But first...we're excited to announce the Village -- in partnership with Elgin Community College, Association for Independent Development and the Kane Senior Council -- will host a Senior Health & Wellness Fair, Friday, April 26 from 10am-2pm in Building E at Elgin Community College, 1700 Spartan Drive. Please see the flyer and check back often for more updates and details!
The Village of South Elgin has launched two different but parallel initiatives to build a more age-friendly community!
We were selected as one of five communities in Chicagoland (along with Aurora, Carol Stream, South Holland and Schiller Park) to participate in the Aging in a Changing Region program. As a selected community by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus with funding by the Retirement Research Foundation, the program evaluates and develops recommendations regarding how South Elgin can support older adult residents as they Age-in-Community.
In addition, South Elgin became the first municipality in Kane County recognized by AARP as an Age-Friendly Community! The population of South Elgin is growing in diversity and in the number of older adults. The US Census Bureau predicts that by 2030, twenty percent of the US population will be age 65 or older. South Elgin’s projected numbers look quite similar. As a result of this shift in population, communities like ours face new issues and opportunities requiring attention, such as:
- Services/facilities not designed for older residents
- Aging housing stock and aging homeowners with more limited resources for maintenance and upkeep
- Changing transportation needs
- Different concerns about personal safety and usage of first responder services
- Increased interest in civic engagement and social connections
Thank you to the 257 people who completed our recent Age-in-Community questionnaire! The Village Board of Trustees and Village staff will review the compiled results to determine next steps toward building an age-friendly community. To see the full survey results and evaluation, please click here.