Seniors Program Newsletter Chicago

Senior News You Can Use | May & June 2022

seniors newsletter_MASTHEAD_chicago

PROGRAM UPDATES

Construction in the front parking lot of the city Lighthouse is expected to begin in May. When it does, the front parking lot & main front entrance will no longer be in use. It is unclear at this time which entrance (on Wolcott or Grenshaw) seniors will use to enter/exit the building. While we are working through the options, it is very likely that some senior programs will take remotely/over-the-phone instead of in-person. Each week, we will contact all seniors who registered to come in-person to provide them with an update. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will continue be required to participate in-person. Everyone must call Melissa at (847) 510-2060 to RSVP & pre-register for phone or in-person programs. Please keep in mind that space is limited for in-person attendance.

MAY ANNOUNCEMENT
We will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Seniors’ Program In-Person COVID-19 Plan
Our goal at The Chicago Lighthouse is to provide everyone with a safe & secure environment that minimizes exposure to COVID-19. It is our utmost responsibility & priority to make our Seniors’ Program safe.

Health Safety:

  • Staff, volunteers & program participants must complete their vaccination cycle 2 weeks prior to in-person participation. Vaccination cards or a print-out from your health system network will serve as verification the vaccine(s) have been obtained.
  • All will have their temperature checked each time they enter the buildings & will affirm they are symptom-free by completing a screening form (assistance will be provided). Those who have not provided proof of vaccination to Melissa or who exhibit any of the following symptoms upon arrival will not be allowed further entrance into The Lighthouse:
  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Repeated shaking/chills
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Nausea &/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Congestion/runny nose

Masks will be worn at all times covering both nose & mouth.

Mask-wearing is highly encouraged at all times covering both nose & mouth.

Please bring proof of your completed vaccination card, etc. to The Chicago Lighthouse upon arriving for your first program.

You may submit a copy your completed vaccination card to Melissa in advance by fax: (847) 729-2207, text: (847) 242-1922, email: melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org or mail. You may also bring your completed vaccination card to The Chicago Lighthouse upon arriving for your first program.

Please note that these guidelines are fluid & may change.


NEW MEETING LOCATION AT THE CITY LIGHTHOUSE
Programs will soon transition to the Community Room located directly across from the cafeteria. Please note that the closest restroom facilities are located in the cafeteria (there is not one inside the new meeting room).

CAREGIVERS/GUESTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN YOU
If you require one-on-one assistance, you are encouraged to bring a guest (must be fully vaccinated). The more caregivers/guests that seniors bring with them will mean that we can allow more seniors to attend in-person. As a reminder, most of our programming is available via phone so you can still participate from home should you not have a guest that can attend with you if you require additional assistance.

  • If you are at least 60 years old & a Chicago resident, caregiver/in-home assistance may be available to you through the City’s Community Care Program – call (312) 744-4016 for more info/program specifics. For non-Chicago residents, call the Senior Helpline (800) 252-8966 for more info/program specifics.

CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS
After you RSVP, here’s how to call into programs  – we will use the same call-in for all programs: dial 872-242-7995 & enter the Conference ID 737 107 407#. Shortly after that, you will be admitted into the program.
 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TIP – SPRING CLEANING

If you want to make sure you are cleaning thoroughly, consider the following tips:

  • Clear surfaces of any larger crumbs or particles
  • Use a microfiber cleaning cloth – this can help remove dust and dirt rather than spread it around
  • Spray cleaner directly onto your cloth – you can mix your own solution of 1-part vinegar to 1-part water plus a few drops of your favorite essential oil
  • Start in one corner of the area you are cleaning and use a Z or zig zag pattern so you overlap your last wipe to make sure you clean the full surface
  • Feel surfaces to ensure that they are clean

Call the calendar phone line anytime, day or night, to hear current month’s schedule: 312-506-0115.

 

MAY CALENDAR of EVENTS:

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – A MADEA FAMILY FUNERAL: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
TUESDAY, MAY 24, 1 – 3pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. A Madea Family Funeral is a 2019 American comedy film written, directed, and produced by Tyler Perry. A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. This film is rated PG-13. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – ON THE BASIS OF SEX
IN-PERSON ONLY IN GLENVIEW
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 1 – 3:15pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. On the Basis of Sex is inspired by the true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney & new mother – who faces adversity & numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career & the way the courts view gender discrimination. The film also chronicles the storybook-like romance between Ruth & Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally & professionally. Rated PG-13. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.
 
BOOK CLUB – A TALE OF TWO CITIES
BOTH IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO AND CALL-IN
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 1 – 2pm
Most participants use the free Talking Books player. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled. This month, we will discuss the classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, listening time, 14+ hours. It was the time of the French Revolution — a time of great change & great danger. It was a time when injustice was met by a lust for vengeance, & rarely was a distinction made between the innocent & the guilty. Against this tumultuous historical backdrop, Dickens’ great story of unsurpassed adventure & courage unfolds. Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, & safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman — Charles Darnay — falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer’s clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. Brilliantly plotted, the novel is rich in drama, romance, & heroics that culminate in a daring prison escape in the shadow of the guillotine.
 
