Events

Celebrating Seniors Week 2019

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  • Thursday5/2/2019
  • Friday5/3/2019
  • Saturday5/4/2019
  • Sunday5/5/2019
  • Monday5/6/2019
  • Tuesday5/7/2019
  • Wednesday5/8/2019
  • Thursday5/9/2019
10 AM

Flower Power! Banish Winter Isolation

10:30 AM

Perspiration & Inspiration: Why Staying Active is for Everyone

Representatives from West Cook YMCA Healthy Aging Program and a Gottlieb Personal Trainer for Seniors explain why regular activity is so vital to aging well, from Chair Yoga attendees to Marathoners. Some demonstration of great exercises and Chair Yoga included.

Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-771-6159 Ext. 234

West Cook YMCA
8020 Madison St, River Forest, IL (RFCC Building)


West Cook YMCA Healthy Aging Program and Gottlieb Personal Trainer for Older Adults
Presenter
2:00 PM

Citizens Utility Bill Clinic

Bring copies of your gas, electric, ad phone bills for a free analysis from experts. They will show you how to spot unnecessary charges, what to watch for when shopping around the energy market, and your options when it comes to phone, TV, and Internet.

Matt Cline
mcline@fppl.org
708 689 6114

Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, Illinois.


Citizens Utility Board
Presenter
2:00 PM

Chair Yoga

Are you looking to reduce stress, improve posture or increase mental clarity? Join us for chair yoga which may also lessen the impact of chronic illnesses and pain, help you cope with feelings of isolation, transform you to become calmer and more relaxed, and lead you to a greater feeling of happiness and wellbeing.

Pamela Mahn
pmahn@oakparktownship.org
708-383-8060

Oak Park Senior Services
130 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL


Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest Township
Presenter
2:00 PM

Too Soon To Forget: A Documentary

A documentary developed by the Without Warning support group, a program for individuals and families who live with younger onset Alzheimer’s at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center, is now available to view on local public television. Too Soon to Forgetshowcases the importance of community in facing the journey of Alzheimer's and shares the experiences and perspectives of nine families who have been affected by early-onset Alzheimer’s. The documentary was developed with leadership from Susan Frick, Director of the Without Warning program and a leader with Dementia Friendly Illinois and Dementia Friends Illinois. The screening is presented by the Dominican University School of Social Work and Siena Center.

Julie Bach
jbach@dom.edu
708-714-9102

Dominican University, Priory Campus
7200 W. Division Room 263 River Forest, IL


Susan Frick, MSW, Julie Bach, PhD, LCSW, a "Dementia Friend" and a caregiver
Presenter
2:00 PM

Long Term Care Planning -- Obtaining good care without going broke!

Finding the best solution for the care of our loved ones is on everyone's mind. The importance of making good decisions regarding the care of yourself or your loved ones is of the utmost importance. this presentation will outline finding quality care that best suits your individual situion including: Home care, adult daycarre, independent living, and nursing care. Get information on long term estate p lanning techniques, Medicare, Medicaid, VA Aid & Attendance benefits as well as negotiating the contract with a nursing home or home care agency.

Debby Preiser
dpreiser@oppl.org
708-383-8200

Oak  Park Public Library - Veterans Room
834 Lake Street, Oak Park IL


Delaney Delaney and Voorn, Ltd.
Presenter
4:00 PM

Giving 101: Strategies for making big impact in your community

Learn the basics of giving from a panel including the experience of a nonprofit, a professional advisor, and a donor. You will gain the confidence to begin making charitable gifts, or to strengthen your existing philanthropy by hearing how gifts (of any size) can make the most impact.

Michelle Ptack
mptack@oprfcf.org
708-848-1560

Oak Park Public Library, Small Meeting Room (2nd Floor)
834 Lake Street, Oak Park IL


Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation & Arbor West Neighbors
Presenter
11:15 am

Beginning Bridge

1:00 PM

The History of Baseball in Chicago with Dr. Kaufman

Dr. Kevin Kaufmann of Loyola University will explore the history of baseball in Chicago. Come and enjoy this lecture and learn more about America's favorite pastime.

