Boost Your Budget Week:

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), a trusted national leader working to ensure every person can age well, is partnering with community-based organizations nationwide to launch Boost Your Budget™ Week, July 13-17, 2020.

AgeOptions will be hosting events through September 2020.

Upcoming Events

AgeOptions will educate callers about the Benefits that could be available to you and how to qualify.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 11am
Thrive with Pride: An online Cafe for LGBT+ Older adults

Join us on ZOOM:

Or Call in: 312-626- 6799  enter meeting ID: 966 6129 4106

We will be discussing SNAP, Medicare Saving Program, BAA License Plate Discount, Free Ride and others

Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 7 pm
Park Forest Library SNAP Event 

To Register: Contact the library to speak with Brittany at 708.748.3731 ext. 21 or
Visit the website at

We will be discussing SNAP, Medicare Saving Program, BAA License Plate Discount, Free Ride and others

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 3pm
North Riverside Library SNAP Telephone Event

1-800-747-5150 and enter access code 1453322

We will be discussing SNAP, Medicare Saving Program, BAA License Plate Discount, Free Ride and others

Benefits Check- Up

A free web-based service of the National Council on Aging, BenefitsCheckUp helps people 55 and older find and enroll in public and private benefits. This comprehensive website asks a series of questions to help individuals identify all the benefits they are eligible for, and quickly finds federal, state and private benefit programs to help save money on health care, food, prescriptions, utilities and more.The BenefitsCheckUp website provides applications for more than 50 different programs,  including Medicare’s Extra Help, Medicaid, Medicare Savings Programs, state pharmacy programs and other programs that can help pay for prescription drugs and health care costs.

Click here to start using BenefitsCheckUp yourself, or call AgeOptions for more information at (708)383-0258.

AgeOptions is the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, Illinois, we advocate, plan, coordinate and fund services for older adults.

Benefits Enrollment Center:

The National Council on Aging’s Center for Benefits Access supports 69 Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs) around the country to help low-income people with Medicare access programs that pay for healthcare, food, and more. Using web-based tools and person-centered approaches, the BECs help low-income seniors and persons with disabilities find and enroll in all the benefits programs for which they are eligible, and create coordinated, community-wide systems of benefits access. AgeOptions is fortunate to be one of the Benefit Enrollment Centers!

The BECs focus on connecting Medicare beneficiaries with limited incomes to these core benefits:

  • Medicare Part D Extra Help/Low-Income Subsidy (LIS)
  • Medicare Savings Programs
  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP – formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

BECs also help seniors and younger adults with disabilities to apply for other programs, such as Supplemental Security Income, State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs, local transportation assistance, tax relief, and more.

Local Partner Resources:

The agencies below offer benefits enrollment assistance and many other programs for older adults and those with disabilities.

North Suburbs:

  • Barrington, Hanover and Wheeling Townships: Catholic Charities Northwest(847)253-5500
  • Elk Grove and Schaumburg Township: North Shore Senior Center (Nile Office)(847)- 864- 3721
  • Maine, New Trier and Northfield Township: North Shore Senior Center (Northfield Office)(847) -784-6000
  • Palatine Townships: Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council(847) 991-1112
  • Barrington, Hanover and Wheeling Townships: Catholic Charities Northwest(847)253-5500

West Suburban:

  • Berwyn, Cicero, and North Proviso Township
    (except Brookfield and LaGrange Park)Solutions for Care(708)447-2448
  • Lyons, Riverside, Norwood Park and Proviso Township (Villages of Brookfield and LaGrange Park)Aging Care Connections(708)354-1323
  • Oak Park and River Forest TownshipsOak Park Township Senior Services(708)383-8060
  • Leyden TownshipLeyden Family Services Senior Citizens Program(847)451-0330

South Suburbs:

  • Bloom, Bremen, Calumet, Rich and Thornton Townships: South Suburban Senior Services of Catholic Charities(708)596-2222;  PLOWS Council on Aging(708)361-0219
  • Stickney Township: Stickney Township Office on Aging(708)636-8850
  • Collar Counties Outside Cook County – Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging:  (800)528-2000
  • City of Chicago – Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Division of Senior Services: (312)744-4016



  • Suburban Cook County Cultural Services and Support:

    • Hispanic/Latino Communities: Alvilio Medical Center – (773)254-1400
    • Arab American Communities: Arab American Family Services – (708)599-2237
    • Korean Communities: Hanul Family Alliance- (847)439-5195
    • Indo-Asian Communities: Metropolitan Asian Family Services- (847)824-9414
    • Chinese-American Communities: Xilin Senior Services- (847)607-6555

Looking for ways to stretch your budget?

Contact Us!

Call our Benefits Enrollment Center at 800-699-9043 ext 393

Or contact us via email

For more information on programs and services, please go to the Services & Programs page.