Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is an Aging and Disability Resource Center. We serve a 10 county area that includes: Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren County. We ensure coordinated, accessible services for older persons to live independent, meaningful and dignified lives. Our community focal points in each county that are senior centers serve as congregate meal sites as well as areas for seniors to go for activities and socialization. We advocate at local, state, and federal levels for seniors and adults with disabilities. WIAAA also funds Home Delivered Meal programs, transportation as well as respite for caregivers. Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is located in our building and is a great volunteer resource. WIAAA is a certified SHIP site and counselors are available to provide information and direct assistance regarding Medicare, Medicare D plans, Medicare supplements, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid, etc.

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 beskildsen@wiaaa.org. Written comments will also be accepted through June 5, 2017, at WIAAA, 729 34th Ave., Rock Island, IL 61201 or by email send to beskildsen@wiaaa.org.

Upcoming Events

WIAAA's 39th Annual Conference
Join us on Thursday, September 14th at the iWireless Center (1201 River Drive, Moline, IL) for WIAAA’s 39th Annual Conference. This year's keynote speaker is Elaine K. Sanchez. Elaine is an author, speaker, and co-founder of CaregiverHelp.com, a video-based caregiver support program. Her passion for helping family and professional caregivers cope with the emotional stress of caring for individuals with progressive and degenerative diseases is based on her own experience of caring for aging family members. For additional Information and registration forms click HERE


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 2016 Open Enrollment period, WIAAA and their funded Community Focal Points helped 976 Medicare beneficiaries in 10 counties switch their plan for 2017. Total savings for all those that switched their plan- $1,925,435.82!!!

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