WAUKEGAN – ElderCARE Lake County was awarded a grant in January to reduce social isolation among older adults in Lake County.
The effects of loneliness and isolation are the top priority of AgeGuide, the granting agency. Formerly the Northeastern Illinois Agency on Aging, AgeGuide is a nonprofit organization serving eight counties in northeastern Illinois that works closely with the Administration on Community Living, Illinois Department on Aging and other agencies to empower older adults.
The need to address social isolation before it becomes a determinant of more severe problems is significant and ongoing. As Lake County experiences an increasing aging population that often faces economic and social instability, older adults in poverty have become one of the most vulnerable populations living in the area.
New participants in ElderCARE’s friendly visit program will be matched with a local community volunteer for a weekly in-person visit.
“This funding from AgeGuide will help ElderCARE dedicate more staff and volunteer resources to directly serve more older adults living alone in northern Lake County,” ElderCARE Executive Director Jackie Lynn said.
ElderCARE’s mission is to help adults ages 65 and over remain as healthy and independent as possible. Through its committed and active volunteers, ElderCARE provides unique and necessary services free of charge to help low-income older adults age in place and delay or avoid moving to a more institutional setting. ElderCARE does this by providing escorted transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping services and friendly visits.
ElderCARE is actively recruiting older adults who would benefit from friendly visits, as well as volunteers to help provide the service. Any individual interested in receiving or providing friendly visits should contact ElderCARE Lake County at 847-406-4683 or email@example.com.