SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2007 LIHEAP SUPERVISOR MARY WROBLEWSKI TRUSTEES DIANE DUNHAM SUSAN F. GIANNONE RICHARD G. TACCINI SCOTT M. KEGARISE CLERK TIMOTHY M. HENEGHAN ASSESSOR JOHN R. LAWSON, CIAO HIGHWAY COMMISSIONER ROBERT A. FECAROTTA COLLECTOR MARGARET FRANKLIN DIRECTOR GERRY BARTNICKE TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR PAT CUCCI CEDA (Community and Economic Development Association) will be offering assistance to those who qualify for the Low Income Home and Energy Assistance Program again this fall. With the rising cost of utilities, this is a tremendous service to low income families and seniors. Income Guidelines: # of people Living in Household 1 2 3 4 Gross Income for 30 days Prior to Application Date $ 1,276.25 $ 1,711.25 $ 2,146.25 $ 2,581.25 —————————————————————— Senior Services ——————————————————————– Documents needed: Social security cards for all household members. • Income for the last 30 days prior to filing an application including social security, pensions, wages, etc. • Current utility bills -Nicor and Commonwealth Edison • Medical cards if receiving public aid. • Current lease. For more information or to apply, call the Senior Department after September 1st, at 847-884-0030. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Transportation Legal Assistance Outreach Program Income Tax Preparation Assistance Free Notary Services Employment Assistance Insurance Counseling Social Events / Parties Home Visits Information and Referrals Alzheimer's Support Group Veteran’s Assistance Social Security Information Property Tax and Energy Relief Assistance Pharmaceutical Information NICOR SHARE PROGRAM The Salvation Army offers energy assistance through the Nicor Share Program for those individuals over the Liheap income levels but under $1,633 for 1 person and $2,200 for a 2 person household. Contact the Salvation Army at 847-885-4060 for further information. SAVE THE DATE !!! The Cook County Sheriff Department will present three informational programs at the Township. WHAT: Homeland Security WHEN: Sept 26, 2007 TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. WHAT: Terrorism/Criminal Justice WHEN: Oct. 22, 2007 TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. WHAT: White Collar Crime WHEN: Nov. 9, 2007 TIME: 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call the Senior Department at 847-884-0030 for a reservation. Take Charge of Your Health The program, sponsored by AgeOptions, is a series of six classes on health-related topics, such as medication, nutrition, and exercise. Where: Schaumburg Township Class meets: Tuesdays, September 25 to October 30 Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. How to register: Call Maria OquendoScharneck at 708-383-0258 ext. 321 or the Senior Services Department at the Township. VETERANS INFORMATION FAIR & TOWN MEETING October 1, 2007 Place: Schaumburg Township One Illinois Blvd. Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Special Guest Speakers: Congresswoman Melissa Bean and Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Director of Veterans’ Affairs Kris Sadur, from Age Options, will be available to answer questions regarding additional programs offered through Benefits Checkup. The Township of Schaumburg offices will be closed on Sept 3, 2007, in observance of Labor Day. BLOOD DRIVE The Village of Schaumburg is sponsoring a Community Blood Drive. WHERE: Church of the Holy Spirit 1451 Bode Road WHEN: September 5, 2007 Please contact Life Source at 847-803-7943 for an appointment. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity and enjoy working with children? District 54 has launched its Senior Volunteer Program and looking to the talents of our senior community to match to the needs of the students. Seniors can specify the days and hours they are available to work at the 22 elementary schools or the 5 junior high schools, and may even select particular schools. You must complete a Volunteer Application and submit it to the Volunteer Office and be approved prior to volunteering. Please contact School District 54 at 847-3575047 for an application or further information. Family Caregiver Training Seminar DATE: September 15, 2007 TIME: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. PLACE: St. Alexius Medical Center Rooms 4 West, B,C,D 1555 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates This program is designed to assist family caregivers and other significant people in the lives of an older adult to provide care. There is no cost to attend but Registration is required. Please call Alexian Connects at 1-866-253-9426. 14th Annual Senior Job Fair Are you looking for a new job opportunity or re-entering the job market? Five local Townships, Elk Grove, Maine, Palatine, Schaumburg, and Wheeling, will be hosting about 25 employers who are looking to hire job seekers age 50 and over. WHEN: September 27, 2007 TIME: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. WHERE: Cotillion 360 Creekside Drive Palatine, IL (Northwest Highway and Rt 53) Bring several resumes with you. There will not be a copier available. If you have diabetes, plan on attending the first annual “Diabetes Day” and learn what you can do to better manage your diabetes. WHEN: TIME: PLACE: October 2, 2007 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Garden Terrace Room at Elk Grove Village Pavilion 1000 Wellington Avenue Registration is required. Please call 1-866-253-9426. THANKS!!!!!! Many thanks to all who responded to our request for yarn and buttons. Our crochet group will use the donations to complete many future projects. Get connected! 