Evanston Aging Well Conference & Film Night

Admission to the Evanston Aging Well Conference and Film Night is free.



18th Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference and Film Night

The Conference will be held Friday, May 6, 2016 at The Merion (formerly North Shore Retirement Hotel), 1611 Chicago Ave, Evanston.

The Evanston Aging Well Conference and Film Night for older adults, their families, professionals and other caregivers will include a wide range of topics. 

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Admission to both events is free.
All costs are underwritten by the
collaborating organizations and sponsors.


Each year, the Evanston Aging Well Conference pays tribute to an Evanston older adult who has made an impact on the community through his/her interest in aging and service to the local community.  This year’s Aging Well Award recipient, Ellen Butkus, will be honored during the opening session of the Conference.  Please join us at to hear of Ms. Butkus’ many accomplishments, including being the founding director of Senior Connections, whose mission is to recruit, train and support volunteers who visit and befriend isolated older adults in the Evanston community.

Transportation will be available for individuals who live within ZIP codes 60201 and 60202 through the City of Evanston’s Levy Senior Center. You will be able to request transporation assistance at the time you register online for the conference. If you have questions, you may call the Levy Senior Center at 847-448-8250. 

Parking at the conference: Some off-street parking is available.

If you have a disability or need additional assistance, please call 847-864-7274.

If you have questions, please call 847-864-7274 or email aging@cityofevanston.org

Evanston Aging Well Conference 


Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Location: The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave, Evanston

Welcome to attendees: Evanston Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl

Keynote Presentation: Susan Cherco, Chairperson for the Age Friendly Evanston! Initiative and Audrey Thompson, Long-Term Care Ombudsman for the City of Evanston will give an update regarding the project and next steps for implementation.

Evanston Aging Well Conference Schedule of Events

  • 8-8:30 a.m. Registration; Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30-8:40 a.m. Welcome by Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl
  • 8:40-9:15 a.m. Keynote
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Workshop Session 1
  • 10:45-11:45 a.m. Workshop Session 2
  • 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Performance by Tim Rhoze and Senior Performers

View a detailed conference schedule >>>





Collaborating Sponsors: 
Advocates for Lifecare Solutions; AgeOptionsCity of Evanston; CJE SeniorLife; Elder Care Sources LLC; Evanston Public Library; Expri Printing; Home Care Assistance; In-Home Counseling for Seniors; Mather LifeWays; The Merion; Metropolitan Family Services; National Award Services, Inc.; North Shore Senior Center; North Shore VillageOpen Communities; PEER Services, Inc.Rainbow HospiceSenior Connections; Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI)Visiting Angels of Evanston

Evanston Aging Well Film Night 

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016  Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Avenue, Evanston
Free admission, so no registration is necessary, but seating space is limited.

Film: Alive Inside

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

For further information, please call Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) at 847-864-7274.