Seniors Program Newsletter Chicago

July 2019

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JULY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  • In honor of Independence Day, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Thursday, July 4th. We hope you have a festive & safe holiday.
  • We have been invited to take part in a Sight Impaired Cruise at the Chicago Yacht Club on Wednesday, August 21st. Please RSVP by July 31st and your name will be added to the list. Priority will be given to members who haven’t had the opportunity to attend this great experience in the past. The outstanding names will be entered into a raffle to fill the remaining seats. Please RSVP by July 31st and your name will be added to the list. Priority will be given to members who haven’t had the opportunity to attend this great experience in the past. The outstanding names will be entered into a raffle to fill the remaining seats.
  • Excited to announce that we will be partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census! The Census is easy and the questions are simple to answer. By April 2020, households will receive an invitation to participate in the census and you’ll have three options to respond: online, by phone, or by mail. The key date is April 1, 2020 for the 2020 count! When completing the census, you’ll note where you are living on April 1. When you fill out the census, you help:
    • Determine how many seats your state gets in Congress
    • Guide how more than $675 billion in federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year
    • Create jobs, provide housing, prepare for emergencies and build schools, roads and hospitals
    The goal is to count people only once and in the right place according to where they live on Census Day. To learn about the census, how data is used, and what to expect next, visit:  www.2020census.gov
  • The Weekly Calendar Line is perfect to hear what is going on each week. When you call the phone line, directions will be described and you can listen to each day separately or the entire week all by hitting one button. To hear what is happening, call 312-506-0115.
  • Looking for someone to help read your mail? We are here to help! Meetings are by appointment only and we schedule 30 minute sessions. For more information, call Megan Frankenbach at 312-447- 3257 or Laurine O’Donnell at 312-997-3670.
  • Seating is limited for all events, so please RSVP by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at 312-997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at 312-447-3257.
  • Each month, we are going to share an Occupational Therapy (O.T.) Tip to encourage you on keeping your independence. Have a question you would like to ask? Let Laurine or Megan know so we can ask our O.T.’s!

July’s O.T. Tip

Do you ever accidentally knock over a glass when you go to pick it up?  Here are some tips to avoid this:
· Use a bright colored cup and avoid clear glass
· Keep fingers downward, trailing along the surface and slowly bring hand towards item you are picking up.  This is better than reaching out into the air to find an item.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at The Chicago Lighthouse at 1850 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608. Seating is limited for all events, so please RSVP by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at (312) 997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at (312) 447-3257.

Coffee Club
Tuesdays, 7/02 & 7/16
10 – 11 a.m.

Enjoy a fresh cup of coffee while you chat with friends and have a chance to meet other members in the program. A good way to build your positive energy so you are ready for the exercise class that follows!

Stretch and Strengthen
Tuesdays,  7/02 & 6/16
11 a.m. – noon

Fitness Instructor Brittany Ramsey leads a fun and energetic chair exercise class focusing on increasing your strength and supporting your mobility. Her energy is contagious and motivates you to be active and independent. Beginner or expert, all levels are welcome.

Art Exploration
Tuesdays, 7/02, 7/09, 7/16, 7/23 & 7/30
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Art Expert Philip Cameron will be discussing Canadian painter, poet, and singer-songwriter, Joni Mitchell on the 2nd. The following week, he will cover French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. On the 16th, Philip will talk about Women in Art. On the 23rd, he will discuss the American pop music band, The Beach Boys. Learn about American author and teacher, Gwendolyn Brooks, on the 30th.

Support Group
Tuesdays, 7/09 & 7/23

10 – 11 a.m.

Support Group is a chance for you and your peers to share your thoughts, ideas, and support each other with encouragement, comfort, and advice. Join an interactive group and connect with others that may have common experiences or concerns.

Aging Well
Tuesday, 7/09

11 a.m. – noon

Aging Well is a presentation series discussing topics focusing on social and emotional wellness amongst older adults. Each event will include a focused, interactive discussion of various mental health topics. This month we will discuss Aging with Confidence: What You Need to Know About Age-related Memory Loss?

iPad/iPhone Education  
Thursdays, 7/11, 7/18 & 7/25

10:30 a.m. – noon
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Join us for an active class to learn about the accessibility options on iPads/iPhones. We explain the design of the devices, a variety of gestures to navigate on your device and share a variety of beneficial applications available for low vision. There are 5 seats per class so you must RSVP to attend.*