12th Annual Senior Lifestyle Expo Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace Presented by the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging Wednesday, September 5th & Thursday, September 6th 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attractions: > Live Entertainment > Health & Wellness Area > Fun & Educational Seminars > Product/Service Exhibitors > Interactive Game Show > Giveaways & Drawings > Video Horseracing for Prizes Entertainment Stage: > Grand Haven Theatre Group, Romeoville > Park Larks of Northbrook Park District > 2006 Idol Winners “Senior Idol” Competition: Maybe you sing or play an instrument, tell jokes or do magic… YOU could perform at Drury Lane—Win $$$... Auditions—Wednesday, September 5th & Thursday, September 6th (Finals in afternoon) (Call 630-293-5990 for more info and an application.) TICKETS: $3.00 at the door $1.00 off coupon available: www.SeniorLifestyleExpo.org For more information call the Area Agency on Aging at 630-293-5990 or 800-528-2000 Senior News May, 2007 Another Benefit of Vitamin D Most people know that Vitamin D is important to bone health. Research also indicates that Vitamin D may reduce the risk of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness after the age of 60. A study conducted between 1988 and 1994 revealed that participants with the highest levels of Vitamin D in their blood had a 40 percent lower risk of early AMD than those with the lowest levels. Researchers believe that Vitamin D may reduce inflammation or prevent blood vessel growth in the retina. Include foods such as egg yolks, liver, tuna and Vitamin D fortified milk in your diet to help lower your risk of age-related blindness. Sunshine is also a significant contributor in our daily production of Vitamin D and as little as 10 minutes of exposure per day is thought to be enough. Daily Herald 5/21/07 BENEFITS CHECKUP Benefits Checkup was developed by the National Council on Aging, a national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older adults. This program screens clients for eligible assistance offered on the state, and federal levels, as well as local and private programs. Many of the programs offered have income-based criteria to meet eligibility. As these programs are ever changing, you may qualify for one or more benefits. Some of the information needed to complete the screening requires the following documentation: Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid Cards. Monthly Housing Costs (includes mortgage/rent, utilities, out-of-pocket medical bills, expenses for caring for someone at home while you work). Monthly Income Total (social security, pensions, wages). Total Assets (bank accounts, stocks/bonds, current value of car/home, life insurance policies). List of all medications and dosages. Property Taxes. For more information call the Senior Department at 847-884-0030. ILLINOIS CARES Rx There are still about 80,000 Illinois residents that have not renewed their Illinois Cares Rx for 2008. The Illinois Department on Aging has increased the Circuit Breaker income levels for the Illinois Cares Rx drug coverage. This increase impacts only medication coverage. If your income level was borderline or slightly over, this is a good time to recheck the income limits for qualification. The new limits are as follows: Illinois Cares Rx Basic: • $22,793 for a household of one • $30,594 for a household of two • $38,393 for a household of three Illinois Cares Rx Plus: • $21,936 for a household of one • $29,412 for a household of two For further information or to schedule an appointment, call the Senior Department at 847-884-0030. The Township building will be closed on October 8, 2007, in observance of Columbus Day Schaumburg Township Senior Services One Illinois Boulevard Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 * *IMPORTANT** NEWSLETTER ATTENTION !!!!!!! If anyone knows of a senior who has moved out of the Township, is deceased, or receives more than one newsletter, please call us with this information. SENIOR DEPARTMENT 847-884-0030 TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT 847-882-1929 NEWSLETTER DAYS When a month has five weeks in it, the newsletter day is the fourth Wednesday of the month. When a month has four weeks, the newsletter day is the third Wednesday of the month. Volunteer folding of the newsletter begins at 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served. DEPARTMENT CLOSING MEALS NOW AND HOME DELIVERED Are you unable to cook or shop? If so, MEALS NOW can deliver to your door weekly. All meals are low sodium and low fat and can be frozen. Call (Barn) 847-524-7496 or call (Kenneth Young) 847-524-8800 for Meals on Wheels. The Senior Department will close at 4:00 p.m. daily so that the staff can return phone calls and process necessary paperwork. The department will be closed to walk-ins after this time. APPOINTMENTS ARE NECESSARY. REPRINT REMINDER We thank other newsletters, which have been reprinting our articles with proper credit. Any organization may reprint articles from any of our newsletters provided that proper credit is given by name of newsletter and date. Any questions? Call 847-884-0030 ext. 2015.