First Stop for Information and Resources

WIAAA is an Aging and Disability Resource Center that serves a 10 county area that includes: Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren County.

Power of Attorney and Additional Legal Assistance

In many of our counties we have wonderful volunteer attorneys available to prepare power of attorney documents for low income people. A power of attorney document allows you to appoint someone to act on your behalf. This can be for health care decisions or financial decisions and can be very important if you should become incapacitated due to an injury or illness. You can start an application online at When you complete the online process you will be given a phone number to call to complete your interview. This service is not available in all counties.

Contact Prairie State Legal Services:

Bureau, Lasalle, and Putnam Counties
1021 Clinton St. Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 434-5903 or (800) 892-7888

Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties
1600 Fourth Ave, Suite 200, Rock Island, IL 61201
(309) 794-1328 or (800) 322-9804

Mcdonough, Knox, Henderson, and Warren Counties
311 East Main St, Suite 302, Galesburg, IL 61401
(309) 343 2141 or (800) 331-0617

Prepare For Emergencies Now

The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies from fires and floods to potential terrorist attacks. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared. This Guide outlines commonsense measures older Americans can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen. Preparing makes sense for older Americans. Get Ready Now.

Public Information Document 2016-2018

The proposed 2018 Amendment to the Area Plan for the years 2016-2018 summarizes the community based programs that Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging proposes utilizing federal and state funding to meet the needs of older adults, their caregivers and adults with disabilities. We encourage the public to review the document and attend any of the public hearings listed below.

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging will conduct two public hearings on the proposed 2018 Amendment to the Area Plan for the years 2016-2018. The general public, community agencies and legislators, are invited to join us for these hearings and provide comment on our plans for utilizing federal and state funds to provide community based services for older adults and adults with disabilities in Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren counties in Western Illinois. For more information, please read the Public Hearing Notice on page 3 of the 2018 Amendment. The Public Hearings will be held at:

Monday, May 22, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Putnam County Community Center
128 First Street
Standard, Illinois 61363

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging
729 – 34th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201

Anyone who would like to schedule an opportunity to testify at one or more of the hearings should contact Barbara Eskildsen at 1-800-322-1051 or by email at Written comments will also be accepted through June 5, 2017, at WIAAA, 729 34th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201 or by email send to

Upcoming Events

March 7, 2018 from 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Moline Activity Center – 620 18th St., Moline, IL 61265

Medicare What you Need to Know
Learn about all the parts of Medicare– coverage, benefits, costs, enrollment, etc. Intended audience: those on Medicare, those soon to be on Medicare, and anyone else needing Medicare information.


The Medicare Open Enrolment period is October 15th to December 7th every year. During Open Enrollment, people can review their current Medicare Advantage plan or their Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for the next year. WIAAA and their funded Community Focal Points have trained Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors available to provide free, unbiased counseling. Medicare beneficiaries are able to save money by comparing plans with a trained SHIP counselor and switch their plan for the next year to have the best coverage and lowest medication costs.

During the 2017 Open Enrollment period, WIAAA and their funded Community Focal Points helped 1,237 Medicare beneficiaries in 10 counties switch their plan for 2018. Total savings for all those that switched their plan: $1,967,066!!!

SHIP counselors are available year round to help people with Medicare questions, billing issues, and to provide enrollment assistance. Call WIAAA today to schedule an appointment (309) 793-6800.



Senior Health Insurance Program