Senior Services-Area Agency on Aging


The department’s Senior Services Division serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the city of Chicago.  In that capacity they administer a variety programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans, from those who are healthy and active, to those who are frail and homebound. We operate six Regional Senior Centers that act as community focal points for information and assessment, and provide senior services in health and fitness, education and recreation.  We also operate ten satellite senior centers that offer opportunities for cultural enrichment, health and fitness, and education.

DFSS/Senior Services is the lead for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to create an Age-Friendly Chicago.  A number of Age-Friendly Initiatives have been launched including: Age-Friendly Businesses; Age-Friendly Caregiver Support and the Age-Friendly Village Interdependent Collaboratives (VICs) which uses the senior centers as a base to build volunteer support around the Seniors wishing to continue to live in their homes and communities as they age.

Assisted Living Information
A comparison of different living arrangements for Seniors in the City of Chicago
Benefits and Services
The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services links Chicago residents age 60 and better to more than 70 city, state and federal benefits to which they may be entitled
Care Coordination Unit (CCU's) Referrals
Care Coordination Units (CCUs) serve as central access points for older adults who have intensive long-term care needs.
Caregiving Assistance
The Chicago Department of Senior Services offers a variety of programs and services for families who are caring for their older loved ones. We know that your goal as an informal caregiver is to help your loved one maintain as much control over their own lives as possible under the circumstances. Our goal is to help you do that.
Congregate Dining Program (Golden Diners Program)
The Golden Diners Program offers older adults (60 years of age and older) and their spouses of any age, an opportunity to have a healthy, nutritious meal each day while enjoying the company of friends at approximately 50 community sites throughout the City of Chicago.
Department on Aging's Circuit Breaker and Illinois Cares RX
The Illinois Department on Aging's Circuit Breaker program provides grants to senior citizens and persons with disabilities to help them reduce the impact of taxes and prescription medications on their lives.
Home Delivered Meals
This program provides nutritious meals to older persons (60 years and older) who are frail and/or home bound because of illness or incapacitating disability or are otherwise isolated.
Insurance Counseling for Seniors
Volunteer counselors with Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)offer free, one-on-one insurance counseling at our Regional Senior Centers.
Legal Assistance
Professional attorneys are available to assist caregivers with various legal issues.
Regional Senior Center
Each Regional Center reflects the cultural diversity of the City of Chicago.
Senior Related Literature
Information is the key element to accessing all programs and services for senior citizens. By placing a request an older person or caregiver receives information about the services offered by the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services.
Senior Satellite Center
The satellite senior centers, part of the Mayor’s vision to keep Chicago’s neighborhoods active, accessible and affordable for Chicago’s senior population, provide services, programs and activities closer to seniors on the neighborhood level.
Senior Services Information and Assessment Assistance
Accessing information on all the programs Family and Support Services has to offer for Senior Information and Assistance.
Senior Services Overview
Senior Services is committed to serving older individuals with limited financial resources, those facing social isolation, and minority persons, in particular those with limited English proficiency.
Senior Well Being Check
This service request is used to identify seniors whose health, safety or general well being are in question.


 Additional Information

Services Division Portfolio and Strategies

Services Division Portfolio and Strategies