CHAIR EXERCISE: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN on TUESDAYS, MAY 3, 10, 17 & 24, 11 am – 12pm
CALL-IN ONLY on TUESDAY, MAY 31, 11 am – 12pm
Join us for fun & energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength & supporting your mobility. All levels are welcome. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our exercise program, you are agreeing to the following waiver: In consideration for participating in this exercise program voluntarily, I agree to hold all persons involved as well as The Chicago Lighthouse & it’s employees harmless from any injuries or damages which may incur, for any reason as a result of my involvement. My participation acknowledges that I agree to be bound by the terms set forth herein. It is my desire to participate. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.
 
CHICAGO HISTORY STORYTELLER: BOTH IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO AND CALL-IN
TUESDAY, MAY 17, 1 – 2pm
Richie Zie, a Chicago Historian Tour Guide & Storyteller, will join us to talk about fun and fascinating stories all about Chicago! Whether you lovingly call it the windy city, chi-town, second city, city of the big shoulders, or my kind of town, RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060 to learn more about our great city.
 
IPAD/IPHONE TRAINING: IN-PERSON ONLY WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1 – 3pm in GLENVIEW
TUESDAYS, MAY 3 & 17, 2 – 3pm in CHICAGO
These hands-on sessions are designed for people at all experience levels. We’ll highlight accessibility features, navigation gestures, shortcuts, dictation, Voiceover & Siri. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided with advance notice. Class size is limited — pre-register at: (847) 510-2060.

JEOPARDY!©: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN
TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2 – 3pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned game! RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

MEDITATION: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2 – 2:30pm
Enjoy today’s guided mindfulness meditation for strengthening self-love & taking care of yourself. To be the best person you can be, to help & support those loved ones surrounding you, you need to first love & care for yourself. The idea of self-care doesn’t always mean going out to the spa to get pampered. It can also mean trusting your heart & your intuition to guide you in the right direction in life. It means taking the time to listen to your heart & your intuition often. It is the kind & compassionate way in which you speak to yourself. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

NAME THAT TUNE: CALL-IN ONLY
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 1 – 2pm
Do you like to listen to music? Do you like a challenge? If so, then call in to participate in Name That Tune! Get a point for every correct answer & get a bonus point if you can name the artist! RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

NATURE TALK: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 1 – 2pm
Summer brings the songs of crickets, cicadas & other singing insects. Forest Preserves of Cook County naturalist, Negin Almassi, will introduce you to the biology of commonly heard insects, why they sing & what their songs can tell us about the health of our environment. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

POETRY & PROSE: CALL-IN ONLY
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2 – 3pm
Former English teacher, Helen Shapiro, will share some of her favorite poems & other writings.
RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

SOCIAL HOUR: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
EVERY TUESDAY from 12 – 1pm EXCEPT for May 31
Enjoy this free time in-between programs. Catch-up with friends, purchase a snack or bring your own food to eat.

SUPPORT GROUP: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 1 – 2pm
Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas & information to increase your knowledge & help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. Join in to say hi, share how you’re doing & hear some familiar voices. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

MAY EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

TUE. MAY 3   City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. MAY 3   City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. MAY 3   City In-Person/Phone: Support Group, 1–2
TUE. MAY 3   City In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 2 – 3
WED. MAY 4  Glenview In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 1-3
TUE. MAY 10   City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. MAY 10   City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. MAY 10   City In-Person/Phone: Book Club, 1 – 2
TUE. MAY 10   City In-Person/Phone: Jeopardy, 2 – 3
TUE. MAY 17   City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. MAY 17   City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. MAY 17   City In-Person/Phone: Chicago Talk, 1 – 2
TUE. MAY 17   City In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 2 – 3
WED. MAY 18  PHONE ONLY: Nature Talk, 1 – 2
WED. MAY 18   PHONE Only: Guided Meditation, 2 – 2:30
TUE. MAY 24    City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. MAY 24    City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. MAY 24    City In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 3
WED. MAY 25  Glenview In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 3:15
MON. MAY 30  OFFICE CLOSED
TUE. MAY 31   PHONE ONLY: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. MAY 31   PHONE ONLY: Name That Tune, 1 – 2
TUE. MAY 31   PHONE ONLY: Poetry & Prose, 2 – 3

 

JUNE CALENDAR of EVENTS:

JUNE ANNOUNCEMENT
In honor of Juneteenth, to celebrate the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, June 20.

