Illinois Senior Guide

The Illinois Senior Guide contains key statistics and information about how senior citizens in Illinois live. Use this tool to compare healthcare quality, senior housing options, demographic and financial statistics, and other important data for Illinois with the rest of the country. This guide also contains helpful contact information for local government agencies that offer assistance to senior citizens.

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Key Senior Statistics

Use these key statistics to learn more about Illinois seniors.

  • 13% of the population of Illinois are seniors Source: Census.gov
  • 29% of those seniors living in Illinois are living alone Source: Census.gov
  • 7% of Illinois senior households have an annual income of less than $10k and 24% less than $20k Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 26% of Illinois residents 60 and over received food stamps in the last year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The average Social Security Income in Illinois is $17,470/year Source: Census.gov ACS
  • The median household income for a Illinois senior is $37,331 Source: Census.gov ACS
  • Compared to other states, Illinois ranks 23rd for Long Term Care and 37th for America's Health Rankings Source: AmericasHealthRankings.org
  • There are 260,804 working seniors in Illinois Source: Census.gov ACS
  • 20% of the seniors in Illinois are veterans Source: Census.gov ACS

Population by Age

children (21%) working aged (66%) seniors (13%)

(as of 2010)

In the U.S., around 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 today and everyday for over the next 15 years.

Learn more about the aging population explosion.
The number of people aged 65 and over in Illinois is projected to rise 36% over the next 15 years, from 1,777,487 to 2,412,177. U.S. Census Population Projections

Illinois 65+ Population by County

Illinois 65+ Population by County

The 65+ population in Illinois as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 652015202020252030
Population 1,777,487 1,988,764 2,226,431 2,412,177
Percent 13.6% 15% 16.7% 18%
National Percent 14.5% 16.3% 18.2% 19.7%

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The number of Illinois residents 85 and over will increase 26%, from 280,147 to 351,941. U.S. Census Population Projections

Illinois 85+ Population by County

Illinois 85+ Population by County

The 85+ population in Illinois as a percent of total state population is below:

Over 852015202020252030
Population 280,147 288,413 308,860 351,941
Percent 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6%
National Percent 2.1% 2.2% 2.3% 2.6%

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Senior Housing

Use our senior housing data to get a snapshot of the housing characteristics and living arrangements of the aging population in Illinois.

Who do Seniors Live with?

There are 468,856 seniors living alone in Illinois. Of these, 72% are female. Source: Census.gov

Seniors Living Alone

Percent Living Alone

Gender of Seniors Living Alone

71% of males 65 and older are married compared with 41% of females.
41% of females are widowed compared with 13% of males. Source: Census.gov

Marital Status

Males

Females

Senior Households: Homeowners vs. Renters

Year Home was Built

Renters

Homeowners

Year Current Resident Moved In

Renters

Homeowners

Percentage with Telephone Service

Overall, 1% of Illinois senior households do not have access to phone service.

Renters

Homeowners

Access to a Vehicle

Overall, 16% of Illinois senior households do not have access to a vehicle.

Renters

Homeowners

Units in Rental Building

35% of senior renters reside in a large development - one that has 50 or more units.

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Long Term Care Choices

Just 37% of people think they will need long term care, but 69% of people actually will.

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Average Monthly Cost of Long Term Care Services in Illinois

Care TypeIllinois Average CostNational Average Cost
Home Health Care
8 hours per week
$745$693
Adult Day Care
Weekdays only
$1,463$1,492
Assisted Living$4,050$3,600
Homemaker Services
44 hours per week
$4,004$3,721
Home Health Care
44 hours per week
$4,099$3,813
Nursing Home
Semi-Private - double occupancy room for one person
$5,399$6,692
Nursing Home
Private - single occupancy room for one person
$6,205$7,604
Data from Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care in 2015
Genworth Long Term Care Costs & Cost of Care

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Senior Healthcare Quality

Compare the quality of healthcare in Illinois with the rest of the country by looking at these state-level quality rankings.

Illinois Long Term Care Scorecard Rankings

The 50 states plus Washington, D.C. are ranked on a scale of 1 to 51, where 1 is the highest quality, 51 the lowest.

Ranking DimensionIllinois 2011 RankIllinois 2014 Rank
Affordability & Access Rank

Consumers can easily find and afford the services they need and there is a safety net for those who cannot afford services.

#12#9
Choice of Setting & Provider

A person-centered approach to LTSS places high value on allowing consumers to exercise choice and control over where they receive services and who providers them.

#33#21
Quality of Life & Quality of Care Rank

Services maximize positive outcomes and consumers are treated with respect. Personal preferences are honored when possible.

#24#28
Support for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers' needs are assessed and addressed so that they can continue in their caregiving role without being overburdened.

