Senior Task Force
Helpful COVID-19 Related Information for Seniors
Seniors can contact their County for information about COVID-19 vaccination opportunities. Seniors in DuPage County should call the County's COVID hotline: (630) 221-7030. Seniors in Will County should call Will County Senior Services: (815) 723-9713.
Both DuPage and Will counties offer special vaccination programs to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to people who cannot safely leave their homes.
- DuPage County: The DuPage County Health Department is partnering with the DuPage County Fire Chiefs Association, Region 8 Emergency Medical Service System and local fire departments -- including the Naperville Fire Department -- to safely vaccinate individuals ages 16 and older in their homes. To register, visit www.dupagehealth.org/covid19vaccineregistration or call (630) 682-7400.
- Will County: The Will County Health Department is working to vaccinate homebound individuals against COVID-19, especially those most at-risk. To apply, fill out the In-Home Vaccination Contact Form. For details, visit https://willcountyhealth.org/vaccine-locations/ or call (815) 774-7386.
Grocery and Medication Delivery
Free home delivery of food and medicine for senior citizens in Naperville and surrounding areas who are unable to or avoidant of outdoor interactions due to COVID-19 is being provided by Islamic Center of Naperville Youth Helpers. Call or text (773) 234-6627.
Accessing Social Security Services
The Social Security Administration has suspended face-to-face service to the public in field offices and hearings offices nationwide until further notice. This decision protects the senior population and Social Security Administration employees during this time. For more information, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/.
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 figures in 2018, more than 17,000 Naperville residents were over the age of 65, which accounts for almost 12 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.
The Senior Task Force meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the Naperville Employee University (NEU) room on the lower level of the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St.
Position on Affordable Housing
The Naperville Senior Task Force (STF), established in 2014, is committed to increasing the supply of affordable senior housing in our community. Based on 2020 Census estimates, senior residents will account for approximately 17% of Naperville’s population. We recently updated our Position on Affordable Housing.
The STF wants to work with the City and builders to achieve affordable senior housing. We created a “Seal of Approval” criteria list to encourage discussion with all parties building or renovating properties. Our goal is that builders consider seniors wishing to age in place, therefore including design elements that achieve “lifetime homes” and meet the needs of individuals in all stages of life.
We define lifetime homes as those with a universal design: Aesthetically pleasing and usable to the greatest extent by all, regardless of their age, ability or status in life. A housing design, therefore, meant for a lifetime, rather than a first or a family home. We recommend:
- 10% of a building project’s units be set aside for seniors (age 60 and older) with incomes of less than $46,000 per year, and/or establish the criteria for spending 30% of income on rent, as defined by such entities as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the DuPage Housing Authority and the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
- Include smaller units that would appeal to people of all ages, not only seniors.
We recognize that social service agencies and others long have advocated for affordable housing for families. In both DuPage and Will counties, affordable housing collaborations exist, and the STF is committed to working with these groups by offering a senior perspective.
The full list of criteria that the NSTF is recommending can be accessed here.
Senior Task Force News and Events
Senior of the Year Nominations
Nominations for the 2021 Senior of the Year Award will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. Nominees must be 65 or older and a Naperville resident and should be someone who has a history of community service and gives back selflessly.
To nominate a deserving senior, submit the completed nomination form and any supporting documentation -- such as newspaper articles about the nominee or letters of support -- to Senior Task Force member John Gallagher by email to email@example.com or by mail to:
23W271 Creek Court
Naperville, IL 60540-9430
STF on NCTV-17 Spotlight
Senior Task Force Co-chairs Rob Williams and Kathleen McGowan recently appeared on NCTV-17's "Spotlight" series, explaining the purpose and makeup of the task force, as well as successful initiatives including Dementia Friendly Naperville, Ride Assist Naperville and the Vaccination Buddy program. Watch the segment here.
Circles of Friends
Naperville & Lisle Townships TRIAD and the Naperville Senior Task Force are launching new Circles of Friends, designed to connect groups of 8 to 10 seniors together for conversation and camaraderie. These groups will help participants make new friends, share stories, brag about their families, pray together, share information, play games and discuss common hobbies. Circles of Friends will meet for an hour once a week in a virtual environment, on a day of their choosing. TRIAD and the Naperville Senior Task Force will provide facilitators to manage the connection and engage the group in discussion.
Seniors are encouraged to consider joining one of these Circles to maintain connections to friends and community, especially during the winter months and the COVID-19 pandemic.
To join, please email NLTriadOutreach@gmail.com and provide your address (ZIP code only is OK) and hobbies so organizers can evaluate grouping participants by neighborhood and/or by common interests. For more information, please call (630) 276-6128.
Friendly Phone Call
The DuPage Senior Citizens Council has launched a new program to provide a weekly Friendly Phone Call to older adults who are dealing with social isolation and are in need of human contact. The service connects older adults with volunteers for conversation and a brief break from long and lonely days.
If you know someone who would benefit from a Friendly Phone Call, or if you would like to help a senior by volunteering with the program, please email info@DuPageSeniorCouncil.org or visit www.DuPageSeniorCouncil.org.
Technology Assist Naperville
Developed by the STF, Technology Assist Naperville helps seniors use technology in their daily living activities to stay connected to families and friends. There is no charge for services, which include:
- Setting up your new computer, tablet, or smartphone;
- Setting up your home Wi-Fi network;
- troubleshooting applications; and more.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to give a brief description of what help you need, and the STF will assign a volunteer to get in touch with you.
Tablets to Seniors Program
AgeGuide Northeastern Illinois and T-Mobile have teamed up to provide an internet-connected tablet to adults 60 and older to help connect them to their family, friends and community through technology on a prepaid data plan of up to 2 years. To see if you, or someone you know qualifies, contact Alaine Kvedaras at (630) 293-5990 or email@example.com. To learn more about the program, including requirements, or apply, click here.
Dementia Friendly Naperville
Through the efforts of the Senior Task Force and a committee comprised of individuals from numerous organizations in the community, Naperville is proud to have been named a Dementia Friendly City in late 2020. This designation from Dementia Friendly America showcases Naperville as a community that "fosters the ability of people living with dementia to remain in the community and engage and thrive in day-to-day living."
Per the Dementia Friendly America website, a dementia friendly community "is a village, town, city or county that is informed, safe and respectful of individuals with the disease, their families and caregivers and provides supportive options that foster quality of life."
Learn more about the efforts of the Dementia-Friendly Naperville Action Group, which was started by members of the Senior Task Force, in this NCTV17 news story. View federal, state, and local resources meant to enhance the lives of those with dementia and their caregivers by clicking on the link below.
Did You Know? Caring Hands Program
The new City of Naperville Caring Hands Program allows residents to voluntarily provide Naperville’s first responders with critical information about themselves or loved ones with developmental, cognitive, mental, medical and/or physical disabilities who may require special assistance during an emergency or non-emergency situation.