Count on Your Elder Community

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The University of Illinois Extension Local Government Information & Education Network (LGIEN) and the Illinois Association of County Board Members and Commissioners (IACBMC) are currently offering a local government education series addressing issues impacting counties and communities in Illinois.  The education series is broadcast over a statewide audio-teleconference system through Illinois county Extension offices.  The focus of the Spring 2011 tele-institutes series is Moving Forward with Census Data.  Each tele-institute qualifies for 2 hours of general Certified County Officials (CCO) credit.

The last and final of this spring series is “Count on Your Elder Community” which will be held Thursday, April 21, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Dealing with seniors in your community isn’t just about how many of them you have, what their economic status is and whether their income is passive or not.  Housing – group, single or multiple dwelling, even homeless – poverty, and the impact of and access to healthcare all have an influence on a county’s ability to both appropriately serve all its residents and to effectively budget for community needs.  Moreover, seniors vote, volunteer, work in encore careers and even have money to invest in local businesses as capital investments.

Mike O’Donnell, Executive Director of the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Again, will be one of the four featured presenters that afternoon.  Mr. O’Donnell, who has been with the agency since 1979, will provide information from the Maturing of Illinois Report.   Mr. O’Donnell also chairs the Legislative Committees for the Illinois Association of Area Agencies on Aging (I4A) and the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging.  Another of the featured presenters will be Stephen Laue.  Mr. Laue is an Information Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau.  Mr. Laue will provide a brief look at what the census data is telling us in regards to the elder community and how to find the data for our own community.

If you are interested in participating in these educational programs or for further information, please contact University of Illinois Extension, Rock Island County at (309) 756-9978 Ext 10 or online at