Many older adults in Illinois are not aware of the resources that are available to them. A new law requires that seniors receive a printed annual senior resources fact sheet. Many resources are available online, but not easily available to older adults who may not have easy access to a computer, or have difficulty navigating the internet. House Bill 32 was signed into law August 6, 2021, by Governor JB Pritzker and took effect immediately.
“To ensure essential information reaches all our older neighbors, we need to distribute news in a range of forms. This law will allow aging Illinoisans to keep resources close at hand—including those who may not have a computer or smartphone, or who simply aren’t comfortable navigating the internet.”
– State Senator Adriane Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove)
sponsor of the new law
The new law requires the Illinois Department on Aging to
• develop an annual senior resources fact sheet
• deliver the printed fact sheet to recipients of home-delivered meals
• include a current list of toll-free numbers to access information on various health conditions, elder abuse and programs for seniors
• get updates on any new programs for older adults
“For too long seniors have been left behind and uninformed about services and programs designed to help them live a better quality of life. The distribution of information fact sheets by a trusted source, like Meals on Wheels, is a proactive way we can help seniors avoid falling victim to financial exploitation or elder abuse.”
– State Representative Debbie Meyers-Martin (D-Olympia Fields)
sponsor of the legislation in the House
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