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Pathlights works with communities in the Southwest Suburbs of Cook County to help navigate and celebrate aging.

Pathlights serves adults over 60 and adults with disabilities living at home.

We are here for every stage of your journey, whatever it may be.

Staying connected and involved is more important than ever.

Our remote events inform caregivers, clients, and their families.

Will you help us?

Find out about the many ways in which you can support the community today!

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Pathlights, formerly known as PLOWS Council on Aging, is a vital component of a healthy, empowered, and compassionate community.
Everyone has someone they care for who can benefit from our services.

For resources call 708.361.0219


Our services continue.
We are available at 708.361.0219

Our team is operating remotely, conducting assessments and services by phone and computer. Check out our Events to keep connected with remote events and activities.


Pathlights help communities by ensuring that individuals have equal access to food, shelter, safety, and care.
Learn more about our programs and services below.


Sometimes accessing basic nutrition can be a challenge for older adults living independently or with limitations. We can help with home-delivered meals and assistance with Illinois SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps.

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We can help you learn about housing options and work with you to identify ways to maximize your budget with benefits that may lower your monthly expenses such as utility bills, property taxes, transportation, and more.

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Our trained professionals work with the Illinois Department on Aging to investigate abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults and adults with disabilities, and educate our community how to take action to prevent abuse.

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Our resources can enhance your life and aid caregivers, friends, and family with in-house services, support groups, Respite, benefits’ assistance, and options for safe transition from hospitals or skilled nursing facilities.

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Here’s a front page Daily Southtown/Chicago Tribune story about our new name and look.


Caregivers Connecting support group is a chance to meet other informal caregivers, share experiences, advice, and words of encouragement. This group meets the third Wednesday of every month.

April 21, 2021

“Navigating Legal and Financial Issues in Caregiving” is a workshop that informs caregivers about the legal and financial issues that affect them and the loved one for whom they care. We teach this community course at Moraine Valley Community College.

April 21, 2021

“Caring for the Caregiver” is a workshop that prepares individuals who are family caregivers to care for their own health while caring for a loved one. We teach this community course at Moraine Valley Community College.

April 28, 2021

Pathlights, along with our community partners, is celebrating the strength and resilience of older Americans with a month full of educational, entertaining, and engaging programs during May’s Older Americans Month. Check out our events page to register.

Participate in Pilates based exercises and stretching concentrating on balance and strength exercises that can be done in the home.

May 3, 2021

Explore “Holistic Self-Care,” a powerful way to improve your quality of life though breathwork, meditation, movement, and massage.

May 4, 2021

Learn about financial and legal choices as you age.

May 5, 2021

Learn more about how to manage common behaviors associated with the disease or dementia such as hoarding and rummaging, safe personal care, and depression at “Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease or Related Disorders” class presented in partnership with Moraine Valley Community College.

May 5, 2021

Participate in a series of gentle chair yoga stretches and positions to increase flexibility, improve circulation, calm the mind, and more.

May 5, 2021

Recognize signs of financial exploitation and misuse of your funds with “Financial Scams from a Banking Perspective.”

May 6, 2021

Look at the pros and cons of accessing your home’s equity through HELOC, Traditional and Reverse Mortgage loans in retirement.

May 7, 2021

Find out more about the nuts & bolts of Medicare: registration, penalties, supplements, coordination with employer insurance, annual benefits review.

May 10, 2021

Learn more about Social Security and maximizing benefits to best complement your retirement plans.

May 11, 2021

Attend our Memory Café session with a sing-along and “Name That Tune” game.

May 12, 2021

“Walk in our Shoes” -- an in person individual virtual dementia experience that simulates dementia and the aging process.

May 12, 2021

Discover top life care planning tips to foster difficult conversations.

May 12, 2021

Learn how Parkinson’s Disease affects the health of an individual's speech, swallowing, and cognition.

May 13, 2021

Tune in to find out how Medicaid and Medicare work together to help meet healthcare needs.

May 14, 2021

Join us for a relaxed and thoughtful conversation about what matters most to you at end of life.

May 17, 2021

Focus on self-care and support, solutions, tools, and rituals to help find healing every day.

May 18, 2021

Meet other informal caregivers, share experiences, advice, and words of encouragement at Caregivers Connecting support group.

May 19, 2021

Learn how to recognize scams before the damage is done.

May 19, 2021

“Walk in our Shoes” – an in person individual virtual dementia experience that simulates dementia and the aging process.

May 19, 2021

Tune in for this overview of estate planning to help ease your anxiety over this seemingly daunting but necessary task.

May 20, 2021

Learn about the causes, diagnostic process, and treatment options for fecal and urinary incontinence.

May 21, 2021

Let go of the “stuff” that’s keeping you stuck and discover tips to keep you from feeling overwhelmed.

May 24, 2021

Find out how NAMI helps families cope with the mental stress of COVID-19 and more.

May 25, 2021

Learn about Assisted Living and Supportive Living. What are the differences? Benefits? Financial options and amenities?

May 26, 2021

Discover simple, easily integrated ways to increase cognitive resilience and decrease risks of cognitive loss.

May 27, 2021

Learn about stages, behaviors, and communication strategies for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

May 28, 2021

Do you have a family member or person
in your life who needs Pathlights' services? We are available at 708.361.0219.


There are many ways you can contribute towards our cause, and every act of generosity goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission.

Pathlights is a 501(c) (3), independent, charitable, human service organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Tax ID: 36-2882809