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Help Pathlights continue to support communities in the Southwest Suburbs of Cook County along the path to aging.

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.

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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 knows someone who can benefit from our services.

For resources call 708.361.0219


We’re all getting older — every day. This looks different to each of us but most share common aging goals: to age well, age in our homes, and remain independent contributors to our communities. So where do we go if we need a little — or a lot of — help along the path to aging?

In Southwest Suburban Cook County, Pathlights is the “go-to” community resource. Our programs and services are needs-based, and most are available at no cost. We serve people across all financial levels and some programs follow specific eligibility requirements. We help provide care, food, and safety so older adults and adults with disabilities can remain in their homes with dignity for as long as possible. Learn more below.



Our resources can enhance your life and aid caregivers, friends, and family with in-house services, support groups, Respite, benefits’ assistance, free workshops and events, 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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The Journey: Making Meaningful Connections

For the fifth year, we’ve collaborated with the Chicago Tribune and community partners to create a special publication that shares inspiring and informative stories and calendar of events from May to July. Click to view the digital Flipbook.

This edition focuses on making meaningful connections and the vital role that connectedness plays in overall well-being for everyone. 

Check out our events, open to everyone at no cost.  Thank you to The Journey Sponsors.

We need your help. Please consider helping Pathlights so we can empower more neighbors who need a little — or a lot of — help along the path to aging. Your donations help our nonprofit provide care, food, and safety to more people in our community.

Pathlights Annual Report

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

Thank You Corporate Partners

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Music Memory Café

June 5 at 10:30 AM
Music therapy is a clinical and evidenced-based practice that uses music to engage, support, and build connection. Therapeutic music experiences are utilized to address goals that enhance health and wellbeing and are based on our client’s needs, strengths, and responses. Music is a powerful tool for people with dementia as 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 the participants to sings, play instruments, connect with each other, and have fun at the Memory Café. This event takes place at the Orland Park Public Library and is for people living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment and their care partners.

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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What Caregivers Need to Know about Alzheimer’s Disease

June 13 at 11 AM
Caring for a loved one experiencing cognitive decline can be challenging and isolating. Join Pathlights in welcoming Karen Lowe Graham, PhD, Manager of Community Engagement at Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. To empower yourself as a caregiver and advocate, Ms. Graham will teach you to differentiate between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), discuss the risk factors for AD and ways to delay onset, the critical role of caregiver self-care, and ways to ease the journey using and interpreting reputable research. This event takes place at the William Leonard Public Library, 13820 Central Park Ave., Robbins.

Registration Required Call William Leonard Public Library at 708.597.2760 to register.

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Prepare to Care

June 22 at 10 AM
Taking care of an ailing family member is one of the most daunting and demanding roles we will ever experience. What legal documents do you need to put in place? What health care and financial decisions are you allowed to make? What resources are available? In cooperation with Pathlights, Elder Law Attorney Helen Mesoloras will provide valuable information and advice which every family caregiver needs to know.
Generously sponsored by Hoyne Savings Bank.

Registration Required
Register with the Adult Services by call 708.371.5666 or by visiting the Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library. This presentation will be held at the Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library, 11960 S. Pulaski Rd., Alsip.

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Wills, Trust, Advanced Directives

June 27 at 6 PM
Adults of all ages – and their family caregivers – need to understand how Advanced Directives protect you during a medical crisis. In addition, you will learn how Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney can protect your assets in care of a disability and assist with distribution after death. Elder Law Attorney Stephen Sutera discusses these legal instruments and we will also discuss how long-term care is paid for, either privately or with Medicaid. This presentation takes place at Worth Public Library, 6917 W. 111th St., Worth. Generously sponsored by ComEd.

Registration Required
To register, please call the Worth Public Library at 708.448.2855
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Caregivers Connecting

July 17 at 10 AM
Staying connected and involved is more important than ever. Our monthly support group gives you a chance to talk with others in similar situations, share experiences, advice, and words of encouragement. Virtual via Zoom

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

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You’ve Set Up Your Estate Planning…Now How Do You Make It Work?

July 25 at 6 PM
Perhaps you’ve designated loved ones to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you are unable. You may have also set up a trust or will to distribute personal property and money after your death. Now comes the hard part – talking about it. Failing to have discussions with loved ones regarding life care decisions can be disastrous to your family. Join Attorney Stephen Sutera for top tips to foster difficult conversations. Generously sponsored by Old National Bank.

Registration Required
Call Worth Public Library at 708.448.2855 to register. This presentation will be held at the Worth Public Library, 6917 W. 111st St., Worth.

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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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Our programs and services are need-based, and most are available at no cost. We serve people across all financial levels and some programs follow specific eligibility requirements. We are available at 708.361.0219.