Marc Freedman Comes to the Village!

“Marc Freedman: How to Live Forever” On January 22, 2019 The Village presented the third in its Longevity Series of symposia with renowned thought leader, social entrepreneur, and author Marc Freedman.

In conversation with Village members Dianne Campbell and Tom Kuczmarski, Freedman discussed his new book, How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations, which explores how mentoring the next generation can forge a legacy that lives beyond us. Click here to view the full discussion.

The Village Chicago’s Longevity Symposium on Virtual Reality

“How Will Virtual Reality Change Your Future?” The second in our Longevity Symposium Series, members and guests enjoyed a lively discussion from a panel of trailblazers who are harnessing virtual and augmented reality to improve quality of life and health. Panelists included Neelum T. Aggarwal, M.D.; Carrie Shaw, CEO, Embodied Labs; MingTang, RA University of Cincinnati; and Emily Phelps, a medical student of Rush University Medical School.  Click here to view the full discussion.

Dr. S. Jay Olshansky Longevity Series Symposium

“Living Well to 100 – What’s Possible” was the first in a series of public events on Navigating the New Longevity. This series is part of The Village’s commitment to supporting the growth and well-being of people over 50. The speaker, Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Professor of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago and one of 12 scholars in The MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society discussed new developments in aging science that lead him (and fellow researchers) to believe we’re on the verge of a breakthrough that could slow biological aging for most people. Click here to see his very entertaining talk.

The Village Celebrates at the Lakefront

Classic Chicago Magazine:
Like characters from a Fitzgerald tale, many of the 414 guests at the ninth annual Village Chicago gala lingered at waters’ edge as twilight appeared. Others explored the city’s most tempting new party venue, Theater on the Lake, bidding at auction tables beckoning cruises, getaways, and takeaway treasurers. Watching the mingling, catching the cordial conversations, who would think that the hard task of hitting a new record net of $130,000 could be so much fun? Click here to read the article, including photos of the celebration.

Loyola’s Sister Jean Given The Village Chicago’s Trailblazer Award

ABC7 News:
Loyola’s 98-year-old men’s basketball team chaplain Sister Jean was recognized for not letting age get in the way of her life’s work.

Sister Jean received the first ever Trailblazer Award from the group The Village Chicago.

Executive Director Dianne Campbell described Sister Jean as the “North Star” for everyone who wants to “maximize the dividend of a long life.”

It’s only appropriate that Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt be the first to receive this award, since she was the person who inspired it. Click here to read the article and view footage of Sister Jean receiving her award.

Putting In Place an A-Team of Allies

Kaiser Health News:
Earlier this year, 30 senior citizens convened in a living room to talk about growing older and needing more help. Who will be my allies as I go through this process, they asked.The Chicago get-together, organized by The Village Chicago, a membership community of adults 50 and older  offers some “I’m in the same boat” guidance. Dianne Campbell, Founding Executive Director of The Village Chicago, sums it up: “People are realizing they don’t have to go through difficult situations alone and it’s OK to ask for help.”
Click here to read the article.

Ageless Innovators in the News

huff-post-on-innovations-for-the-ages-2016Huffington Post:
“The Chicago Innovation Awards, Retirement Research Foundation, and Lincoln Park Village understand the value of mature workers and celebrated market disruptors over 60 at their Innovation for the Ages: Ageless Innovators reception held at the Chicago History Museum.”
Click here to read the article.
huff-post-on-innovations-for-the-ages-2016Classic Chicago Magazine:
“With enthusiasm for the power of a great idea, Dianne Campbell, the founding executive director of Lincoln Park Village, summed up the advice of the “ageless innovators” who filled the Chicago History Museum on December 6 for the Chicago Innovation Award’s “Innovation for the Ages” rapid-fire presentation.”
Click here to read the article.


Forbes says, “It takes a village. Go find one. Ninety percent of seniors, perhaps including your own parents, want to remain in their homes as long as possible. Connecting with the Village Movement is one way to fulfill that goal.”

Consumer’s Reports says, “Check to see whether you already live in an area served by a Village…”

Democracy Now! (syndicated Radio and TV Show) says, “There is a whole movement called the ‘village movement,’ that provides basic services like, you know, access to a plumber and someone who can change your light bulb and someone who can fix your telephone…. the very crises that can drive you into a nursing home. And it doesn’t take that much cost at all.”

The Princeton-based Silver Century Foundations says, “Villages are an appealing model for our future. … Because Villages are created and organized by older adults who want to preserve their independence–rather than by social service agencies–they are uniquely structured to meet the needs of their membership. … Perhaps the most valuable thing a village can offer is a sense of community. Click here to read the article.

Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on CBS News Sunday Morning says, “Such grassroots solutions will be the answer because federal officials just don’t want to deal with the crisis in long term care.”