Support successful aging in Oak Park, River Forest

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Thank you to all of the Oak Park and River Forest residents who turned out for Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb's Community Forum on "Aging in Oak Park" at the Oak Park Public Library on Wednesday, Jan. 10. Both Oak Park and River Forest townships appreciate all of the valuable information and feedback provided, and we look forward to using this information to inform and focus our ongoing strategic planning efforts.

As the local provider of services for the aging residents in Oak Park and River Forest, Township Senior Services relies on feedback from the entire community regarding those programs and services currently available and any opportunities to expand and provide new services. 

In February, Township Senior Services will be conducting a formal needs assessment to gather input from a wide audience of older adults, caregivers, educators, and community partners. Surveys will be made available to current participants, posted online and available as requested via USPS. 

Township Senior Services will also host informational sessions to provide more information on our current services and to offer assistance in completing the surveys. We will host sessions at the Oak Park Township Board Room, River Forest Community Center, and the Senior Services meeting room to solicit input from the community. Once the schedule for these sessions is finalized, we will invite participation, using local press, social media, community partner publications, and by posting information at the host sites. 

Township Senior Services has a long history of collaborating with the park districts; our villages, including police, fire, public health and other departments; AgeOptions; hospitals; universities; libraries and others who serve aging residents. Working collaboratively with our community partners, we will continue to share data and expertise to improve, develop, and implement relevant, responsive programs and services. 

Our community-wide and holistic approach to aging services continues to break down the silos of service and information that currently exist. With our partners, we will foster a spirit of greater collaboration and nurture a new understanding of successful, healthy, active aging. 

Township Senior Services looks forward to supporting the creative, productive and engaged seniors whose presence in our villages is so essential to our shared quality of life. Supporting successful aging in Oak Park and River Forest is our past, our present, and our future. We are honored to serve our residents, remain committed to making Oak Park and River Forest great communities for all ages, and look forward to your participation and support. 

If you have any questions, or would like to provide input, please visit our website www.oakparktownship.org, or call Township Senior Services at 708-383-8060. 

Pamela Mahn 

Director of Senior Services,
OP-RF Townships 

Gavin Morgan

Oak Park Township Manager

Clarmarie Keenan 

Oak Park Township Supervisor 

Carla Sloan

River Forest Township Supervisor

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