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Soothing to Consider

Last week I stopped by Begyle Brewing to give them a bit of business buying a six pack, when I saw one of my favorite neighbors, Pastor Jason of Ravenswood United Church of Christ. I asked how he, his family and extended family IE: his congregation, were doing during these trying times. He said he’s been very busy.

There’s so much to adjust to: staying home for weeks on end, social distancing, missing family, concern for our friends and loved ones, not knowing if or when we can travel safely or when life will be back to some sort of normal. 

We’re all coping in our own and different ways. There’s an old saying “there are no atheists in foxholes”. Some of us are spiritual, others religious, some neither. We go to church or synagogue, or were raised in a religion and haven’t been in years. Others rarely or never went to a religious service, but these are unusual times.

Actually choosing and then going into a religious building may seem like a big step. But in times of virtual family gatherings and Zoom meetings perhaps a virtual or Livestream religious service could be comforting. It’s something to consider.

By Dara Salk

How to Use Zoom

Zoom isn’t hard to use, but sometimes screwing up the courage to click on links that can lead down a rabbit hole can be hard. Here’s a quick guide, courtesy of Rush Medical Center, that will help.

Forward Chicago Presents

Forward Chicago Presents
Making THE Move with Jean A.

Many of you are thinking of making THE move, but can’t quite bring yourself to do it. Meet Jean A, who not only thought about it, but did it, during the pandemic! She will discuss the pros and cons and how she made her choice. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 341 600 860
Password: 023514

Join us on Thursdays to learn more about how you can stay connected during this time when all of us are apart. We’ll talk about ways to stay healthy, combat loneliness and keep a sense of togetherness even when we’re not together.

Forward Chicago presents Grisel Rodriguez-Morales and Bonnie Ewald from Rush University Medical Center

Health, connection, and community:
Being together while we are apart 

Join us on Thursdays to learn more about how you can stay connected during this time when all of us are apart. We’ll talk about ways to stay healthy, combat loneliness and keep a sense of togetherness even when we’re not together. 

Grisel Rodriguez-Morales and Bonnie Ewald will join us from Rush University Medical Center to share their views from the field, how they are keeping people together and healthy, and activities happening across Chicago that you can get involved in and share with others.

This meeting took place on
Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am

Watch the recording of this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/4vJXIprWq3JOG5Wd1mCDWKokDpnPX6a81ncb86FfzU5xN_xT2oOkxBDbMlcGj1oA 
Password: 5A.&8nw3 

Rush Generations

Rush Generations is a health promotion membership program for adults and caregivers that gives you access to a wealth of information and resources geared toward health and aging. They offer lectures by physicians and other experts at Rush, workshops on managing your health, fitness and computer classes and many other tools for enhancing your health and vitality.

For more information, visit ForwardChicago.org or call 773-633-8312.

Tuesday Tea

Join us for a new initiative, no agenda, just a meet and greet. You can phone in or use your computer, phone or tablet so we can see one another. Tell us how you are doing and how you are coping. What TV shows are you watching? Join us Tuesdays at 4. We miss you!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 4:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86194178495

Call in number in Chicago:
312-626-6799 (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 861 9417 8495

Bad Hair

In the era of YouTube celebrity, a lot of people have a lot to say about cutting hair, styling hair, coloring hair for people, dogs, Barbie dolls… And yet so many of us really have no clue. (For the record, not all of the YouTubers do either.) But the difference is that they’re willing to take that leap onto the world wide internets and fake it ‘til they make it. That’s something we’re all going to need to do as long as hair needs to be cut, and it’s a huge risk to go to your favorite salon or barber shop.

