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October 8 thru First Week in November

Fire Prevention Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Native American Heritage Month

Blindness, Breast Cancer, Alzheimers Awareness Month

National Book Month

7 – Early voting begins for the Gubernatorial General Election on November 8 begins on Friday, October 7, at:

– the Loop Super Site located at 191 North Clark Street

– Board of Elections at 69 West Washington Street, 6th Floor.

Hours of operation for both sites are as follows:

October 7 – October 30:

Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm, and Sundays 10am-4pm.

October 31 – November 7: Monday-Friday 9am to 7pm, Saturdays 9am to 5pm, 

and Sundays 10am to 4pm

Additionally, voters can now apply to vote-by-mail for the November 8, 2022 General Election. All Vote By Mail ballots come with postage-paid Ballot Return Envelopes. Please visit the Board of Elections website for more information regarding vote-by-mail.

City Council approved a new City Ward map, which will impact voting precincts for upcoming elections. Although there was minimal change to the 48th Ward (which saw the addition of a block of Uptown that includes the Bezazian Library), there was a reduction in the number of polling places, and a reconfiguration of precinct boundaries.

It is important to know where you will be voting. To find your polling location, click here.

Oct. 24-Early voting starts  at the Broadway Armory on October 24th. The Armory is open for Early Voting on weekdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturdays from 9:00am to 5:00pm; Sundays from 10:00am to 4:00pm; and on Election Day (Nov. 8) from 6:00am to 7:00pm.

9 – Chicago Marathon

If you’re not running on October 9, you can still be part of the race weekend excitement by volunteering with Fleet Feet at Aid Station 08 one of the most sought-after volunteer positions for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Take pride as a member of this exclusive volunteer team that keeps participants hydrated and motivated throughout every step of their 26.2-mile journey.  Aid Station volunteers assist in the setup and distribution of Gatorade, water, and other essentials on your assigned side of the course.

West Sheridan Road between Lake Shore Drive and Broadway is the northern boundary of the Marathon Route.  Parking will be prohibited along the entire Marathon route with towing starting at 1 AM Sunday morning.  Towing of vehicles parked on the Marathon route will begin at 1 a.m. on Sunday October 9.   Vehicles that are not removed from the street by 1 a.m. will be ticketed and towed to the nearest auto-pound. For inquiries about towed vehicles, call 312.744.4444.

For more on the marathon: https://www.chicagomarathon.com/  

10 – Columbus Day-Federal Holiday

10 – Indigenous People Day

      11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.Chicago Historical Museum

       Activities celebrating Native histories and the ongoing contributions of Indigenous peoples to our city.

 10 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2022 Gathering

9:30am at Pottawattomie Park (7340 N. Rogers Ave, Chicago) 

The Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition-Illinois is asking for your help and support for their upcoming event on October 10th (AND an additional plan for a Water Ceremony at Indian Boundary Park in Nov during .

 10 – Annual Columbus Day Parade

 State Street, between Wacker Drive and Van Buren Street.

 1 pm.  Broadcast  Channel 7 TV

11 – Edgewater Village 4th Anniversary Party

      1-3pm  Broadway Armory – Senior Satellite Center

      Entertainment, food, special guests

      Sign up on their website or call 773.382.0764  website:  info@evchicago.org    

Now thru Oct.15 – Hispanic Heritage Month

The celebration runs from September 15 – October 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.

 31 –  Halloween

1 – Holiday 2022 Reservations will open on October 1st  Macy’s Walnut Room

   – Adler Planetarium currently running, including the annual Christmas program, Star of Wonder.  The first Christmas night was described a quiet, still night. According to the Bible, the night of the birth of Jesus was starry. The Star of Bethlehem appeared on the Holy Night. The Biblical account of the holy event describes the Star of Bethlehem, which guided wise men and shepherds to the humble manger where Mary and Joseph watched over baby Jesus. The Star of Bethlehem was a large bright star, that signaled that something very special was happening in the world.

