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22nd Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference 

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 8 am - 12:30 pm - FREE
Location: The Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston

This free half-day conference provides strategies for healthy aging for older adults, their families, caregivers, and professionals.

Registration for the 2020 Aging Well Conference is not yet open! 

For more information on the Conference, please call 847-448-8696.

Workshops vary each year; see below for a description of last year's Aging Well Conference workshops:

SESSION 1 Workshops     9:15 am – 10:30 am

Apps for Evanston –Apps for Seniors to Age Well 
Presenter: George Lowman, Volunteer instructor for Argentium Care, Evanston Public Library, and WiseUp (formerly North Shore Village) 
Overwhelmed by apps?  Learn how to download and use the apps available on your smart phone.  Apps for shopping, dining, entertainment, reading, health, and wellness can make life easier for seniors.

Keeping the Rhythm:  Sleep and Circadian Wellness as We Age 
Presenter: Sarah Squires-Doyle, CJE Senior Life and Dr. Kathryn Reid, The Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine
This presentation on sleep is sure to keep you awake! Learn how your sleep/wake cycle influences your health and well-being, especially as you grow older. Get tips on how to create better sleep habits.

Move It or Lose It Dance Class 
Presenter: Nichola Goss, Dance Instructor, Levy Senior Center
Dancing is fun!  It is also good for your body and brain health. Learn some steps and moves designed for “Vintage Agers” by an instructor who can show you how to devise a routine that fits your exercise needs.  Get movin’!

The New Age of Dying and Death 
Presenter: Loretta Downs, MA, Chrysalis End-of-life Inspirations
Today’s older adults want to have a say in their end-of-life planning. This session will describe and explain the many treatment options available today to guide us to peaceful transitions.  Advance care planning and legal aid-in-dying options will also be discussed.

Who’s Got Your Back? 
Presenter: Tom Wendt, Legal Director, Center for Disability & Elder Law
Learn how to get your legal house in order while you are still able to make your own decisions.  Get up-to-date information on advance directives and other tools to ensure that your wishes will be respected by caregivers. This workshop includes a free follow-up session to help you complete the necessary documents.

Sharing and Teaching Life With Art 
Presenter: Charlotta Koppanyi, MS, Sleipner & Associates
An interactive hands-on workshop to learn how to share the experience and knowledge we have accumulated throughout life. This session will help us understand how we can connect with people who long for our time, creating a gift that can change someone’s life.

Eat for the Health of It! 
Presenter:  Samantha Robbins, Chefs for Seniors
Live to eat or eat to live?  Either way, good nutrition is a key to living a healthy and happy life.  Samantha Robbins, franchise owner and Chef for Chefs for Seniors will offer show-and-tell tips for making nourishing, tasty meals on a budget.

SESSION 2 Workshops     10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Alternative Practices of Mind-Body Health 
Presenters: Dr. Archana Lal-Tabak and Jim Lal-Tabak, Heart of Transformation Wellness Institute
How does the digestive system effect your health and well-being? Inflammation is now found to be related to many medical conditions. Toxicity in our environment requires us to learn how to take care of our body and mind with better food choices, self-care regimens, and detoxification. This workshop will provide tools to assist in decreasing inflammation as well as methods to detoxify the mind, the body and the environment for better aging and reversal of chronic conditions.

Building the Age-Friendly Community 
Presenters: Representatives from the Evanston Fire and Police Departments, Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program,  and Age-Friendly Evanston Task Force
Get the latest news on how our local government serves and responds to older adults’ needs.  Topics to be addressed: role of first responders; updates on transportation, handyman and other senior services; and the new Age-Friendly Business Initiative. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas about how to make Evanston more age-friendly.

ICU 101: Common Diagnoses and Life-Sustaining Technologies for Older Adults 
Presenter: Karen Kopan, DNP, APRN, ACNP-DC, Intensive Karen
Although most Americans say they want to die at home, the reality is that nearly 70% die in a hospital or long-term care facility, and many will spend time in intensive care.  This workshop will help you understand the risks and benefits of life-sustaining technologies that are commonly used in the ICU. Learn which diagnoses are likely to land you or a loved one in the ICU, and how you can be better prepared to make healthcare choices in a stressful setting.

Music Therapy and Massage for Healing 
Presenters: Susan Cotter-Schaufele, MA, MT-BC, Music Therapist and Denise Sepos, MA, MT, Massage Therapist, Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care
Yes, music can ease your pain!  Learn how music and massage therapy can relieve pain and reduce anxiety.  This session will include demonstrations of these integrative therapies and how they can improve your quality of life.

Neurology of Chronic Pain 
Presenter: Dr. Meggie Smith, Chiropractic First
Learn about what causes pain and how to decrease it without drugs or surgery.  Gentle chiropractic techniques treat the whole body, not just an isolated area. If you are experiencing pain from arthritis, degeneration, or injury, this is the workshop for you!

Reverse Mortgage – Is It Right for Me? 
Presenter: Tamara Kushnir Groman, JD, CJE SeniorLife
Learn what the TV commercials may not be telling you about reverse mortgages.  This session will provide insight into both the technical procedures and the financial considerations you need to understand before making a decision.

