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Aging Well Film Night and Conference April 26 and May 4

Post Date:04/02/2018 11:00 AM

Evanston community members are invited to celebrate Older Americans Month at the Aging Well Film Night and Conference. The film night will take place on April 26 and the conference will take place on May 4, 2018. Admission is free to both events.

Aging Well Conference

AgingWellFinalLogoSm_200pxThe 20th Annual Aging Well Conference will be held at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., on Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The free, half-day conference for older persons and those who care for them presents an array of educational workshops on topics including health and wellness, safety, nutrition, technology, legal issues, financial planning, and the arts. 

The conference will open with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome from Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty and the keynote address by Dr. Emily Rogalski, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. 

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Attendees are then invited to participate in two workshop sessions. Workshop pre-registration is required by visiting  cityofevanston.org/agingwellconference or calling Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes (SASI) at 847-864-7274. Registration is open now and ends Friday, April 27.

The conference concludes with performances by the Evanston Encore Chorale and Evanston Symphony Orchestra, plus a special reception to celebrate 20 years of Aging Well.

Each year, the Evanston Aging Well Conference pays tribute to an Evanston older adult who has made an impact on the community through his or her interest in aging and service to the local community. The 2018 Aging Well Award will be presented to Bennett Johnson, a longtime Evanston resident and graduate of Evanston Township High School. Starting at an early age, Johnson worked tirelessly to increase minority representation in politics, business, and literature. He joined forces with other activists to organize the Chicago League of Negro Voters, the Evanston branch of the Congress for Racial Equality, and served as the chief executive officer of Path Press, Inc., one of the first Black-owned publishing companies in the United States. Currently, Johnson uses his expertise to advocate for older adults in Evanston.

Conference transportation is available through the Levy Senior Center for individuals who live in Evanston. For more information, please call 847-448-8250.

Aging Well Film Night

The Aging Well Film Night will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m., at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.  Registration is not required, but seating is limited and will occur on a first-come, first-seated basis. A short discussion will take place immediately after the films.

The event will feature the 2018 Academy Award-nominated film, Edith + Eddie, as well as The Beauty of Aging. Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart. The Beauty of Aging documentary project explores myths about aging through stories of active, extraordinary American women older than 80 years of age.

For more information about the Aging Well Conference and Film Night, please visit cityofevanston.org/agingwellconference or call SASI at 847-864-7274.

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