8 – Walk to End Alzheimers-3 miles

Soldier Field    Walk Village Opens at 8:00 am; Promise Garden Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.; Walk begins at 10 a.m.  Mary DeMars | Erica Hough | 847-324-0365 | chicagowalk@alz.org

8 – 47th Ward Recycling – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Jewel parking lot at 4250 N Lincoln, located across the street from the Ward office.

Please remove large staples, paper clips, binder clips, laminate covers, etc. Do not bring junk mail, glossy magazines or other paper that is not sensitive and does not require shredding. Please limit one banker’s box if possible; we reserve the right to reject oversized items.  No business items accepted.  You must remain until your items are shredded in case there are items that can’t be accepted. 

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING  Accepted items include computers, monitors, TVs, printers/scanners, keyboards and mice, VCRs, DVD players, video game consoles, portable music players, cable and satellite receivers and small-scale servers. Please note, this truck fills up quickly and is typically gone within 90 minutes.  View more city electronics recycling drop-off locations here. 

FUN

8 – Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue Choir of Men and Boys  live in concert

7:30pm   St. James Cathedral, Chicago

9 – Chicago Marathon

Be  aware of street closings and CTA re-routes large crowds.

9 – Weekly Bird Walks Chicago Ornithological Society,

Wells Park-Plan to meet at the gazebo at 7:30 a.m. Walks are approximately 2 hours and will be cancelled if raining.  Bring your own binoculars, mask and comfy shoes. Walks are extremely casual, so if you are running late or need to leave early, that’s fine. Please dress for the weather.

12 – Chicago International Film Festival

5-10 pm  Music Box Theatre-Opening Night Block Party 

Kicks off 12 days of international and independent films at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival. For one night only, the red carpet will be rolled out for this street party! Festivities including food trucks, live music, photo booth, pop-up screen with film trailers, and film-themed activities uniting film lovers from across Chicago to celebrate the magic of the movies. Free and open to the public

14 – 15 OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO RETURNS, IN-PERSON SITE VISITS

Weekend of architectural discoveries and delights. This free public festival from the Chicago Architecture Center provides behind-the-scenes access to architecturally, historically and culturally significant sites across the city .

 Continue exploring all month long with self-guided tours and a suite of virtual programs.

This year, the new Chicago Architecture Center app is your key to getting the most out of Open House Chicago. Discover sites in your vicinity with the map feature, learn about neighborhoods and sites with a full list of descriptions, dive into special content exclusive to the app and stay up to date with news and announcements during OHC weekend. Plus, self-guided thematic tours of building exteriors and significant sites that you can explore via bike, car or on foot.

Chicago Humanities Festival-Fall Schedule

https://www.chicagohumanities.org › events

https://www.chicagohumanities.org › events

This year our festival theme is “Public.” In 2022, they’re thinking about what it means to be part of a broader community of conversation.  ‎Ticketing FAQ · ‎The Year of Public · ‎Health and Safety · ‎Venues  Too may to mention-check it out!

14 –  Fall Exhibition & Open Studios

         6-9 pm   Greenleaf Art Center  1806 West Greenleaf Ave., Chicago, IL 60626

         Buy holiday gifts now-brighten up your space!

15 – 16 Edgewater Library  Used Book Sale

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.    Sunday, Oct. 16, 1:30-4 p.m. (Fill a bag for $5 on Sunday 3-4 p.m.)  All proceeds will support materials and programming at the Edgewater Branch. Visit foelchicago.org for additional information

15 – KITCHEN ITEM SWAP

1pm – 2:30pm THIRD SPACE– Addison & Broadway

Stove top pots & pans. tea kettles, oven Pyrex, casseroles, metal pans, cookie sheets, pie & cake pans, storage containers, cookie tins, glass, plastic, drawer dividers, organizers, prep tools, carrot peelers, counter top electric appliances, linens-towels, cloths, table cloths, potholders, tableware-utensils, dishes, glassware, holiday themed items

$ donation accepted to support Third Space programming.

