The department’s Senior Services Division serves as the Area Agency on Aging for the city of Chicago. In that capacity they administer a variety programs designed to address the diverse needs and interests of older Chicagoans, from those who are healthy and active, to those who are frail and homebound. We operate six Regional Senior Centers that act as community focal points for information and assessment, and provide senior services in health and fitness, education and recreation. We also operate ten satellite senior centers that offer opportunities for cultural enrichment, health and fitness, and education.
DFSS/Senior Services is the lead for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) to create an Age-Friendly Chicago. A number of Age-Friendly Initiatives have been launched including: Age-Friendly Businesses; Age-Friendly Caregiver Support and the Age-Friendly Village Interdependent Collaboratives (VICs) which uses the senior centers as a base to build volunteer support around the Seniors wishing to continue to live in their homes and communities as they age.