Seniors Program Newsletter North
Senior News You Can Use | January 2020
All programs take place at Lighthouse North unless noted.
Please direct all program inquiries & RSVPs to Melissa Wittenberg at: 847-510-2060.
The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on January 1st in honor of the New Year and January 20th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.
A Thought on The New Year
“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” – Helen Keller
Newsletter Mailing List Update
While it is our goal to offer interesting & diverse programs to seniors with vision impairments, only a small proportion of people receiving the monthly newsletter actual attend any programs. In an effort to be more efficient, as well as to reduce the costs of producing the monthly newsletter, if you did not attend any programs last year, you will be removed from the mailing list. Please contact Melissa directly at (847) 540-2060 if you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter.
Your Input is Requested: Future Programming
Have you ever wondered if you could learn Braille? If so, now’s your chance! If I receive enough interest, I’ll be able to offer an introduction to Braille class once a week (either on Mondays or Fridays). Please contact Melissa at (847) 510-2060 or at: Melissa.Wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org to let her know of your interest.
January’s Occupational Therapy Tip
Do you have difficulty with the glare of snow, squint when looking at snow or feel unsafe walking because of the glare? We do not want to fall when outside because of the glare and want our eyes to feel comfortable and relaxed.
If you are not already wearing filters or fitover sunglasses, consider purchasing a pair because they may help decrease that glare & provide comfort to your eyes. If you are currently working with a Low Vision Occupational Therapist, let them know if the glare of the snow bothers you. Want to try on a pair?
Stop by our Tools for Living™ retail store soon.
Calendar of Events
Audio Descriptive Movie – The Tomorrow Man
Tuesday, January 7
10:00 – 11:45 a.m.
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content.
Ed Hemsler, played by award winning actor, John Lithgow, spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come. Ronnie Meisner, played by award winning actress, Blythe Danner, spends her life shopping for things she may never use. In a small town somewhere in America, these two people will try to find love while trying not to get lost in each other’s stuff. Critics are hailing The Tomorrow Man as “a radiant love story that will warm your heart.” (New York Observer)
Rated PG-13. Popcorn will be served.
Book Club for Seniors: Moloka’i
Monday, January 27
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 Moloka’i, a novel by Alan Brennert. Young Rachel Kalama, growing up in idyllic Honolulu in the 1890s, is part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, and dreams of seeing the far-off lands that her father, a merchant seaman, often visits. But at the age of seven, Rachel and her dreams are shattered by the discovery that she has leprosy. Forcibly removed from her family, she is sent to Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka’i. In her exile she finds a family of friends to replace the family she’s lost: a native healer, Haleola, who becomes her adopted “auntie” and makes Rachel aware of the rich culture and mythology of her people; Sister Mary Catherine Voorhies, one of the Franciscan sisters who care for young girls at Kalaupapa; and the beautiful, worldly Leilani, who harbors a surprising secret. At Kalaupapa she also meets the man she will one day marry. True to historical accounts, Moloka’i is the story of an extraordinary human drama, the full scope and pathos of which has never been told before in fiction. But Rachel’s life, though shadowed by disease, isolation, and tragedy, is also one of joy, courage, and dignity.
This is a story about life, not death; hope, not despair.
It is not about the failings of flesh, but the strength of the human spirit.
iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course Using Magnification
Monday, January 6 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 23 | 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, January 6
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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, January 23
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201487 in advance of attending the class. RSVP at: 847-510-2060 .
Low Vision Support Group-Special Guest Speaker on Hearing Loss and Brain Health
Monday, January 27
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Audiologist, Dr. Barbara Corbett, will join us this month as she gives an informative presentation on hearing loss & brain health. She will discuss the causes of hearing loss, the effects on your brain health & current treatment options. A mini hands-on clinic will be available after the presentation to see & feel what a hearing aid is like & how easily they can be charged. Gone are the days of changing small batteries!
RSVP to Melissa at: 847-510-2060 .
Monthly Events at a Glance
01/06 iPad – Beginner Magnification, 10 – 11 a.m.
01/06 ipad – Beginner VoiceOver, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
01/07 Movie, 10 – 11:45 a.m.
01/23 iPad Beginner Magnification, 10 – 11 a.m.
01/23 iPad Intermediate, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
01/27 Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
01/27 Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.
Please RSVP for ALL programs in advance to Melissa Wittenberg at: 847-510-2060 .