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Mar 26, 2024 07:30 AM - 05:30 PM

CMSA Chicago 31st Anniversary Annual Conference

Attend this premier case management conference for CCMs, RNs, SWs and any healthcare professional who desires continuous education.

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Mar 15, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Rocking Saint Patrick's Day

Stop by Heritage Woods and help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day!  Featuring music by Edizon Dayao.  Open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.  

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Mar 14, 2024 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Pathlights 101

Where do people go if they need a little or a lot of help along the path to aging? In Southwest Suburban Cook County, Pathlights is the go-to community resource. So, what exactly does Pathlights do for you, and how can you benefit from programs and services?Pathlights 101 teaches attendees about the comprehensive and coordinated services in place to assist older adults, soon to be older adults and caregivers so that we can live out our best lives while remaining as independent as possible. There will be a detailed review of programs and qualifications and time for Q & A.A light supper, provided by the Older Wiser Livelier Seniors (O.W.L.S.), will be served at 5 PM, with the presentation starting at 6 PM. Donations Appreciated.Registration RequiredThis program will be held at Christ Lutheran Church (14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park). 

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Community Nutrition Network Grundy County

Food Resources 1700 Newton Ave, Morris, Illinois, 60450

The Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association (CNNSSA) was born out of a meal service program operated by the Community Economic & Development Association (CEDA) in the 1970sIn the late 1990s, federal funding for senior services began to diminish. The Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association became a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2000. In order to remain in full operation and be able to expand services to meet the growing need, the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois (MOWFNI) was created in 2001 as the fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness arm of Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association.In 2005, Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association was awarded contracts to begin serving seniors in Grundy and Kendall Counties in addition to suburban Cook County. Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association is now one of the largest senior meal providers in the nation. Throughout these three counties, where service is provided, there are 9 Group-Dining sites, and 9 meal distribution hubs for the Home-Delivered Meal program.Over 450,000 seniors in Illinois are threatened by hunger. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Kendall County had 18,037 residents aged 60+ in 2021, and of these, American Community Surveys 2021 1-Year Estimates gauges that 5% are 100% below poverty level, 32.7% live alone, and 25% are person with disabilities. Our programs in Kendall County ensure that homebound and medically fragile seniors can get the nutrition they need: 57.09% of our clients in Kendall County live alone, 36.22% are low income, and 77.56% are categorized as frail. The same survey estimates that Cook County had 1,132,020 residents aged 60+ in 2021. Of these, 12.9% are estimated to be 100% below the poverty line, 44.1% live alone, and 27.4% are persons with disabilities. In Grundy County, it was estimated that 10,358 residents are aged 60+. Of these older adults, 5.7 % are estimated to be 100% below the poverty line, 41.1% live alone, and 22.4% are persons with disabilities. Lastly, American Community Surveys 2021 1-year Estimates gauges that 139,458 residents in Will County are aged 60+. Of these residents, it is estimated that 6.7% are 100% below the poverty line, 35.6% live alone, and 24.5% are persons with disabilities.

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Community Nutrition Network South Chicago Heights

Food Resources 3140 Enterprise Park Ave, South Chicago Heights, Illinois, 60411

The Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association (CNNSSA) was born out of a meal service program operated by the Community Economic & Development Association (CEDA) in the 1970sIn the late 1990s, federal funding for senior services began to diminish. The Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association became a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2000. In order to remain in full operation and be able to expand services to meet the growing need, the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois (MOWFNI) was created in 2001 as the fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness arm of Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association.In 2005, Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association was awarded contracts to begin serving seniors in Grundy and Kendall Counties in addition to suburban Cook County. Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association is now one of the largest senior meal providers in the nation. Throughout these three counties, where service is provided, there are 9 Group-Dining sites, and 9 meal distribution hubs for the Home-Delivered Meal program.Over 450,000 seniors in Illinois are threatened by hunger. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Kendall County had 18,037 residents aged 60+ in 2021, and of these, American Community Surveys 2021 1-Year Estimates gauges that 5% are 100% below poverty level, 32.7% live alone, and 25% are person with disabilities. Our programs in Kendall County ensure that homebound and medically fragile seniors can get the nutrition they need: 57.09% of our clients in Kendall County live alone, 36.22% are low income, and 77.56% are categorized as frail. The same survey estimates that Cook County had 1,132,020 residents aged 60+ in 2021. Of these, 12.9% are estimated to be 100% below the poverty line, 44.1% live alone, and 27.4% are persons with disabilities. In Grundy County, it was estimated that 10,358 residents are aged 60+. Of these older adults, 5.7 % are estimated to be 100% below the poverty line, 41.1% live alone, and 22.4% are persons with disabilities. Lastly, American Community Surveys 2021 1-year Estimates gauges that 139,458 residents in Will County are aged 60+. Of these residents, it is estimated that 6.7% are 100% below the poverty line, 35.6% live alone, and 24.5% are persons with disabilities.