Talking Typer Computer Class
Fridays, July 5, 12 & 19
10:30 a.m. to noon

Talking Typer™ is a computer keyboarding and typing training software that speaks and displays lessons on screen. It includes drills, practice, and typing games and is adjustable to the student’s level of skill and sight impairment. Join us to learn or re-learn the keyboard.
There are 8 computers so you must RSVP to attend.*

Open Computer Lab
Fridays, July 5, 12 & 19
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Looking for time to check your email, look up an article or strengthen your current skills on the computer? Open Lab is designed for experienced seniors to have an opportunity to use the computer with light support from staff. ZoomText and JAWS will be on all computers.
There are 8 computers so you must RSVP to attend.*

Book Club – Part of the Pride:   
My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa  

Tuesday, July 23
11:00 a.m. to noon

Kevin Richardson tells the story of how he grew from a young boy who loved animals to become a man able to cross the divide between humans and predators, looking some of the world’s most dangerous animals directly in the eye, playing with them and even kissing them on the nose-all without ever being attacked or injured. As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. In “Part of the Pride”, Richardson, with novelist Tony Park, delves into the mind of the big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa.
Most participants use the free Talking Books player. If you do not own one but are interested, contact Laurine O’Donnell or Megan Frankenbach for more information. Have one but not a member in our Book Club yet, just let us know and we can add you to our list.

July Birthday Luncheon
Friday, July 26
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy a tasty lunch, celebrate July birthdays and have fun with friends. If you have a Birthday this month, please let us know when you make your reservation.
*Limited seats, must RSVP by Friday the 19 th to attend*

Chicago History Storyteller
Friday, July 26
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Richie Zie, a Chicago Historian Tour Guide and Storyteller, will be talking about fun & fascinating stories about Chicago. He’ll share some hidden secrets many of us have never heard and spectacular stories all about Chicago! Richie also gives bus tours talking about Historic Ghost Haunted Tours, Holiday Tours, Historic Churches and more. You don’t want to miss it!

Writing Out Loud
Tuesday, July 30
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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.  You don’t have to be a “writer” to share your valuable memories.

Thank you Craft for Theresa
Tuesday, July 30
11:00 a.m. to noon

Theresa is coming back to lead her next class in August, and with all the wonderful things she has done through her craft classes for us, it is time for us to do something wonderful for her! Join us as we create a thank you gift that we will surprise her with in August.

June Events at a Glance:

July    01    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    02    Coffee Club, 10:00 – 11:00
July    02    Stretch and Strengthen, 11:00 – 12:00
July    02    Art Exploration, 1:00 – 2:30
July    03    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    04    CLOSED
July    05    Talking Typer, 10:30 – 12:00
July    05    Open Computer Lab, 1:00 – 2:30
July    08    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    09    Support Group, 10:00 – 11:00
July    09    Aging Well, 11:00 – 12:00
July    09    Art Exploration, 1:00 – 2:30
July    10    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    11    iPad/iPhone Education, 10:30 – 12:00
July    11    iPad/iPhone Education, 1:00 – 2:30
July    12    Talking Typer, 10:30 – 12:00
July    12    Open Computer Lab, 1:00 – 2:30
July    15    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    16    Coffee Club, 10:00 – 11:00
July    16    Stretch and Strengthen, 11:00 – 12:00
July    16    Art Exploration, 1:00 – 2:30
July    17    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    18    iPad/iPhone Education, 10:30 – 12:00
July    18    iPad/iPhone Education, 1:00 – 2:30
July    19    Talking Typer, 10:30 – 12:00
July    19    Open Computer Lab, 1:00 – 2:30
July    22    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    23    Support Group, 10:00 – 11:00
July    23    Book Club, 11:00 – 12:00
July    23    Art Exploration, 1:00 – 2:30
July    24    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    25    iPad/iPhone Education, 10:30 – 12:00
July    25    iPad/iPhone Education, 1:00 – 2:30
July    26    July Birthday Luncheon, RSVP by July 19
July    26    Chicago History Storyteller, 12:30 – 1:45
July    29    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30
July    30    Writing Out Loud, 10:00 – 11:00
July    30    Crafting for Theresa, 11:00 – 12:00
July    30    Art Exploration, 1:00 – 2:30
July    31    Seniors in Motion, 11:00 – 12:30

• Seating is limited for all events, so please RSVP by contacting Laurine O’Donnell at 312-997-3670 or Megan Frankenbach at 312-447-3257.

Locations & Contact

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