Township Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest continues to provide a full array of services such as meals, transportation, care management, information/referral, as well as various support programs. Some programs have returned to in-person; others are still virtual due to the pandemic, based on Age Options and other guidelines.
If you have questions or need assistance, please call Township Senior Services at 708.383.8060. As always, in a medical emergency, please dial 911.
Introducing the Senior Home Repair Program, available to River Forest and Oak Park residents age 60+! Fees are $20-40 per hour, depending on income. Eligible work includes grab bar installation, hanging pictures, sink/faucet repair, etc. Supported by River Forest Townships and the Villages of RF and OP. Click here for more info.
Sign up for the free weekly Community Connect email newsletter! Learn about upcoming events in our community...geared toward seniors but of interest to everyone. For more info or to be added to the list, email Betsy Kelly at [email protected].
Please call 708.366.2029
or email [email protected] with questions about a specific event.
Village of River Forest Offers Seniors Assistance with Snow Removal
"Virtual" Memory Cafe for Persons with Dementia and their Care Partners
Gentle Yoga Series (see Celebrating Seniors All Year Long for details)
Celebrating Seniors All Year Long (CSAYL)
Film Lovers Fridays
River Forest ID Bracelet Program
SHIP Helps Seniors Make Sense of Health Insurance
(all appointments are remote at this time)
Call 708-383-4806 for changes during COVID
Free Help for Qualified Seniors with Living Wills and Powers of Attorney
Use Cab Coupon Booklets to Help with Transportation
Get an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Packet for your Freezer
Need help navigating the mail and paying bills? The Money Management Program can help.
Partner Events and Programs
Arbor West Neighbors Calendar of Events
(when in website, scroll down for weekly events on Community Connect)
Active Adult Membership at Dole Center (age 50+): Try lapidary arts, weaving, ceramics and other activities at the Dole Center, run by the Park District of Oak Park. Open to RF residents. $50/year membership fee supports many free classes and other benefits. For more info: visit www.pdop.org/programs/activeadults/.
Sign up for Community Connect! Arbor West Neighbors, through a grant from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation,has launched Community Connect, a weekly email newsletter with events, programs and educational opportunities for older adults. Email [email protected] or call Betsy Kelly at 708.266.2029 x13 to receive this newsletter.
River Forest seniors are always welcome on the wonderful day and overnight trips offered by Forest Park!
Senior News of Forest Park April - June 2022
Are you or a loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimers disease? Are you caring for someone who is newly diagnosed? The Alzheimer's Association is a valuable resource. Call their 24.7 HELPline, 1.800.272.3900, staff by licensed clinical social workers. Visit www.alzheimers-illinois.org for information and support group locations.
Further information regarding the Cook County Elder Justice Center and announcements of upcoming seminars can be viewed on thier website at www.cookcountycourt.org.
The River Forest community is a great place to be a senior---thanks to a broad continuum of services designed to enhance the quality of life for community residents age 60 and over and to promote the values of independence, self esteem and dignity.
River Forest Township and Oak Park Township jointly share senior services and programs as "Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services", located at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. For information and assistance, please Contact Us at River Forest Township or contact:
Oak Park & River Forest Township Senior Services
Pamela Mahn, Director
E: [email protected]
Betsy Kelly, River Forest Senior Outreach Coordinator
E: [email protected]
Oak Park & River Forest Senior Services include:
- Case management
to help seniors get the services they need, including:
individual care planning, service coordination and individual case monitoring
- Transportation Services
, including taxicab coupon booklets and curb-to-curb service on lift-equipped minibuses within Oak Park and River Forest
- Meal Programs,
including a daily group lunch at the senior dining facility, Home-Delivered Meals and a Dine-Out Program.
- Caregiver Support
- Affordable will preparation
- Daily phone checks and monitoring by mail carriers
to help ensure the well being of seniors.
- Application assistance with free public transportation and license plate discounts
- Home energy assistance
- Health screenings
- Assistance in obtaining federal, state and local benefits
- Health insurance assistance
- Income tax assistance
- Assistance with in-home chores
Holiday Food and Gift Basket
The in-person lunch program described below has been temporarily cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals can be picked up or delivered by volunteers. Contact Township Senior Services 708.383.8060.
Township Senior Services has a Senior Lunch Program located on the first floor at 130 S. Oak Park Ave. Lunches are served at 11:00 AM, Monday through Friday, with a suggested contribution of $1.50/meal. All River Forest residents 60 and over are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Transportation to and from the lunch program is available through Senior Services Transportation at 383-4806.
The Township Senior Services Dine Out Program offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy affordable, nutritious lunches or dinners at specified local restaurants. Coupons for this program can be obtained at the Township Senior Lunch Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 AM for a suggested donation of $3.50.
Celebrating Seniors Week 2020
Celebrating Seniors Week was held in-person May 12-19, 2022, after a 2-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This week-long series of events and programs celebrated the senior adults in our communities.
To see 2022's "60 Over 60" honorees, click here
Visit www.celebratingseniors.net to see past "60 over 60" honorees, events and programs.
To view past Celebrating Seniors Resource Guides, see the Resource Section of this website.
Questions: email Supervisor Carla Sloan at [email protected]
Arbor West Neighbors
Rush Oak Park Hospital Wellness Programs
West Suburban Hospital Wellness Programs
Active Adult Programs at Dole Center
Aging & Disability Resource Program-Consultants
Administration for Community Living
Illinois Department on Aging
Social Security Administration
2022 Senior Services Committee Meetings:
3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 PM; 1/19, 2/15, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18, 6/15, 9/21, 10/19.
Township Senior Services, 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park or by electronic meeting due to Covid-19 safety precautions.