Illinois and our local city, township, and county municipalities provide a number of resources and benefits for seniors. Community partners also deliver additional assistance for important areas, such as housing, legal issues and insurance. Please contact the below organizations directly for more details on their services, and feel free to contact us if you we can help you navigate any of these resources.
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Property Tax Relief
Those age 65 and over may qualify for the following property tax relief programs in Illinois:
Senior Citizen Homestead Exemption
Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze
Senior Deferral Program
Applications and additional information for these programs can be found via the below county websites:
Call the HelpLine to get connected with local resources and be provided the necessary information. Their number is 1-800-252-8966, or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY). To report suspected abuse or neglect to Adult Protective Services, please call 1-866-800-1409, or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY).
Senior Health Insurance Program
The Senior Health Insurance Program, or SHIP, is there to help Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers navigate Medicare. You can find more information at www2.illinois.gov/aging/ship.
Illinois Aging Services
This wonderful resource (illinoisagingservices.org) helps with insurance, finding senior housing, finding transportation, and more. You can either call or email if you want personalized help or go to their database and do your own research on services near you.
AgeGuide (ageguide.org) provides multiple resources, including virtual classes and a tailored care assessment. This website also has links and contact information to a variety of other resources.
College of DuPage
The College of DuPage offers a variety of continuing education that are designed for people 50 and older in a variety of subject areas. There is a reduced senior rate for people who are 55 and older. To see what courses they are currently offering, visit www.cod.edu/academics/continuing-education.
Benefit Access Program
Illinois' Benefit Access Program offers those age 65 and above (who do not excede certain income thresholds) with two key benefits:
License plate fee discount
Free rides on fixed-route transit systems
Apply for the program online via the Illinois Department of Aging: www2.illinois.gov/aging/BenefitsAccess/
Community Care Program
This program is aimed at assisting seniors in maintaining their independence, with services including adult day services, in-home service, and automated medication dispernser service. Go to this website for more information about eligibility and how to apply: https://ilaging.illinois.gov/programs/ccp.html
Senior Services by County and City
Both Will and DuPage counties have specific senior services departments that provide a wide variety of resources. Will County's senior services can be accessed at willcountyseniors.org and Dupage County's senior services are at www.dupageco.org/seniorsvcs. Naperville has a page for senior resources (www.naperville.il.us/services/senior-services-and-resources/) as well as Warrenville (www.warrenville.il.us/413/Senior-Disabled-Services).
At senior centers you can find a wide variety of things, from classes, to activities, to trips. Both the Naperville and the Warrenville Park Districts have a variety of active adults & seniors programs.
2021 Legislative Highlights
HB2433 Allows for local public departments to investigate nursing homes
SB2244 Property tax relief for seniors
SB2294 Medicaid Omnibus - Coverage for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly Services
Increased funding for Alzheimer's disease research, care, and support programs
Long Term Care stability payments
2022 Legislative Highlights
HB4388 EMS training on dementia
HB4674 Nursing home inspections
HB5304 Lowers cost of license plate registration for seniors
SB1633 Bill of rights for nursing home patients
SB1975 Property tax omnibus, including seniors exemptions, PTELL (HB3774)
SB2993 Permanently implements dementia training
SB3819 Requires coverage of palliative and hospice care
- $1.2 billion for in-home care for seniors
Funding for 12 million home delivered meals for seniors
$2 million for Alzheimer outreach and education