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Issues facing aging, those with disabilities on forum agenda

Session planned in Yorkville Oct. 7

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

KANKAKEE – Kendall County residents will discuss federal and state issues concerning aging and disability at a legislative forum on Oct. 7. Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. and the forum will start at 9:20 a.m. at the Beecher Community Center, 908 Game Farm Road, Yorkville.

The forum’s purpose is for seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers, and their advocates to meet federal and state legislators and discuss issues affecting these groups. The topics will include:

• How Medicare Part D’s annual open enrollment period and the Affordable Care Act’s initial enrollment period will affect you;

• How late state payments and expanding program needs are stretching service providers;

• The Center for Independent Living’s program services;

• Transportation in Kendall County – KAT Program.

Legislators will have an opportunity to respond to these issues and to raise other topics. The forum will conclude with a question-and-answer session if time permits.

U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and Representatives William Foster (11th District) and Randy Hultgren (14) have been invited to the forum, but they are likely to be in Washington and may be represented by aides.

Illinois Senators Jim Oberweis (25th Senate District), Sue Rezin (38), Linda Holmes (42), and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (49) have been invited, along with Illinois Representatives Kay Hatcher (50th Representative District), John Anthony (75), Stephanie Kifowit (84), and Tom Cross (97).

A luncheon sponsored by the Kendall County Senior Provider Group and Kendall County TRIAD will be served at approximately 11:30. Reservations are required for the luncheon, no later than Oct. 2; call 630-553-5777 to make a reservation.

Transportation to and from the forum will be provided within Kendall County to those who register at least 24 hours in advance. Call 877-IGO-4KAT to register.

The forum is sponsored by the Kendall County Senior Providers, the Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging, and the Kendall County Task Force on Disability. For further information call Cheryl Lockwood at the Agency on Aging 800-528-2000.

A nonprofit organization, the Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois informs and advises public and private agencies and the general public of the needs of older persons living in the area and acts as an advocate on their behalf. The Agency serves DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties.

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