Senior Task Force
Helpful COVID-19 Related Information for Seniors
Seniors can register for vaccine availability by contacting their County. Registering allows a senior to be contacted to make an appointment for vaccination when supply is available. 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.
Vaccination Buddy Program
Seniors who need help navigating the technology necessary to book an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine can call Jim Hill at (630) 640-0804 to be paired up with a Vaccination Buddy through a new program offered by Naperville and Lisle Townships TRIAD and the Naperville Senior Task Force. This buddy will schedule the senior for a vaccination appointment and also can provide transportation to the appointment if needed.
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 8 a.m. on the second 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.
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, with the goal that builders consider seniors wishing to age in place, therefore including design elements that achieve “lifetime homes,” meeting 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 $36,000 per year.
- Include smaller units that would appeal to people of all ages, not only seniors.
We recognize that social service agencies and others have long 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 Task Force Seeks New Members
The Senior Task Force is seeking new members to serve a three-year term. It is preferred that members reside or work in the greater Naperville area and have an awareness of services offered and a willingness to make a difference in the lives of seniors. Members attend monthly meetings and work on projects or initiatives determined by the group. Members are limited to serving two consecutive terms. Whenever possible, terms will be staggered so all terms do not expire at the same time.
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 call (630) 620-0804, 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 or call (630) 640-0804 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.