Seniors Program Newsletter North

April 2018

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APRIL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Future Programming Idea – FIT & STRONG!
The Chicago Seniors’ Program recently participated in Fit & Strong! which is an award-winning, multi-component, evidence-based physical activity program for older adults. This 12-week program targets vision impaired older adults with osteoarthritis & has demonstrated significant functional & physical activity improvements in this population. It combines flexibility, strength training & aerobic walking with health education for sustained behavior change among older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis. Class would meet twice a week for 12 weeks. Fit & Strong! works to: lower extremity stiffness, extremity pain & extremity strength, while increasing aerobic capacity. If you are interested in participating in this program, please let Melissa know ASAP so that she can attempt secure funding & a trainer.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.

Book Club for Seniors
Be Frank with Me
Monday, 4/30
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. The audio book player will be mailed to you at no cost, as well as all audio books. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled in the program. Friends, family members & caretakers are invited to participate as well. Please RSVP.

This month, we will discuss Be Frank With Me by Johnson, Julia Claiborne. Reclusive literary legend M. M. “Mimi”  Banning has been holed up in her Bel Air mansion for years. But after falling prey to a ponzi scheme, she’s flat broke. Now Mimi must write a new book for the first time in decades, & to ensure the timely delivery of her manuscript, her New York publisher sends an assistant to monitor her progress. The prickly Mimi reluctantly complies — with a few stipulations: No Ivy-Leaguers or English majors. Must drive, cook, tidy. Computer whiz. Good with kids. Quiet, discreet, sane. When Alice Whitley arrives at the Banning mansion, she’s put to work right away — as a full-time companion to Frank, the writer’s eccentric nine-year-old, a boy with the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, & very little in common with his fellow fourth-graders. As she slowly gets to know Frank, Alice becomes consumed with finding out who Frank’s father is, how his gorgeous “piano teacher and itinerant male role model” Xander fits into the Banning family equation — & whether Mimi will ever finish that book. Full of heart & countless “only-in-Hollywood” moments, BE FRANK WITH ME is a captivating & unconventional story of an unusual mother & son, and the intrepid young woman who finds herself irresistibly pulled into their world.

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Tuesday, 4/03, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 4/25, 2 – 3 p.m.

These hands-on sessions are designed for people who have some prior experience using an iPad/iPhone.

We will highlight the built in-apps that are already installed on your device: Calendar, eMail, Clock, Browsing the Internet with Safari, iMessage, Notes, Contacts, Health and Fitness & more. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it.

If you don’t, an iPad will be provided to you for use in class. To download apps, you’ll need your Apple ID & password. Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Workshop – Your Health:
Tuesday, 4/17, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, 4/25, 3 – 4 p.m.

In these workshops, you’ll learn how to manage your activity. How much did you move, stand & exercise today, this week, this year? Learn how to breathe deeply, meditate & relax. Let’s create a healthier you! If you’d like to purchase free or paid apps during the workshop, bring your Apple ID & password. If you don’t remember your Apple ID/password & need to set up a new one up, call Apple Accessibility at: 877-204-3930. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided to you for use in class.

Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register.

Low Vision Support Group
Monday, 4/30
10 – 11 a.m.

Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas and information to increase your knowledge and help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. There is much to learn and share amongst everyone!

Monthly Events at a Glance

4/25    iPad – Intermediate, 2 – 3 p.m.
4/25    iPad Workshop, 3 – 4 p.m.
4/30    Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
4/30    Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.


Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to:

Melissa Wittenberg
Senior Director
(847) 510-6200
Email Melissa


May 2018

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MAY ANNOUNCEMENTS:
In honor of Memorial Day, to all who died while serving our country, The Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, May 28th. Due to the holiday, support group & book club will take place on Monday, May 21st.

Please make note of the change in schedule in your calendar.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.

Audio Descriptive Movie – Disney Nature: Born in China
Thursday, 5/17
2:30 – 4 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled in the program. Friends, family members & caretakers are invited to participate as well. Please RSVP.

Disneynature takes you on an epic journey into the wilds of China. Follow the stories of three animal families – a doting panda bear mother guiding her growing baby, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his infant sister, and a mother snow leopard raising two cubs in one of the harshest environments on earth. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s terrain – from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest – on the wings of red-crowned cranes, tying these extraordinary tales together.

