Alderman Michael R. Zalewski                         
Serving Chicago's 23rd Ward, Chairman of Committee on Aviation

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    Senior Citizen Information

One of the 23rd Wards most treasured assets are our Senior Citizens.
Our Senior Centers  provide programs, assistance, and activities
 to our great Senior Citizens.

Senior Center Satellite Office
5674 S. Archer Avenue, Unit B
Chicago, IL 60638
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Senior Center
6117 S. Kedzie
Chicago, Illinois 60629

Senior Citizen Assistance Card

The below telephone numbers and web addresses may be used to assist you in reporting lost or stolen credit cards, and personal documents. Agencies responsible for assisting senior citizens are also listed.

Credit Cards
American Express   1-800-528-4800
Citicards                1-800-950-5114
Discover               1-800-347-2683
Social Security Card
Social Security Administration    1-800-772-1213

Drivers License
Illinois Secretary of State           1-312-793-1010  160 West Randolph Street

Law Enforcement
Chicago Police Emergency         911
Chicago Fire Emergency            911
Non-Emergency City Services    311
Cook County Sheriff-Seniors       1-773-869-7725
Cook County States Attorney    1-312-603-8600
Illinois State Police                      1-312-431-1333
U.S. Postal Inspection Service    1-312-669-5663
Crime Assistance                        1-800-252-8980
Senior Fraud Help-Line                1-800-243-5377
Nursing Home Hotline                 1-800-252-4343

Senior Citizen Agencies
Chicago Department on Aging   1-312-744-4016

Illinois Department on Aging       1-800-252-8966

U.S. Department of Justice        1-202-353-1555

Medicare                                   1-800-633-4227

AARP - Chicago Information       1-773-714-9800

Credit Bureaus
Experian                                    1-888-397-3742

Equifax Fraud Victim                  1-800-685-1111

TransUnion Fraud                      1-800-916-8800

Top Ten Crime Prevention Tips:

  • Don't be afraid to request an identification card from deliverymen or strangers.
  • Never allow a stranger to enter your residence.
  • Have your paychecks or government checks sent directly to your bank account.
  • Never give out personal information to strangers, such as birthday or social security number.
  • Never withdraw money for a stranger.
  • Request a copy of your credit report once a year. Investigate any suspicious accounts or activities.
  • Shred or cut important information before discarding.
  • Don't carry your social security card: leave it in a secure place at home.
  • Get estimates before doing renovations. Do not pay for work in advance.
  • Keep your home well lit at night, inside and out, and keep your curtains closed at night.

10 Senior Mealtime Challenges

Research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network reveals 10 mealtime challenges for older adults.  The following percentages refer to the number of seniors who believe these are challenges for older people who live alone. After each are tips for how to make the most of mealtimes, from the Home Instead Senior Care network and Sandy Markwood of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging.

1. Lack of companionship during mealtimes (62%). Tip: If you can't be there to dine with a loved one regularly, look for alternative options such as friends and neighbors.  Check out special activities at churches and senior centers as well as the local Area Agency on Aging and Home Instead Senior Care resources.

2. Cooking for one (60%) Tip: Freeze most any type of leftovers including sliced and seeded fruit by placing it in plastic containers or freezer bags. Buy your senior healthier low-sodium dinners for one.

3. Eating nutritious meals (56%) Tip: Buy fresh, when possible, or frozen foods including fruits and vegetables. Frequent affordable farmer's markets in season. Your older loved one may enjoy perusing the racks of produce. If your senior is able, help them plant a garden.

4. Grocery shopping for one (56%) Tip: Transportation can be a big issue for seniors.  Contact the local Area Agency on Aging and Home Instead Senior Care office, or encourage your loved one to engage in neighborhood support systems when possible.

5. Eating three meals a day (49%) Tip: So many seniors are on prescription medications that must be taken with or without food. Coordinate the food plan with the medication plan.

6. High expense for cooking for one (45%) Tip: Encourage shared meals when p[possible - your loved one will get the benefit of reduced costs of meals as well as companionship. Check out your local senior center, which often offers affordable meals for older adults, as well as the home-delivered meals program, known as "Meals on Wheels."

7. Relying too much on convenience food (43%) Tip: Encourage your older adult to meet with a nutritionist or talk with the doctor to learn how to read labels. So many older adults don't know the foods that are good and bad for them.

8. Loss of appetite (41%) Tip: Help older adult make mealtimes an vent, which can make dining more appealing. Pull out a favorite recipe, help that older adult prepare a meal, get out the good dishes and decorate the table with real or artificial flowers.

9. Eating too much food (38%) Tip: The bigger issue is eating too much of the wrong types of food. If you're helping an older loved one with a shopping list or grocery shopping, encourage healthier choices.

10. Eating too little food (35%) Tip: Plan a trip to a favorite restaurant for a special dish. If lack of food is an ongoing problem, check with your senior's doctor to learn about supplemental products that could ensure an older adult is getting the proper nutrition.

For more information about the National Association of Area on Aging, to to Learn about the Home Instead Senior Care network's Craving Companionship program at or contact your local office at (773) 784-4024 or

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