About Bacoa

Barrington Area Council on Aging

Aging can require creative solutions to maintain a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Bacoa ensures older adults receive the essential care services needed to live a fulfilling life. We provide a dynamic mix of social services, support groups, activities, education, and resources that redefine what aging looks like—for yourself or someone you love.

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Since 1984, older adults in the northwest suburbs of Chicago have turned to Bacoa for information, resource referrals, and support to safely navigate their aging process. Each year, Bacoa’s professional team provides meaningful activities, counsel, and a team-based approach to help older adults live an active life on their terms.

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Bacoa is a federally qualified, public charitable corporation, or a 501(c)(3). Thanks to the generosity of friends, community partners, and supporters, no one is ever refused services because of an inability to pay.

Our Impact

Dedicated to Improving Lives Each Day

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Activities & Events

“During the pandemic, these safe activities—especially on Zoom—are a godsend.”

– Mary

Social Service

“I’m just relieved to know I have someone I can call.”

-Irene L.

Support Groups

“I try to enter her world as opposed to bringing her back into mine.”

– Ted M.

Our Mission

Bacoa leads our community in redefining aging by empowering older adults, families, and caregivers as they pursue vibrant, healthy lifestyles.

Our Vision

We are a community thought leader, acting as an innovator, idea generator, as well as a provider of services for older adults. Bacoa’s work maximizes experiences and knowledge across generations.

Core Values


Integrity, ethics, inclusion, and mutual respect are Bacoa’s bedrock principles. Bacoa will always consider the rights, values, beliefs, and talents of everyone it serves, including our partners, vendors, and the community at large.


We are committed to creating a healthier community, with compassion at the heart of all we do.


Bacoa is a responsible steward of its financial and human resources. It adheres to the principle of excellence in all it does, and its actions are guided by respect for our clients, donors, and the community.


Bacoa is on a mission to redefine aging. We use our collective imagination and collaborative skills to create innovative solutions that align with the needs of active adults in the 21st century.


We conduct business in a straightforward manner, providing full disclosure of funding practices, business operations, and strategic planning. Bacoa is committed to open and honest communications and ensures transparency in all actions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our hard-working volunteers make it possible for us to improve client outcomes and expand assistance to people in nearby suburbs. Their work is invaluable to those we serve. By becoming a Bacoa volunteer, you will help us make a positive difference in the lives of older adults within our community.


Bacoa is home to a growing team of compassionate and talented individuals dedicated to our community. We welcome a variety of diverse individuals with unique backgrounds, skills, and experiences.

We’re here for you.

Bacoa is your connection to helpful resources. Our team is ready to assist with any aging-related needs. We look forward to connecting with you.