Patrick Carroll
pacarroll@brookdale.com
708-725-3566

Brookdale of Oak Park
1111 Ontario St. Oak Park, IL


Dr. Kevin Kaufmann
Presenter
2:00 PM

An Introduction to Conscious Aging Workshops

Join us for a brief look at this innovative program focused on creating dialogue around looking for guidance, meaning making, connection and community as we age. Topics covered include shifting from self-limitation, lack, isolation, and fear toward expansiveness, inclusiveness, wholeness, connection, and compassion.

Pamela Mahn
pmahn@oakparktownship.org
708-383-8060

Oak Park Senior Services
130 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL


Marc Blesoff and Sandy Prolman
Presenter
2:00 PM

Re-Imagining Aging, One Breath at a Time

Time for a blend of breathing exercises (and why they are important) and mindfulness, with added experiences ofreflection. You'll sleep better, find relaxation, and experience the power of community connection.

Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-771-6159 Ext. 234

RFCC building
8020 Madison St, River Forest, IL


ML Wahlfeldt and Susan Lucci
Presenter
6:00 PM

Seniors Special Preview and Shopping Event

Animal Care League welcomes Seniors to their 2nd Chance Shop.

Take advantage of special late shopping hours and a celebrating seniors preview of our store! Join us for beer, wine, appetizers, adoptable cats and a 20% off discount for all seniors attending the special shopping event. Shop for jewelry, unique gifts, housewares, cards, holiday decor and more with all proceeds benefiting the Animal Care League. Can't make the event? Every Tuesday is Senior Discount day. Shoppers 55+ can take advantage of 20% off store wide each and every Tuesday!

NOTE: If you are participating in Pet Pals "Dress to Impress" on Saturday at Keystone Park in River Forest - shop for a costume?


Animal Care League
6:30 PM

Terry Sullivan Trio Concert

Enjoy a relaxing evening of fantastic music at an intimate jazz concert with the Terry Sullivan Trio! Vocalist Terry Sullivan, whose style is influenced by Anita O'Day and Blossom Drearie, sings in small nightclubs and concert venues in the Chicago area. You won't want to miss it! This program is part of the 2019 Celebrating Seniors Week and is brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

Mary Kay Stiff
marykay.stiff@riverforestlibrary.org
708-366-5205

River Forest Public Library
735 Lathrop Ave, River Forest, IL


Terry Sullivan Trio
Presenter
7:00 AM

Celebrating Seniors BlazeATrail 5K Run/Walk

9:30 AM

Pet Pals in the Park

Bring your best four-legged friend—or any other pet you’d like—to a “pet pal” party. We will have local vendors and treats, especially for dogs. All are welcome!
Patricia Koko
patriciakoko@hotmail.com


Keystone Park, River Forest
400 Keystone Park Dr. River Forest, IL 60305


Patricia Koko
Presenter
10:30 AM

The Upside of Downsizing

Whether it's sooner or later that you will be selling your house, you'll find benefit from the up-to-the-minute info from a realtor who has been specializing in seniors for over a decade.
Heather Lindstrom
heather@oakparkarms.com
708-386-4040

Oak Park Arms
408 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL


Roz Byrne/Remax in the Village
Presenter
1:00 PM

Caring for the Elder Caregiver

Strategies for taking care of a family member or significant other, navigating healthcare and caregiver supports.
Monika Robinson
monika@livingfullyathome.com


Oak Park Public Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL


Monika & Blaine Robinson of Living Fully at Home
Presenter
5:00 PM

Perfect Pairs - Chocolate and Wine

10:00 AM

Books and Bagels at Coffee Monday

Radio Goes to War

Radio host, Steve Darnall, presents "Radio Goes to War". WWII marked the first time Americans hear about a global war through radio. Learn how radio brought tha war into lives of its listeners with presidential speakers, new, broadcasts, entertainment show for troops, and programs to boost morale at home.
Debby Preiser
708-697-6915
dpreiser@oppl.org
Oak Park Main Library
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL


