BOLINGBROOK, Ill. — State Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, D-Bolingbrook, will help lead an effort to improve the quality of life for seniors in residential care as part of the new Senior Housing Residents’ Advisory Council.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the many issues seniors, especially those who live in congregate care facilities, experience on a daily basis,” Avelar said. “This vulnerable population deserves innovative policy solutions to the problems they face, and this council will play an important role in shaping such reform.”

The Senior Housing Residents’ Advisory Council will evaluate available resources and services for seniors, analyze current state outreach efforts and examine the impact of COVID-19 on congregate living arrangements. The Council will issue a report of its findings, including recommendations on how to eliminate gaps in services for seniors and improve state policy concerning seniors in congregate living arrangements, yearly until 2025.

“This council is a collaborative effort among the Illinois General Assembly, Department of Health, Department of Aging and senior representatives from all corners of the state,” said Avelar. “I look forward to working with my fellow council members and learning from their experiences and expertise as we work to improve the lives of seniors in Illinois.”

For more information, please contact Avelar’s office at or 815-372-0085.

Rep. Dagmara
Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar

85th District

Springfield Office:
265-S Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 782-4179

District Office:
623 Boughton Rd.
Suite 130
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(815) 372-0085