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Heritage Woods of Plainfield

Assisted Living 14731 South Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, Illinois, 60544

The Heritage Woods of Plainfield affordable assisted living community combines residential apartment home living with personal assistance, support services and opportunities to enjoy the companionship of friends and neighbors and participate in a variety of social, educational and recreational activities.The three-story building houses 108 studio and one-bedroom apartments, each with its own kitchenette, private bathroom with shower, and emergency response system. Community areas include an activity room, beauty/barber shop, convenience store, dining room, exercise area, library, multi-purpose room, porch and television lounge.

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Community Nutrition Network Sharp Community Center

Food Resources 1609 N 36th Ave, Melrose Park, Illinois, 60160

The Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association (CNNSSA) was born out of a meal service program operated by the Community Economic & Development Association (CEDA) in the 1970sIn the late 1990s, federal funding for senior services began to diminish. The Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association became a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2000. In order to remain in full operation and be able to expand services to meet the growing need, the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois (MOWFNI) was created in 2001 as the fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness arm of Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association.In 2005, Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association was awarded contracts to begin serving seniors in Grundy and Kendall Counties in addition to suburban Cook County. Community Nutrition Network & Senior Services Association is now one of the largest senior meal providers in the nation. Throughout these three counties, where service is provided, there are 9 Group-Dining sites, and 9 meal distribution hubs for the Home-Delivered Meal program.Over 450,000 seniors in Illinois are threatened by hunger. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Kendall County had 18,037 residents aged 60+ in 2021, and of these, American Community Surveys 2021 1-Year Estimates gauges that 5% are 100% below poverty level, 32.7% live alone, and 25% are person with disabilities. Our programs in Kendall County ensure that homebound and medically fragile seniors can get the nutrition they need: 57.09% of our clients in Kendall County live alone, 36.22% are low income, and 77.56% are categorized as frail. The same survey estimates that Cook County had 1,132,020 residents aged 60+ in 2021. Of these, 12.9% are estimated to be 100% below the poverty line, 44.1% live alone, and 27.4% are persons with disabilities. In Grundy County, it was estimated that 10,358 residents are aged 60+. Of these older adults, 5.7 % are estimated to be 100% below the poverty line, 41.1% live alone, and 22.4% are persons with disabilities. Lastly, American Community Surveys 2021 1-year Estimates gauges that 139,458 residents in Will County are aged 60+. Of these residents, it is estimated that 6.7% are 100% below the poverty line, 35.6% live alone, and 24.5% are persons with disabilities.

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Tips to Remember when Talking to Those with Dementia

Communication can be challenging when talking to a loved one with dementia. How you communicate with your loved one is very important, the goal being to confuse them as little as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind when talking to your loved one with dementia.Phrases to avoidMany phrases are used frequently in our day-to-day conversations that we may not think are harmful but can be challenging for those with dementia. For example, the phrase "Do you remember" can lead to embarrassment. Your senior doesn't want to tell you they have forgotten a memory, especially a meaningful one. Asking a senior with dementia if they remember something will bring more sadness to their insecurity about having dementia. Instead, use the phrase "I remember when" to avoid putting pressure on your senior by not asking them a question directly about memory.Another phrase to avoid, "As I already said" When talking to someone with dementia, you will often repeat yourself, but you don't want your senior to feel embarrassed, and you don't want them to know you have repeated yourself already. Other phrases like "I already told you" only reminds your senior of their struggle. Instead of saying those phrases, kindly repeat yourself.Be directYou don't want to be too vague, so it is important to be specific with your words. For example, avoid using general pronouns like he, she, or they or vague terms such as that and those. Instead, be specific and say, "Jack bought a car," and "the spoon is under the napkin on the counter." Dementia makes it difficult for seniors to follow conversations like they once did, so it is key to use short sentences, speak clearly, and give them your full attention.Don't offer too much helpSeniors want to feel independent. We understand that you want to help your loved one as much as possible. Find that even balance of helping your senior and knowing when it's too much help. We don't want our seniors to feel like they are no longer competent.At The Legacy: Memory Support, our care for seniors with dementia is unmatched. Schedule a tour to learn more about all the different memory care activities we provide for our amazing residents.