#27#10
Effective Transitions Rank

LTSS are arranged to integrate effectively with health care and social services, minimizing disruptions such as hospitalizations, institutionalizations, and transitions between settings.

#N/A#43
Overall Rank

Rank considering all available data.

#23#23

Data from LongTermScorecard.org - A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers created by:

AARP, Inc.
The Commonwealth Fund
The SCAN Foundation

America's Health Rankings® for Illinois

The states are ranked on a scale of 1 to 50, where 1 is the highest ranking, 50 the lowest.

Determinant Illinois 2013 Rank Illinois 2015 Rank
Overall #37 #37
All Determinants #35 #37
Behaviors #28 #27
Smoking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who smoke at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and who currently smoke every day or some days

#8 #20
Chronic Drinking

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who consumed more than 60 drinks in the last 30 days for men and more than 30 drinks in the last 30 days for women

#42 #20
Obesity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older estimated to be obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or higher

#47 #38
Underweight

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status estimated to be underweight with a body mass index (BMI) of 18.5 or less

#1 #10
Physical Inactivity

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with fair or better health status who report doing no physical activity or exercise (such as running, calisthenics, golf, gardening or walking) other than their regular job in the last 30 days

#31 #29
Dental Visit

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having visited a dental health professional within the last 12 months

#37 #31
Pain Management

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with arthritis who report arthritis or joint pain does not limit their usual activities

#15 #25
Education

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with a college degree

#29 #30
Community #27 #33
Community & Environment - Macro #19 #35
Poverty

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who live in households at or below 100% of the poverty threshold

#27 #27
Volunteerism

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report volunteering in the past 12 months

#23 #31
Nursing Home Quality

Percentage of certified nursing home beds rated 4- or 5-stars

#36 #41
Community & Environment - Micro #38 #30
Food Insecurity

Percentage of adults aged 60 and older who are marginally food insecure

#18 #30
Community Support

Total expenditures captured by the Administration on Aging divided by the number of adults aged 65 and older living in poverty

#31 #33
Policy #44 #40
Low-Care Nursing Home Residents

Percentage of nursing home residents who were low-care, according to the broad definition (no physical assistance required for late-loss activities of daily living)

#50 #50
Prescription Drug Coverage

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have a creditable prescription drug plan

#36 #36
Geriatrician Shortfall

Estimated geriatrician shortfall as a percentage of the minimum required number

#13 #13
Clinical Care #42 #36
Dedicated Health Care Provider

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a personal doctor or health care provider

#28 #9
Flu Vaccine

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who received the flu vaccine in the last year

#46 #36
Health Screenings

Percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 who have had mammograms and/or fecal occult/colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy screens within the recommended time period

#35 #38
Recommended Hospital Care

Percentage of hospitalized patients aged 65 and older who received the recommended care for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical procedures

#11 #25
Diabetes Management

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 to 75 with diabetes receiving a blood lipids test

#20 #21
Home Health Care

Number of personal care and home health aides per 1,000 adults aged 75 or older

#29 #25
Preventable Hospitalizations

Number of discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#40 #40
Hospital Readmissions

Percentage of patients aged 65 or older who were readmitted within 30 days of discharge

#46 #45
Hospice Care

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who were enrolled in hospice during the last 6 months of life after diagnosis of condition with high probability of death

#17 #22
Hospital Deaths

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older who died in a hospital

#27 #24
All Outcomes #35 #35
ICU Use

Percentage of decedents aged 65 and older spending 7 or more days in the intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) during the last 6 months of life

#46 #46
Falls

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having had a fall within the last 12 months

#28 #26
Hip Fracture

Rate of hospitalization for hip fracture per 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries

#20 #22
Health Status

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report their health is very good or excellent

#36 #36
Able-bodied

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older with no disability

#21 #23
Premature Death

Number of deaths per 100,000 adults aged 65 to 74 years

#29 #30
Teeth Extractions

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who have had all teeth removed due to tooth decay or gum disease

#17 #23
Poor Mental Health Days

Number of days in the previous 30 that adults aged 65 and older indicate that their mental health was not good

#50 #41
Multiple Chronic Conditions

Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries with 4 or more chronic conditions

#34 #31
Cognition

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who report having a cognitive difficulty

#20 #21
Depression

Percentage of adults aged 65 and older who were told by a health professional that they have a depressive disorder

#25 #6

America's Health Rankings® is the longest-running annual assessment of the nation's health on a state-by-state basis. For the past 25 years, America's Health Rankings® has provided a holistic view of the health of the nation. America's Health Rankings® is the result of a partnership between United Health Foundation, American Public Health Association, and Partnership for Prevention™.

