one million-plus consumers it serves. ALFA broadened its membership in 1999 to embrace all housing and care providers who share a consumer-focused philosophy of care. hwww.alfa.org

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to older adults. With an active membership of over 6,000 health care professionals, theAGS has a long history of effecting change in the provision of health care for older adults. In the last decade, the Society has become a pivotal force in shaping attitudes, policies and practices regarding health care for older people. hwww.americangeriatrics.org

Senior Job Bank exists to help keep older workers in the workforce longer. Senior Job Bank offers an easy, effective and free method for senior citizens to find occasional, part-time, flexible, temporary and even full-time jobs. Through Senior Job Bank, homeowners and businesses deal direct with more mature, experienced and reliable workers. hwww.seniorjobbank.org

The Alliance For Aging Research is the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the pace of medical discoveries to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health. www.agingresearch.org

The National Association for Home Care vigorously protects the rights of home care and hospice providers and patients. They’ve been doing it since 1982. Thanks to their members, the NAHC is the top-ranked, most energetic health care trade association in existence. The unified voice of their membership ensures Congress and regulatory agencies listen when the NAHC speaks. hwww.nahc.org

The non-profit Aging with Dignity was established because you and your family deserve better. We provide you with the practical information, advice and legal tools you need to ensure your wishes and those of your loved ones will be respected. By helping you improve your own quality of care, we can bring about dramatic change, one person at a time. www.agingwithdignity.org