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CJE SeniorLife Helps Seniors and People with Disabilities Renew Driver's Licenses and Register for Reduced Fare/Ride Free Programs

CJE SeniorLife is hosting a special event for seniors and people with disabilities to assist them with reviewing rules for driving, renewing photo IDs and driver’s licenses, and registering for the Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities Reduced Fare or Ride Free Programs.

Sponsored by the CJE SeniorLife Consumer Assistance Department and Linkages program, the event will take place on Friday, May 25 at the Bernard Horwich Building, 3003 West Touhy Avenue, Chicago, IL 60645. The schedule of events is as follows:

Rules of the Road: A Review
9:30 – 11 a.m.
This one-hour review course is designed to give drivers the confidence and knowledge to renew or obtain a driver’s license. The course combines an explanation of the driving exam with a practice written exam. Space is limited. You must call to pre-register.

Registration for the Senior Citizen and People with Disabilities Reduced Fare or Ride Free Program
10 a.m. – noon
For first time applicants only.

Ride Free Applicants:
• Must be enrolled in Circuit Breaker program this year
• Must bring current State of Illinois photo ID or driver’s license

Reduced Fare Applicants
• If under age 65 with a disability, bring Social Security award letter and State of Illinois photo ID or driver’s license
• If age 65 or older, bring current State of Illinois photo ID or driver’s license

Photo ID/Driver’s License Renewal
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Photo ID/driver’s license renewal for seniors and persons with disabilities. Documentation required for renewing a photo ID/driver’s license:
• Original Social Security card
• Two forms of identification that provide name, date of birth, residency and signature

All programs are open to the public. Please call 773/508.1000 for more information or to request special accommodations. Learn more about the event at: http://cje.net/events/2012/05/super-senior-and-people-disabilities-event.

CJE SeniorLife’s Consumer Assistance can help ease many of the problems that older adults may encounter as they transition to or during retirement. Resource Center associates provide help with a range of government programs, including Aid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled [AABD]; Social Security and Supplemental Security Income [SSI]; Food Stamp Program [SNAP]; Housing Resources (subsidized housing, assisted living, nursing care); Circuit Breaker (rent and property tax rebates, license plate discounts); Health Insurance (Medicare; Medicaid); Transportation (RTA Reduced Fare Program, CTA Special Taxi Access); and Medicare Part D and Illinois Cares Rx for prescription drug plans. Other resources offered include Crime Victim/Witness Assistance, and health insurance guidance through SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program).

Linkages is a unique program of CJE SeniorLife that assists seniors who are the primary caregivers of adult children with disabilities to address the issues, needs and concerns of their family. Professional staff explore resource options and offer expertise and advice on service coordination, advocacy, future planning and government benefits. A family support group meets twice monthly and allows families to come together to discuss the similar situations they face. Participating organizations include CJE SeniorLife, The ARK, Center for Independent Futures, Jewish Child & Family Services, Jewish Vocational Service, Keshet, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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CJE SeniorLife is an innovative provider of community-based and residential programs, and services for older adults throughout the Chicago area. Over the past 40 years, CJE’s wide range of services has grown to include assisted living, counseling and care management, long-term skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s care, home health, wellness programs and much more.

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