Senior Task Force
The Senior Task Force, which was established at the direction of the 2014 Naperville City Council, is helping address the unique needs of Naperville’s growing senior population. As of the most recent census in 2010, more than 12,000 Naperville residents were over the age of 65, which accounts for almost 9 percent of the City’s population.
This group promotes coordination among existing senior service providers in the Naperville area; improves awareness among seniors of available resources to assist them; and develops recommendations to address service gaps related to transportation challenges, housing concerns and healthcare resources.
To ensure seniors’ needs are being met, the task force will also work with service providers to promote efficiencies and new partnerships that address local needs. The group will also proactively reach out to seniors for their thoughts and ideas via interviews, workshops, focus groups and surveys. Regular reports will be issued to the Mayor and City Council on the task force’s findings.
Senior Task Force News and Events
Input Requested on Lifetime Home "Seal of Approval" Criteria
The Senior Task Force has created a "Seal of Approval" criteria list to discuss with builders who are constructing new residences. The goal is for these builders to consider seniors who may wish to age in place and design "lifetime homes" that meet the needs of individuals in all stages of life. This criteria checklist would be used in discussions between the Senior Task Force and builders, after which time it would signed by the Senior Task Force and turned into the City with the task force's remarks.
Please take a look at the draft criteria. If you have suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback. Thank you in advance for your time and input.
Ride Assist Naperville
Looking to run into a new volunteer opportunity?
The new not-for-profit Ride Assist Naperville (RAN) is in the process of forming. This exciting initiative will pair seniors who need rides to and from their medical appointments with a volunteer driver to take them to the appointments, wait with them and then drive them back home.
In addition to board members and volunteer drivers/riders, several other talents are needed to get RAN off the ground and running! The board is currently seeking individuals in the following areas:
- Grant Writing – Volunteers would conduct research on potential funding sources and help write grant proposals
- Public Relations – Volunteers would use a variety of traditional and electronic communication methods to create materials that promote the program and visit senior communities and other community organizations to explain the program
- Office Assistance – Volunteers would assist drivers and riders with completing applications and required supporting information as well as basic clerical duties
- Training Assistance – Volunteers would develop and present a training program for RAN drivers
- Financial Assistance – Volunteers would establish an accounting system and basic internal controls
If you are interested in helping create a new not-for-profit and making a difference from the ground level up, contact Senior Task Force co-chair and RAN board member Karen Courney at email@example.com.