What does NPR have to say about it?

https://www.npr.org/2020/05/20/859261894/people-are-cutting-their-own-hair-during-quarantine-sometimes-without-success

Some really bad haircuts

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/quarantine-haircuts_l_5e973402c5b6ead140065d1b

Women with Bobs

Women with Short Hair

Men with Clippers

Forward Chicago presents MacKenzie Hyde – Legal Planning and Preparation in the Time of COVID

MacKenzie Hyde – Legal Planning and Preparation in the Time of COVID

MacKenzie A. Hyde is a Partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Clark Hill’s Chicago office. MacKenzie concentrates in contested guardianships, estates and trusts, as well as fiduciary litigation and estate administration. MacKenzie represents corporate and individual fiduciaries and beneficiaries in uncontested estate and trust administration as well.

MacKenzie will be reviewing important legal documents that you need to have in place, providing links to fill these powers of attorney out on your own and also responding to questions about legal planning. She is a wealth of knowledge and an expert in planning for later years.

This meeting took place on
Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am

Watch the recording of this meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/ws9ZLqjT5lNLR7fs2mPjXpZ-JLjAT6a8gCUd_PdeyxrQj2Wc4QJXmWIIVtqL_A3g 
Password: 2L+8$7FO

For more information, visit ForwardChicago.org or call 773-633-8312.

Join us each Thursday at 10:00 am on a conference call to hear about the latest developments impacting older people and their caregivers. Learn about local resources and get recommendations to help you, get you connected, and feel in control. 

Do you have legal questions about your documents or planning?

Contact MacKenzie A. Hyde
CLARK HILL PLC
130 East Randolph Street | Suite 3900 | Chicago, IL 60601
312.985.5944 (Direct) | 312.985.5978 (Fax) | 520.904.2065 (Cell)
MHyde@ClarkHill.com | http://www.clarkhill.com

Resources

General page for Powers of Attorney:
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Forms/Pages/Forms.aspx#advancedirectives

Health Care Power of Attorney:
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Forms/Documents/POAHealth2018.pdf

Financial Power of Attorney:
https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/gac/Forms/Documents/POAProperty2015.pdf

Illinois Practitioners Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST):
http://www.polstil.org

Podcasts will Make You 10% Happier

How to Access the Wonderful World of Podcasts

If you were born after the advent of television or maybe you were very young when that technology took over the planet, you might have never depended on your ears for entertainment. Oddly enough, in this highly technological age, listening is back, and it’s all free

People are too busy to sit down and watch a show or read a book. They need to be multitasking. Doing dishes while there’s a podcast in the background can help us stay up to date on the news. Listening to your favorite comedian while you make a bed or fold laundry turns it into something you look forward to, instead of something you dread.

Listening as a “second task” is enjoyed in many different ways. Some like to listen to sports experts while they do something else. Some people listen to politics and news. Others like a good crime drama or a how-to podcast. Everyone has a podcast these days. Oprah has a podcast. NPR has about a dozen podcasts. Even Rudi Guilani and Joe Biden have podcasts.

But how do you access this wonderful world of listening? It can seem like it’s another world, if you’ve never done it. Here is a guide to accessing podcasts.

How to Access Podcasts: Step-By-Step

  1. Choose your device. You can use a smartphone or a computer. All of these links work on both. If you use your smartphone, you will be more mobile. Identify if you have an Android or an Apple phone. On a computer, do you have a Mac or a PC?
  2. The simplest app option is right on your smartphone. You have a “Podcast” app, whether it’s Apple or Android. You can Search your phone for that app. On Android, you can also use Google Play Music. There are other apps that you can use on your computer or smartphone: 
    • Stitcher
    • Spotify
    • Pocket Casts
    • Overcast
    • Podcast Addict
  3. Within that app there is a Search function. Look for a podcast that sounds interesting, and you’re off to the races. You can “Subscribe” or just listen to one episode. Unsubscribe anytime.
  4. One note of caution: if you find that the memory on your phone begins to fill up quickly, don’t be alarmed. Delete podcast episodes you know you won’t have time for or make sure to unsubscribe from any podcasts you no longer listen to. This will free up memory for other things.