10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer’s: CALL-IN ONLY
TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2 – 3pm
Let’s welcome The Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking & behavior. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, don’t ignore them.
RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – YESTERDAY: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1 – 3pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. In this romantic comedy, Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion & support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent. Rated PG-13.  RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – HERE TODAY: IN-PERSON ONLY IN GLENVIEW
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 1 – 3pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. When veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (played by Billy Crystal) meets New York street singer Emma Payge (played by Tiffany Haddish), they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust. Rated PG-13. RSVP Melissa at: (847) 510-2060. 

BOOK CLUB – WUTHERING HEIGHTS: CALL-IN ONLY
TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 1 – 2pm
We will discuss the English classic, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, listening time, 15 hours. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060. This 19th century novel, set in the wild moor country of Yorkshire, is about Heathcliff, a foundling raised in the Earnshaw home, who loves Catherine. He dedicates his life to the realization of that love & revenge on those who oppose him.

CHAIR EXERCISE: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN on TUESDAYS, JUNE 7, 21 & 28, 11 am – 12pm
CALL-IN ONLY on TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 11 am – 12pm
Join us for fun & energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength & supporting your mobility. All levels are welcome. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our exercise program, you are agreeing to the following waiver: In consideration for participating in this exercise program voluntarily, I agree to hold all persons involved as well as The Chicago Lighthouse & it’s employees harmless from any injuries or damages which may incur, for any reason as a result of my involvement. My participation acknowledges that I agree to be bound by the terms set forth herein. It is my desire to participate. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

IPAD/IPHONE TRAINING: IN-PERSON ONLY WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 1 – 3pm in GLENVIEW / TUESDAY, JUNE 7 & 21, 2 – 3pm in CHICAGO
These hands-on sessions are designed for people at all experience levels. We’ll highlight accessibility features, navigation gestures, shortcuts, dictation, Voiceover & Siri. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided with advance notice. Class size is limited — pre-register at: (847) 510-2060

JEOPARDY!©: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 1 – 2pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned
game! RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060

MEDITATION: CALL-IN ONLY,
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2 – 2:30pm
In a world where sometimes we suffer in isolation, make the choice to cultivate kindness, connection, and compassion. Today, make this choice to connect with and build the qualities of compassion and kindness during your meditation so it will carry over into all the activities of your day. Every moment, every behavior, we have the choice, so choose kindness. There are no skills, abilities, or beliefs required to gain the benefits of this offering. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

NAME THAT TUNE: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 1 – 2pm
Do you like to listen to music? Do you like a challenge? If so, then let’s play Name That Tune!
RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

POETRY & PROSE: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 1 – 2pm
Former English teacher, Helen Shapiro, will share some of her favorite poems & other writings.
RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

SOCIAL HOUR: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
EVERY TUESDAY from 12 – 1pm EXCEPT for June 14
Enjoy this free time in-between programs. Catch-up with friends, purchase a snack or bring your own food to eat.

SUPPORT GROUP: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 1 – 2pm
Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas & information to increase your knowledge & help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. Join in to say hi, share how you’re doing & hear some familiar voices. RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

How To Increase Your Social Connections: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2 – 3pm
Well Connected & Well Connected Español are virtual communities offering conversations, lifelong learning opportunities, support groups, lectures & much more, in Spanish & English. Well Connected participants can play a game, learn a language, write a poem, go on a virtual tour, meditate, share a gratitude, get support & most importantly, connect & engage with others every day across the country. All groups are accessible by phone call or online. Well Connected is a Front Porch Community Engagement Program & is free of charge to all. RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

 

JUNE EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

WED. JUN 1   Glenview In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 1–3
TUE. JUN 7    City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. JUN 7     City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. JUN 7  City In-Person/Phone: Support Group, 1 – 2
TUE. JUN 7    City In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 2 – 3
TUE. JUN 14    PHONE ONLY: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. JUN 14    PHONE ONLY: Book Club, 1 – 2
TUE. JUN 14    PHONE ONLY: Alzheimer’s Talk, 2 – 3
WED. JUN 15   PHONE ONLY: Jeopardy, 1 – 2
WED. JUN 15   PHONE ONLY: Meditation, 2 – 2:30
TUE. JUN 21   City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. JUN 21    City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. JUN 21  City In-Person/Phone: Name That Tune, 1-2
TUE. JUN 21    City In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 2 – 3
WED. JUN 22   PHONE ONLY: Poetry & Prose, 1 – 2
WED. JUN 22   PHONE ONLY: Social Connections, 2 – 3
TUE. JUN 28   City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. JUN 28    City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. JUN 28    City In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 3
WED. JUN 29   Glenview In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 3

For those interested in participating, whether it be in-person or over-the-phone, everyone must call Melissa at (847) 510-2060 to discuss their participation plans in advance for attendance / RSVPs and pre-register as space is limited for all in-person attendance.

Call the calendar phone line anytime, day or night, to hear the current month’s schedule: (312) 506-0115.

Locations & Contact

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

Back to top