Seniors Program Newsletter – Lighthouse North

Senior News You Can Use | July & August 2022
222 Waukegan Rd. Glenview, IL 60025

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PROGRAM UPDATES

Construction is (likely) underway in the front parking lot of the city Lighthouse. We will confirm the new pick-up/drop off address that you should give to your drivers/Pace with the seniors who registered to come in-person when we make our weekly reminder phone calls. Everyone must call Melissa at (847) 510-2060 to RSVP/ pre-register for all programs. Please keep in mind that space is limited for in-person attendance.

JULY ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • We will be closed on, July 4th for Independence Day.
  • Melissa will be out of the office July 13th – 27th. Most programs will take place by phone during this time.
  • Please note that all July programs will take place from 1 – 3pm.

Seniors’ Program In-Person COVID-19 Plan
Our goal at The Chicago Lighthouse is to provide everyone with a safe & secure environment that minimizes exposure to COVID-19. It is our utmost responsibility & priority to make our Seniors’ Program safe. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will continue be required to participate in-person.

Health Safety:

  • Staff, volunteers & program participants must complete their vaccination cycle 2 weeks prior to in-person participation. Vaccination cards or a print-out from your health system network will serve as verification the vaccine(s) have been obtained.
  • All will have their temperature checked each time they enter the buildings & will affirm they are symptom-free by completing a screening form (assistance will be provided). Those who have not provided proof of vaccination to Melissa or who exhibit any of the following symptoms upon arrival will not be allowed further entrance into The Lighthouse:
  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Repeated shaking/chills
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Nausea &/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle pain
  • Congestion/runny nose

Mask-wearing is highly encouraged at all times covering both nose & mouth.

Please bring proof of your completed vaccination card, etc. to The Chicago Lighthouse upon arriving for your first program.

You may submit a copy your completed vaccination card to Melissa in advance by fax: (847) 729-2207, text: (847) 242-1922, email: melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org or mail. You may also bring your completed vaccination card to The Chicago Lighthouse upon arriving for your first program.

Please note that these guidelines are fluid & may change.


SAVE THE DATE: SIGHT IMPAIRED YACHT CRUISE
Flip to the August portion of this newsletter to read about this year’s cruise on August 23rd RSVP with Melissa ASAP, no later than Thursday, July 28th.

UPDATE ON NEW MEETING LOCATION IN THE CITY
Plans have changed a bit so for now, programs will continue to take place in the senior center.

CAREGIVERS/GUESTS ARE WELCOME TO JOIN YOU
If you require one-on-one assistance, please bring a guest (must be fully vaccinated) with you. The more caregivers/guests that seniors bring with them will mean that we can allow more seniors to attend in-person. As a reminder, most of our programming is available via phone so you can still participate from home should you not have a guest that can attend with you if you require additional assistance. If you are at least 60 years old & a Chicago resident, caregiver/in-home assistance may be available to you through the City’s Community Care Program – call (312) 744-4016 for more info. For non-Chicago residents, call (800) 252-8966 for more info.

CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS
After you RSVP, here’s how to call into programs  – we will use the same call-in for all programs: dial 872-242-7995 & enter the Conference ID 737 107 407#. Shortly after that, you will be admitted into the program

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TIP – GAMES
It can be frustrating not to be able to play games with friends & family after losing some of your vision. You might already know that there are large print playing cards, which come in different styles & colors. Ask your friends to switch to those so that you so you can still enjoy poker, rummy, or even solitaire on your own! There are also large print versions of many other board games. Some of these include: Scrabble, Uno, Rummikub & Bananagrams. Look for a low vision version of your favorite game in stores or online to get back in the game!

Don’t forget to call the calendar phone line anytime, day or night, to hear current month’s schedule: 312-506-0115.

TRANSIT ASSISTANCE FOR SOME CHICAGOANS
Chicago Moves will issue up to 50,000 prepaid gas cards of $150 and 100,000 prepaid transit cards of $50 to eligible residents across the city. Recipients will only be notified by email if they have been selected to receive a card. Applicants who have elected to pick up their card in person will receive pick up instructions via email. All applicants are required to provide a valid email address.

