Seniors Program Newsletter North

Senior News You Can Use | September & October 2020

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PROGRAM UPDATE
For the health and well-being of our clients, The Chicago Lighthouse has suspended in-person senior programs for the foreseeable future / until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. In the meantime, all seniors’ programs will take place over the phone in the comfort of your homes until further notice.

Please direct all program inquiries and RSVPs to Melissa Wittenberg at T: (847) 510-2060 or melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org.

UPDATE on How to call into SENIORS’ programs
Due to a technical issue, starting in September, there’s a new phone number and new conference ID to call into programs. We hope that this won’t change again.

After you RSVP in advance for programs, here’s how to call into each of the programs: To join any of the programs, dial 872-242-7995. It will then ask you to enter the Conference ID  737 107 407 followed by #. It will ask if you are the meeting organizer and since you are not, continue waiting and shortly after that you will be admitted into the program.

HOLIDAY CLOSURE
In honor of Labor Day, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, September 7th.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TIP
Rubber bands are an easy and inexpensive way to help identify similarly-shaped items from each other. For example, you could wrap a rubber band around your toothbrush to identify it from another; or use them on food items such as yogurt containers in your kitchen; or use them to differentiate between your shampoo and conditioner bottles. The options are plentiful and this is a great way to compensate for vision loss by using your sense of touch.

SEEING WHAT’S POSSIBLE VIRTUAL GALA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 7:00 – 8:00pm
As we navigate the new normal of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s never been a more important time to come together as a community to support one another. Like so many, our organization was profoundly impacted by this public health crisis. While we persevered and found new, innovative ways to continue our services that empower individuals who are blind, visually impaired, disabled or Veterans, it would not have been possible without the support of our community. By joining us online, you will not only see firsthand how The Chicago Lighthouse changes the lives of those we serve, but you, too, will have the opportunity to make a direct impact and help our light shine as brightly as ever.

We may not be all be together in person, but our hearts are always together for The Chicago Lighthouse. To register for this FREE online event, and/or to donate, go to: our event website or call (312) 447-3448.

SEPTEMBER CALENDAR of EVENTS:

ART EXPLORATION
TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 1, 2:30-3:30pm; 8, 22, 29, 1:30-2:30pm
We welcome back Philip Cameron, The Lighthouse’s Inclusive Arts Specialist, to the seniors’ program. On the 1st at 2:30pm, we will learn about American singer and actress, Dionne Warwick. On the 8th at 1:30pm, we will discuss Spanish Cubist artist, Pablo Picasso. American author, Harper Lee, will be the focus of discussion on the 22nd at 1:30pm. On the 29th at 1:30pm, Philip will talk to us about English singer-songwriter and activist, John Lennon. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the programs at: (847) 510-2060.

BOOK CLUB – THE UNEXPECTED MRS. POLLIFAX (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,  11:15am – 12:15pm
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. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

This month, we will discuss the mystery and suspense novel, The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman. Mrs. Virgil Pollifax of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was a widow with grown, married children. She was tired of attending her garden club meetings. She wanted to do something good for her country. So, naturally, she became a CIA agent. She takes on a “job” in Mexico City. The assignment doesn’t sound dangerous at first, but then, as often happens, something goes wrong. Now our dear Mrs. Pollifax finds herself embroiled in quite a hot Cold War—and her country’s enemies find themselves entangled with one unbelievably feisty lady. “Mrs. Pollifax gives Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple a rival to reckon with.”—Toronto Star

CHAIR EXERCISE (at a new time)
WEDNESDAYS, SEPTEMBER  2, 9, 16, 23 & 30,  1:30 – 2:30pm
Join us every Wednesday for fun and energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength and supporting your mobility. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or a bit of a couch potato, all levels are welcome. Let’s stay active together while we’re spending time apart. Before participating, please make sure you have a stable and sturdy chair with you for exercising. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our over-the-phone exercise programming, that 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, including its Directors and employees, harmless from any injuries or damages which may incur, for any reason, as a result of my involvement. My attendance/participation acknowledges that I agree to be bound by the terms set forth herein. It is my desire to participate in this event. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

CHICAGO HISTORY STORYTELLER
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,  1:30-2pm;  28,  1:30-2:30pm
Please welcome, Richie Zie, a Chicago Historian Tour Guide and Storyteller, as he joins 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, be sure to phone-in to learn more about our great city. On the 14th, we will listen to his pre-recorded tour of the Museum Campus. On the 28th, he will join us live over the phone.  Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the programs at: (847) 510-2060.

GUIDED SOUND MEDITATION
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,  2 – 2:30pm
The intention of Sit in Sound is to provide a deeply relaxing experience that results in a feeling of rejuvenation. This is accomplished through listening to the playing of crystal singing bowls, instruments that are designed to interact with the body physically through their powerful resonance. There are no skills, abilities, or beliefs required to gain the benefits of this offering. If possible, it is recommended that you use ear/headphones or a speaker/speakerphone to listen rather than holding the phone to your ear for a more immersive listening experience. Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

HEALTH EDUCATION – A HEALTHIER YOU, NOW
TUESDAYS, SEPTEMBER 15, 22 & 29,  2:30 – 3:30pm
Graduate-level nursing students from Rush University will be joining us for a meet and greet on the 15th and for the next several Tuesdays as they share valuable health information to help empower us to be healthier versions of ourselves. Come prepared on the 15th with health topics that you’d like to learn more about so that the students can build their sessions around your interests. RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

LAUGHTER YOGA – EXPERIENCE YOUR PURE JOY
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8,  2:30 – 3:30pm
Come experience a fun and playful technique based on an ancient practice. Laughter Yoga uses our body’s natural abilities to laugh and breathe to maximize their restorative properties. It is documented that laughter releases “happy chemicals” in our brains and bodies that elevate our mood, reduce pain and relieve stress. Laughter also boosts our immunity and much more.