Some Podcasts We Love

This list will take you to a website, and the website will take you to the Podcast app on your phone to listen to the podcast. Warning: if you prefer not to hear the occasional expletive, make sure you check closely for “Explicit Content” ratings in the Podcast app before you listen.

  1. NPR has all of your favorites for you whenever you want. Did you miss the first 10 minutes of Terry Gross? No more planning your weekend around Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me. In fact, This American Life has won Peabody and Polk Awards. These are the winning episodes.
  2. Politics and news are big topics for podcasts. Some are from NPR and all of them feature great personalities that you will grow to love.
  3. Mysteries are also popular options. One of the most popular podcasts ever is called S-Town about a small town Alabama eccentric who thinks someone in his town got away with murder, and then someone ends up dead. It’s amazing that it was even recorded. Other mysteries include: 
    • Serial – High schooler, Hae Min Lee, has been murdered and her boyfriend, Adnan Syed, is the prime suspect. Did he do it? This is a series of 12 episodes, but there are three seasons, each dealing with a different crime.
    • My Favorite Murder – This “true crime comedy podcast” features the best murders ever committed, with great commentary from two women who are rockstars in the podcast world, with sold out tours all over the world. The beautiful thing about podcasts like this is that they are always adding new content. You can go back to the beginning and listen to a trove of great, timeless content, whenever you have time. 
  4. History podcasts are enriching. Public radio produces great content, but they come from every corner of the internet.
    • Making Oprah is from right here in Chicago by WBEZ’s former star, Jenn White. She followed that up with Making Obama and Making Beyonce. These are amazing gems. (The webpage says “Making Beyonce” at the top, but all three podcasts are on this page.)
    • Malcolm Gladwell is a well-known author of great books like Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point. His podcast, Revisionist History, goes “back and reinterprets something from the past: an event, a person, an idea. Something overlooked. Something misunderstood.”
  5. Comedy podcasts can introduce some badly needed endorphins to your body. Podcasts are such a trove for great humor, from big stars to little-known prodigies.
  6. Sports are normally fun to follow on podcasts. Get the breakdown of NFL, MLB, NBA games. Figure out who to draft for your fantasy teams. Find out how to play Fantasy Sports. It’s also fun to hear about the game you just saw from a new perspective or with a comedic twist. A favorite website for sports (and pop culture fans) is TheRinger.com.
  7. And of course, we cannot forget the podcast that inspired this blog post, 10% Happier by reporter Dan Harris.

If you have questions about podcasts, please reach out info@forwardchicago.org

Older Adults & Covid-19: All the Hits

Did you miss any of our meetings on Covid-19? We have recordings. You can catch up.

A Report from the Field – Dwayne C. Dobschuetz


A Conversation with Ald Andre Vasquez and Ald Matt Martin


Why Get Fit? with Karen McAuliffe


Healthy Coping with Kate Krajci


Managing Worry and Anxiety in Uncertain Times featuring Eileen Dordek


Gardening for All Ages: Planting in Containers


Meditation to Achieve “Heartfulness”


Mackenzie Hyde – Legal Planning and Preparation


Grisel Rodriguez-Morales and Bonnie Ewald from Rush University Medical Center

Older Adults & Covid-19 – COVID Update – Dwayne Dobschutz, ANP

Older Adults & Covid-19

COVID Update – Dwayne Dobschutz, ANP

Dwayne is back. Join us for an update on what’s happening from the front lines of the fight against Covid-19 with Dwayne Dobschutz, ANP.

Please email questions in advance to info@ForwardChicago.org

Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:00-11:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/341600860?pwd=TzlDWWo4MjFhdFRUODRIbi9vRU9KUT09
Meeting ID: 341 600 860
Password: 023514

Dial-in Number
1-312-626-6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 341 600 860

For more information, visit ForwardChicago.org or call 773-633-8312.

Join us each Thursday at 10:00 am on a conference call to hear about the latest developments impacting older people and their caregivers. Learn about local resources and get recommendations to help you, get you connected, and feel in control.