Healthy Aging Fair

Grace Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall Center (Division Street Entrance)

Come learn about achieving better balance, avoiding falls, and gaining strength. Dr. Margaret Danilovich and CJE Senior Life will be doing fall risk assessments. Community resources will be provided from the fire department, townships, and other suggestions to help you remain safe in your home. Download an informational flyer here.

Death Cafe with an End of Life Doula

Whirlwind Coffee Company

The objective of Death Café is to ‘increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’ a death cafe is not an experience meant to lead you to any kind of conclusion, rather it’s an opportunity to listen and share about individuals thoughts, questions, and musings on […]

Chair Yoga

Oak Park Township Senior Services, Congregate Lunch Room

Chair yoga is a gentle practice of adapting poses while seated and/or with aid of a chair.  This class cultivates awareness and deep relaxation through meditation, breathwork, and gentle yoga stretches.  Presented by Carol Olsen.

Smart Aging: Using Our Brains to Thrive

Forest Park Public Library

Many people are concerned about aging and how their brains function. In a word, they fear it's "all downhill" like there is little or nothing they can do to maintain memory, focus, and the ability to connect with others. Let's challenge that!  Peak performance coach and applied neuroscientist, Diane Wilson, will host this fascinating program […]

Pickleball Social

Washington Square Tennis Courts

Pickleball is a fun and exciting racquet sport that combines aspects of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.  Learn about the sport while playing with your friends and neighbors.  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 

Tai Chi

River Forest Community Center/Dance Studio 2nd Floor

Tai Chi is an ancient practice that many people use today to improve their health and sense of well-being.  Doctors often recommend Tai Chi to older adults to help build strength and a stronger sense of balance and to help manage some health conditions. Tai Chi is a moving meditation and can also be used as […]

Aging in Our Communities: Housing Affordability, Accessibility and Possibilities

Concordia University Chicago, Room 225 (first floor) in Kretzmann Hall

Registration is full. Hosted by Arbor West Neighbors, River Forest Township, and Concordia University Chicago's Center for Gerontology. Most people want to age in their own communities; there are creative options for us to remain in our own homes of choice.  How can make our current homes accessible, or find alternative and affordable dwellings? Learn […]

Celebrating Seniors Scavenger Hunt

The Beer Shop

The Oak Park Cultural Scavenger Hunt Challenge can be done by bicycle or on foot as individuals and teams of up to four answer questions about 60-plus locations designated on a map spanning less than one square mile in north Oak Park. Individual: $15 Teams of up to 4 people: $50 Register here.  

Why Mindfulness Matters

River Forest Public Library

Mindfulness coach Chris George provides an introduction to this therapeutic practice. He'll offer an overview of what mindfulness is, and teach simple strategies to help us be more present and connected in our lives.  The program will blend information with guided meditation.  Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township. 

Adult Coloring Club

River Forest Public Library

Coloring isn't just for kids! Studies have shown that coloring has mental health benefits for adults. It's relaxing, fun, and an opportunity to socialize at the library. We will provide materials, so you do not need to bring anything. Brought to you in partnership with River Forest Township.

A Crime Prevention Approach to Fraud and Scams

River Forest Village Hall/Community Room

Many scammers target our elderly community.  This seminar will examine the various scams and schemes we encounter and empower our residents to make the right decisions when the time comes. We will also have an open forum for our attendees to discuss and learn from each other's experiences. 

LifeCare Planning

The Altenheim

Lifecare planning, advanced directives presented by: Maureen A. Rafa, BS, RNBC, PMHBC Elder Care Coordinator

Tales of a Retired Private Detective

Forest Park Public Library

Local author, John Rice, will discuss how to become a private detective and the pros and cons of the job illustrated by stories gleaned from the 12,000 assignments he has handled. He will also read from his book, "The Doll with the Sad Face: The Adventures of a Family Man Detective."

Reframing Aging Event

Oak Park Township Senior Services, Congregate Lunch Room

Join the conversation on how reframing the language around aging will benefit the communities and people in it. Framing is about choices in empathy, information provided, and language.  Join us and learn how to make a change in reframing aging. Presented by Tracey Colagrossi

Dole Center Tours & Senior Mental Health Day

Dole Center

Senior Mental Health Day is running from 11 am-12 pm on May 17th. The tours will run 9:30-3:30 pm May 12th-May 19th (excluding Saturday and Sunday). We have programming that runs Monday-Thursdays that our guests can look in on to get a feel of what we offer. We’ll also have coffee and tea available. 

Right Size Your Next Move

Howard Mohr Community Center

Dorothy Gillian (Realtor, BHHS Chicago, Oak Park), Patty Mullin (Professional Organizer - Organizing Unlimited), and Julianne Rizzo (Certified Senior Living Advisor - Oasis Senior Advisors) share their expertise to assist you as you navigate your next move.  Learn the basics of downsizing, the process of selling your home, and the available options for senior living […]

Chair Yoga

River Forest Community Center/Dance Studio 2nd Floor

Comfortable yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair is not to be underestimated!  Not only do we stretch, but we work the core as well. This is the opportunity you've been looking for to get movement back into your life while enjoying the benefits of yoga. 

