Seniors Program Newsletter North

Senior news You Can USE | September 2019



September Announcements

  • In honor of Labor Day, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on Monday, September 2nd.
  • In honor of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, support group & book club will take place one week earlier than usual, on Monday, September 23rd.

September Occupational Therapy Tip

Do you ever have a misstep on your stairs?

If so, one way to avoid this is to always memorize & count your stairs as you go up & down.  We suggest you start to memorize the number of stairs you have in places you frequent regularly. The more you count, the more comfortable you will feel.

Calendar of Events

Audio Descriptive Movie – Green Book
Friday, September 6
10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content.

This film won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture of Year. When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger as well as unexpected humanity & humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive & thrive on the journey of a lifetime. PG-13. Popcorn will be served.

Book Club for Seniors: The Great Alone
(Please note the change in schedule)
Monday, September 23
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 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. Guests are invited to participate as well. RSVP at: 8475106200

 This month, we will discuss the novel, The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah.

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam War a changed & volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: he will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier. Thirteen-year-old Leni, a girl coming of age in a tumultuous time, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, dares to hope that a new land will lead to a better future for her family. She is desperate for a place to belong. Her mother, Cora, will do anything & go anywhere for the man she loves, even if it means following him into the unknown. At first, Alaska seems to be the answer to their prayers. In a wild, remote corner of the state, they find a fiercely independent community of strong men & even stronger women. The long, sunlit days & the generosity of the locals make up for the Allbrights’ lack of preparation & dwindling resources. But as winter approaches & darkness descends on Alaska, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates & the family begins to fracture. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni & her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own. In the wild, there is no one to save them but themselves. In this unforgettable portrait of human frailty & resilience, Kristin Hannah reveals the indomitable character of the modern American pioneer & the spirit of a vanishing Alaska―a place of incomparable beauty & danger.

The Great Alone is a daring, beautiful, stay-up-all-night story about love & loss, the fight for survival, & the wildness that lives in both man & nature.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course Using Magnification
Thursday, September 12
10 – 11 a.m.

This hands-on session is designed for people who have no prior experience using an iPad/iPhone.

We’ll highlight the built-in accessibility features on your device: Zoom, Large Text, Bold Text, Contrast & Magnifier.

If you have an iPad/iPhone, bring it.

If you don’t, an iPad will be provided. RSVP at: 847-510-2060

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course Using Voiceover
Monday, September 16
2 – 3 p.m.

In this hands-on session, you’ll learn how to use the VoiceOver capabilities so that you can get the most out of your iPad/iPhone. VoiceOver is a screen reader that lets you know what’s happening on your screen & helps you navigate even if you can’t see your screen. Touch the screen to hear what’s under your finger then use gestures to control your device. VoiceOver works with the apps on your iPhone/iPad. Learn basic navigation gestures, shortcuts & when you should use Siri & dictation versus VoiceOver. iPads will be provided but if you have a device, please bring it. You MUST pre-register in advance at 847-510-2060.

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Thursday, September 12 
| 11a.m. – 12 p.m.
Monday, September 16
| 3 – 4 p.m.

These hands-on sessions are designed for people who have some experience using an iPad/iPhone. We’ll highlight apps already on your device: Calendar, eMail, Clock, Safari, Contacts & more. If you have an iPad/iPhone, bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided. To download apps, bring your Apple ID & password. If you don’t remember your Apple ID/password, go to: in advance of attending the class. RSVP at: 847-510-2060 .

Low Vision Products Road Show
Friday, September 20
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 CCTVs, portable reading devices, wearable electronic glasses & more. Please note that optical handheld magnifiers/glasses will not be available at the show as they require an Rx. 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.

Low Vision Support Group (Please note the change in schedule)
Monday, September 23
10 – 11 a.m.

Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas & information to increase your knowledge & help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. There is much to learn & share amongst everyone! RSVP to Melissa at: 847-510-2060 .

Monthly Events at a Glance

9/02   Office Closed
9/06   Movie, 10 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
9/12   iPad – Beginners Magnification, 10 – 11 a.m.
9/12   iPad – Intermediate, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
9/16   iPad – Beginners VoiceOver, 2 – 3 pm.
9/16   iPad – Intermediate, 3 – 4 p.m.
9/20   Low Vision Products Show, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
9/23*  *Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
9/23*  *Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
* * Notes a change in the usual monthly schedule.


Please RSVP for ALL programs in advance to Melissa Wittenberg at: 847-510-2060 .


Locations & Contact

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