Illinois Department on Aging

General Information

Illinois Department on Aging
One Natural Resources Way, Suite 100
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
(217) 785 3356

Brief Description

The Illinois Department on Aging helps older people live independently in their own homes and communities. As the population ages, services and programs for older people must evolve as well because longevity means more when quality of life is enhanced. To best serve older adults, we must also serve their families and teach younger people about the realities of aging, so many of our programs have an intergenerational emphasis. Working with Area Agencies on Aging, community-based service providers and older people themselves, the Illinois Department on Aging strives to improve quality of life for current and future generations of older Illinoisans.


Paula Basta, Director,

Services Offered

  • Counseling
    • Establishes and assists support groups for grandparent caregivers.

  • Information and Referral
    • Informs family caregivers about the programs and services available to their relatives. Co-sponsors statewide radio and television program focusing on age- and health-related issues. Provides referrals to Area Agencies on Aging and information or other local aging services. Has an after-hours Elder Abuse Hotline (800-279-0400).

  • Professional Training
    • Provides education and training to professionals.