Rated G. Popcorn will be served.

Book Club for Seniors
The Invention of Wings:
*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE*
Monday, 5/21
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. The audio book player will be mailed to you at no cost, as well as all audio books. We can help you complete an application if you are not yet enrolled in the program. Friends, family members & caretakers are invited to participate as well. Please RSVP.

This month, we will discuss the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, The Invention of Wings. Writing at the height of her narrative & imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, & the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.  Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty-five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement & the uneasy ways of love. Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, & expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Current Events Discussion
Thursday, 5/17
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

This open forum discussion is for anyone interested in local, national & world issues. It is meant to be a non-political, non-partisan conversation that invites & encourages the sharing of opinions. Feel free to bring in articles or discussion ideas.

Please RSVP.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course
Wednesday, 5/09, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Monday, 5/14, 2 – 3 p.m.

These sessions are designed for people who have no prior experience using an iPad/iPhone. These hands-on sessions will highlight the built-in accessibility features on your device: Zoom, Large Text, Bold Text, Contrast & Magnifier. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided.

RSVP required.

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Wednesday, 5/09, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday,5/30, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

These hands-on sessions are designed for people who have some prior experience using an iPad/iPhone.

We will highlight the built in-apps that are already installed on your device: Calendar, eMail, Clock, Browsing the Internet with Safari, iMessage, Notes, Contacts, Health and Fitness & more. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it.

If you don’t, an iPad will be provided to you for use in class. To download apps, you’ll need your Apple ID & password.

Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Workshop – Using Accessories & Apps to Monitor
Your Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Temperature, & Blood Sugar
Monday, 5/14, 3 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, 5/30, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

In these workshops, you’ll learn how to be on top of your health. Learn about some of the talking medical devices available in our Tools for LivingTM  retail store. Learn how to collect & monitor your numbers & send the results to yourself or to your physician. If you’d like to download free or paid apps during the workshop, bring your Apple ID & password. If you don’t remember your Apple ID/password & need to set up a new one up, call Apple Accessibility at: 877.204.3930. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided to you for use in class.

Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register.

Low Vision Support Group
*PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE*
Monday, 5/21
10 – 11 a.m.

Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas and information to increase your knowledge and help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. There is much to learn and share amongst everyone!

Low Vision Products Road Show
Thursday, 5/24
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

While Lighthouse North has a great little retail store with dozens of products that can assist you with your day-to-day activities, be sure to visit our expanded product offering at our road show. Over 100 products will be available for sale to help you increase your independence. Products demonstrated will include computer accessibility programs for speech & magnification, electronic reading devices & much more. Please note that optical handheld magnifiers/ glasses will not be available at the show as they require a prescription. No appointment needed – just stop by when it’s convenient for you starting at 10 a.m. It’s recommended that you arrive no later than 2:30 p.m.

**Ultra-Low Vision Questionnaire Validation Study**
Thursday, 5/24
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You are invited to be a part of a research study on Low Vision, conducted by researchers at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Chicago Lighthouse. The research study is to help validate a new questionnaire developed from activities that can be performed by people who have very little vision. This questionnaire is about 45 minutes long and can be completed either over the phone or online, depending on your preference. A $10 gift card will be given to thank you for your help in completing the questionnaire. The study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

JHM-IRB protocol # IRB00043668 – Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D. – Principal Investigator

**Please contact Meesa Maeng with The Chicago Lighthouse at (312) 447-3233 if you want to know more about the study or have questions.**


Monthly Events at a Glance

5/09 iPad – Beginners, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
5/09 iPad – Intermediate, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
5/14 iPad – Beginners, 2 – 3 p.m.
5/14 iPad Workshop, 3 – 4 p.m.
5/17 Current Events, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
5/17 Movie, 2:30 – 4 p.m.
5/21* * Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
5/21* * Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
* * * * Notes a change in the usual monthly schedule.
5/24 Low Vision Products Show, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
5/28 OFFICE CLOSED – HOLIDAY
5/30 iPad – Intermediate, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
5/30 iPad Workshop, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Locations & Contact

The Chicago Lighthouse North
222 Waukegan Rd.
Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 510-6200
Monday – Friday
9 a.m – 5 p.m.