Located in Palos Heights, PLOWS Council on Aging is South Suburban Cook County’s premier leader and connection to information and resources on aging. PLOWS is a 501(c)3 human service organization providing comprehensive community services to more than 16,000 individuals in 20 municipalities within Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships.
While programs and services are focused on those aged 60+ who are navigating the life cycle, PLOWS also provides specific services to people with disabilities aged 18+ living at home. PLOWS Council on Aging is focused on bringing innovative opportunities and integrated solutions that help individuals maintain their health, dignity, and self-worth in their community, while ensuring their independence in their homes for as long as possible.
The Illinois Department on Aging helps older adults live independently in their own homes and communities. As the population ages, services and programs for older adults must evolve as well because longevity means more when quality of life is enhanced. To best serve older adults, the department also aims to serve their families and teach younger people about the realities of aging. Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older adults themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Senior Services Department coordinates with law enforcement and other professionals in the community who specialize in meeting the needs of seniors through planning, education, communication, cooperative strategies, and supportive services. Their commitment is to reduce victimization and enhance law enforcement services provided to our senior population. Check out their website to learn more about services such as Cell Phones for Seniors, Senior Citizen Outreach, and the Senior Law Enforcement Academy.
Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation’s people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation’s history.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to address the needs and interests of middle-aged and elderly people in the United States. Their website contains information and articles regarding many facets of aging. It also offers a membership option, which is open to all persons age 50 or older, whether working or retired.
AARP offers a broad range of services and benefits to its members. Among these are a group health insurance program; special discounts on automobile rental, airline, and hotel rates; automotive insurance; a credit union; and pharmacy and travel services. It sponsors community-service programs in such areas as crime prevention, defensive driving, adult education, consumer affairs, and the counseling of widowed persons.