Senior Services and Public Benefits

The Department of Senior Services and Public Benefits is committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of older adults and immigrant families through support, education, empowerment and advocacy.

silver wing volunteer program

The goal of the Silver Giving Circle program is to empower the Korean American community by building Korean seniors’ leadership capacity, creating a circle of trained volunteers who can help their peers understand and access safety net resources.

education workshops and seminars

Education workshops and seminars help to plan and manage individual growth so that older adults may lead vigorous and active lives through a variety of programs that are suitable and engaging for seniors. 

Topics: Retirement planning, Medicare workshop, Public benefits 101, How to utilize Housing and Senior Services, prescription drug insurance counseling, etc

public health services

We provide a variety of public health services to ensure that seniors can lead active and healthy lives, which include dementia prevention educational workshops, prevention and education of falling down and falling injuries, disease prevention and health awareness education, etc.

  • Step-By-Step: Fall prevention program
  • Wellness Club: Health literacy program

public benefits programs

We provide comprehensive case management, translation\interpretation, and information\referral services for those who have language and cultural barriers in accessing to public benefits and services of local, State, and Federal government. 

Social Security Benefits, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Survivors Benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, Medicare Savings Program, Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, Medicare Prescription Extra Help, Medicaid, Medicaid Spenddown Program, Food Stamps, Low Income Household Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Circuit Breaker, All Kids, WIC, Weatherization

kare (korean-american alzheimer's research and education)

Hana Center and the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine are working to implement a research project exploring the knowledge, perceptions, and awareness of AD and AD-related services among Korean Americans.