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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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Caregivers Connecting

October 18 at 10 AM
Staying connected and involved is more important than ever. Our monthly support group gives you a chance to talk with other family caregivers in similar situations, share experiences, advice, and words of encouragement.

Registration Required Call Catherine at 708.274.0052 or e-mail cstowers@pathlights.org

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The Path Ahead: Supporting Family Caregivers

October 18 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
It is said that everyone either is, will become, or will need a caregiver in their lifetime. Informal caregivers juggling a family, career, and household along with the needs of their loved one are often overlooked and undervalued. Join Pathlights for a conversation on resources and supports available to caregivers and the older adults they are caring for. Our speakers are Elaine Grande, Executive Director of Pathlights, and Pathlights’ Board Member, Lynn Reasonover, whose involvement with Pathlights began when she retired to enjoy time with her parents and care for them in her Oak Lawn home. Please bring your own lunch and join the Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce at this event!
This event is being hosted by the Oak Lawn Chamber and will be held at Calvary Church of Oak Lawn, 10056 Central Ave., Oak Lawn.

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Making Sense of Medicare

October 25 at 6:30 PM
Medicare A, B, C, D! Who can make sense of it? Pathlights’ Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors guide those approaching Medicare, current enrollees, and caregivers of enrollees through Medicare basics. Attendees will get a thorough overview of Medicare and better understand how Ship counselors can assist in navigating the Medicare system. SHIP counselors are not affiliated with any insurance company and will never charge clients for this service.

Registration Required Call Evergreen Park Office of Citizen Services at 708.422.8776. This presentation is held at the Evergreen Park Office of Citizen Services, 3450 W. 97th St.

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Pathlights helps ensure needed services in place after discharge from a hospital or rehabilitation stay

Donna is a go-getter. She’s curious and motivated to learn new things. She speaks several languages and has lots of diverse interests. When her son was young, the single mom coached his soccer team and participated in 25-mile open road bike rides with him. She spent a rewarding 40-year medical career at some of Chicago’s …

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