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The MISSION of the Illinois Department on Aging is to serve and advocate for older Illinoisans and their caregivers by administering quality and culturally appropriate programs that promote partnerships and encourage independence, dignity, and quality of life.

Paula A. Basta, M.Div., Director


The delivery of services administered by the Illinois Department on Aging is privatized through senior centers and other social service agencies. Much of our state and federal funds are coordinated through the 13 Area Agencies on Aging, including 12 not-for-profit corporations and the City of Chicago. The Department works in partnership with the Area Agencies on Aging to contract with service providers that serve older people directly in their local communities.