City Addresses Senior Population Amid COVID-19

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot joined Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services Lisa Morrison Butler, AARP Illinois State Director Bob Gallo and AARP IL Volunteer State President Rosanna Marquez for a telephone town hall to address Chicago’s senior population amid the COVID-19 public health crisis. The hosts were joined by thousands of participants for an hour-long call that covered a variety of supports and services throughout the city that have been put in place to help the most vulnerable population during this time. Thus far the City led projects have included:

• Working with local grocery stores to create and implement “senior only” so senior residents are able to quickly and safely do their shop

• Providing care services for seniors that are in-line with public health guidance to ensure seniors do not go without care during this time.

• Creating and providing resources for families taking caring of seniors which have included in-home respite services, workshops for guidance and legal assistance.  

For more information and updates on COVID-19, text COVID19 to 78015, email  or visit For anyone that needs assistance or help accessing essential services you can call 311. More helpful resources for older adults in Illinois are available at and

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