17 – Civic Orchestra-Symphony Center

 8-pm   A 1 hour 40 minute program program of sharply drawn character portraits opens with Richard Strauss’ whimsical tribute to the medieval prankster, Till Eulenspiegel. Jamaican-born British composer Eleanor Alberga honors the memory of a dear friend, a “tower of strength.” Brahms never revealed the story behind his Third Symphony, but the radiant score is an unmistakably personal work, steeped in vigor, despair and tenderness.

NEW THIS SEASON: Tickets to Civic Orchestra concerts become available two weeks prior to each concert. Tickets are free ($5 fee applies).

            

19 – B 2 B Networking

Expand your network at this multi-chamber event! Be sure to bring lots of business cards with you.

Registration includes: Open Networking – Mini Introductions – Speed Networking – Lunch – Raffle Prizes – Follow-up Contact List*

      •     11:00 to 11:15 – Open Networking

      •     11:15 to 11:30 – Mini Introductions & Instructions

      •     11:30 to 12:20 – Speed Networking

      •     12:20 to 12:30 – Raffle & Announcements

      •     12:30 to 1 – Lunch & Open Networking

COVID-19 protocols will be based on the requirements of the venue at the time of the event and are subject to change.

Cancellations and refunds are available until Oct 18th, after which no refunds will be given, even in the event of non attendance. Registrations cannot be transferred or credited to future events. To cancel, follow the link from your registration confirmation email.

20 – The Whiffenpoofs

  8 pm St. Gertrude, 1420 W Granville Ave, 773.764.3621

The country’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, founded over a hundred years ago, the Whiffenpoofs have been singing around the country (and the world!) delighting audiences with a wide variety of a cappella music.  Tickets are $45 for priority seating, $15 for general admission, and $5 for children and students. Door open at 7:30 pm

Masks are not required but are encouraged. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged.

29 – The Barristers Big Band presents “The Roaring 20s!”

Featuring music by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more!  Order your $10 tickets here.

6:00 PM -Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University, 425 South Wabash, Chicago

29 – 30  Halloween Daytime  Lake Cruises

312 Cruises offers discounts for cruises as cheap as $10 on October 29 and 30, 2022.

$10 tickets for a limited time using these discount codes. On Saturday, October 29, for the 12:30-3 PM and the 8:30-11 PM cruises, as well as the October 30 cruise from 8-11 PM, use the promo code “312.” On Saturday, October 29 for the 4:30 PM-7 pm cruise and the Sunday, October 30 cruise from 3;30-6:30 pm, get $10 tickets with the promo code, “Lake.”  three story climate controlled  luxury yacht.

Friday – Sunday All October

8th annual Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest is a free, all-ages celebration that features a Ferris wheel, harvest maze, pumpkin walk, super-sized slide, pirate ship ride, and fall snacks. Throughout the month, there will also be musical entertainment, a pumpkin patch, drag story time, professional pumpkin carvers, and fall-themed enrichment for the animals.

Road  Scholar

offers thousands of educational adventures for older adults hosted by expert faculty in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Since its founding in 1975, the Boston-based nonprofit, formerly known as Elderhostel, has offered financial assistance for its programs. Chicago and near-by fun and learning adventures included-treat yourself!

College & Church Musical Events of the Season

Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony.

 Join Fourth  Presbyterian Church Choral Society

Weekly rehearsals will begin Thursday, October 6 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel. The concert will be on Friday, November 11 in the Sanctuary. For more information, contact John Sherer.

FOOD

Senior Farmer Market Nutrition Program in 2022!

Illinois Department of Human Services, Experimental Station and The Chicago Farmers Market Collective are pleased to partner together with Glenwood Sunday Market’s director, manager, staff, and volunteers who will aid in distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) benefits.

Seniors who are at least 60 years and older and are at or below 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines qualify to receive a booklet valued at $25 to spend with participating farmers now through October 31. Farmers will have the above image at their booth to show customers they accept the checks.