THREE WAYS TO APPLY (and for more information):

ATTN: Dept. of Finance: Chicago Moves
121 N. LaSalle Street, 7th Floor Chicago, IL 60602


JULY CALENDAR of EVENTS:

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – WEST SIDE STORY
IN-PERSON ONLY IN GLENVIEW
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 1 – 3:30pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. Directed by Steven Spielberg & nominated for multiple Academy Awards, this adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story, once again explores forbidden love & the rivalry between the Jets & the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.
Rated PG-13. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

BOOK CLUB – MIGRATIONS: PHONE ONLY
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2 – 3pm
Most participants use the free Talking Books player. This month, we will discuss the novel, Migrations by Charlotte McConaghy, listening time, 9 hours. Franny Stone has always been the kind of woman who is able to love but unable to stay. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, she arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. Franny talks her way onto a fishing boat, & she and the crew set sail, traveling ever further from shore & safety. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool―a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime―it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny’s dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption? Epic and intimate, heartbreaking & galvanizing, Migrations is an ode to a disappearing world & a breathtaking page-turner about the possibility of hope against all odds. RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

CHAIR EXERCISE: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN on TUESDAYS, JULY 5 & 12, 2 – 3pm
CALL-IN ONLY on TUESDAYS, JULY 19 & 26, 2 – 3pm
Join us for fun & energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength & supporting your mobility. All levels are welcome. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our exercise program, 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 & it’s employees harmless from any injuries or damages which may incur, for any reason as a result of my involvement. My participation acknowledges that I agree to be bound by the terms set forth herein. It is my desire to participate. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

HADLEY INFORMATIONAL TALK: PHONE ONLY
TUESDAY, JULY 26, 1 – 2pm
In 1920, Hadley’s founder, William Hadley, decided to teach braille by mail to reach adults wanting to learn a new way to continue reading. Now, over 100 years later, after an extensive process of research & rediscovery, Hadley is a place where adults who are facing vision loss can find support, community & discover new ways to do things so they can reclaim their lives. Either online, or through the mail, Hadley offers workshops with hints & tips in areas of daily living, technology, adjusting to vision loss, recreation, working & braille. In addition, you can connect with others through discussion groups or listen to their podcasts, Hadley Presents, all at no charge. Register at (847) 510-2060 to learn how you may benefit from Hadley’s offerings

IPAD/IPHONE TRAINING: In-Person on WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 1–3pm in Glenview
Phone Only Q&A on WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2 – 3pm
These sessions are designed for people at all experience levels. We’ll highlight accessibility features, navigation gestures, shortcuts, dictation, Voiceover & Siri. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided with advance notice. Class size is limited — pre-register at: (847) 510-2060.

JEOPARDY!©: PHONE ONLY
TUESDAY, JULY 19, 1 – 2pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned game! Clues will be shared in the form of the answer & participants will respond in the form of a question, just like on the game show. RSVP to (847) 510-2060.

SUPPORT GROUP: PHONE ONLY
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 1 – 2pm
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. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

TriBond Game: PHONE ONLY
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 1 – 2pm
What does picnic, a card & a pool all have in common? Answer – they are all types of tables! TriBond is a game of making connections. Are you ready for the challenge? RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

JULY EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

MON. JUL 4     OFFICE CLOSED
TUE. JUL 5       City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 2 – 3
WED. JUL 6     Glenview In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 3:30
TUE. JUL 12     City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 2 – 3
WED. JUL 13    PHONE ONLY: Support Group, 1 – 2
WED. JUL 13    PHONE ONLY: Book Club, 2 – 3
TUE. JUL 19     PHONE ONLY: Jeopardy, 1 – 2
TUE. JUL 19     PHONE ONLY: Exercise, 2 – 3
WED. JUL 20  Glenview In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 1-3
TUE. JUL 26    PHONE ONLY: Hadley Talk, 1 – 2
TUE. JUL 26    PHONE ONLY: Exercise, 2 – 3
WED. JUL 27   PHONE ONLY: Tribond Game, 1 – 2
WED. JUL 27   PHONE ONLY: iPad/iPhone Q&A, 2 – 3


AUGUST CALENDAR of EVENTS:

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – THE UPSIDE: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30, 1 – 3pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. Inspired by a true story, The Upside is a heartfelt dramedy about a recently paroled ex-convict who strikes up an unusual & unlikely friendship with a paralyzed billionaire. Rated PG-13. RSVP: 847-510-2060.

