Deerfield Park District

At Your Service

Our part-time staff member, Margie Fischer, M.A., offers a variety of helpful information for older adults and their families. Get information and referral on topics including in-home services, community resources, help with applying for benefits, Medicare information, caregiver support, and more. Margie is generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Stop in or email Margie at the following e-mail address:; You may also call or leave a voicemail at: 847-940-4010. Service is friendly, free, and confidential.

License Plate Discount & Senior Rides Free Card

Receiving these two benefits begins with filing ONE application: Illinois’ Benefit Access Application. Are you eligible? One must be 65 or older--or over 16 and totally disabled; AND have an annual income from all sources under $27,610 for singles or $36,635 for couples. The application is good for two years. ALL applications must be submitted online. NO paper forms exist. You can do it yourself at: or, you can make an appointment with Margie and she will do it for you! Just call for an appointment and to learn what documents are needed.

Blue Bag Program Keeps Documents Handy

Be prepared! This handy all-in-one blue packet contains information ready to grab in case of a medical emergency. It includes forms regarding for health info, emergency contacts, advanced directives and more. It comes with instructions to be placed where our local emergency personnel know to look for it. This is a collaborative effort between the PTC and the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Department and is available at the PTC free of charge to local residents.

ACES: Adult Caregiver Education & Support

Join our wonderful group of family caregivers! Studies show that caregivers reduce their stress, enjoy improved health, and provide better care when receiving support. ACES is a group of spouses and adult children of older adults who gather for valuable information on relevant topics, leads on resources, and to share concerns and tips with other caregivers. You do not have to live with your care recipient to be in a caregiver role. Whether you are seeking information on available resources and services, are feeling stress or sadness from caring for a loved one… ACES can help. Come meet others in our community who, like you, are caring for an older adult. We meet from 1:00-2:30 on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the PTC library. FREE. If your care obligations keep you from attending ACES, we have solutions! Through our treasured partnership with Faith in Action Volunteers, we offer two respite options! On-site supervision at PTC is available for your loved one while you attend our ACES meeting. Care recipients must be comfortable being apart from their loved one, have appropriate behavior, and be able to use the restroom on their own. Pre-screening and reservations are required. A trained Faith In Action respite volunteer can come to your home, if needed, while you attend the meeting. This is based on availability and pre-screening is required. Both respite options never have a fee. Please call Margie Fischer at PTC for details.

Caruso “GrandFriends” Fund

Did you know there is a small fund available to assist lower income older adults to pay a portion of their membership and program fees at the Patty Turner Center? The GrandFriends Fund was originated and is supported by the fundraising efforts of the students at Caruso Middle School. What a great bunch of kids! Margie can provide eligibility and program information. Participation is strictly confidential.

Transportation Choices: “We’ve Got Them!”

The Deerfield area is one of the richest around when it comes to providing transportation services for older adults. Options include the Village Taxi Program; the West Deerfield Township handicapped-accessible “Going Places” van; a variety of specialty volunteer programs; and Lake County transportation grant. Programs vary in scope, eligibility, and availability. Which ones are right for you? Contact Social Services for more detailed information.

New Booklet Coming Soon!

Our popular "Guide to Community Services for Older Adults and Their Families" is in the process of being completely updated. The booklet is produced by our very own social service staff and tailored for use in our community. The fresh new edition of this informative publication will be ready for distribution this summer! A copy will be mailed to each member. Extra copies will always be on hand to pick up at the PTC. Thank you to Whitehall of Deerfield for underwriting the cost of the booklet printing.

New! Alzheimer Support Here at PTC

Until now, those seeking support for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias had to travel to Mundelein or southern Glenview to be part of a daytime group. No more! Patty Turner Center now proudly hosts an Alzheimer Association Support Group. Facilitated by a staff member from the Alzheimer’s Association, it provides emotional, educational, and social support for those family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. It’s free and there is no need to sign-up, just drop in! The group meets on the 1st Monday of every month at 2pm in the Conference Room. It is intended for family caregivers of individuals in middle to later stages of dementia. For more information, call the Alzheimer Association, Greater Illinois Chapter at 800-272-3900 or go to and click on ‘Support Groups’.

Increase Your Access to the World

West Deerfield Township has a program for residents with various disabilities aimed at improving their access to the community. Grants of up to $1000 per household per year may be awarded to residents to help meet specific needs which often impede accessibility at home and in the community. Expenses which may qualify for this program include home remodeling/adaptation, mobility equipment, communication devices, etc. Older adults are encouraged to apply. The program is intended to assist WDT residents with the greatest financial need, but there is no stated income limit. Interested older adults may call Margie to ask questions about the program. Applications are made to WDT and kept strictly confidential. Forms are available at the Township office, the Patty Turner Center or online at Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is September 30, 2015. For more information call West Deerfield Township or Social Services at the Patty Turner Center.

Look Who’s 50… Happy Birthday, Medicare!

Some famous 50ths this summer… The Rolling Stones’ song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, the anniversary of the movie The Sound of Music, and the 50th Birthday of Medicare! Medicare has ensured access to healthcare for older and disabled beneficiaries and protected then against financial hardship of healthcare costs. Before Medicare, 48% of Americans 65+ had no insurance; today that figure is 2%. Just because it has been around for half a century, doesn’t mean that everyone understands it. If you have questions on enrollment, drug plans, supplemental plans, subsidies, or claims--- Ask SHIP! Trained Senior Health Insurance Program volunteers provide FREE on-to-one information/counseling session by appointment here at PTC. Smart beneficiaries use SHIP because “The Best Choice is an Educated Choice!”

Deerfield Park District • 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield, Illinois 60015 • 847-945-0650 • fax 847-945-0699
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