16 – Chili Cookoff Benefitting Revere Park

1- p.m.  at Burning Bush Brewery on Rockwell. Taste and vote for your favorite chilis, enjoying delicious Burning Bush beverages, and raise money for our beloved park!  General Admission tickets will include entrance to the event, tasting of 10 chilis and $1 off the New Chicago Translation pilsner during the event. There will also be raffles and a split the pot!

28 – Hamburger Night

 6pm- American. Legion Tattler Post 973 – last evening burger night until after holidays until January 2023 (See Post Facebook for other events, meals)

31 – Halloween Special Box Lunch

Dept. Family & Support Service Golden Dinner Sites

Also, Mon. Nov. 18- Thanksgiving ; Tues. Dec. 20 -Christmas : may be hot meals. TBD

Affy Tapples

7425 N. Croname Road, Niles, IL

Traditionally known for the best Caramel Apples in Chicago but offer other tempting treats as well!  Try  Milk Chocolate and Caramel Dipped Pretzel Rods, for a crunchy snack that is salty, sweet, and oh so satisfying. Or, get the pure caramel you know and love from our Caramel Apples, in chewy, individually wrapped bites. Chocolate lover? sample our irresistible Milk Chocolate Covered Mini Sandwich Cookies. Whatever you’re craving, there is  a treat for you. In person at factory store or on-line- Mon.- Fri 9am-5pm Sat. 9an-2pm thru Oct. 29.

EDUCATION

18 – Michigan Avenue Forum

7 pm Fourth Presbyterian Church Sanctuary

“The 1619 Project Revisited: Race, History, and the Future” —A Conversation with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Natalie Moore.  Featuring Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author of the New York Times’ 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, together with WBEZ’s Natalie Moore, in a discussion moderated by D. Bradford Hunt, Professor and Chair in the Department of History at Loyola University

University of Illinois-your Tax Dollars at Work

inforsource@uillionois.edu

Experience stories about the invaluable bonds that span our universities and link us to the world in the U of I System 2022 annual report.This compilation spotlights only a fraction of the powerful and life-changing work conducted by our students, faculty and staff. Their stories show their ongoing commitment to education, research, diversity and inclusivity, and economic vitality, as well as to helping people and communities thrive.

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

26 – The NE Levy Center Village Zoom Meeting

9-10 am  Margaret LaRaviere, DFSS Deputy Commissioner and Executive Director of Chicago’s Area Agency on Aging, a collaborative volunteer network that aims to increase the accessibility of resources for older adults in Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Uptown, and the greater NE area.
Speaker will be providing updates on Dept. Family & Support Service’s Senior Services Division. And additional community updates will be shared by attendees. 

To register for the meeting (and obtain a Zoom link), please email Sean Dolan at sean.dolan@cityofchicago.org.

9 – National Faith & Blue Week  October 7-10

1-4:30 pm  20th District CPD    Clark & Rascher

Philadelphia Church-Community Blood Drive-other community resources present

Check your police district for an event near you.

6 – Cook County’s Guaranteed Basic Income pilot program will open

About the Program

      •     3,250 eligible Cook County families will be chosen at random to receive $500 a month for 24 months 

      •     The application will be open from October 6, 2022, till October 24th, 2022

Eligibility requirements

      1.    Be a Cook County Resident

      2.    At least 18 years old

      3.    Not participating in any other guaranteed income program (Chicago or Evanston)

      4.    Household income that falls at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level

      5.    Immigration status does not matter nor will it be asked

Learn more about the program and sign up for updates at: https://www.engagecookcounty.com/promise

Current Events for Seniors

10am-Every Tuesday and Friday there are meetings via Zoom. To participate or monitor the discussion there is no charge to attend. Ralph Bernstein, a seasoned moderator, presents a weekly agenda and the participants discuss them. Send request to ralph1189@gmail.com. No solicitations.

18 – GOVERNOR CANDIDATE DEBATE

     7 PM-WGN TV-CHANNEL 9-BROADCAST Illinois AARP sponsored-can send in your questions in advance.

     No other known forums at this time. Anticipate PBS-WTTW Channel 11  scheduled, but announced at last minute, Please advise.

