Illinois Department on Aging Celebrates Older Americans Month
Releases PSA to encourage everyone across
the state to “Make Your Mark”
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[May 22, 2020]
May is Older Americans Month in Illinois
and the state’s Department on Aging (IDoA) is encouraging all
Illinoisans to “Make Your Mark” in the lives of our older adults.
“Make Your Mark” is the theme of this year’s recognition, which
highlights the differences everyone can make in the lives of the
state’s more than 2.7 million older adults and in support of our
more than 70,000 caregivers.
In recognition of the month, IDoA released a Public
Service Announcement (PSA) to create awareness of how important it
is to support our older family members, friends, and neighbors
especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The PSA is also
meant to raise awareness of programs and services available for
seniors through IDoA, our 13 Area Agencies on Aging, and 46 Care
Specifically, in the 30 second PSA, IDoA Director Paula Basta
highlights options available to everyone on how they can Make Their
We want you to know that you are never too old - or too young - to
participate in activities that Make Your Mark on our seniors.
Delivering a meal, writing a letter, or just a simple phone call to
check-in will certainly bring a smile to anyone’s face. Show them
you care. Now, more than ever, let’s do what we can to Make Our Mark
in the lives of our older adults!
Americans Month was established by President John F. Kennedy and
members of the National Council of Senior Citizens in 1963, there
were only 17 million Americans 65 years of age and older, about a
third of older Americans lived in poverty, and there were few
programs to meet their needs.
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Today in Illinois, people 85 years of age and
older is the fastest growing segment of the older population, and by
2030, individuals 65 years of age and older will represent almost
25% of Illinois’s population. Members of this age group, along with
individuals with underlying medical conditions, are among those most
at risk for health complications related to COVID-19.
For more information on how you can Make Your Mark, and for programs
and services available to assist older adults in Illinois, visit our
website at www.illinois.gov/aging or contact our Senior HelpLine at
1-800-252-8966 (hearing impaired call 888-206-1327) or by email
Link to Public Service Announcement (expires 06/01/2020)
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