Aging Chicago Style: A User’s Guide to Housing

Here is our updated list of speakers; you won’t want to miss this. Learn from local experts and those who have been there how you can age where you want.

To register or for more information, call 773-633-8312 or go to

Muddling Through It: Stories of Staying Put, Moving, and Sharing Space
Housing as You Age: The Space and Mindset to Get You from Here to There
– Kate Krajci, LCSW Life Changes Counseling and Care Planning & Brad Winick, AICP, Planning/Aging
Moving, Decluttering, and Real Solutions for Staying Safe at Home
– Marnie Dawson, Dawson Relocation Services, Drina Nikola, Dwelling Spaces Places
Housing as You Age: Understanding the Options and Alternatives – James Rudyk, Northwest Side
Housing Center – Liz Corrado, Open Communities, Bruce Otto, H.O.M.E.
Making YOUR Financial & Legal Plan
– MacKenzie Hyde, Clark Hill, PLC & Jim Flanagan, Bentron Financial

Click here  for a great article from the Chicago Tribune


Join us June 24th for Aging Chicago Style: A User’s Guide to Housing

Are you interested in alternatives to traditional senior living?

Are you a family caregiver?

Are you interested in creating the housing for your future?

June 24  from 9:00am-3:00pm

Anderson Pavilion 2751 W Winona Ave

Join us to learn about accessible & alternative options from local experts and those who have been there how you can age where you want.

We’ll discuss:

  • Home Modifications
  • Golden Girls Style: Home Sharing Today
  • Moving and Downsizing
  • Legal Options and Financial Considerations

Parking is $4 all day. Never miss an event because you don’t have transportation. If you need a ride, please call 773-633-8312.

Registration Information

$20 suggested donation (includes box lunch)

To register or for more information, call 773-633-8312 or go to

Join us to learn from local experts and those who have been there how you can age where you want. We’ll discuss:

  • Home Modifications
  • Golden Girls Style: Home Sharing Today
  • Moving and Downsizing
  • Legal Options and Financial Considerations

Parking is $4 all day. Scholarships available

Click here for a flyer:

Aging Chicago Style Flyer

Can exercise protect against Alzheimer’s Disease? The EXERT study is trying to find out . . .

Putting exercise to the test in people at risk for Alzheimer’s

February 6, 2017

Can exercise slow or prevent cognitive decline in older people who are at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease? A new clinical trial led by NIA-supported scientists in collaboration with the YMCA aims to find out whether exercise may be an effective nondrug treatment for staying cognitively fit.

EXERT trial logoThe trial, called EXERT, will enroll 300 people, age 65 to 89, with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition of mild memory problems that often leads to Alzheimer’s dementia. Based on the trial’s results, the researchers hope to develop an evidence-based “prescription” that will tell people the type and frequency of exercise needed to support memory and thinking skills.

Interested in learning more? Read the link below, and contact Dr. A at Rush for more information.

(article) EXERT study

(for more information about study) EXERT Study flyer_0225

Live with and love a pet

My husband and I were raised with dogs, so it’s no surprise that we have one (or is that two?) and a cat.

The one concession we’ve made in dog ownership is that as we’ve aged the dogs we’ve chosen to adopt are smaller. My in-laws in their, 80’s lost a dog to old-age. They tried to live dog-free, but they missed the joy of a smiling face and wagging tail whenever they entered a room. Now in their very late 80’s their current dog is only 12 pounds; 6 times smaller than the Irish Setter they raised with my husband.


My friend Rhoda lost her beloved Westie Zoe, last summer. After many months she felt ready for another fur-baby and I was happy to assist. While no dog can ever be replaced; her new rescue, Charlie, has his own special place in her life and heart. After mere weeks Rhoda’s cat Tilly’s acceptance of Charlie far surpassed the relationship she had with Zoe. You can see Rhoda & Charlie strolling around Revere Park several times a day, greeting their many friends along the way.

Are you thinking of adding a new furry faced family member?

Read this article:

If you’d like to see if your perfect pal is out there waiting for you, please call me and I’ll help you with your search. Dara 773-868-4747.

Note from the editor: If you have a pet who needs some assistance or need to help an animal (I once called her about guinea pigs left in the park), Dara is a wealth of information and can help to direct you to a resource in the area. She loves her animals!!!


This dog peed in my shoe last week. Cute, huh?

Musical Mondays: New Classical Music Appreciation Series Coming this Fall!


Member Bill Charles has a profound love of music and he wants to share it. Thus, he has created a series for people who would like an informal introduction to classical music.

There will be six sessions, each with between 3 and 6 pieces of orchestral music. Most of the time will be spent just listening to music, with brief discussions between the pieces.

We will sample music that has been written over a span of almost 270 years. Some will be excerpts or movements from larger pieces; others, the shorter ones, will be played in their entirety. Each selection will have a very brief introduction about the piece, or the composer, or both.

Please plan to join us in the fall at Sulzer for this series. Mondays beginning in September.

This is a great example of how Forward Chicago works. Members decide what they want to do and we work together to make it happen. We have done scavenger hunts, talks, a conference, book clubs, movie and theater group, a walking club…the list goes on. Would you like to start something? Lets chat and make it happen!

lifelong learner written on chalkboard

Great Decisions Details & More

Summer 2017
Meeting each Monday in June and July from 7 to 9pm
Sulzer Regional Library, Community Room
Corner of Montrose and Sunnyside
Cost: $30.00
We will be meeting at the Sulzer Regional Library.   Tana Durnbaugh and Pat Wilder are organizing this group .
We use the 2017 Great Decisions booklet of 8 foreign policy articles, each about 10-12 pages in length (with photos and maps).  In addition, at each session we watch the corresponding video (about 30 minutes long) for the applicable topic which provides more information.
You need know nothing about the topic, nor do you need to do any further reading, in order to participate. The article and video provide enough information.  The booklet provides discussion questions, but often the person or persons leading the discussion of that topic will come up with questions to discuss.  In addition to the article and video, however, the Great Decisions web site provides a glossary of terms and items for further reading if you wish to “dig deeper.”
All of this material comes from the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan group dedicated to educating Americans about foreign policy.
If you wish to enroll email or go to Forward Chicago
 web site Forward Chicago.
Great Decisions Chicago Northside is sponsored by Chicago League of Women VOters, Chicago 47th ward,
 Sulzer Regional Library, and Forward Chicago.

Sign up today: Great Decisions – Starting June 5th!

GD Book coverGREAT DECISIONS: America’s Largest Discussion Program on World Affairs

The Foreign Policy Association provides background information, policy options and stimulates discussion on eight critical issues facing America today. Join people across our country in a shared learning experience.

We are so excited to begin this new 9-week course to learn and discuss world events, stimulate thinking and re-discover the art of discourse. Topics include: World events, trade policy, South China Sea, Geopolitics of Energy and Nuclear Security, and more.

Registration is limited to 20 participants Cost is approximately $30.00 for materials. Scholarships are available.

Convened by: Forward Chicago, Leage of Women Voters of Chicago, Ofice of 47th Ward – Ald. Ameya Pawar, and Sulzer Regional Library

Course dates (Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 pm): June 5, 12 19, 26th; July 10, 17, 24, 31st.

The Eventbrite page is open to join today!

Click here to link to the event registration