Seniors Program Newsletter Chicago

December 2017

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To celebrate the holidays, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, December 25 & Tuesday, December 26.

The last session of Fit & Strong (F&S) has come to an end. Thank you to all participants, it was a huge success. Learning from F&S and hearing all the interest in exercise, we will be adding more classes starting in January. If interested in learning more, please contact Laurine O’Donnell or Megan Frankenbach.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at The Chicago Lighthouse at 1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608.  As a friendly reminder, programs have limited seating. Please RSVP for each event by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257 , or by emailing Laurine directly.

Support Group
Tuesdays, 12/05, 12/19

11 a.m. – noon

A chance for you and your peers to share ideas, support each other, and feel safe talking with others that may be going through similar life events.

Art Exploration
Tuesdays, 12/05, 12/12, 12/19
1 – 2:30 p.m.

Art Expert Philip Cameron will begin class with the Lives and Literature of the Bronte Sisters on the 5th. The following week he will discuss the Art of Jan van Eyck and the Flemish Masters. On the 19th, Philip will speak about the Music of Brenda Lee.

To ensure you receive the handouts, please RSVP.

Writing Out Loud
Friday, 12/01
11 a.m. – noon

New and experienced writers come together and share their ideas and memories. With the help of trigger words, we immerse ourselves in thought provoking conversations.  If you want to improve your writing, we are here to help you get started.

Family Feud
Friday, 12/01
1 – 2 p.m.

Get ready to challenge your mind to find the most popular responses that would be given based off of a survey question given to 100 people. Get ready to think fast and challenge the other team!

Chicago Lighthouse Financial Development
Tuesday, 12/05
1 – 2 p.m.

Jennifer Miller, Chief Development Officer, oversees the Financial Development team by working with donors and friends who are interested in supporting our programs now, as well as with donors who are interested in remembering The Chicago Lighthouse in their estate plans. She will explain her department and how it plays a large role throughout the entire Chicago Lighthouse including the wonderful programs offered in the Seniors Program.

Salsa Steps Dance Party
Wednesday, 12/06
10:30 a.m. – noon

Tis the season to dance! Come enjoy a fun beginner level Salsa Class. Join us and learn basic steps and turns. LeRoy P. Tyree, also known as “T Mambo Jazz,” will lead the class with his expertise.

Holiday Party
Friday, 12/08

10a.m. – 2 p.m.

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Let’s gather together to celebrate the holidays and not forget the December birthdays. We will enjoy a nice lunch and afterwards, there will be entertainment that you do not want to miss!

*There are only 10 seats so please RSVP if you are interested.*

Art Studio – Card Making Class
Monday, 12/11
1 – 2 p.m.

Philip Cameron, with a Master of Arts in Art Therapy through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will bring supplies for you to create cards for the holidays. It is a hand on experience so make sure you bring your creative mind!

Coffee Club
Tuesday, 12/12
10 – 11 a.m.

Start your morning off with a fresh cup of coffee while you are socializing with friends and having fun. If you are new to the Seniors Program, this is a great chance to meet some of the members.

Stretch and Strengthen
Tuesday, 12/12

11 a.m. – noon

Fitness Instructor Brittany is back! Are you ready for a fun and energetic chair exercise class? We will focus on increasing your strength and supporting your mobility. The energy is contagious. Beginner or expert, all levels are welcome.

**ON HOLD** Computer Class
Thursdays TBD

The computer class is currently on hold due to a training being held in the classroom. As soon as the room is available, we will inform you the date and time that classes will begin again. Sorry for the inconvenience but we appreciate your patience. Stay tuned!

iPad/iPhone – Beginners Class
Thursdays, 12/07, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28

10 a.m. – noon

Join us for an introduction to iPads. We will explain the design of the iPad and some of the benificial applications available for low vision.

*Please RSVP if interested, seats are limited to 5 per class.*

Rush University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Wednesday, 12/13
11 a.m. – noon

Karen Graham is the manager of research education at Rush and will be talking with us about a disease that many fear, Alzheimer’s. She will provide education on the disease, talk about healthy aging and their current research efforts.

Assistive Technology
Wednesday, 12/13
1 – 2 p.m.

Assistive Technology Manager, Luke Scriven, will be joining us to talk about Seeing AI, an app designed for people who are blind or visually impaired and has many functions, including the ability to read printed text to you, describe a picture, tell you who a person is and more! And best of all, it’s free.

Wednesday, 12/20

1 – 2 p.m.

Come experience a powerful guided meditation recording. Never practiced meditation, now is a chance to see how it can help.

Book Club – Mommie Dearest
Wednesday, 12/20

11 a.m. – noon

Written by Christina Crawford, a shocking story of what it was like living with her mother. Revelations of punishment, humiliation, and exploitation are described by the daughter of the famous star who demanded that her children refer to her as ‘Mommie Dearest,’ bestseller in 1978.

*Participants use the free Talking Books player. If you do not own one but are interested in learning more, contact Laurine or Megan for more information. *

Monday, 12/11

11 a.m. – noon

Join us for a fun game of Trivia. We will have two teams with a variety of questions being asked. There are three rounds, at the end of each game, the team with the most correct answers wins.

Crafting with Theresa
Wednesday, 12/06

1 – 2:30 p.m.

This month, come join Theresa to create your own Christmas Tree Rag Wreath. Just in time for the holiday season.

*There are only 10 seats so please RSVP if you are interested.*

* Seniors Programs have limited seating, so please RSVP for each event by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at  (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257*

Monthly Events at a Glance

12/01    Writing Out Loud, 11 a.m. – noon
12/01    Family Feud, 1 – 2 p.m.
12/05    Financial Development, 10 – 11 a.m.
12/05     Support Group, 11 a.m. – noon
12/05    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
12/06    Salsa for Seniors, 10:30 a.m. – noon
12/06    Crafting with Theresa, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
12/07    iPad/iPhone for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
12/07    Computer Class, TBD
12/08    Holiday Party, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
12/11    Trivia, 11 a.m. – noon
12/11    Art Studio, 1 – 2 p.m.
12/12    Coffee Club, 10 – 11 a.m.
12/12    Stretch and Strengthen, 11 a.m. – noon
12/12    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
12/13    Rush Talk on Alzheimer’s, 11 a.m. – noon
12/13    Assistive Technology, 1 – 2 p.m.
12/14    iPad/iPhone for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
12/14    Computer Class, TBD
12/19    Support Group, 11 a.m. – noon
12/19    Art Exploration, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
12/20    Book Club, 11 .am. – noon
12/20    Meditation, 1 – 2 p.m.
12/21    iPad/iPhone for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
12/21    Computer Class, TBD
12/28    iPad/iPhone for Beginners, 10 a.m. – noon
12/28    Computer Class, TBD

Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to:

Laurine O’Donnell
Director, Seniors Program
(312) 997-3670
Email Laurine


Locations & Contact

The Chicago Lighthouse
1850 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 666-1331
Monday – Friday
9 a.m – 5 p.m.