Educational Resources

Senior Resource Guide

AARP Chicago area 773-714-9800
Administration on Aging 202 619-0724
Alcoholics Anonymous 312-346-1475
Alzheimer’s Association 24h. 800-272-3900
American Association for Homecare 703.836.6263
American Cancer Society 312-372-0471
American Council of the Blind 800-424-8666
American Diabetes Association 312-346-1805
American Heart Association 312-346-4675
American Society of Aging 800-537-9728
American Stroke Organization 800-242-8721
Arthritis Foundation 312-616-3470
Audio-Vestibular Associates – answering machine to make app 847-328-5180
Better Business Bureau 24 hrs 312-832-0500
Cancer Hotline 800-422-6237
Chicago Department on Aging 800-252-8966
Crisis Intervention Hotline 312-926-8100
CTA General Information 312-664-7200
Drug Abuse Hotline 800-688-1777
Elder Abuse Hotline 800-252-8966
Illinois Emergency Management 800-782-7860
Illinois Dept. of Rehabilitation Services 312-814-2934
Illinois State Council of Senior Citizen Organizations 312-243-6296
Illinois Public Aid 800-842-1461
Mobile Meals (Chicago Residents) 312-744-4016
National Health Information Clearinghouse 800-336-4797
National Association for Continence 800-BLADDER
National Resource Center for Save Aging 619-594-0986
H.E.L.P 310-533-1996
Home Health Hotline 800-252-4343
Pace General Information 847-364-7223
Parkinson Disease Information/Referral 800-457-6676
Red Cross 773-440-2000
Social Security Administration  800-772-1213
United Way 312-580-2800
Dept. of Public Health Complaint Registry 800-252-4343
Dept. of Health & Human Services 877-696-6775

According to U.S. Census Bureau National population projections from 1996 to 2006 the total resident population in the United States increased from 151 to 299 million persons representing an average annual gross rate of 1.2%.  During the same period, the population 65-74 years of age grew, on average, 1.5% per year increasing from 8 to 19 million persons.  The population 75 years of age and over grew the fastest (on average 2.8% per year), increasing from 4 to 18 million persons.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2029 all of the baby boomers (those born post World War II period 1946-1964) will be age 65 years and over.  As a result, a population aged 65-74 years will increase from 6%-10% of the total population between 2006 and 2030.  As baby boomers age, the population 75 years of age and over rose to 6% in 2006 and will rise to 9% of population by 2030 and continue to grew to 12% in 2050.  By 2040, the population age 75 years and over will exceed the population 65-74 years of age.

The largest group of purchasers of home care services is elderly. In 2007, “Charity Help the Aged” research showed that 5% of people 65-69 years of age made regular use of a private home care service.  Twenty eights percent (28%) 85 years of age and over make regular use of private pay home care services.

United States National Vital Statistics indicates from 1900 through 2005 life expectancy at birth increase from 46 to 75 for men and from 48 to 80 for women. By 2031 almost one-quarter of the population will be over 65. The majority of these people will stay in their own home and many will require home care services. The need for home care services will continue to increase as older people make up the fastest-growing section of the population.

According to U.S. Census Bureau 2000 data, percent distribution of all noninstitutionalized disabled civilians aged 5 and older the West and Midwest regions of the United States had the second and third largest disabled population – 10.8 million and 10.5 million.  Among people aged 16 to 64 in the civilian noninstitutionalized population, 19.6 percent of men and 17.6 percent of women reported one or more disabilities.  Among people 65 and older, the disability rate was 43.0 percent for women and 40.4 percent for men. The number of elderly Americans is projected to double by 2030, a factor nearly guaranteed to push up the disabled population.

The average life expectancy is increasing and so is the number of age-related diseases. Many individuals with age-related diseases wish to retain their independence by continuing to live in their own homes rather than moving to assisted living and skilled care facilities.