Steve Darnall
Presenter
1:30 PM

Live Painting Performance with artist Michelle Thomas

Join us for a fascinating live painting performance where this talented, passionate artist will feed off of the energy of the music and interactions with the audience to create a beautiful work of art. At the end of the event, the piece will be available for sale with the proceeds benefitting the Celebrating Seniors Coalition emergency fund.
Pamela Mahn
pmahn@oakparktownship.org
708-383-8060

Oak Park Senior Services
130 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL


Michelle Thomas
Presenter
2:00 PM

Between Generations: Interviewing for Genealogy Research and How It Promotes Family Connectedness

Abby Schmelling and Bob Ray discuss and demonstrate interview techniques for high schoolers to grandparents and at least two different ways to use the information you glean in your genealogy research.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-771-6159 Ext. 234

RFCC building
8020 Madison St, River Forest, IL


Abby Schmelling and Bob Ray
Presenter
3:30 PM

Getting Ready for Medicare

Rush Oak Park Hospital in conjunction with Oak Park Township Senior Services come get the facts about enrolling in Medicare and supplement plans that can seem overwhelming. Call to register at 708-660-4636.
Nathaniel Powell
Nathaniel_Powell@Rush.edu
708-660-2005

Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Avenue, Centennial Room, Oak Park, IL, 60403


Christine Brooks
Presenter
9:30 AM

SCCOPRF Open House/Weaving Demonstration

10:00 AM

Who's Knocking at Your Door?

SCSCC sponsors a ruse entry and fashion show of uniforms. Oak Park Police Department to demonstrate ruse entry and interviews several local utilities companies (uniforms) to know what to ask when they knock on the door. Hosted the by the Center for Gerontology.
Donna Smith
donna@suburbanresourceguide.com
312-391-0616

Concordia University Chicago - KCC Oak Park/River Forest Room
7400 Augusta St. River Forest IL


SCSCC and the Oak Park Police Department
Presenter
11:00 AM

Medicare Maze Informational Workshop

Let us guide you through the Medicare Maze. Snacks, refreshments and entertainment available for guests.
Sally Holian
sally.holian@oakstreethealth.com


Oak Street Health
18 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL


Oak Street Health
Presenter
1:00 PM

Step-by-Step: DeCluttering & Downsizing and What to Do With All That Stuff

Enjoy a great panel discussion with professionals Laura Bruzas and KTisti Bangert, including instruction, handouts, tips and strategies on your decluttering or downsizing projects. Come learn many specifics on the topic that is garnering national attention. Pre-registration recommended but not required. Email croach.rftownship@gma il.com or call 708.771.6259, Ext 234 and leave your name.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-771-6159 Ext. 234

RFCC building
8020 Madison St, River Forest, IL


Laura Bruzas and Kristi Bangert
Presenter
2:00 PM

Choosing the Right Contractor

Home renovations and projects can be overwhelming with colors, sizes, finishes, and budgets keeping you up at night. Now imagine picking the wrong contractor…. This seminar will educate you on how to pick “the best” and weed out “the rest”.
Eric Pedersen
epedersen@oak-park.us
(708) 358-5415

Oak Park Senior Services
130 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL


Village of Oak Park Development Customer Services
Presenter
3:30 PM

Fall Prevention for Seniors

Falls are the 2nd leading cause of accidental death in the US and can lead to bone fractures and serious injury. Join us for an interactive and lively discussion on how to minimize and prevent falls in your home and in your daily life. Coffee and dessert will be served.
Nick Preys
nick.preys@synergyhomecare.com
708-848-4520

Concordia University Chicago - KCC Alumni Room
7400 Augusta St. River Forest IL


Nick Preys, Synergy Homecare of Oak Park
Presenter
4:30 PM

Platform Tennis Social

Come try out the new fast-growing sport in the Midwest! Platform Tennis is a racquet sport derived from tennis, developed in 1928 in Scarsdale, NY. Platform Tennis is played with a solid paddle as opposed to a strung racquet, and a depressurized tennis ball is used along with an underhand serve. All equipment will be provided. Light refreshments will be served. Register online at rfparks.com or RSVP to Karen Stille at 708-366-6660 x105 or kstille@rfparks.com
Karen Stille
kstille@rfparks.com
708-366-6660 x105

