Seniors Program Newsletter North

Senior News You Can Use | July & August 2020

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Program Announcement
For the health and well-being of our clients during COVID -19, The Chicago Lighthouse has temporarily suspended in-person seniors programs. We will let you know when we resume in-person programming. For now, 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 (847) 510-2060 or melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org.

Call-In Instructions
After you RSVP for any/all programs that you’d like to participate in, here’s how to call into each of the programs – we will use the same call-in number for all programs:

To join any of the programs on the dates/times listed in this newsletter, dial 312-229-4730. It will then ask for you to enter the Conference ID: 666905 followed by #. It will ask if you are the leader and since you are not the leader, continue waiting and it will then ask you to say your name, and once you do, press #. You will then be admitted into the program.

Holiday Closure
In honor of Independence Day, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Friday, July 3rd. We hope you have a festive and safe holiday.

Occupational Therapy Tip
If you have trouble tying your shoelaces there are non-tying laces that can make it easier.  There are several options such as elastic shoelaces as well as a brand called Hickies (available online at Amazon & Walmart) that are a great shoe lace alternative.

Thoughts on Summer
“Sometimes I wonder what I’m a-gonna do, ‘Cause there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” — Eddie Cochran

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“A life without love is like a year without summer.” — Swedish Proverb

Helpful Information regarding property tax exemptions in 2021
Illinois homeowners who received the Persons with Disabilities Exemption, the Veterans with Disabilities Exemption, &/or the Senior Freeze Exemption on tax bills due in 2020 will not need to re-apply for them on bills due in 2021. Prior to the passage of SB 685, homeowners needed to re-apply every year to receive the exemption. If homeowners believe they would get a larger exemption due to a worsening disability, they can re-apply with this additional information. Homeowners who are newly qualified to receive any of these exemptions but did not receive it in 2020 will need to apply in 2021.

July Calendar of Events

Book Club-The Hate U Give
Monday, July 27
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. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

This month, we will discuss a novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. In The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends.

The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Energizing Chair Exercises
Wednesdays, July 8 and 22

2 – 3 p.m.
Join us 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 RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

Low Vision Support Group: The Census
Monday, July 27
10 – 11 a.m.

During today’s support group, you will learn about the importance of the U.S. Census! As the 2020 U.S. Census gets underway, The Lighthouse is making a concerted effort to ensure people with disabilities are fully counted. Accurate Census data determines how hundreds of billions of dollars are allocated across the U.S. By participating in the Census, people with disabilities can ensure the federal programs they need the most, such as health care services, public accessibility and more, are adequately funded. During this session, you have the chance to speak with our U.S. Census Outreach workers who will answer questions & assist you in responding to the U.S. Census online. Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

August Calendar of Events

Book Club-The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote
Monday, August 31
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. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

This month, we will discuss a novel inspired by real events. In The Woman’s Hour, the nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history is at the center of the novel – the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. Nashville, August 1920. Thirty-five states have approved the Nineteenth Amendment, granting women the right to vote; one last state – Tennessee – is needed for women’s voting rights to be the law of the land.

The suffragists face vicious opposition from politicians, clergy, corporations, and racists who don’t want black women voting. And then there are the “Antis”–women who oppose their own enfranchisement, fearing suffrage will bring about the nation’s moral collapse. And in one hot summer, they all converge for a confrontation, replete with booze and blackmail, betrayal and courage. Following a handful of remarkable women who led their respective forces into battle, The Woman’s Hour is the gripping story of how America’s women won their own freedom, and the opening campaign in the great twentieth-century battles for civil rights.

Energizing Chair Exercises
Wednesdays, August 12 and 26
2 – 3 p.m.
Join us 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 RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

Low Vision Support Group
Monday, August 31
10 – 11 a.m.
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 to Melissa at (847) 510-2060.

July and August Events at a Glance
July 3           OFFICE CLOSED
July 8           Exercise, 2 – 3 p.m.
July 22         Exercise, 2 – 3 p.m.
July 27         Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
July 27         Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
August 12    Exercise, 2 – 3 p.m.
August 26    Exercise, 2 – 3 p.m.
August 31    Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
August 31    Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

 

Locations & Contact

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