Americas Health Rankings - United Health Foundation
United Health Foundation
ALPHA - American Public Health Association

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Senior Financial Overview

View our Illinois financial data below to learn about the income, wealth and costs incurred of those seniors living in the community.

The median household income for seniors in Illinois is $37,331 Source: Census.gov ACS

Annual Income for Senior Households

40% of senior households in Illinois earn less than $30,000 per year, while 13% earn more than $100K/year


Only those where the head of household is 65 or over are included. As an example, an elderly widow and her children's income would be counted if her children choose to live with her. However, if she chooses to live with her children, neither would be counted.

Also, keep in mind the distinction between household and individual income. A married couple over the age of 65 that is still working and earning $30,000 per year each would have a household income of $60,000.

The average Social Security income per household receiving the benefit in Illinois is $17,470 Source: Census.gov ACS
The average retirement income per household receiving it in Illinois is $25,245 Source: Census.gov ACS
16% of seniors in Illinois are employed. Source: Census.gov ACS

Employment Status

Males

Females

How Seniors Travel to/from Work

25% of Illinois seniors have a college degree. Source: Census.gov ACS

Highest Level of Education

Males

Females

85% of seniors living in Illinois speak English at home. Source: Census.gov ACS
8% of the seniors in Illinois are below the poverty level. Source: Census.gov ACS

Percentage of Seniors Below the Poverty Level

Male

Female

Percent of People 60 and Over Receiving Food Stamps

33% of senior homeowners in Illinois have a mortgage. Source: Census.gov ACS

Home Ownership Cost as a Percent of Income

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Helpful Contacts for Seniors

State Agency on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Aging and Disability Resource Centers

Overview of Contacts

Area Agencies on Aging

Overview of Contacts

Elder Abuse Prevention

  • Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging

    1111 South Alpine Road
    Rockford, IL 61108
    Grant Nyhammer
    (815) 226-4901
    info@nwilaaa.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time Monday to Thursday. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Friday.
  • Catholic Charities

    270 S. Schuyler Ave.
    Kankakee, IL 60901
    (815) 933-7791
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Catholic Charities-Lake County

    116 North Lincoln Avenue
    Round Lake, IL 60073
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • DuPage County Department of Community Services

    421 North County Farm Road
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    csprograms@dupageco.org.
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Services Associates - McHenry County

    3519 North Richmond Road
    McHenry, IL 60051
    help@seniorservicesassoc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Services Associates - Kane County

    101 South Grove Street
    Elgin, IL 60120
    help@seniorservicesassoc.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Senior Services Associates - Kendall County

    908 Game Farm Road
    Yorkville, IL 60560
    help@seniorservicesassoc.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Central Illinois Agency on Aging

    700 Hamilton Boulevard
    Peoria, IL 61603
    Keith Rider
    (309) 674-2071
    cinfo@ciaoa.net
    Website
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Central Time Monday to Friday
  • CRIS Healthy Aging Center

    309 North Franklin Street
    Danville, IL 61832
    Amy Merchant
    (217) 443-2999
    info@agestrong.org
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • PATH, Inc. Bloomington

    201 East Grove Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701
    Shelley Hunt
    (309) 828-1022
    Website
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • CHELP Senior Information Services

    1429 North Jasper Street
    Decatur, IL 62526
    Diane Drew
    (217) 422-9888
    chelp9888@sbcglobal.net
    7:30 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging

    1003 Maple Hill Road
    Bloomington, IL 61705
    Susan C. Real
    (309) 829-2065
    aginginfo@eciaaa.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Ford County Public Health Department

    435 North Taft Street
    Paxton, IL 60957
    Douglas Corbelt
    (217) 379-9281
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland

    3100 Montvale Drive
    Springfield, IL 62704
    Donna Bileto
    (217) 787-9234
    info@aginglinc.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • AgeSmart Community Resources

    2365 Country Road
    Belleville, IL 62221
    Joy Paeth
    (618) 222-2561
    ask@AgeSmart.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Chicago Department of Family & Support Services

    1615 West Chicago Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60622
    Joyce Gallagher
    (312) 743-0300
    aging@cityofchicago.org
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Solutions for Care

    7222 West Cermak Road
    North Riverside, IL 60546
    Deborah Sitz
    (708) 447-2448
    info@solutionsforcare.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • Catholic Charities Northwest

    1801 West Central Road
    Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    Cynthia Gunderson
    (847) 253-5500
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • North Shore Senior Center

    161 Northfield Road
    Northfield, IL 60093
    Jordan Luhr
    (847) 784-6000
    info@nssc.org
    Website
    9:00 am - 5:00 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Oak Park Township Senior Services