Eat for the Health of It!   

(Repeated session, please only select one time slot)
Presenter:  Samantha Robbins, Chefs for Seniors
Live to eat or eat to live?  Either way, good nutrition is a key to living a healthy and happy life.  Samantha Robbins, franchise owner and Chef for Chefs for Seniors will offer show-and-tell tips for making nourishing, tasty meals on a budget.

Aging Well Award

The Aging Well Conference each year 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.  The winner will be recognized at the Evanston Aging Well Conference to be held Friday, May 1, 2020 at The Levy Senior Center.   

All nominees will be critiqued on both outstanding personal acts and/or community impact. The nominee may have impacted the community and improved the quality of the lives of older adults through outstanding leadership as well as the application of time, resources or advocacy.

Previous winners of the Aging Well Award include Mayor Lorraine H. Morton, Father Robert Oldershaw, William Logan, Julia Hagwood, Gerri Sizemore, Ellen Butkus, Ellen Browne and Bennett Johnson.

The 2019 Aging Well Award was presented to James Engelman.  At age 70, James Engelman is a wonderful example of how older adults can stay active and engaged in the community. As president of the tenant association at Over the Rainbow, Mr. Engelman is a steadfast advocate for people with disabilities. He is a familiar presence at countless community events. Mr. Engelman is a regular attendee at City Council and Ward meetings, where he often speaks up for the best interests of Over the Rainbow residents as well as the overall well-being of our city and its people. 

Aging Well Film Night

Date: TBA
Time: 7-9 pm - Free
Location: Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston

The 2019 Aging Well Film Night featured  the film "A Life Worthwhile," documenting the life of Evanston's own, first African American Mayor, Lorraine H. Morton.  Space is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.  Please stay for a short discussion following the documentary.

 A Life Worthwhile  

Educator, Alderman, and Evanston's first African American Mayor, Lorraine Hairston Morton served the community for over 50 years, guided by a simple statement her father had passed down to her nearly half a century ago - ". . . only a life of service, is a life worthwhile".  "A Life Worthwhile" is a new film by Shorefront Legacy Center, documenting and honoring the many accomplishments of Lorraine H. Morton. Using her own words and archival images, she shares her life's journey from Winston Salem, NC to Evanston, IL. Her amazing journey is illustrated with historic photos, video clips and interviews on her guiding principles and her unique way in navigating the societal constructs through Jim Crow, desegregation and governmental relationships.

Aging Well Conference Collaborating Sponsors:                                                                 

AgeOptions, Argentium Care (formerly SASI), Broad Street Home Care, City of Evanston, CJE SeniorLife, Evanston Public Library, The Levy Senior Center Foundation, North Shore Senior Center, WiseUp (formerly North Shore Village), PEER Services, Inc., Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care, Visiting Angels Evanston, and Evanston community members.

Aging Well Conference Sponsors:

Platinum:

Argentium Care (formerly SASI), Home Instead Senior Care, Illinois Bone & Joint, Levy Senior Center Foundation, Renewal Care Partners, and Visiting Angels of Evanston.

Gold:

Chicago Dance Therapy, ClearCaptions, Elite Hearing LLC, Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, Mather Lifeways, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab and Three Crowns Park.

The Aging Well Conference Planning Committee has announced an open call for presenters at the 20th Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference on Friday, May 4, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave

 

The Evanston Aging Well Conference and Film Night for older adults, their families, professionals and other caregivers will include a wide range of topics with a focus this year on health and wellness, nutrition, financial health, medical and interactive creative workshops.  The Committee is seeking speakers with passion and experience working with older adults in the Evanston community. 

 

Those interested in presenting should complete the Call for Presentations form by Monday, December 11. A volunteer committee will vet speakers based on subject matter expertise and other criteria.

 

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

 

The Aging Well Conference Planning Committee has announced an open call for presenters at the 20th Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference on Friday, May 4, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave

 

The Evanston Aging Well Conference and Film Night for older adults, their families, professionals and other caregivers will include a wide range of topics with a focus this year on health and wellness, nutrition, financial health, medical and interactive creative workshops.  The Committee is seeking speakers with passion and experience working with older adults in the Evanston community. 

 

Those interested in presenting should complete the Call for Presentations form by Monday, December 11. A volunteer committee will vet speakers based on subject matter expertise and other criteria.

 

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.

 

The Aging Well Conference Planning Committee has announced an open call for presenters at the 20th Annual Evanston Aging Well Conference on Friday, May 4, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave

 

The Evanston Aging Well Conference and Film Night for older adults, their families, professionals and other caregivers will include a wide range of topics with a focus this year on health and wellness, nutrition, financial health, medical and interactive creative workshops.  The Committee is seeking speakers with passion and experience working with older adults in the Evanston community. 

 

Those interested in presenting should complete the Call for Presentations form by Monday, December 11. A volunteer committee will vet speakers based on subject matter expertise and other criteria.

 

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may simply dial 3-1-1 in Evanston.