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.
RSVP Volunteer Program Coordinator (Knox County- Part Time)
The RSVP Volunteer Program Coordinator (Knox County) is responsible for recruiting, placing and managing volunteers 55 years of age and older in positions that match volunteer interests and community needs in Knox County. This position would be responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with non-profit organizations throughout the county. In addition, this position would ensure requirements of funders are met. This position works closely with all RSVP staff in areas of public relations and project report coordination. This position will work closely with the RSVP Program Coordinator for Warren County in activities effecting both Warren and Knox counties.
- B.A. or Associates Degree with 3 years of experience in volunteer management.
- Experience working with volunteers and/or in managing volunteers preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to work with computer programs.
- Knowledge of older adults’ needs
Please submit resumes to email@example.com by May 18th.
Spring 2017 Living and Learning Educational Series
April 21st from 1-2pm:
TOOLS FOR FINANCIAL CAREGIVERS
Presented by Erin Scheithe (Office For Older Americans)
- Learn about valuable tips and tools for managing a loved ones finances. Millions of Americans are managing money or property for a loved one who is unable to pay bills or make financial decisions. These individuals may be agents under power of attorney, guardians of property, or other fiduciaries.
April 28th from 10-11am: SOCIAL SECURITY: UNDERSTANDING BENEFITS
Presented by Rock Island County Social Security
- Learn about the benefits available and provided by the Social Security Administration.
May 5th from 10-11am:
ILLINOIS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
Presented by Lynette Strode (Illinois Assistive Technology Program)
- Learn about tools and technology to help maintain your health and independence.
May 12th from 10-11am:
UNDERSTANDING LONG TERM CARE MEDICAID COVERAGE
Presented by Delores Wigman (Prairie State Legal Services)
- Learn about Long Term Care Medicaid coverage, benefits, and the application process. Information will also be provided on Spousal Impoverishment and Income/Asset Spenddown. Moving a loved one to a long term care facility is never an easy decision, but being prepared can make the process manageable.
May 19th from 4:30—6:30pm:
LIFE AFTER RETIREMENT: WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE AND ENGAGED
Presented by Jen Boedeker (WIAAA)
- Learn about ways to stay active and engaged after you retire.
All presentations are held at WIAAA– 729 34th Avenue, Rock Island.
For more information or to register for the presentations, contact Jacob Irish at (309) 793-6800.
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.