Donations for Immigrants Transported to Chicago

Drop Off locations:

-Government service office is located at 5533 N. Broadway, open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. For any questions, contact us at 773-784-2002 or repcassidy@gmail.com.

-Rincon Family Services, 3942 W. North, and ICIRR, 228 S. Wabash, are seeking support and donations to go directly to families that have recently arrived in Chicago. 

The organization is seeking gift cards, large suitcases/duffle bags, clothing (in new or like-new condition), undergarments, strollers, toys, sippy cups and toddler plates, and reusable water bottles. For more information, please email MArrez@rinconfamilyservices.org.

Wednesdays-Six Senior Citizens event series

4515 N Winchester, Ravenswood Senior Independent  Living Building-Lower Level Community Room  Cook County Sheriff’s Office and 19th District Police are hosting starting September 28th-Nov. 2.

Each event will address a different type of issue and last about two hours for each session. Discussions, or one on one, on how to protect yourself from crimes including scams and how to communicate concerns to law enforcement. Call the Cook County Sheriff’s Office at 708-865-7341 or 19th District CAPS-Officer Diaz at 312-744-0064 to register and learn more.

Volunteer Opportunities for Seniors 55+

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) believes that communities benefit when people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds are welcomed, included, and supported. Seniors are an integral part of our communities. As such, they provide seniors with opportunities to give back to their communities during their retirement years and to help achieve the satisfaction that comes from service.

All senior volunteers will receive:

      •     A monthly non-reportable stipend of $3.15 for every hour you volunteer

      •     Daily transportation reimbursement

      •     $3 a day meal reimbursement

      •     Free trips, outings, trainings & recognition celebration

Volunteer Grandparent Program

If connecting with today’s young people sounds like the opportunity for you, Dept. Family & Support Services connects seniors directly with children, youth and young adults who need mentoring, tutoring or support and encouragements with social/emotional issues.

Seniors in the program provide one-on-one help to struggling students in the areas of reading, math, and literacy. Volunteers also assist staff and faculty with redirecting behaviors and conflict resolution through positive reinforcement as they bring a sense of stability to the students that they service.

Senior Companion Program

Seniors who would prefer to connect with peers are encouraged to support fellow seniors in their homes and assist them with activities that decrease isolation. Take a long walk for exercise, participate in arts & crafts, plant a garden, fix a light meal – the opportunities to connect are entirely up to you. Sign up to be connected with a fellow senior, build a friendship, and get involved in local activities by becoming a volunteer companion today.

For individuals and organizations with interest in either of these programs, please call 312-746-8572. Learn more here.

Senior Connections with Chicago Methodist Senior Service

The are currently looking for more seniors and volunteers to participate in Senior Connections, a program that matches vetted volunteers with older adults who are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  The volunteers visit (or call) the seniors weekly, providing companionship and a connection to community.  For more information, click here.

Now-23-Celebrate National Book Month  

Donate new and gently used books for Nettelhorst School until October 23rd. Drop books at Sen. Sara Feigenholtz office,3223 N Sheffield Avenue, or Commissioner Bridget Gainer’s office at 5533 N Broadway Avenue.

TRANSPORTATION

Don’t get “trapped” by ghost transit and re-routings due to construction, filming,  flood clean-up, Marathon, etc

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) announced that it recently made temporary changes to its rail schedules on select routes intended to provide better, more reliable service throughout the day and throughout the week.  

This schedule optimization aims to accomplish three goals: 

      •     Align scheduled service with available workforce 

      •     Provide more consistent intervals between trains during weekdays and weekends 

      •     Reduce instances of large or inconsistent gaps in services  

These schedule changes will address one of the most frequent comments CTA has received from its customers: the unpredictability of wait times. 

To learn more about the changes, as well as plans for future improvements to service, infrastructure and technology, visit: www.transtichicago.com/meetingthemoment 

The ChiStreetWork application provides a real-time map of current and upcoming permits to operate on the public right-of-way.