Keystone Park Platform Tennis Courts
7920 Central Ave, River Forest


RFPD Staff & Experienced Platform Tennis Players
Presenter
9:30 AM

Planning and Prevention

10:00 AM

Zumba Gold

10:30 AM

OPTSS sponsors IL Secretary of State "Super Seniors" Day

OPTSS sponsors IL Secretary of State "Super Seniors" Day. Obtain State ID. Renew driver's license. Vision screening and Rules of Road book instruction included. Call 708-383-4806 to register with Oak Park Township's Charles Barnes. Pre-registration suggested.
Cathaleen Roach
croach.rftownship@gmail.com
708-771-6159 Ext. 234

RFCC building
8020 Madison St, River Forest


Oak Park Township Senior Servicesy
Presenter
11:00 AM

Crime Prevention: Scams and Fraudulent Activity

Teaching about crime, crime prevention and victim response. Primarily addressing various popular scams and fraudulent activities to be aware of. Guest speaker (Emlee Hilliard Smith) from US S.E.C. to talk about financial fraud and scams. We will end with a Q&A session.
Officer Ben Ransom
bransom@vrf.us
708-714-3543

River Forest Village Hall Community Room
400 Park Ave River Forest, IL


Officer Ben Ransom - River Forest Police Department/Emlee Hilliard-Smith - US Securities and Exchange Commission
Presenter
1:00 PM

How to Die in Oregon: Film and Discussion

Join Doug Devchler to view and discuss the sundance film and award-winning documentary about the growing "medical aid in dying" movement.
Roz Byrne
roz@rozrealestate.com
708-370-7444

Oak Park Public Library, Veterans Room
834 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL


Compassion & Choices, IL
Presenter
4:30 PM

Bocce Ball Social

Celebrate Seniors Week at Memorial Parkway during an introductory course on bocce play. The ancient game of bocce closely resembles bowling, requiring strategy and some luck. What a great game to play on a beautiful day with your friends and neighbors! Park District staff and players will be on hand to teach the game of bocce ball, followed by open play. Light refreshments will be served. Register online at rfparks.com or RSVP to Karen Stille at 708-366-6660 x105 or kstille@rfparks.com
Karen Stille
kstille@rfparks.com
708-366-6660 ext 105

Memorial Parkway Bocce Courts
on Lake St. between Jackson & Monroe, River Forest


Karen Stille
Presenter
7:00 PM

Can You Afford to Retire?

Jim Flanagan of Bentron Financial Group will help you ask the questions every retiree must answer before embarking on a successful retirement, with special attention to the nuances of Social Security.
Skye Lavin
slavin@fppl.org
708-689-6120

Forest Park Public Library
7555 Jackson Blvd, Forest Park, Illinois


Jim Flanagan
Presenter
10:30 AM

Elder Life Planning Using Legal Tools like Advanced Directives, Wills and TODI's

1:00 PM

Medicare Maze Informational Workshop

Let us guide you through the Medicare Maze. Snacks, refreshments and entertainment available for guests.
Sally Holian
sally.holian@oakstreethealth.com
773-253-3933

Oak Street Health
18 Chicago Ave, Oak Park


Oak Street Health
Presenter
1:00 PM

Memory Café and Dementia Friendly? What Does It All Mean?

Have you heard new terms being discussed in the community? What is a Memory Café? What does Dementia Friendly River Forest mean? Learn about these incredible programs and opportunities for you to volunteer and/or participate in our community!

Pamela Mahn
pmahn@oakparktownship.org
708-383-8060

Oak Park Senior Services
130 S. Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL


Sharon Stolz, Lydia Manning, Pamela Mahn
Presenter
5:00 PM

Celebrating Seniors "60 Over 60" Celebration and Closing Dinner

Join us as we celebrate this year’s “60 Over 60” honorees—local citizens who have made an enduring and wide-ranging impact on the community through education, business, public service, social-service agencies, and beyond. For honorees and invited guests. RSVP to Celeste Duignan at 708-203-2123.
Celeste Duignan
celeste.duignan@bairdwarner.com
708-203-2123

Concordia University Chicago - KCC Oak Park/River Forest Room
7400 Augusta St. River Forest IL


60 Over 60 - Class of 2019
Presenter