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In honor of Flag Day, June 14, Downers Grove Township, American Legion Post #391 of Lombard, and American Legion Orchestra hosted a Flag Day Celebration at Oak Crest & Oak Hill Cemeteries. A respectful ceremony was offered with words by DuPage Co. Sheriff Jim Mendrick and our guest speaker Lois
The Downers Grove Township now offers access to a medical lending closet. The Medical Lending Closet is a Township service that provides medical equipment for a 90-day period at no cost to residents. Residents may borrow medical equipment such as wheelchairs, canes, walkers, shower chairs, tub transfer chairs and crutches. Our
The May 31, 2023 deadline for LIHEAP applications is quickly approaching! The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program assists eligible households by offsetting the rising cost of home energy through direct financial assistance by paying for their natural gas, propane, electric bills, and furnace assistance. Residents may qualify for one
The Township Center, located at 4341 Saratoga Avenue, is a place for adults aged 55 and better. We hope you’ll join us soon for learning, socialization, and fun. Did you know that Downers Grove Township has recently opened a new Senior Center? We offer a variety of educational seminars, art
Please join us as we honor our veterans at Oak Crest & Oak Hill Cemeteries located on Howard St. and Glenview Ave. on June 11, 2022 at 11am. Special ceremony will include a 21- gun salute. Food will be provided by Mission BBQ. Flag and Monument donated by American Legion
We are thrilled to announce we launched a new website. Some of the great new freatures include: Mobile & Tablet Friendly We’ve made viewing our website on a mobile device or tablet much easier. Website Accessibility AccessiBe ADA Tool ADA Compliance Example Website Accessibility to meet ADA recommendations. Such as,
Dial-A-Ride (DAR) is a curb-to-curb, shared-ride service for Township residents who are 65 and older. Riders with disabilities, under age 65, may also qualify if they have an RTA/ADA card, the applications for which are available at the Township office.
Friends for Downers Grove Township Seniors (FFDGTS)
A not-for-profit organization that supports programs and services offered by the Township that foster the independence and wellbeing of older adults. Based on need, the organization seeks to enhance their quality of life by acting as a resource for funding programs, services, education, and information.
As a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization, monetary donations to Friends for Downers Grove Township Senior Citizens are tax deductible.
Tax ID# 45-3952379
Make checks payable to: Friends for Downers Grove Township Senior Citizens
Senior Advisory Committee (SAC)
A consortium of seniors, local law enforcement, fire protection, park districts, governmental and community agencies with a shared goal of improving the quality of life for older adults.
The Committee investigates the level and nature of the ability of senior citizens, specifically persons 65 years and older, to maintain their self-sufficiency and personal well-being within programs that are currently available. If unmet needs are demonstrated, the Committee reports these needs to the Township Board.
There are nine voting members on the Senior Advisory Committee who must live or serve within the Township.
The Committee works in cooperation with the Illinois Department on Aging, Department of Transportation and other Township agencies and community groups, as mentioned above. State Statute mandates the creation of a senior committee.
The Committee does not create programs out of mere convenience nor does it duplicate services already being provided to senior citizens, but is specifically charged to examine the current status with a viewpoint to supplementing and assisting existing programs or instituting new programs if there is a real and crucial need for services not currently being provided.
Advisory Committee Responsibilities
The Senior Advisory Committee usually meets on the first Monday of every month from 1:30-2:30pm, see meeting agenda for full details. The public is welcome to attend and comment.
Health // Home // Finance
Allows for designation of a trusted person as an agent for health care decisions, on your behalf, if you become incapacitated. You may give this person the authority to initiate/terminate medical procedures & life support systems.
Authorizes a representative to act on your behalf in private affairs, business, or some other legal matter.
Allows you to describe the medical care you wish to receive if your medical condition becomes irreversible. It is different from a Durable Power of Attorney because an agent has not been assigned to speak on your behalf.
Detailed document describing choices in type of care & treatment you wish to receive in case of serious illness and personal, emotional, medical and spiritual needs. Five Wishes can be used instead of a living will or durable power of medical attorney. Aging w/ Dignity (850) 681-2050 www.agingwithdignity.org. Township copies available for $1.00.
Specialized Healthcare Services
Devices available at the Spectrios Institute for Low Vision (Deicke House Wheaton). Devices include talking clocks/watches, calculators, thermometers, low vision computer keyboards w/large keys or keyboard overlays, playing & bingo cards, large print address books, easy-to-read kitchen timers & magnifying mirrors. Call (630) 690-7115.
The Ill. Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC) offers free Amplified Telephones/Teletypewriters for loan to residents with certified hearing loss. ITAC provides trained operators to relay conversations between people w/a telecommunications device & people using voice telephones. ITAC at (800) 841-6167 V/TTY www.itactty.org.
The Dentistry Foundation provides portable dental equip/ services to care for the homebound/handicapped includes fillings, cleanings, dentures, crowns & bridges. Dept. of Aging (312) 440-8976, Community Care Prog. (800) 942-9412
In-Home Senior Care
Provides trained volunteers who visit a frail senior weekly so that family caregivers can take a regularly scheduled break.
Call Metropolitan Family Services DuPage at (630) 784-4875.
Community Care Program is a subsidized housekeeping service for seniors who have a low income and few assets.
Call DuPage County Senior Services at (800) 942-9412.
Private agencies provide in-home nursing care services, physical and occupational therapy, and nutrition information, as well as personal care tasks such as bathing, dressing, housekeeping, meal preparation and grocery shopping. Fees may vary. Ask how the agency operates. Request written descriptions of the agency’s services, charges and payment procedures. Literature available at the Township office.
Website: https://www.dupageco.org/seniorsvcs/ Call: (630) 407-6500 Press 2, (800) 942-9412.
Brought to homebound older persons on weekdays at noontime.
To Arrange for Services Call: DuPage County Senior Services (630) 407-6500 Press 2 or (800) 942-9412; OR DuPage Senior Citizens Council (630) 620-0804.
Includes repair of windows and doors, maintenance, repair and possible replacement of furnace units. Household income must be at 200% of the federal poverty guideline (or household member receives other assistance).
Call Dupage County Intake: (800) 942-9412
Out-of-Home Care & Assistance
Provides activities and socialization for elderly persons in a supervised and supportive environment, while family care givers get a respite.
Call: Community Adult Day Center (630)968-1060, 4501 Main St. Downers Grove, IL.
Provides short-term overnight care for older adults, who cannot be left alone, in a comfortable family-style Elmhurst home. Services include home-cooked meals, household care, activities & socialization. Call Metropolitan Family Services DuPage (630) 653-2397. Short-term overnight stays are also provided at various nursing homes.
Financial Guidelines & Legal Assistance
Federal law protects spouses of nursing home residents from losing their income and assets to pay for nursing home care for their spouse. Website: www.illinois.gov/aging/CommunityServices/Pages/ccp_spousal-impov.aspx
Offers free legal services for low-income services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them. Contact West Chicago Office: (630) 690-2130; (800) 690-2130.
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