Seniors Program Newsletter North

Senior News You Can Use | November 2019


All programs take place at Lighthouse North unless noted. You must RSVP in advance of attendance.

Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to Melissa Wittenberg at: 847-510-2060.

November Announcement:

In honor of Thanksgiving, The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on, November 28th & 29th. We hope you have a wonderful holiday.

November’s Occupational Therapy Tip

Do you have trouble getting toothpaste on your toothbrush? Try using a colorful toothbrush & colored toothpaste. When applying, place your index finger along the edge of the bristles, letting your finger serve as a guide for the paste. When in doubt, you can always bypass putting the toothpaste on your brush & squeeze it directly into your mouth!

Calendar of Events

Audio Descriptive Movie – Itzhak
Friday, November 15
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to …Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations & struggles of real life. This film looks beyond the 16-time Grammy-winning musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, & the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. In the film, Perlman’s life story unfolds through conversations with fellow musicians & friends, including Billy Joel, Alan Alda, pianist Martha Argerich, cellist Mischa Maisky, & his wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity that explores themes of Jewish identity, Jewish history, humor & love. This film is not rated. Popcorn will be served.

Book Club for Seniors: A Place for Us
Monday, November 25
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 #1 New York Times Bestselling novel, A Place For Us, a deeply moving & resonant story of love, identity & belonging. As an Indian wedding gathers a family back together, parents Rafiq & Layla must reckon with the choices their kids have made. There is Hadia: their headstrong, eldest daughter, whose marriage is a match of love & not tradition. Huda, the middle child, determined to follow in her sister’s footsteps. And lastly, their estranged son, Amar, who returns to the family fold for the first time in three years to take his place as brother of the bride. What secrets & betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who know and love him best? A Place for Us takes us back to the beginning of this family’s life: from the bonds that bring them together, to the differences that pull them apart. All the joy & struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq & Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world, as well as a path home. A Place for Us is a book for our times: an astonishingly tender-hearted novel of identity & belonging, & a resonant portrait of what it means to be an American family today.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course Using Magnification
Monday, November 11 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 21 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

These hands-on sessions are 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/Bold Text, Contrast & Magnifier. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided.

RSVP required at: 847-510-2060.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course Using Voiceover
Monday, November 11
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.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, November 21
11 a.m. – 12 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 Support Group
Monday, November 25
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 .

Potluck Party
Monday, November 25
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

It’s time for another reservation at your favorite Glenview establishment! Pull up a chair & join us for this tasty time. Please bring an item to share – homemade or store-bought – all delicious dishes are welcome! Call Melissa at 847-510-2060 in advance to make your reservation & note the dish you’re bringing to share.

Monthly Events at a Glance

11/11    iPad – Beginners Magnification, 2 – 3 p.m.
11/11    iPad – Beginners VoiceOver, 3 – 4 p.m.
11/15    Movie, 10 – 12
11/21    iPad/Beginners Magnification, 10 – 11
11/21    iPad Intermediate, 11 – 12
11/25    Support Group, 10 – 11
11/25    Book Club, 11:15 – 12:15
11/25    Potluck Party, 12:30 – 1:30


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.