Seniors Program Newsletter North

Senior News You Can Use | January & February 2021

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PROGRAM REMINDER  

For the health and well-being of our clients, The Chicago Lighthouse has suspended in-person senior programs for the foreseeable future / until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. In the meantime, all seniors’ programs will take place over the phone in the comfort of your homes until further notice.

Please direct all program inquiries and RSVPs to Melissa Wittenberg at T: (847) 510-2060 or melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org.

CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS
After you RSVP for any/all programs that you’d like to participate in, here’s how to call into each of the programs  – we will use the same call-in number for all programs: To join any of the programs on the dates/times listed in this newsletter, dial 872-242-7995. It will then ask you to enter the Conference ID  737 107 407 followed by #. It will ask if you are the meeting organizer and since you are not, continue waiting and shortly after that you will be admitted into the program.

JANUARY CLOSURES
The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on January 1st in honor of the New Year and January 18th 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

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TIP
Keep your socks organized when doing laundry by pinning them together to keep them in pairs – pin at the toes where the material is thickest or use a sock lock/holder which can be purchased online.  Another idea is to use a small mesh bag and place socks and other small items inside to keep them separate from the rest of the laundry while in the washing machine as well as the dryer.

FEATURED TOOLS FOR LIVING RETAIL STORE ITEMS
It’s that time of year again – time to get your 2021-2022 LARGE PRINT calendar!! Our stores have two fantastic calendars to choose from: a $15.95 wall calendar and a $16.95 notebook calendar. Both calendars feature  18 months, from January 2021 through June 2022. Buy yours in-person or over-the-phone — items can be shipped for an additional charge.

JANUARY CALENDAR of EVENTS:

ART EXPLORATION
MONDAYS, JANUARY 4, 11 & 25,  1:30 – 2:30pm
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20,  1:30 – 2:30pm
On January 4th, we will learn about German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven. On the 11th, Philip will talk to us about Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian artist and engineer. On the 20th, we will learn all about the American poet, Walt Whitman. American singer-songwriter, Barry Manilow, will be the focus of discussion on the 25th. This series is led by The Lighthouse’s Inclusive Arts Specialist, Philip Cameron. Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

BOOK CLUB – THE MOMENT OF LIFT: HOW EMPOWERING WOMEN CHANGES THE WORLD
MONDAY, JANUARY 25,  11am – 12pm

In her first book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, Melinda Gates makes a bold claim: when we lift up women, we lift up humanity. After years of travel, humanitarian work and extensive research, Melinda introduces us to the women she’s met along the way. Their stories are brutally honest, gut-wrenching, inspiring and triumphant. They show us how, time and time again, empowered women rise up and bring their families and communities with them. Melinda also shares her own personal journey to achieving equality in her marriage, finding her voice and becoming an advocate for women and girls. She explains how the women she has met have called her to action. And at this critical moment, she calls us to action too—urging us to drive progress in our homes, workplaces and communities. The Moment of Lift will fill your heart with hope and the determination to empower yourself and others. It will also ignite your sense of urgency, leaving you convinced that equality can’t wait. Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

CHAIR EXERCISE
THURSDAYS, JANUARY 7, 14, 21, 28, 1:30 2:30pm
Join us on Thursdays for fun & energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength & supporting your mobility. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or a bit of a couch potato, all levels are welcome. Let’s stay active together while we’re spending time apart. Before participating, please make sure you have a stable and sturdy chair for class. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our over-the-phone exercise programming, that 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, including its Directors & 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.

HEALTH EDUCATION – A HEALTHIER YOU, NOW
TUESDAYS, JANUARY 12, 19, 26,  2:30 – 3:30pm
Hear from graduate-level nursing students from Rush University as they share valuable health information to help empower us to be healthier versions of ourselves. RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

JEOPARDY©
TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned game! We will have five categories for you to pick from with five clues in each category. Clues will be shared in the form of the answer and participants will respond in the form of a question, just like on the game show. Are you ready for the challenge? Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

RIDDLE ME THIS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Let’s exercise our brains (don’t forget to stretch first)!!! In addition to being fun, riddles can also be quite useful. That’s because solving them requires you to think hard about the words involved, and this strengthens the parts of the brain that deal with language. When presented with a riddle, the brain searches through all the words and their various meanings, and solving the riddle depends on locating the combination of meanings that will unlock the puzzle – sort of like a combination lock. RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

RUSH CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN AGING-SCHAALMAN SENIOR VOICES
MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2:30 – 3:30pm
What does aging well mean to you? What makes getting older interesting? Schaalman Senior Voices aims to honor the perspectives of older adults by learning what matters most throughout the aging experience. The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed us to reflect on what matters most and how we can stay connected. Join in the conversation to learn about Schaalman Senior Voices, creating an age-friendly community and discussing meaning in our lives. This program will include the opportunity to share your personal perspective on aging. Visit aging.rush.edu/Schaalman or call Jasmine Chandy at (312) 942-6995 to learn more about the Schaalman Senior Voices program.
RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

SUPPORT GROUP
MONDAY, JANUARY 25,  1:30 – 2:30pm
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. There’s much to learn from one another. During this time, it’s especially important to have friends to talk to! Please RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

TRIVIA
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1:30 – 2:30pm
Join us for a fun game of trivia. We will take turns being asked a variety of questions. According to the Alzheimer’s Association®, research shows that keeping your brain active increases its vitality! Please RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

JANUARY EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

FRI. JAN.  1           OFFICE CLOSED
MON. JAN.  4         Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. JAN.  5          Jeopardy!©, 2:30 – 3:30
THUR. JAN.  7       Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. JAN.  11       Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. JAN.  11       Schaalman Senior Voices, 2:30 – 3:30
TUE. JAN.  12        Trivia, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. JAN.  12        Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
THUR. JAN.  14     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. JAN.  18       OFFICE CLOSED
TUE. JAN.  19        Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
WED. JAN.  20       Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
THUR. JAN.  21     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. JAN.  25       Support Group, 10 – 11
MON. JAN.  25       Book Club, 11 – 12
MON. JAN.  25       Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. JAN.  26        Riddle Me This, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. JAN.  26        Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
THUR. JAN.  28     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30

FEBRUARY CALENDAR of EVENTS:

FEBRUARY CLOSURE:
The Chicago Lighthouse will be closed on February 15th in honor of Presidents’ Day.

