The Library is now open with limited "grab & go" services. We are also offering curbside pickup service everyday.

Resources for Senior Citizens

Seniors who need assistance during this time may find help and enjoyment through several of the options below. Know of another great resource for seniors not listed below? Please email mmoran@olpl.org with your tried and true recommendations.

General Assistance
PLOWS Council on Aging
Phone Number: 708-361-0219
Website: https://www.plows.org/
PLOWS provides a variety of services to senior citizens including adult protective services; advocacy and benefits; caregiver support; care planning; choices for care program; home-delivered meals; information and assistance; in-home services; and shared housing. Call to talk with their knowledgeable staff and to get set up for services.

AgeOptions
Phone Number: 708-383-0258
Website: http://www.ageoptions.org/
AgeOptions helps older adults in suburban Cook County by empowering them with information and resources. AgeOptions connects seniors to services in their specific areas including in-home care; adult day services; telephone assistance; nutritious meals; and intervention and education to prevent fraud, abuse, and neglect.

Illinois Department on Aging
Senior HelpLine: 1-800-252-8966
Website: https://www2.illinois.gov/aging/Pages/default.aspx
The Illinois Department on Aging helps older adults live independently in their homes and communities. The work with Area Agencies on Aging and community-based service providers to assist older adults.

Grocery and Food Related Assistance
Links to information related to special shopping hours for seniors
From the Illinois Retail Merchants Association
Stores close to Oak Lawn, from the Oak Lawn Patch

Grocery Delivery
Aren't able to go out to purchase groceries? Order groceries to be delivered directly to your home. Participating stores in the Oak Lawn area include Sam's Club, Mariano's, Jewel-Osco, Aldi, CVS, Tony's, PetCo, Pete's Market, Binny's, Fairplay, Restaurant Depot, Gordon, Shop & Save Market, Food 4 Less, and Target. Delivery fees may apply.
Instacart in Oak Lawn

Worth Township Food Pantry
Address: 11601 S. Pulaski Rd., Alsip
Phone Number: 708-371-2900
Website: https://www.worthtownship.com/2160/Food-Pantry
The Worth Township Food Pantry is currently still open (as of 3/20/2020). Worth Township residents may use the pantry once per month and must provide proof of residency with either a current Driver's License/State ID or a current utility bill. To access the food pantry, please go to the doors on the south side of the Worth Township building (116th Place, east door) and ring the bell.

Oak Lawn Senior Bus
Phone Number: 708-499-7090
The Oak Lawn Senior Bus is still currently taking reservations to drive senior citizens to medical appointments and grocery stores only, however no new applications for this service are being taken at this time (as of 3/20/2020). Call to make an appointment.

Entertainment
Need some fun and distraction while you are at home? In addition to OLPL's online resources , check out these fun activities specifically for seniors.

Mather Telephone Topics
Phone: 888-600-2560
Website: https://www.mather.com/neighborhood-programs/telephone-topics
Current Schedule: Link
Mather Telephone Topics allows participants to call a toll-free number and listen to a wide range of discussions and programs. Topics include wellness, education, discussion, music reviews, and live performances. Register in advance by calling their phone number. There is no charge for this service.

Well Connected
Phone: 877-797-7299
Website: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/
Email: coviaconnections@covia.org
Current Online Catalog: Link
Well Connected is an award-winning program that offers activities, education, support groups, and friendly conversation over the phone or online. All groups are accessible by phone from wherever you are at no cost to you. Some courses include "Concerts from the Couch", "Keys to Joy", "Walk in Nature" and many many more. Check out their online catalog for course selections and call the phone number to sign-up.

Exercise and Physical Activity from the National Institute on Aging
Website: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity
The National Institute on Aging has compiled many resources to exercise and continue physical activity. This resource contains articles about different types of physical exercise and videos that can be done at home.

Created by Meghan Moran on Mar 20th, 2020 @ 12:42 PM.
Updated on Mar 23rd, 2020 @ 2:00 PM.