Storytelling and Writing Workshop

Oak Park Township Senior Services, Congregate Lunch Room

Storyteller and actress, Jasmine Cardenas, will combine in this workshop ancient legends, myths, folktales, and personal tales from North, Central, and South America.  She does an interactive writing workshop to encourage older adults to write their own stories for future generations.  High energy hour and a half workshop will help you explore your creativity.  

Memoir Writing: Getting Started & Other Mechanics for Your Personal Memoir

River Forest Community Center, Room 202 (2nd Floor)

Whether a first-timer or a more seasoned student, come spend an enjoyable afternoon immersed in the skills of memoir writing, including: getting started; accessing memory; and descriptive writing through sensory prompts. Using extensive guided exercises and hands-on instruction, you will learn or improve upon your own skills as well as the memoir-writing template, which is […]

Golden Girls Trivia

The Sheridan at River Forest

The beloved characters of the Golden Girls come back to life for one night and one night only in the form of Golden Girls Trivia! We will have Golden Girls Trivia and give away prizes. You can take your Golden Girls pictures and share stories and fond memories.  Light refreshments will be served and all […]

Restoring Your Gut Health: Digestive Wellness Tips

Virtual Oak Park Library

So many things can throw our digestive systems out of whack. From the foods we eat, our quality of sleep, and environmental factors, to our stress levels, hormones, and even seasonal changes.  Gut health is highly connected to overall health. In these times especially, it's more important than ever to keep our immune systems healthy. […]

Dementia Friendly Training/Certification for River Forest Businesses & Organizations

River Forest Public Library

Please join us as Dementia Friendly River Forest hosts a FREE training to help your organization or business heighten their awareness of dementia. Participants will learn how to respond compassionately and effectively when serving people living with dementia. Upon completion, your business or organization will receive a window decal and certificate of completion to note that […]

Zumba Gold

Oak Park Township Senior Services, Congregate Lunch Room

Zumba Gold is a lower-intensity version of the typical Zumba class and is designed to meet seniors' anatomical, physiological, and psychological needs.  Zumba Gold may provide an option for older adults seeing alternative means in reaching their exercise goals.  Presented by Toccara Daniels

Screening of “Bob’s Choice”

Oak Park Main Library, 2nd Floor Veterans Room and Online

Oak Park End-of-Life Coalition presents: A Wednesday Matinee of the acclaimed documentary, "Bob's Choice". Bob Fuller had a rich life; he was the founder of the Seattle Men's Chorus, gave back through his AA involvement, and was a nurse at King County Jail. In the final months of his terminal cancer diagnosis, he decided to […]

Introduction to Essential Oils

River Forest Public Library

Curious about the power of Essential Oils? Maybe you always wanted to use them but weren’t really sure how? Or maybe you’ve heard about them, but didn’t really know where to begin? This class will cover the basics of essential oils, including how they work, why they work, and the importance of quality when it comes to choosing the […]

Chair Yoga

The Altenheim

Chair Yoga with Julie Albrecht Gentle stretches without stress and breathing techniques.

Sing-A-Long

Oak Park Township Senior Services, Congregate Lunch Room

Sing-a-long to America's most beloved patriotic songs: You're A Grand Old Flag, Yankee Doodle, America the Beautiful, My Country Tis of Thee, and the Military Service Songs, God Bless the USA, The Star-Spangled Banner, and God Bless America.  Presented by Rick Pickren

The Upside of Downsizing

The Sheridan at River Forest and online via Zoom

One of the greatest concerns for seniors after "where am I moving to?" is "what to do with all my stuff?"  Many seniors have not bought or sold property in decades and a lot has changed in that time - legal and consumer issues, disclosure laws, and technology. Roz Byrne from ROZ Real Estate has […]

Bocce Ball Social

Memorial Parkway Bocce Ball Courts

The ancient game of Bocce closely resembles bowling, requiring strategy and some luck. Park District staff and volunteers will be on hand to teach the game of bocce ball, followed by open play. 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 […]

Pancake Breakfast with River Forest Fire Department

The Sheridan at River Forest

Enjoy breakfast cuisine prepared by the Sheridan's talented team of chefs served by River Forest's very own firefighters. While you are here, learn more about how an "I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) Packet" can help River Forest first responders meet your needs in an emergency, and complete one on the spot. Representatives from the River […]

Super Seniors Mobile Event – DMV License and ID Renewal

River Forest Community Center

Super Seniors is a convenient and voluntary program for driver's license renewal, which includes Rules of the Road classroom instruction, and a vision screening exam. The Rules of the Road Review Course also includes a review of safe driving techniques and Illinois driving laws. A Secretary of State Mobile Driver Services Unit will be available […]

Blood Drive Event

Oak Park Township Senior Services, Congregate Lunch Room

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patent's life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to a loved one.   RESCHEDULED for JULY 19