THOUGHTS ON LOW VISION
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) & Low Vision Awareness Month. AMD is a major cause of visual impairment. As many as 11 million Americans have some form of AMD. Please urge your loved ones to regularly schedule comprehensive eye exams.

ART EXPLORATION
MONDAYW, FEBRUARY 1, 8 & 22,  1:30 – 2:30pm
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17,  1:30 – 2:30pm
On February 1st, we will delve into the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by American writer, Zora Neale Hurston. On the 8th, we will learn about the German composer, pianist, and conductor, Johannes Brahms. On the 17th, we will hear all about French painter, Jacques-Louis David. Helen Reddy, Australian-born singer, songwriter, author, actress, and activist, will be the focus of discussion on the 22nd. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

BOOK CLUB – BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22,  11am 12pm
Most participants will use the free Talking Books player. The audio book player will be mailed to you at no cost, as well as all audio tapes. Please RSVP to Melissa in advance at: (847) 510-2060. This month, we will discuss the novel, Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim—a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes—who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother. Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a neglected suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s path—most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer. But the real trouble lies ahead. Eli is about to fall in love, face off against truly bad guys, and fight to save his mother from a certain doom—all before starting high school. A story of brotherhood, true love, family, and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is the tale of an adolescent boy on the cusp of discovering the man he will be. Powerful and kinetic, Trent Dalton’s debut is sure to be one of the most heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novels you will experience.

CHAIR EXERCISE:
THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 4, 11, 18 & 25, 1:30 2:30pm
Join us on Thursdays for fun & energetic chair exercise classes focusing on increasing your strength & supporting your mobility. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or a bit of a couch potato, all levels are welcome. Let’s stay active together while we’re spending time apart. Before participating, please make sure you have a stable & sturdy chair for class. PLEASE NOTE that by participating in our over-the-phone exercise programming, that 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, including its Directors & 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 in this event. Please RSVP at (847) 510-2060.

 

HEALTH EDUCATION – A HEALTHIER YOU, NOW
TUESDAYS, FEBRUARY 2, 9, 16, & 23,  2:30 – 3:30pm
Hear from graduate-level nursing students from Rush University as they share valuable health information to help empower us to be healthier versions of ourselves. RSVP to Melissa: (847) 510-2060.

JEOPARDY!©
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9,  1:30 – 2:30pm
Let’s exercise our brains with a good old-fashioned game! We will have five categories for you to pick from with five clues in each category. Clues will be shared in the form of the answer and participants will respond in the form of a question, just like on the game show. Are you ready for the challenge? Please RSVP to Melissa in advance of the program at: (847) 510-2060.

SINGING WITH THE BIRDS
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Did you know that birds have several different calls and songs? Scientists have discovered that Chickadees have one of the most sophisticated languages in the bird population. This program will explore the unique behaviors of our backyard birds and their many calls. Join Alyse Burman, proprietor of the Wildbird Shack located in Mount Prospect, as she helps create an awareness of birding, conservation and nature. RSVP at: (847) 510-2060.

SUPPORT GROUP
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22,  10 11am
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. During this time, it’s especially important to have friends to talk to!

TRIBOND BRAIN GAME
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2:30 – 3:30pm
What does picnic, a card and a pool all have in common? Answer – they are all types of tables! TriBond is a game of making connections. We will state three words and it will be up to you to find the common bond between them. Are you ready for the challenge?  RSVP to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

TRIVIA
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Join us for a fun game of trivia. We will take turns being asked a variety of questions. Research shows that keeping your brain active increases its vitality! RSVP in advance to Melissa at: (847) 510-2060.

FEBRUARY EVENTS AT-A-GLANCE:

MON. FEB. 1          Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. FEB. 1          Singing with the Birds, 2:30 – 3:30
TUE. FEB.  2          Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
THUR. FEB.  4       Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. FEB.  8         Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. FEB.  8         TriBond Brain Game, 2:30 – 3:30
TUE. FEB.  9          Jeopardy!©, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. FEB.  9          Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
THUR. FEB.  11      Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. FEB.  15       OFFICE CLOSED
TUE. FEB.  16        Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
WED. FEB.  17       Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
THUR. FEB.  18     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30
MON. FEB.  22       Support Group, 10 – 11
MON. FEB.  22       Book Club, 11 – 12
MON. FEB.  22       Art Exploration, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. FEB.  23        Trivia, 1:30 – 2:30
TUE. FEB.  23        Health Discussion, 2:30 – 3:30
THUR. FEB.  25     Chair Exercise, 1:30 – 2:30

Please RSVP in advance to Melissa at (847) 510-2060.

CALL-IN INSTRUCTIONS
To join any of the programs, dial 872-242-7995. It will then ask you to enter the Conference ID  737 107 407 followed by #. It will ask if you are the meeting organizer and since you are not, continue waiting and shortly after that you will be admitted into the program.

Please direct all program inquiries and RSVPs to Melissa Wittenberg at T: (847) 510-2060 or melissa.wittenberg@chicagolighthouse.org.

 

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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