AUDIO DESCRIPTIVE MOVIE – LAND: IN-PERSON ONLY IN GLENVIEW
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 1 – 2:30pm
This movie will be shown with audio description which uses narration in an attempt to describe visual content. From acclaimed actress Robin Wright comes her directorial debut LAND, the poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast & harsh American wilderness. Edee, in the aftermath of an unfathomable event, finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew and in the face of that uncertainty, retreats to the magnificent, but unforgiving, wilds of the Rockies. After a local hunter brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again. Rated PG-13. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

BOOK CLUB – THE ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF LENNI & MARGOT: IN-PERSON IN GLENVIEW & CALL-IN
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2 – 3pm
We will discuss the novel, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin, listening time, 11 hours. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060. An extraordinary friendship. A lifetime of stories. Seventeen-year-old Lenni Pettersson lives on the Terminal Ward at the Glasgow Princess Royal Hospital. Though the teenager has been told she’s dying, she still has plenty of living to do. Joining the hospital’s arts & crafts class, she meets the magnificent Margot, an 83-year-old, purple-pajama-wearing, fruitcake-eating rebel, who transforms Lenni in ways she never imagined. As their friendship blooms, a world of stories opens for these unlikely companions who, between them, have been alive for one hundred years. Though their days are dwindling, both are determined to leave their mark on the world. Delightfully funny & bittersweet, heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting, The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot reminds us of the preciousness of life as it considers the legacy we choose to leave, how we influence the lives of others even after we’re gone, & the wonder of a friendship that transcends time.

CHAIR EXERCISE: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN on TUESDAYS, AUGUST 2, 9, 16 & 30, 11 am – 12pm
CALL-IN ONLY on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1 – 2pm
Join us for fun & energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength & supporting your mobility. All levels are welcome. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our exercise program, 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 & it’s employees harmless from any injuries or damages which may incur, for any reason as a result of my involvement. My participation acknowledges that I agree to be bound by the terms set forth herein. It is my desire to participate. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

Chicago Yacht Club Cruise & Lunch: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
We have been invited to take part in a Sight Impaired Cruise at the Chicago Yacht Club. If interested, you must contact Melissa no later than Thursday, July 28th at 847-510-2060 & your name will be added to the waitlist.

Priority will be given to those who haven’t attended this great experience before. Others will be entered into a raffle to fill any remaining seats. Seniors will be notified whether or not they have been chosen on August 12th. Transportation to & from the Yacht Club will be provided from The Lighthouse at 1850 W. Roosevelt Road. Upon arrival, lunch will be served & then we will board the yachts to enjoy a cruise on Lake Michigan, after which, we will load the bus & head back to The Lighthouse. Transportation will not be provided from/to Glenview.

HEALTH TALK: EPILEPSY & SEIZURES
IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 1 – 2pm
Let’s welcome the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Join us for this interactive presentation to learn more about epilepsy & seizures. Various seizure types will be described. In addition, you will hear about the differences between seizures & epilepsy, general information including debunking older myths, as well as sharing some experiences & sensations that someone may experience during a seizure. Additional resources will be shared. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

IPAD/IPHONE TRAINING: IN-PERSON ONLY TUESDAY, TUESDAYS, AUGUST  2 & 16, 2 – 3pm in CHICAGO
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1 – 3pm in GLENVIEW
These hands-on sessions are designed for people at all experience levels. We’ll highlight accessibility features, navigation gestures, shortcuts, dictation, Voiceover & Siri. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided with advance notice. Class size is limited — pre-register at: (847) 510-2060.

