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Elderly and Disability Department

Arab American Family Services supports elderly who have limited English skills by assisting them with various programs and services in order to improve their quality of life. AAFS’ Elderly Department case workers help clients overcome these barriers in order to achieve self-sufficiency and independence in their lives. AAFS serves these clients with sensitivity and respect for their age, experience, and cultural background.

Seniors Congregate Meal

The Seniors Congregate Meal, in Partnership with AgeOptions, offers elders in our community the opportunity to get together over hot meals every day.

See the Seniors Congregate Meal Menu from Al Bawadi in Bridgeview, Illinois.

Department of Human Services (DHS) – Assistance with explanation of rules, regulations, and processes of the DHS; communication with DHS social workers to advocate on behalf of clients; and assistance with the completion of forms related to the following programs:

  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Fraud Prevention and Education
  • Medicare Part D with Prescriptions
  • Pharmaceutical Assistance
  • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
  • Access to Care
  • Supplemental Nutrion Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Senior Property Tax Exemption
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI Benefits)
  • Social Security Administration (SSA Benefits)
  • Cash Benefits for the Aged, Disabled & Blind
  • Benefits Access Application
  • Seniors or Persons with Disabilities (License Plate Discount/Public Transportation)










Health Awareness Programs and Screenings

  • Alzheimer’s Awareness
  • Breast Cancer Awareness
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Menopause Education
  • Colon Cancer Awareness
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Health Screenings and Seminars
  • Elderly Abuse and Education Assistance






Civic Engagement Program

Senior Community Service Employment Program: As one of the participating organizations of Senior Community Service Employment PRogram (SCSEP) funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act, AAFS recruits and trains older adults to foster and promote part-time opportunities in community service activities for unemployed, low-income persons who are age 55. Arab American Elderly Council provides a social gathering that brings Arab and Muslim elders together in a social gathering to share ideas, reminisce, create events around arts, culture and history.

Referrals Include:

  • Homemaker Program
  • Community Care Program
  • Caregiver Support Services
  • Respite Service
  • Home Delivered Meals Program
  • Benefits Advocacy
  • Adult Protective Services
  • Shared Housing Program
  • Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Choices for Care
  • Legal Services










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