 In the map view, click on any of the teal clipboard/exclamation point icons to access a sidebar view with individual project listed. Each individual project link in the sidebar will include a PDF of the CDOT permit issued at that location, which includes scope-of-work, permit end dates, and a project engineer’s contact information in the upper left corner.

17 – NEW Affordable Units at Lawrence/Wolcott

The Raven apartments at Lawrence and Wolcott will begin to take applications for the 17 subsidized apartments in late October or early November. If you are interested in this new opportunity – either market rate units or subsidized – you should provide contact info at liveravenapts.com. You will be placed on an interest list and will be kept informed about the application process. Occupancy is expected in January of February. 

LEGAL

Share Your Story

Help protect seniors from fraud!  Do you have a story about an attempt to defraud a senior in Illinois?  Please share your story with us by emailing it to info@peckritchey.com. As Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Elder Law, Kerry Peck is collecting this information to make recommendations for Judicial Branch policies, procedures and Supreme Court rules to aid in reducing these attempts and mitigating their effects.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Healthy Tips is an email newsletter inspired by the health and nutrition information from Nutrition Action.  nutritionaction.com
The editors at Nutrition Action interpret the latest research to help you optimize your health and avoid diet-related diseases.For more ways to eat well—plus delicious recipes and expert insights on science-based research—subscribe to Nutrition Action.Nutrition Action® is produced by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a nonprofit advocacy organization that gives consumers useful information about their health and well-being. CSPI is completely independent. Nutrition Action doesn’t accept any paid advertising or corporate or government donations. That way, we’re free to tell it like it is. Nutrition Action’s scientists and nutritionists sort through the latest research and tell you exactly what’s wrong—and what’s right—with brand-name packaged foods, fresh foods, restaurant dishes, and supplements.

15 – American Cancer Society – “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk”

8:00 a.m. – Soldier Field, Stadium Green (5K walk along the lakefront)

Program begins at 9:15 am.  join Weiss team. Together they will raise money and awareness to save lives from breast cancer and have a great time celebrating.  Joining Team Weiss is super easy, just sign up by clicking the link provided. Together we can make a difference. They are appreciative of your support! http://main.acsevents.org/goto/WeissMemorialHospitalPlease call Luz Mejia at 773-564-5030 for additional information.

Many Other Breast Health  programs on Oct 13, 24, and 26 at W.I.S. E. Go On Line or Contact  Senior CenterOffice | 773-564-5669

jujordan@weisshospital.com

22 – Pet Vax Clinic at the 18th Police District! 10 am – 1 pm

1160 N Larrabee  Chicago Animal Care and Control will be partnering with Cook County Animal and Rabies Control, One Tail at a Time and other agencies to provide

 FREE Pet Vaccine and Microchip Clinics in the communities.

 Vaccine Clinic Rules:

      •     Free Vaccines & Microchips to the first 100 pets – only 2 pets per household

      •     Only open to Cook County Residents 18 years -proof photo ID

IF YOU OR YOUR PET IS SICK, YOU WILL NOT BE SERVICED. Pets showing signs of respiratory illness will not be serviced.

-Be prepared for a long wait. Bring your own chair and water and expect to wait in any possible weather condition.  

-No petting of animals other than your own. No animal socialization will be allowed. You must maintain a distance of 6 feet between each animal.

-Only TWO (2) pets per household are allowed at each clinic. Handling of animals must be self-sufficient by a competent adult greater than 18 years of age. Animal Control personnel or volunteers will not be allowed to handle leashes, hold or move cages, assist in restraint or touch animals or animal equipment of any kind.  

-ALL Dogs MUST be on a leash no longer than 6 feet long or in a carrier (DO NOT use retractable leashes).

-ALL Cats MUST be in a carrier.

If your pet requires a muzzle during vaccinations or around other animals, YOU MUST bring your own. Muzzles are not available at the clinic. You MUST be able to handle your pet around other animals. 

