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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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Location: TaxSlayer Center 1201 River Drive Moline, Il

WIAAA 40th Annual Conference

For more information about WIAAA’s 40th Annual onference click HERE.

Public Information Document Fiscal Year 2019
(October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019)

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging invites the public, community agencies, legislators, and especially older adults in Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren counties in Western Illinois to attend one of the two Public Hearings we will hold on the proposed 2019 grant application to the Illinois Department on Aging to provide programs and services for older adults, their caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and adults with disabilities.
Public Hearings will be held at:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Henry County Senior Citizens Center
200 East South Street
Kewanee, Illinois 61443

Friday, May 18, 2018
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Bureau County Senior Citizens Center
16 West Marion Street
Princeton, Illinois 61356

Please click here to read the Public Information Document. This document summarizes all programs and services and the federal and state funds that will be utilized to provide the programs and services.

Join us to share your comments and ideas so we can best meet the needs of older adults, their caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren and adults with disabilities who live in your community!

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 beskildsen@wiaaa.org.
Written comments will also be accepted through June 5, 2018, at WIAAA, 729 34th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201 or by email to beskildsen@wiaaa.org.

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 https://www.illinoislegalaid.org/get-legal-help. 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.

Announcements

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