JEOPARDY!©: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2 – 3pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned game! Clues will be shared in the form of the answer & participants will respond in the form of a question, just like on the game show. Are you ready for the challenge? RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

MEDITATION: CALL-IN ONLY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2 – 2:30pm
Enjoy today’s guided mindfulness meditation for strengthening self-love & taking care of yourself. To be the best person you can be, to help & support those loved ones surrounding you, you need to first love & care for yourself. The idea of self-care doesn’t always mean going out to the spa to get pampered. It can also mean trusting your heart & your intuition to guide you in the right direction in life. It means taking the time to listen to your heart & your intuition often. It is the kind & compassionate way in which you speak to yourself. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

NAME THAT TUNE: IN-PERSON IN CHICAGO & CALL-IN
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2 – 3pm
Do you like to listen to music? Do you like a challenge? If so, then let’s play Name That Tune! RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

SOCIAL HOUR: IN-PERSON ONLY IN CHICAGO
EVERY TUESDAY from 12 – 1pm EXCEPT for August 23
Enjoy this free time in-between programs. Catch-up with friends, purchase a snack or bring your own food to eat.

SUPPORT GROUP: IN-PERSON IN Glenview & CALL-IN
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1 – 2pm
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. As always, group is an opportunity for you & your peers to share ideas, support each other & feel safe talking with others that may be going through similar life experiences. RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

TRIVIA: PHONE ONLY
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1 – 2pm
Join us for a fun game of trivia. We will take turns being asked a variety of questions. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

AUGUST EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

TUE. AUG 2     City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. AUG 2     City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. AUG 2      City In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 2 – 3
WED. AUG 3  Glenview In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 1–3
TUE. AUG 9     City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. AUG 9     City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. AUG 9   City In-Person/Phone: Name that Tune, 2–3
WED. AUG 10  Glenview In-Person/Phone: Support Group, 1-2
WED. AUG 10  Glenview In-Person/Phone: Book Club, 2 – 3
TUE. AUG 16    City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. AUG 16    City In-Person/Phone: Health Talk, 1 – 2
TUE. AUG 16   City In-Person Only: iPad/iPhone, 2 – 3
WED. AUG 17  PHONE ONLY: Trivia, 1 – 2
WED. AUG 17  PHONE ONLY: Meditation, 2 – 2:30
TUE. AUG 23   City In-Person Only: Cruise, 10:15 – 3:30
WED. AUG 24  PHONE ONLY: Exercise, 1 – 2
WED. AUG 24  PHONE ONLY: Jeopardy, 2 – 3
TUE. AUG 30   City In-Person/Phone: Exercise, 11 – 12
TUE. AUG 30   City In-Person Only: Social Hour, 12 – 1
TUE. AUG 30   City In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 3
WED. AUG 31  Glenview In-Person Only: Movie, 1 – 2:30

For those interested in participating, whether it be in-person or over-the-phone, everyone must call Melissa at (847) 510-2060 to discuss their participation plans in advance for attendance / RSVPs and pre-register as space is limited for all in-person attendance.

Call the calendar phone line anytime, day or night, to hear the current month’s schedule: (312) 506-0115.


IPROACTIF RESEARCH STUDY:

DO YOU HAVE DIABETES OR HEART DISEASE?
Researchers at UIC need your help to test whether an occupational therapy program can help people with diabetes and heart disease manage their health condition and improve their physical and mental functioning.

What is the study about?
They have developed a program to help patients with chronic diseases manage symptoms and complications of their illness. During the program, an occupational therapist will work with patients to figure out ways to improve their health and their participation in life activities. They want to test whether this program is beneficial or not.

Who are they looking for?

  • Volunteers who are 55 years or older
  • Have diabetes and/or heart disease
  • English speaking

What do I have to do?

  • You will be assigned by chance, like flipping a coin, to either be in a treatment group or a control group.
  • If assigned to the treatment group, you will be asked to attend 12 sessions with an occupational therapist either in person or by videocall or phone.
  • If assigned to the control group, you will be asked to attend 2 sessions with an occupational therapist. You will have the opportunity to receive the remaining sessions of the program at the end of the study
  • Both groups will complete assessments related to health & functioning

Will I receive compensation?
You will receive up to $70 for completing all assessments.

Your information will be confidential and your participation.

If you have any questions about this study and/or are interested in participating and receiving more information, please contact:

Dr. Mansha Mirza, Department of Occupational Therapy, UIC
Phone: (312) 355-0525;  Email: mmirza2@uic.edu

 

Locations & Contact

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

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