Introducing the Senior Home Repair Program, available to River Forest and Oak Park residents age 60+! Fees are $20-40 per hour, depending on income. Eligible work includes grab bar installation, hanging pictures, sink/faucet repair, etc. Supported by River Forest Townships and the Villages of RF and OP. Click here for more info.

Sign up for the free weekly Community Connect email newsletter! Learn about upcoming events in our community...geared toward seniors but of interest to everyone. For more info or to be added to the list, email Betsy Kelly at [email protected].

Please call 708.366.2029 or email [email protected] with questions about a specific event.

Village of River Forest Offers Seniors Assistance with Snow Removal

"Virtual" Memory Cafe for Persons with Dementia and their Care Partners

Gentle Yoga Series (see Celebrating Seniors All Year Long for details)


Celebrating Seniors All Year Long (CSAYL)

Coffee Monday (Note: January's speark will now be coming in March)

Film Lovers Fridays

River Forest ID Bracelet Program

SHIP Helps Seniors Make Sense of Health Insurance
(all appointments are remote at this time)

Senior Bus
Call 708-383-4806 for changes during COVID

Free Help for Qualified Seniors with Living Wills and Powers of Attorney

Use Cab Coupon Booklets to Help with Transportation

Get an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Packet for your Freezer

Need help navigating the mail and paying bills? The Money Management Program can help.
Partner Events and Programs

Arbor West Neighbors Calendar of Events
(when in website, scroll down for weekly events on Community Connect)

Active Adult Membership at Dole Center (age 50+): Try lapidary arts, weaving, ceramics and other activities at the Dole Center, run by the Park District of Oak Park. Open to RF residents. $50/year membership fee supports many free classes and other benefits. For more info: visit

Sign up for Community Connect! Arbor West Neighbors, through a grant from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation,has launched Community Connect, a weekly email newsletter with events, programs and educational opportunities for older adults. Email [email protected] or call Betsy Kelly at 708.266.2029 x13 to receive this newsletter.

River Forest seniors are always welcome on the wonderful day and overnight trips offered by Forest Park!

Senior News of Forest Park Jan - Feb 2023

Are you or a loved one experiencing dementia or Alzheimers disease? Are you caring for someone who is newly diagnosed? The Alzheimer's Association is a valuable resource. Call their 24.7 HELPline, 1.800.272.3900, staff by licensed clinical social workers. Visit for information and support group locations.
Further information regarding the Cook County Elder Justice Center and announcements of upcoming seminars can be viewed on thier website at
The River Forest community is a great place to be a senior---thanks to a broad continuum of services designed to enhance the quality of life for community residents age 60 and over and to promote the values of independence, self esteem and dignity.

River Forest Township and Oak Park Township jointly share senior services and programs as "Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services", located at 130 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. For information and assistance, please Contact Us at River Forest Township or contact:

Oak Park & River Forest Township Senior Services
Pamela Mahn, Director
P: 708.383.8060
E: [email protected]


Betsy Kelly, River Forest Senior Outreach Coordinator
P: 708.366.2029 x13
E: [email protected]

Oak Park & River Forest Senior Services include:
  • Case management to help seniors get the services they need, including: individual care planning, service coordination and individual case monitoring
  • Transportation Services , including taxicab coupon booklets and curb-to-curb service on lift-equipped minibuses within Oak Park and River Forest
  • Meal Programs, including a daily group lunch at the senior dining facility, Home-Delivered Meals and a Dine-Out Program.
  • Caregiver Support
  • Affordable will preparation
  • Daily phone checks and monitoring by mail carriers to help ensure the well being of seniors.
  • Application assistance with free public transportation and license plate discounts
  • Home energy assistance
  • Health screenings
  • Assistance in obtaining federal, state and local benefits
  • Health insurance assistance
  • Income tax assistance
  • Assistance with in-home chores
  • Holiday Food and Gift Basket

Meal Programs:

The in-person lunch program described below has been temporarily cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals can be picked up or delivered by volunteers. Contact Township Senior Services 708.383.8060.

Township Senior Services has a Senior Lunch Program located on the first floor at 130 S. Oak Park Ave. Lunches are served at 11:00 AM, Monday through Friday, with a suggested contribution of $1.50/meal. All River Forest residents 60 and over are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Transportation to and from the lunch program is available through Senior Services Transportation at 383-4806.

The Township Senior Services Dine Out Program offers seniors the opportunity to enjoy affordable, nutritious lunches or dinners at specified local restaurants. Coupons for this program can be obtained at the Township Senior Lunch Program on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 AM for a suggested donation of $3.50.

  Senior Lunch Program
  Home Delivered Meals

Transportation Programs:

Special Programs:

Celebrating Seniors Week 2023

Celebrating Seniors Week will be held in-person May 11-18, 2023, This week-long series of events and programs celebrates the senior adults in our communities.

To see 2022's "60 Over 60" honorees, click here

Visit to see past "60 over 60" honorees, events and programs.

To view past Celebrating Seniors Resource Guides, see the Resource Section of this website.

Questions: email Supervisor Carla Sloan at [email protected].

Other Resources
  • Arbor West Neighbors
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital Wellness Programs
  • West Suburban Hospital Wellness Programs
  • Active Adult Programs at Dole Center
  • Aging & Disability Resource Program-Consultants
  • AARP
  • Administration for Community Living
  • Illinois Department on Aging
  • Social Security Administration
  • Age Options

  • 2023 Senior Services Committee Meetings:
    3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 PM; 1/18, 2/25, 3/15, 4/19, 5/17, 6/21, 9/20, 10/18.

    Township Senior Services, 130 S. Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park or by electronic meeting due to Covid-19 safety precautions.

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