The Center for Life and Learning:
   Lectures


September Lecture
   Falls Prevention: "You Go Nowhere by Accident"

October Lectures
   Parkinson’s Disease 101
   Social Security

   Medicare Part D

November Lectures
   Facing Illness with Confidence and Control
   Art Insights from the Art Institute


 

Falls Prevention: "You Go Nowhere by Accident" 

   Thursday, September 21
   11:30 a.m.–
12:30 p.m.
   Free, open to all 60 and older

   Register online here

Dwayne Dobschuetz, RN, MSN, APN from Northwestern Geriatrics, will give a timely presentation before Northwestern Hospital’s annual Falls Prevention Day on Friday, September 22.

Dwayne has twenty years’ experience working specifically in the ER, with the last four of those years working in a special program trying to prevent seniors from being admitted to the hospital through the use of assessments and community resources.

Come learn about: things they cost you, ways to prevent them, things to bring to the ER when you do fall, and lessons you may learn while there.

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Parkinson’s Disease 101

   Wednesday, October 11
   12:00–1:00 p.m.
   Free, open to all 60 and older

   Register online here

Join Jessica Bartsch Community Development and Outreach Coordinator of the Parkinson’s Foundation for a presentation that will explore the basics of Parkinson's Disease such as diagnosis, what is Parkinson's Disease, disease progression, causes, symptoms, treatment options, and research.

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Social Security

   Thursday, October 19
   11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.  
   Free, open to all 60 and older
   Register online here

Join the 18th District Chicago Police Department Community Relations Office and the Social Security Administration Office to discuss Social Security benefits, changes to social security, how to navigate online and Medicare benefits.

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Medicare Part D

   Wednesday, October 25
   12:00–1:30 p.m.
   Joint event with CJE Senior Life, Skyline Village Chicago,
        
The Village Chicago 
   Free, open to all 60 and older

   Register online here

Esther Craven, Resource Coordinator at CJE SeniorLife and Kate Paz, Director of Programs at Without Walls at Mather Lifeways, will give a timely presentation on what’s new and your options during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. Following the talk you will have the opportunity to sign up for a free one-on-one consultation with a SHIP trained volunteer who can assist you in selecting the prescription plan that best meets your needs.

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Facing Illness with Confidence and Control

   Wednesdays, November 1 and 8
   1:30–3:00 p.m.
   Free, open to all 60 and older
   Register online here

Often, people submit to unwanted tests, treatments and even hospitalizations without fully understanding the benefits and burdens of such care.

Truth in Treatment is a new consumer movement that builds a habit of asking questions and considering treatment alternatives long before any illness becomes life limiting. 

Truth in Treatment is a significant part of the lifelong process of Advance Healthcare Planning.  Its tools will guide you in critical conversations with healthcare providers that focus on your best interests.

Part One

  • Learn what the Truth in Treatment movement can do for you
  • Review the Good to Go Toolkit for making critical healthcare choices
  • Explore and complete a Values Worksheet

Part Two

  • How to apply your Values Worksheet to your goals of care.
  • How to use the Truth in Treatment tools with your healthcare providers.
  • How to discuss your goals with your loved ones.

Loretta Downs, MA, CSA is the founder of Chrysalis End-of-Life Inspirations. She has a Masters Degree in Gerontology, is a Certified Advance Care Planning Facilitator, Certified Senior Advisor, and an End-of-Life Care Practitioner. 
Daryl Holtz Isenberg, PhD in Counseling Psychology, founded the Family Cancer Support Network for children in 1980, directed a statewide clearinghouse of self-help groups, and currently works to improve care at the end of life.

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Art Insights from the Art Institute

   Wednesday, November 29  
   12:30–1:45 p.m.
   Free, open to all 60 and older
   Register online here

Enjoy two forty-five minute presentations from docents of the Art Insights Program at the Art Institute: “The Patrons and their Donations” and “American Landscape Paintings of the Late Nineteenth Century”.

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For information about our free lectures, contact Susan Quaintance at 312.981.3386.