Prevent Elder Abuse
Prevent Abuse…

Learn how we can protect our community. Report concerns quickly and anonymously for suspected abuse of anyone over 60 years or disabled adults over 18 years. Call the State hotline 24 hours a day at 1-866-800-1409.

Enriched by experience
Enriched by experience. Empowered in life.

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

Serves over 60
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
Staying connected and involved is more important than ever.

Our events inform caregivers, clients, and their families.

Lynn & Family Video
Get Inspired …

Meet caregiver Lynn and her family. Discover how resources, referrals, and emotional support from Pathlights has made a difference to this family caregiver and her aging parents living in their home in Oak Lawn.

Will you help?
Will you help us?

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

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Pathlights is a vital component of a healthy, empowered, and compassionate community. We guide people along the path to aging in Southwest Suburban Cook County.

Everyone has someone they care for who can benefit from our services.

For resources call 708.361.0219


Pathlights helps communities by ensuring that individuals have equal access to care, food, and safety.

Learn more about our programs and services below.


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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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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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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Pathlights Annual Report

Learn about the impactful work and accomplishments achieved during the past year as we continue our mission to empower individuals navigating the life cycle.

Introducing our newest magazine,
The Journey: Across Generations

For the fourth year, Pathlights has partnered with the Chicago Tribune and community partners to create The Journey: Across Generations, a special publication that shares inspiring and informative stories and keeps you connected with a full calendar of events in May and June. View the Digital Flipbook Magazine (open as full screen and use the arrow on the right to page through the magazine).

This edition focuses on the importance of intergenerational collaboration to unite and improve our communities. At Pathlights, our work spans generations whether it’s engaging high school volunteers, supporting families caring for older adults, or advising people 60+ about benefits and resources that allow them to age in the community. We hope you enjoy these stories and learn more about the positive impact that occurs when different generations come together.

Check out our virtual and in-person events, open to everyone at no cost. Thank you to The Journey Sponsors

Thank You Corporate Partners


Early Stage Memory Loss Support Group

Starts This Fall!
In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and Orland Park Public Library, Pathlights is hosting an eight-week support group for those living with early-stage dementia or MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and their care partners. “Early-stage” refers to people, irrespective of age, who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders and are in the beginning stages of the disease. This group will offer dementia-related education and emotional support and connections with resources.

Pre-screening and Registration Required Call Catherine at 708.274.0052 or e-mail cstowers@pathlights.org. This presentation will be held at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.

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Caregiver Stress-Busting Dementia Program

September 26 at 10 AM
Do you provide care for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia? This is a multi-component program focusing on support, problem solving, education, and stress management techniques. It addresses stress and the impact of long-term stress, managing difficult behaviors/conditions, grief, coping strategies, positive thinking, taking care of yourself, and choosing a path to wellness. A different stress management technique is demonstrated each week. Each session is 90 minutes per week for 9 consecutive weeks. We meet in small groups of up to 8 people and materials for the program will be provided. Virtual via Zoom video or call in from the privacy of your own home. This program is available at no cost.

Registration Required Call Lily at 708.361.0219 or e-mail lruckman@pathlights.org

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Housing and Home Care Options for Older Adults

September 27 at 2 PM
Determining whether to age in place or seek new housing can be overwhelming. Mary Levy, Senior Solutions of Orland Park, specializes in helping older adults and their families make personalized decisions for care and safety as we age. Join Mark for an interactive presentation about housing, care options, and financial considerations when planning for yourself or a loved one. This event is generously sponsored by Arden Courts of Palos Heights.

Registration Required
Visit Oak Lawn Public Library’s website to register, or click here. This presentation will be held at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 Raymond Ave., Oak Lawn.

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Memory Café: Music Therapy

October 4 at 10:30 AM
Music therapy, a clinical and evidenced-based practice, uses music to engage, support, and build connection. Therapeutic music experiences address goals that enhance health and wellbeing and are based on client’s needs, strengths, and responses. Music is a powerful tool for people with dementia. It enables the brain to have successful engagement and participation even late into the disease progression. The team at Greater Chicago Music Therapy Inc. will encourage participants to sing, play instruments, connect with each other, and have fun!

Registration Required
Visit Orland Park Library to register. This presentation will be held at the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park.

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Vaccines: What You Need to Know for Fall

October 5 at 5 PM
What vaccines are recommended for older adults to prepare for potential viruses that will circulate in Fall & Winter? Experts say we could be in for a triple threat of respiratory viruses: COVID-19, flu, and R.S.V. And R.S.V. is increasingly recognized as a major respiratory concern, particularly to older adults, immunocompromised people, and young children. Join our continuing series with Dr. Michael Ison, MD MS FIDSA FAST, Chief, Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), and learn which vaccines are necessary, why they are important, and what’s ideal timing for these shots.

Registration Required
Register online here.
This event is being held via Zoom or Zoom call-in.

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Pathlights’ After Hours with Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce

October 12 from 5 to 7 PM
Visit our nonprofit, enjoy snacks and drinks, and network with other friends of Pathlights. This event is in collaboration with the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce. Pathlights is located at 7808 W. College Drive, Palos Heights.

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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. Please consider making a donation to keep our communities healthy.

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

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