Western Illinois Area

Agency On Aging


What is the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging?

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging was founded in 1973 under an amendment to the Older Americans Act of 1965. The Act is a Federal law created to help older Americans live in their homes with safety and dignity as long as possible with appropriate services and support.

WIAAA receives federal, state and local funds and subgrants with local community agencies in ten counties in western Illinois: Bureau, Henderson, Henry, Knox, LaSalle, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island and Warren counties to provide services such as home delivered meals, congregate meals, transportation, legal assistance, information & assistance, outreach, options counseling, senior center, and family caregiver support programs.

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To learn more about what services are available in your area, visit our Funded Provider Services by County page.

WIAAA is an Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and provides the following services:

To learn more about these programs, visit Our Services page.


Older Americans Act Programs:
Access Services

In-Home Services

Community Based Services

Family Caregiver Services – Caregivers and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

State Funded Programs:

Options Counseling (60 and older and persons with disabilities 18-59) – is a person-centered, interactive, decision-support process whereby individuals receive assistance in their deliberations to make informed long-term support choices in the context of their own preferences, strengths, and values.

SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) - is for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers. SHIP counselors are trained to: Educate consumers and answer questions about Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicare Advantage, private fee-for-service and other health insurance; Organize and assist in filing Medicare and Medicare Advantage claims; and Analyze Medicare Supplement.

SHAP - Provides information and assistance and outreach services, counsel older adults and persons with disabilities, and conduct application assistance services for Medicare Part D, Extra Help, Medicare Savings Programs, Seniors Free Transit Ride (in counties where this program is available), Persons with Disabilities Free Transit Ride (in counties where this service is available) and the Secretary of State’s License Plate Discount Program.

MIPPA - outreach and counseling activities regarding Medicare Savings Programs (MSP), the Low-Income Subsidy Program (LIS).  

Social Isolation - WIAAA has agreements with Bureau County Senior Center, Mendota Area Senior Services, Putnam County Community Center and Strom Center (Warren County) to engage socially isolated older adults in reconnecting with friends, neighbors and their local community.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (ADRD) Supportive Gap-Filling
is based on a consumer directed model which provides limited funds that persons with dementia and/or their primary caregivers may spend on services and supports to enhance their ability to live in the community.  All Community Focal Points in PSA 03 are funded to provide this service.

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