Aging Care Connections'
43rd Annual Luncheon
Aging Care Connections' 43rd Annual Luncheonwill be held on Thursday, October 16 at 11:30 am at Ruth Lake Country Club, Hinsdale. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon including the presentation of the annual Community Service Award and a keynote presentation by Merri Dee, philanthropist and former broadcast journalist who currently serves as the President of the Illinois chapter of the AARP.
Merri Dee is a celebrated motivational and inspirational speaker, a highly popular panelist, moderator and master of ceremonies, a life-changing career coach, a successful fundraising strategist, and a fierce advocate for violence prevention. In her recent memoir, Life Lessons on Faith, Forgiveness & Grace, she inspires individuals to rise above challenges and seize control of their destinies.
Luncheon tickets are available for $45 and may be reserved by contacting Niki Chibucos, Director of Development and Public Relations, at 708-354-1323, extension 226, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
News for You!
Aging Care Connections has expanded its Caregiver Support programming.
If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren, please click below to see an expanded schedule of support group meetings to be held in Melrose Park and Summit. Registration may be completed by calling Aging Care Connections, 708-354-1323. Meetings are free of charge.
Grandparents and Others Raising Grandchildren Support Groups 2014 Schedule
In addition, support groups for caregivers of older adults has an expanded schedule. Please click below to view the schedule. Registration may be completed by calling Aging Care Connections, 708-354-1323. Meetings are free of charge. Caregivers of Older Adults Support Groups 2014 Schedule
Community celebrates seniors with week of well-attended events
The community came together May 19-23 to celebrate its seniors with a series of events aimed at making their lives happier and healthier. Linda Hussey, Aging Well Program Coordinator at Aging Care Connections, said more than 300 older adults attended at least one of the 11 programs designed specifically for Celebrating Seniors Week.
"The week was a great success, with events that ranged from fun to informative," she said. Aging Care Connections partnered with Community Memorial Foundation and many other local supporters to make Celebrating Seniors Week happen.
Included in the weeklong celebration was a presentation by vaudeville performer George Zima, lunch served to the sounds of live accordion music, as well as opportunities to learn about estate planning, veterans' benefits and the importance of powers of attorney and living wills. Seniors were invited to schedule appointments to complete their own documents. Seniors learned to live healthier with exercise presentations, a healthy eating expo, a health fair and a presentation about joint health and joint replacement.
Jim Matthews of La Grange said he enjoyed Balancing Act, an event led by physical therapists at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital to teach seniors how to improve balance and prevent falls. "As a retired teacher, I gave an 'A' to the person who led the Balancing Act class at the hospital," Matthews said. "We left the room confident in our physical abilities to navigate whatever walking challenges we might encounter."
Velaine Carnall of Countryside gave high marks to the Safety in Style program, held at Countryside City Hall. The event, aimed at helping seniors to recognize utility workers, municipal workers and others coming to their door, included a fashion show. "I was very impressed with the Safety in Style Program. Officer Bisignani made it educational, informative, creative and fun!" she said.
Celebrating Seniors Week would not have been possible without the generous support of its many local sponsors. "We thank all of our supporters for helping our seniors, and for showing them that they are a valuable part of our community," Linda Hussey said.