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The Death Clock

For decades researchers have tried to figure out on a global scale why more people die in January than any other month of the year?Known by statisticians as excess deaths it appears to have nothing to do with weather. The spike in deaths is as true in tropical areas as it is in the snow shoveling northern parts of the United States. This also eliminates the theory that staying inside because of the cold weather spreads more germs and results in a higher January death rate. They also eliminated the connection on a socio-economic basis as the reaper makes no distinction between affluence and poverty when it comes to the end of life. The final myth is that the bump in deaths is due to people being sent home from the hospital too early just for the sake of the holidays.The data shows that hospitals are actually a dangerous place and you are more likely to die there then at home. Since it is so confusing I went to some online apps that offer to predict your day of death. I asked three of them to consider my chances: The Death Clock, Lifespan Calculator, and Fateful Day, to give me their best shot. Death Clock.com asked my gender, if I smoked, my outlook on life and how many alcoholic drinks I had each week. It reported that Wednesday, July 2, 2031 will be my last day on earth and a countdown clock was clicking away toward a ripe age of 88. Lifespan Calculator.com, provided by an insurance company, resulted in an age rather than a date. Turns out I will live to the age of 91. But wait theres more. I could pick up two more years by dropping 15 pounds or getting 4 inches taller. And finally, I turned to FatefulDay.com. It was fairly easy and after entering all my information, it returned with this ominous message: You have 0 years left to live. The site predicted I died in 2016, which was oddly enough the year of my heart attack. Life is a mystery even in death. So live, laugh and love!Editors Note: This article was submitted by Barry Kolanowski. Barry is the Executive Director of Senior Services of Will County and may be reached at 815-723-9713 or by email at bkolanowski@agingspecialists.org.

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A Social and Support Group for Widowed People of All Ages “The Original WOW”

WOW (Widows or Widowers) was founded by Dolores Bonfield Cortis in May, 1975. Dolores was widowed at the young age of 38. She joined Parents Without Partners in the area where she resided. The group was made up of recently divorced people. Being a grieving widow with young children who also were dealing with their sorrow, is not the same as a divorced parent.Through Parents without Partners, she met other newly widowed men and women. They formed the first WOW group in the Western Suburbs. It is a place to go for understanding, companionship, and to participate in social activates with like individuals. The idea was and is that Step we need to take to get back to living a normal life without the one we loved. To give us the understanding that although we are now widowed, we can resume life with all others and feel accepted as a new person.After 43 years, we now have a membership of over 185 members. Our membership has gone up and down over the years for a variety of reasons death or members that have moved to retirement areas around the country. But we have remained consistent in our zeal to prosper, and we have 43 years to prove that!We publish a monthly News Letter that lists our social activities and support meetings. WOW continues to offer support, friendship, education and social activities to the widowed people in the western suburbs of Chicago. A monthly Social Gathering is held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 537 South York Road, In Elmhurst, IL. At 7:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Feel free to join us at our monthly meeting. We welcome guests of all ages!For additional information, check out our website at (www.wow.cfsites.org) or contact Dave Spero, WOW President at (630-620-4060).

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Transformative Transitions: Senior Move Management with A Call to Order Professional Organizer

Navigating transformative transitions, especially for seniors, can be a complex process, encompassing emotional, logistical, and organizational challenges. A Call to Order Professional Organizer specializes in Senior Move Management, providing invaluable assistance during these pivotal moments. The key lies in their comprehensive approach, blending empathy with efficiency. They work closely with seniors and their families to understand unique needs and preferences, ensuring a smooth transition while minimizing stress. From decluttering and downsizing to coordinating logistics and setting up the new space, A Call to Order Professional Organizer  brings a personalized touch to every step. Their expertise extends beyond mere physical organization; they also offer emotional support, recognizing the sentimental value attached to belongings and guiding clients through thoughtful decision-making. With A Call to Order Professional Organizer, transformative transitions become a positive experience, promoting a sense of order, comfort, and a seamless move to the next chapter of life.Tips for a successful senior move management experience with A Call to Order Professional Organizer include early planning and open communication. Begin the process well in advance to allow ample time for decision-making and avoid unnecessary stress. Communicate openly about preferences, sentimental items, and concerns to ensure a personalized approach. Take advantage of the expert guidance provided by A Call to Order, allowing them to tailor their services to meet specific needs. Embrace the opportunity to declutter and downsize, focusing on creating a living space that aligns with the senior's current lifestyle. Finally, trust the process and lean on the support of A Call to Order Professional Organizer to turn what could be a daunting task into a positive and organized transition

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