Our laughter session will be led by Ellen Klein, Registered Nurse and Certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Trainer. You can expect gentle stretches, laughter and breathing exercises followed by grounding exercises including a guided meditation to provide a complete experience. Have drinking water close by and wear comfortable clothing. No yoga mats necessary. We hope you’ll join us for this laughter-filled session! Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

SUPPORT GROUP (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN SCHEDULE)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21,  10 – 11am
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. There’s much to learn from one another. During this time, it’s especially important to have friends to talk to! Please RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

SEPTEMBER  1     Art Exploration, 2:30 – 3:30
SEPTEMBER  2     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  7     OFFICE CLOSED
SEPTEMBER  8     Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  8     Laughter Yoga, 2:30 – 3:30
SEPTEMBER  9     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  12    Lighthouse Virtual/Online Gala, 7 – 8
SEPTEMBER  14    Museum Campus Audio Tour, 1:30 – 2
SEPTEMBER  14    Guided Sound Meditation, 2 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  15    Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
SEPTEMBER  16    Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  21***Support Group, 10 – 11
SEPTEMBER  21***Book Club, 11:15 – 12:15
SEPTEMBER  22    Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  22    Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
SEPTEMBER  23    Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  28    Chicago History, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  29    Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
SEPTEMBER  29    Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
SEPTEMBER  30    Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30

*** Notes a change in the usual monthly schedule.


 

OCTOBER CALENDAR of EVENTS:

ART EXPLORATION
MONDAYS, OCTOBER 5 & 19,  1:30 – 2:30pm
TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 13 & 27,  1:30 – 2:30pm
On October 5th, we will explore the works and art of Italian Sculptor, Michelangelo. On the 13th, we will learn about American opera singer, Leontyne Price. On the 19th, we will discuss the American actress and comedian, Lucille Ball. American painter and printmaker, Mary Cassatt, will be the focus of discussion on the 27th. This series is led by The Lighthouse’s Inclusive Arts Specialist, Philip Cameron. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

BOOK CLUB – SALT TO THE SEA
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26,  11:15am – 12:15pm
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. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance at: (847) 510-2060.

This month, we will discuss Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, a  #1 New York Times Bestselling inspirational novel based on a true story. In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide.

Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival. A tribute to the people of Lithuania, Poland, and East Prussia, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

CHAIR EXERCISE:
WEDNESDAYS, OCTOBER 7, 14, 21 & 28,  1:30-2:30pm
Join us every Wednesday for fun and energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength and supporting your mobility. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or a bit of a couch potato, all levels are welcome. Let’s stay active together while we’re spending time apart. Before participating, please make sure you have a stable and sturdy chair with you for exercising. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our over-the-phone exercise programming, that 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, including its Directors and employees, harmless from any injuries or damages which may incur, for any reason, as a result of my involvement. My attendance/participation acknowledges that I agree to be bound by the terms set forth herein. It is my desire to participate in this event. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

HEALTH EDUCATION – A HEALTHIER YOU, NOW
TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 6, 13, 20 & 27,  2:30 – 3:30pm
Graduate-level nursing students from Rush University will be joining us to share valuable health information to help empower us to be healthier versions of ourselves. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

JEOPARDY!©
MONDAY, OCTOBER 12,  1:30 – 2:30pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned game! We will have five categories for you to pick from with five clues in each category. Clues will be shared in the form of the answer and participants will respond in the form of a question, just like on the game show. Are you ready for the challenge? Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

SUPPORT GROUP
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26,  10 – 11am
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. During this time, it’s especially important to have friends to talk to! Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

TRIVIA TIME
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26,  1:30 – 2:30pm
Join us for a fun game of trivia. We will take turns being asked a variety of questions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, research shows that keeping your brain active increases its vitality! Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

OCTOBER EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

OCTOBER  5          Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  6          Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
OCTOBER  7          Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  12        Jeopardy!©, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  13        Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  13        Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
OCTOBER  14        Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  19        Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  20        Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
OCTOBER  21        Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  26        Support Group, 10 – 11
OCTOBER  26        Book Club, 11:15 – 12:15
OCTOBER  26        Trivia, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  27        Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
OCTOBER  27        Health Discussion led by Rush Nursing Students, 2:30 – 3:30
OCTOBER  28        Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30

Please don’t forget to RSVP in advance to Melissa at (847) 510-2060.

UPDATE on How to call into SENIORS’ programs
Due to a technical issue, starting in September, there’s a new phone number and new conference ID to call into programs. We hope that this won’t change again.

After you RSVP in advance for programs, here’s how to call into each of the programs:

To join any of the programs, dial 872-242-7995. It will then ask you to enter the Conference ID  737 107 407 followed by #. It will ask if you are the meeting organizer and since you are not, continue waiting and shortly after that you will be admitted into the program.

 

Please direct all program inquiries and RSVPs to Melissa Wittenberg at T: (847) 510-2060 or melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org.

 

Locations & Contact

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