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Belvidere / Boone County Resources

Belvidere Family YMCA
At the Y, strengthening the community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow.

Belvidere Park District
Dedicated and committed to meet the recreational needs of the community while balancing growth with the preservation of open space. We strive to provide excellence and integrity in every aspect of service to participants of all ages and all abilities in a responsible and cost effective manner.

Catholic Charities Long-tern Care Ombudsman (Rockford Diocese)
Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman Program works to preserve and protect the dignity of individuals who reside in long-term care facilities in our communities. Ombudsmen are committed to ensuring residents are treated with respect and advocate for individuals to receive the highest level of care and services to maximize independence.

Lifescape Community Services
Northwestern Illinois' top resource for keeping older adults nutritionally healthy, independent, connected, and informed.  Empowering older adults to live lives of independence and dignity.

Mercyhealth at Home
Mercy Assisted Care and Visiting Nurses Association, now known as Mercyhealth at Home, have served the southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois region for generations, bringing a higher level of care and compassion into your home. While we now have a new name, our legacy of providing exceptional care and services remains strong. Our highly trained team of home health and hospice professionals and medical equipment specialists bring their passion and expertise to you … wherever you call home.

Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic
Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic is a full-service outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic serving adults in the greater Boone County area. Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic provides mental health screenings, crisis intervention, substance abuse intensive outpatient services, psychiatry, individual and group therapy, psycho-social rehabilitation and case management services.

Salvation Army Belvidere
At The Salvation Army, we are dedicated to Doing the Most Good. We are made up of thousands of officers, soldiers, staff, volunteers, donors, and partners working together to holistically meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.

United Way of Boone County
Since its incorporation in July 1958, the United Way of Boone County has been an organization committed to improving the lives of Boone County.


State / National Resources


Addiction Center
The alarming rate at which individuals 65 years of age and older are developing addictions to various substances is certainly reason for concern and something that should not be ignored by medical professionals, caretakers, or family members. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction issues later in life and needs help finding a treatment program, learn more at the Addiction Center.

Alzheimer's Association
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  The Alzheimer's Association leads the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

Best Free Online Degrees for Seniors
Education is a lifelong journey. Whether you’re a senior citizen looking to start or finish a degree, learn new skills for your career, or keep your mind active, there’s likely a free online degree program or course that can help you achieve your goals. This list includes some of the best free online college degrees for senior citizens, and information about how taking college courses can benefit older adults.

Caregiver Support Services
Our mission is to help people become great caregivers for the people and patients around them. It takes a team of people to help others and find solutions for the betterment of the community. We know that health can sometimes be stressful, but with the right support system and focused knowledge, offering care to those in need can be a rewarding experience.

Crisis Guide for Caregivers of Seniors with Alzheimer's or other Dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have physical and psychological effects that can make it difficult for seniors to maintain their independence. If you have a loved one with one of these diseases, it’s important to understand the changes that can occur.

Find Food IL - Community Food Map
Use the Find Food IL map to find places in your community offering free food or meals. You can also find stores and markets that accept SNAP/LINK or WIC coupons. Plus, see the DHS or WIC office nearest to you. Enter your zip code or city to get started.

Illinois Department of Human Services
Providing equitable access to social/human services, supports, programs and resources to enhance the lives of all who we serve.

Medicare Plans - Patient Resource Center
Ensuring access to affordable health care. Check out the Resources section of this website for insightful articles and answers.This company is supported by some of the companies listed, but is being shared here because of the rich information available. If you're in Boone County and have questions about what's right for you, please contact us at Boone County Councill on Aging for a free appointment with one of our Information and Assistance counselors.

Medline Plus - Older Adult Health
MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Our mission is to present high-quality, relevant health and wellness information that is trusted, easy to understand, and free of advertising, in both English and Spanish. Anywhere, anytime, on any device—for free.

National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

Prairie State Legal Services
Free legal services for low-income persons and those age 60 and over who have serious civil legal problems and need legal help to solve them.

Senior Scams: The Complete Guide
Every year, roughly 7 million adults 65 and older fall victim to senior scams, according to data from Comparitech. The best way to avoid losing money or confidential information to a scammer is by learning to recognize the different types of fraud and when you may be the target.

Social Security Administration
The United States Social Security Administration is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that administers Social Security, a social insurance program consisting of retirement, disability and survivor benefits.

Start Your Recovery
Life is full of transitions. Experiencing a long life and retirement can provide joy and satisfaction, but it also brings new challenges. For some people, aging can mean stress, anxiety, and other emotions that contribute to problems with drugs or alcohol.


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