Seniors Program Newsletter North

September 2018

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SEPTEMBER MUSINGS:

“Try to remember the kind of September when life was slow and oh so mellow. Try to remember the kind of September when grass was green and grain was yellow. Try to remember the kind of September when you were a young and a callow fellow. Try to remember and if you remember, then follow.” — “Try to Remember,” from the musical comedy, The Fantasticks

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.

Book Club –
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Other Lessons From the Crematory
Monday, 9/24
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.

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history & a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor & vivid characters, Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a New York Times Non-Fiction Bestseller, tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters & unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, & affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. Her eye-opening, candid & often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She

demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. Honest & heartfelt, self-deprecating & ironic, Caitlin’s engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable & engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture & society, & she calls for better ways of dealing with death (& our dead).

“Doughty’s sincere, hilarious, & perhaps life-altering memoir is a must-read for anyone who plans on dying.” – Katharine Fronk, Booklist

“Entertaining & thought-provoking.” – Julia Jenkins, Shelf Awareness

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Wednesday, 9/26, 2 – 3 p.m.

These hands-on sessions are designed for people who have some prior experience using an iPad/iPhone.

We will highlight the built in-apps that are already installed on your device: Calendar, eMail, Clock, browsing the internet with Safari, iMessage, Notes, Contacts, Health and Fitness & more. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please 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 & need to set up a new one up, call Apple Accessibility.

Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Workshop – Game Time!
Wednesday, 9/26, 3 – 4 p.m.

In this month’s workshops, you will learn how to have fun with your iPad by playing games. We will explore card games, casino games, word games & games to stimulate your memory.

If you’d like to download any apps during the workshop, bring your Apple ID & password. If you don’t remember your Apple ID/ password & need to set up a new one up, call Apple Accessibility at: (877) 204-3930. If you have an iPad/ iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided to you for use in class.

Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register.

Low Vision Support Group
Monday, 9/24
10 – 11 a.m.

Join us for this interactive exchange of ideas and information to increase your knowledge and help you retain your independence while getting the support you need. There is much to learn and share amongst everyone!  Please RSVP.


Monthly Events at a Glance

9/24  Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
9/24  Book Club, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
9/26  iPad – Intermediate, 2 – 3 p.m.
9/26  iPad Workshop, 3 – 4 p.m.


October 2018

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OCTOBER ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Chicago Lighthouse North will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 11th so that staff may attend an agency-wide event at the Chicago headquarters.

WE CELEBRATE YOU!:

October 1st is the International Day of Older Persons.

Almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. The Chicago Lighthouse reaffirms our commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.

Calendar of Events

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Chicago Lighthouse North at 222 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL 60025. Please call (847) 510-6200 to RSVP for all events.

Audio Descriptive Movie – The Post
Friday, 10/19
10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

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

OSCAR® winners Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep & Tom Hanks team up for the first time in this thrilling film based on a true story. The Post, a drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham, the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, & editor Ben Bradlee, as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades & four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

Bon appétit! Rated PG-13. Popcorn will be served.

Book Club – Girl Waits With Gun
Monday, 10/29
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Most participants will use the free Talking Books player.

Please note that your cassette will contain two novels – we are only discussing the first one.

A Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart is a novel drawn from the real-life Kopp sisters & the forgotten true story of one of the nation’s first female deputy sheriffs. Constance Kopp doesn’t quite fit the mold. She towers over most men, has no interest in marriage or domestic affairs, & has been isolated from the world since a family secret sent her & her sisters into hiding fifteen years ago. One day, a belligerent & powerful silk factory owner runs down their buggy, & a dispute over damages turns into a war of bricks, bullets & threats as he unleashes his gang on their family farm. When the sheriff enlists her help in convicting the men, Constance is forced to confront her past & defend her family — & she does it in a way that few women in 1914 would have dared.

iPad/iPhone Training – Beginner’s Course
Monday, 10/01, 10 – 11 a.m.
Wednesday, 10/10, 10 – 11 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.

iPad/iPhone Training – Intermediate Course
Monday, 10/01, 11 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, 10/23, 2 – 3 p.m

These hands-on sessions are designed for people with some prior experience using an iPad/iPhone. We will highlight built in-apps that are already on your device: Calendar, email, Clock, browsing the internet with Safari, iMessage, Notes, Contacts, Health and Fitness & more. If you have an iPad/iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided. To download apps, bring your Apple ID/password. Call Apple Accessibility at: (877) 204-3930 for a new ID/password if needed.

You MUST pre-register in advance.

iPad/iPhone Training – Workshop
Cookbooks & Cooking
Wednesday, 10/10, 11 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, 10/23, 3 – 4 p.m.

In this month’s workshops, you will learn how to search for recipes using an electronic cookbook on your iPad. Zoom in to enlarge the type so you can read the ingredients & directions easily. Learn how to play cooking videos to study technique. Search by type of food, a famous chef or a dietary requirement. Learn how to subscribe to services that deliver groceries or fully-cooked meals directly to your home.

If you’d like to download any apps during the workshop, bring your Apple ID & password. If you don’t remember your Apple ID/ password & need to set up a new one up, call Apple Accessibility.

If you have an iPad/ iPhone, please bring it. If you don’t, an iPad will be provided to you for use in class. Class size is limited so you MUST pre-register.

Low Vision Support Group –
Let’s Talk About Transportation
Monday, 10/29
10 – 11 a.m.

Lighthouse North welcomes special guest speaker, Jillian McClain, Mobility Outreach Coordinator with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). During her interactive & informational session, you will learn how people with disabilities can benefit by using public transportation. Specific topics covered in this session will include:

  • RTA’s Ride Free and Reduced Fare Programs
  • Local transportation options in your area
  • Accessibility features on buses/trains
  • Trip planning and safety tips for traveling
  • RTA’s one-on-one Travel Training program
  • Ventra Cards
  • How to read maps and schedules
  • ADA Paratransit
  • Q&A session

Stay informed about public transportation options in order to get to your appointments, maintain social connections & enjoy independent travel!

Please RSVP.

Monthly Events at a Glance

10/01 iPad – Beginners, 10 – 11 a.m.
10/01 iPad – Intermediate, 11 a.m. – noon
10/10 iPad – Beginners, 10 – 11 a.m.
10/10 iPad Workshop, 11 a.m. – noon
10/19 Movie, 10:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
10/23 iPad – Intermediate, 2 – 3 p.m.
10/23 iPad Workshop, 3 – 4 p.m.
10/29 Support Group, 10 – 11 a.m.
10/29 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.