29 – National Drug Take Back Day

Northwestern medicine will host drop off sites

Blindness Awareness Month

The My Retina Tracker Registry is a free, secure, global database for patients affected by retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, and the entire spectrum of blinding retinal diseases: Foundation Fighting Blindness <membership@fightingblindness.org>

Caregiver Travel Grants

Nonprofit travel organization Road Scholar seeks to recognize that often under-appreciated work through caregiver travel grants. 53 million people in the U.S. who provide unpaid care, with 1 in 5 caring for an adult with health or functional needs, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. awards caregivers up to $1,500 toward tuition for a Road Scholar program in the U.S. or Canada that costs no more than $2,000. The grant includes lodging, field trips, lectures, most meals, gratuities, and transportation during the program. Since 2016, about 400 caregivers have received travel grants and attended programs.

Scholarships generally go to households that make less than 80% of the median household income for a state. Awards caregivers up to $1,500 toward tuition for a Road Scholar program in the U.S. or Canada that costs no more than $2,000. The grant includes lodging, field trips, lectures, most meals, gratuities, and transportation during the program. Since 2016, about 400 caregivers have received travel grants and attended programs.

Caregivers can choose from more than 150 programs, in archaeology, biology, history, and more. Many caregivers choose active outdoor programs, learning about the geology and biology of a particular area as they hike, bike, or walk through it. Getting in shape for the program takes travelers out of their daily caregiving routine, and oftentimes, they keep up the activity after the trip,

About 250 people applied for Road Scholar’s financial programs each year prior to the pandemic, and the organization was able to offer awards to all eligible applicants, according to Ann Simanis, assistant vice president of advancement and engagement with Road Scholar.

Non- Caregiver  Trips – Road  Scholar offers thousands of educational adventures for older adults hosted by expert faculty in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Since its founding in 1975, the Boston-based nonprofit, formerly known as Elderhostel, has offered financial assistance for its programs.

2-1-1 health and social service information and referral line covering Chicago and suburban Cook County.

The 2-1-1 system will be operated by United Way of Metro Chicago and jointly funded by the City, the County, and private philanthropy.

What is 2-1-1?

      •     A free, easy-to-access helpline

      •     An information and referral resource, helping people who need access to food, housing, utility payment assistance, health care, transportation, childcare, employment, mental health, and more

      •     A go-to resource for any health or social service needs, utilizing comprehensive, accurate information and delivering a user-friendly experience.

When will 2-1-1 be available?

      •     2-1-1 will have a phased launch. The following services will be available on the following dates:

      ◦     September 15, 2022: the 2-1-1 website (211metrochicago.org) will be live, and individuals will be able to search for food, housing, and utility support services

      ◦     November 15, 2022: Individuals will be able to search for a full range of health and social services as well as web chat or text with a live operator for assistance.

      ◦     January 2023: the 2-1-1 call center will be live with representatives handling live 2-1-1 calls in addition to the web-based services. 

What 2-1-1 is NOT

      •     A non-emergency request form of direct service; that is, it does not replace 3-1-1 or other non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies

Alzheimers Awareness

An essential component of a life plan community is compassionate memory support. When a loved one has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, finding a care partner that understands the disease and how to promote individual success is vital.     info@psl.org

Save on Meds during Medi-Gap Insurance enrollment  period

You may be able to reduce your costs on prescriptions by following these simple tips:

–  Consider using generics. If a generic version of your drug is available, consider using it. You’ll usually save money compared to brand‑name alternatives.

– Fill your prescription at an in‑network pharmacy. Using a preferred pharmacy may help lower your prescription drug costs.

– Compare costs between pharmacies. Costs vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. So shop around to make sure you are filling at the one that saves you the most. When you fill your Tier 1 and 2 drugs at a preferred pharmacy your copays will typically be less than copays at a standard network pharmacy.

– Consult your pharmacist. They can often give you advice on how to save money through rebates or coupons.

– Check your formulary. Before you fill your new prescriptions, check online to make sure your medications are covered.