About the Senior Advocate Programseniors3

The purpose of the Senior Advocate Program is to connect seniors with community services available to them.

Laura Bilben, Elmwood Park's Senior Advocate, is here for every senior that lives in the village that need helps with finding any information, including health and senior resources, local fitness options, volunteer opportunities, education, and other social activities.

The program is also available to family members of seniors and care givers.

 

Contact

Laura Bilben - Senior Advocate
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Laura has drop-in office hours on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Her office is located at Elmwood Park Village Hall (11 Conti Parkway).

 

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 11, 2018 - Secretary of State Mobile Unit Services
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Place:  Parks and Recreation Center
Description:  Various state services will be available, including renewal/correction of driver's license and State ID's, license plate stickers, motor voter registration with renewal of license or ID, and organ donor registration.

September 17, 2018 - Legal Workshop
CDEL (Center for Disability & Elder Law) will present a Power of Attorney and Living Wills Educational Workshop.

October 9, 2018 - Legal Documents
CDEL (Center for Disability & Elder Law) will be available for drafting legal documents free of charge.  Appointments are necessary.

 

Resources & Services

For more information on any of these resources or services, please contact Laura Bilben, Elmwood Park's Senior Advocate, unless otherwise noted.

Assistance:

  • Free tax preparation is available from February through the beginning of April. Offered through Triton's RSVP Program 708.456.0300 ext. 3895.
  • General application assistance
  • Light housekeeping assistance
  • Leyden free handy-man service:  847.455.8616 ext 5118
  • Utility bill assistance available November through May (annual income limit: $17, 655 single)

Caregiver Resources:

  • Adult daycare facilities
  • Caregiver support groups
  • Caregiver information (private pay, VA assistance, and Community Care Program information)
  • Homebound delivery of library material from the Elmwood Park Public Library
  • Respite care

Communication

  • Cellphones are available for senior citizens that only call 911
  • Free cellphones are available for seniors with 250 minutes per month (income limit: $15, 890 single, $21,506 married)

Health

  • Access to local medical equipment lending closets
  • Free Blood Pressure Testing is available upon request through the Elmwood Park Fire Station
  • Medical ID bracelets
  • SHIP: the Senior Health Insurance Program is offered to assist senior citizens with problems and questions concerning Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, appealing claim denials, and Medicare Part D coverage

Housing

  • Affordable senior housing listing
  • Elmbrook senior living apartments application
  • List of independent/assisted living facilities

Information

  • Educational programs on various topics throughout year
  • Living Wills and Power of Attorney Educational Workshop
  • Secretary of State Mobile Unit Service

Nutrition

  • Food pantry/ Loaves of Fishes available at community churches
  • Meals-on-wheels
  • North Park Cafe - Daily Lunch for seniors at 11:30 a.m., located at 10040 W. Addison, Franklin Park

Recreation

  • Armchair Fitness at Parks and Recreation Center Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:45-10:45 a.m.
  • Chair Yoga at the Elmwood Park Public Library
  • One-on-one computer training classes offered at the Elmwood Park Public Library
  • Senior Club (1st and 3rd Mondays)
  • Senior Trips (Contact Tina Gordon: 708.452.3962)
  • Volunteer opportunities

Transportation

  • ADA Paratransit information
  • Benefit Access application: $75 License plate renewal discount/free transit pass online application (Income limit $27, 610 single, $36,635 for self and spouse)
  • Disability placard application
  • Discounted cab vouchers
  • Village of Elmwood Park free Pace bus: call 708.452.7300 for reservations

  

Connect with Us

If you are looking for more fun things to do, try the Senior Citizen Club or Senior Trips & Activities.

You can also visit the Village of Elmwood Park website and Facebook page.

 

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