Friday, June 15, 2012
The women who participate in the North Shore Senior Center program crochet blankets for chemotherapy patients; the group is working to raise funds by June 30 to keep a matching donor grant.
A group of North Shore women who crochet blankets for chemotherapy patients have two weeks to match a $5,000 grant to help continue to fund the ‘Project Warmth’ program. The grant, given by an anonymous donor, must be matched in order for the program to receive the funds. The "Blanket Ladies" initiative was started three years ago by former Wilmette resident Ruth Silverman. “Ruth was the guiding force who gathered steam to grow this program, she herself was a cancer survivor,” said Kathleen Geraghty, senior communications specialist at the North Shore Senior Center. Geraghty said the blankets are given to people undergoing chemotherapy because one of the side-effects is that patients often feel cold while they are being treated. “The …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Cubs owner talks about Epstein, team's future and "Moneyball."
Before hiring Theo Epstein last week, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts of Wilmette talked to the Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane. If that name sounds familiar it is because Beane was the subject of the recent movie Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt as Beane, that focused on his sophisticated efforts to develop baseball talent. Rickets shared this story and his vision for bringing a World Series to Wrigley Field with more than 225 people Tuesday at the NorthShore Senior Center in Northfield. One person asked Ricketts if he used the Moneyball model, referring to Beane’s use of computer models and statistical analysis to develop a team. “I did spend some time with Billy Beane during the process,” Ricketts said of the search that …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Congresswoman listens to constituents’ disillusions and adds some of her own.
Several of the more than 250 people who came to the North Shore Senior Center in Northfield Tuesday to listen to Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) brought their anger at government along. Schakowsky answered their questions and expressed some of her own frustrations both during her speech and when she responded to issues raised by the audience. Lawrence Elegant of Wilmette voiced a concern heard nationwide of the inability of Congress to pass legislation. “Why should we reelect any of you?” he asked. Schakowsky acknowledged members of Congress were regarded “just below used car salesmen” as she recognized his feelings. Then she suggested he express his priorities to help find the best representative for him. “Tell members and candidates …
Friday, August 5, 2011
Bryan Padget explores changes in the Medicare program in a Q&A at the North Shore Senior Center.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Seth Putnam
Friday, August 5, 2011
*An original version of this story that ran on Aug. 5 misquoted Bryan Padget, of Illinois' Senior Health Insurance Program, as recommending Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Padget was highlighting that Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only company guaranteed to be issued following the Medicare Open Enrollment Period. It's no secret that Medicare, like many government programs, is a tough nut to crack. That's why Brian Padget, of Illinois' Senior Health Insurance Program, presented a few of 2011's changes to public policy at the North Shore Senior Center's Northfield campus Thursday. Padget spent part of his time stressing to seniors the importance of getting a Medicare plan ironed out when they first become eligible. "Purchase what you think you'…
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Author and historian leads discussion of the beloved downtown department store.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Emily Stone
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
When I was growing up, the reward for a good report card was a trip downtown with my dad to Marshall Field’s old-fashioned ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae. The Crystal Palace served warm fudge in what was essentially a silver gravy boat for me to pour on as needed. (And it was definitely all needed.) Others with strong memories of the iconic department store gathered last week for a presentation by historian Leslie Goddard, whose book “Remembering Marshall Field’s” traces the store’s 150-year history. Goddard spoke at the North Shore Senior Center’s Morton Grove Campus. She will be giving another similar lecture on Sept. 13 in Northfield. Earlier: Senior center increases offerings More than 75 people attended attended the July 21 …
Monday, March 7, 2011
Classes start on Tuesday for the latest installment of programs at North Shore Senior Center (NSSC) in Morton Grove.
A fresh batch of senior classes begin on Tuesday, and seniors sampled a few this past week when they kicked up their heels for the Spring Preview Celebration at the North Shore Senior Center (NSSC) in Morton Grove. Mary Futrell, director of lifelong learning for NSSC, said that the preview celebration - with line dancing and exercise routines - was just the latest in a series of events the center has been hosting every three to four months since it took over Morton Grove’s senior programming last April. “We want to offer the programs that people want, so if they have suggestions let us know,” Futrell said. Bernie Small has taught line dancing at Taste of Chicago and Skokie Festival of Cultures. At the spring preview, Country Bernie led …
Friday, February 4, 2011
A new study reveals more exercise leads to more brain mass in older people, which leads to improved memory.
Walking outdoors in Morton Grove this week is not advised – particularly for the elderly – but a recent study has found that, whether indoors or out, walking is a good idea – particularly for the elderly. A group of researchers discovered that heart-pumping exercise, such as brisk walking, pumps up the region of the brain that forms, stores and processes memory. This region, the hippocampus, tends to shrink as we age, ultimately leading to memory loss, and potentially dementia. “We think of the atrophy of the hippocampus in later life as almost inevitable,” said Kirk Erickson, professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and the paper’s lead author, in a statement. “But we’ve shown that even moderate exercise for one year can …
Thursday, January 13, 2011
At the Northfield-based senior center’s annual meeting, officials vowed to rely less on government funding.
Improving fundraising and marketing practices is a high priority for the North Shore Senior Center, anticipating increasing numbers of elderly residents and decreased funding from the state, said NSSC board Chair John Cruikshank at Tuesday’s annual meeting. “The North Shore Senior Center is the best kept secret on the North Shore,” Cruikshank said. “We want that kept in the past.” He said the Northfield-based senior center has hired a fundraising consultant to garner more attention, improve communication with its members and donors, and increase funding through donations. In the NSSC’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, revenue amounted to $6.53 million, and expenses were $6.52 million, according to the center’s 2010 financial report. The …
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Advisory board votes to hold quarterly meetings at public senior venues to attract more attendants.
Morton Grove’s Advisory Commission on Aging has a plan for 2011: to educate the village’s senior residents on issues that directly affect them. But first the group must become more visible to the residents it’s tasked to serve, said members at Tuesday’s commission meeting. In its first move to become a more proactive, accessible clearinghouse of aging issues, commissioners collectively decided to host four meetings a year at public venues away from their regular meeting spot at the Morton Grove Senior Center on 6140 Dempster St. Additionally, members agreed that these special meetings would include brief discussions on topics relevant to the elderly – such as health care, senior housing, 2010 census data and ageism – to be presented by …
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
For an additional $5 to $10, new and renewing members at North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove get more access to computers, healthy eating lectures--and adventure.
It's that time of the year again: Time to renew membership at Morton Grove's North Shore Senior Center (NSSC). Going into its first full year providing the village's senior services, the NSSC is raising fees and adding new programs to make sure seniors will get their money's worth. Individual membership fees are going up by $5 to $20, and couples' fees will increase by $10 to $35. "It's still a pretty good deal," said Mary Futrell, NSSC's director of lifelong learning. "The biggest thing about the North Shore Senior Center coming to Morton Grove is that more program resources are now available." Among the new programs offered at the center include monthly healthy eating classes taught by Provisions registered dietician Ashlee Roffe. The …