Seniors in Focus

DuPage County has a senior population that grew by nearly 20% in the last decade, now with well over 100,000 residents age 65 or older.

As people are aging, they’re beginning to experience new challenges in health, finance and community.

Many local authorities and organizations are working hard to help out this great generation.

The Naperville-Lisle Triad recently held their second annual Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Senior Conference, which focused on connecting seniors with resources, and each other, to help improve their daily lives.

“I am a senior myself and it’s great to just be out here, to be with others, to visit with them, to say hello. And we walked away knowing things we didn’t know when we came in, that’s important, but we smiled and laughed through it all,” said Brian Foster, Chairperson for the Naperville-Lisle Triad.

Members of the Naperville Senior Task Force handed out information, free health screenings were provided and motivational speaker Jamie Lee Silver spoke to everyone about how words have power.

“I invite you to look at words in a totally different way from now on,” said Silver.

And Senator Michael Connelly, along with Chairman Dan Cronin, hosted a Senior Health Fair, at the DuPage Country Administrative Center, aimed at connecting local seniors with both private and governmental resources.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to bring vendors, to bring certainly other government agents together specifically for the purpose of serving our seniors residents,” explained Connelly.

As the senior population continues to grow, thankfully there are resources and services rising to meet their developing needs.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

 

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