    130 South Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Park, IL 60302
    Desiree Scully
    (708) 383-8060
    seniors@oakparktownship.org
    Website
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • PLOWS Council on Aging

    7808 West College Drive
    Palos Heights, IL 60463
    Donald Chapman
    (708) 361-0219
    info@plows.org
    Website
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday to Friday Flexible hours by appointment.
  • South Suburban Senior Services of Catholic Charities

    15300 South Lexington Avenue
    Harvey, IL 60426
    Angela Taylor
    (708) 596-2222
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Stickney Township Office on Aging

    7745 S. Leamington Avenue
    Burbank, IL 60459
    Joan Wileman
    (708) 636-8850
    info@townshipofstickney.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 4:00 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • AgeOptions

    1048 Lake Street
    Oak Park, IL 60301
    Jonathan Lavin
    (708) 383-0258
    info@ageoptions.org
    Website
    8:45 am - 4:45 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Family Services- Senior Resource Center

    405 South State Street
    Champaign, IL 61820
    Sheryl Bautch
    (217) 352-5100
    src@familyservicecc.org
    Website
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging

    100 College Drive, Building 5
    Kankakee, IL 60901
    Marla Fronzcak
    (815) 939-0727
    info@ageguide.org
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Services, Elder Abuse

    2929 Broadway, Suite G
    Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
  • Elder Care Services of DeKalb County

    1701 East Lincoln Highway
    Dekalb, IL 60115
  • Stopping Women Abuse Now (SWAN)

    1114 South West Street
    Olney, IL 62450
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

    8787 State Street
    East St. Louis, IL 62003
    Lois Woods
    (618) 398-0574
    kfleshren@lollaf.org
    Website
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Shawnee Alliance

    6355 Brandhorst Dr.
    Carterville, IL 62918
    Carol Aronson
    (618) 985-8322
    sasinfo@shsdc.org
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Alternatives for the Older Adult, Inc.

    1803 7th Street
    Moline, IL 61265
    alternatives@alternativesforyou.org
    Website
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Services of the Center for Prevention of Abuse

    720 Joan Ct.
    Peoria, IL 61614
  • West Central Illinois Case Coordination Unit

    639 York Street
    Quincy, IL 62301
    (217) 222-1189
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Iroquois County Public Health Department

    1001 East Grant Street
    Watseka, IL 60970
    815-432-2483
    info@co.iroquois.il.us
    Website
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Care Horizon, Inc.

    120 Courthouse Square, Box 385
    Toledo, IL 62468
    cumberlandassociates@yahoo.com
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Visiting Nurses Association

    4223 East State Street
    Rockford, IL 61108
  • Lifescape Community Services

    1901 First Ave.
    Sterling, IL 61081
  • Guardian Angel Community Services

    168 N Ottawa Street
    Joliet, IL 60432
    (815) 729-0930
    Website
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday to Friday
  • Southwest Illinois Visiting Nurses Association

    7 Executive Woods
    Swansea, IL 62226
  • Adult Protective Services Hotline

    24 hours
  • Prairie Council on Aging

    800 West State Street
    Jacksonville, IL 62650
    (217) 479-4619
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Macoupin County Program for the Elderly - Locust Street Resource Center

    320 South Locust Street
    Carlinville, IL 62626
    (217) 854-4706
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc.

    701 West Mason Street
    Springfield, IL 62702
    (217) 528-4035
    Website
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Montgomery County Health Department

    1191 Illinois Rout3 185
    Hillsboro, IL 62049
  • SWAN (Stopping Woman Abuse Now)

    1114 South West Street
    Olney, IL 62450
  • Catholic Charities Elder Protective Services

    3125 N Knox Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60641
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Healthcare Consortium of Illinois - Adult Protective Services Department

    1350 East Sibley Boulevard
    Dolton, IL 60419
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Centers for New Horizons

    4309A S Martin Luther King Drive
    Chicago, IL 60653
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Metropolitan Family Services Adult Protective Services

    3843 W 63rd Street
    Chicago, IL 60629
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Sinai Community Institute Senior Services

    2653 W Ogden Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60608
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Kenneth Young Center

    1001 Rohlwing Road
    Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Metropolitan Family Services Elder Abuse Services

    5210 Main Street
    Skokie, IL 60077
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm Central Time Monday to Friday
  • Aging Care Connections

    111 West Harris Ave.
    La Grange, IL 60525
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm Central Time Monday to Friday

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Sources

Census.gov - Data from the 2010 United States Census. The Census counts every resident in the U.S. and is conducted once every 10 years.

Census.gov ACS - Data from the the 2009-2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau every year. Because every resident is not surveyed each year, data from a 5 year period is used to improve accuracy.