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Chicagoland Villages Collaborative Launch Aging Brain & Body Series

April 22, 2021 | Chicagoland Villages are working together to provide quarterly seminars that educate, bring awareness, and highlight the exceptional work at the leading dementia research centers being done related to brain and body health. The purpose of this series is to provide our community with information, interventions, techniques and tools that support us all at various levels of mental and physical health and wellness. Participating Villages include Chicago Hyde Park Village, South Loop Village, Skyline Village Chicago, and The Village Chicago.

The first event launched the series on April 15, 2021 with Connecting Through Communication for Families and Friends of Persons with Dementia, featuring Dr. Angela Roberts. In this talk, Dr.  Roberts covers how cognitive changes affect conversation and social communication; the importance of communication as a form of connecting with persons who have cognitive impairment/dementia; and strategies for creating and maintaining connections through engaging activities and effective/meaningful conversations with persons who have dementia.

See below to view the recording OR copy and paste this link to share with friends, families, and colleagues who wish to learn more about this important topic: https://vimeo.com/539381515

Future of Work Hosts Dr. Rao Kotamarthi on Mitigating Climate Change

March 17, 2021 | Whether you missed the live event on March 10, or want to share it with others, please enjoy this recording of Mitigating Climate Change and Its Impact on the Future of Work, featuring guest speaker Dr. Rao Kotamarthi! Dr. Kotamarthi – Chief Scientist & Department Head for Argonne National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science and Climate Research Group – has nearly 30 years of experience in climate research. He is Principal Investigator for projects ranging from climate modeling to wind energy for the Department of Energy’s Environmental Research Office. He led teams of climate scientists who analyzed the climate change impacts on Department of Defense installations and assessed the climate change vulnerabilities of lifeline infrastructure systems — transportation, power, water/wastewater, and telecommunications. He authored the soon to be published book, Downscaling Techniques for High Resolution Climate Projections – From Global Change to Local Impacts, published by Cambridge University Press, UK. In his presentation recorded below, Dr. Rao Kotamarthi discusses how innovations and President Biden’s plan should mitigate climate change and impact the future of work. He also shares what jobs these initiatives might create and/or eliminate, how future jobs may change and what we as individuals can do to help. Click the image below to view the recording OR copy and paste the link to share with friends, families, and colleagues who wish to learn more about this important topic: https://vimeo.com/524933212   Mitigating Climate Change and Its Impact on the Future of Work Featuring Dr. Rao Kotamarthi from The Village Chicago on Vimeo.

Our 2020 Annual Report is Here!

March 8, 2021 | The Village Chicago 2020 Annual Report (click here to view the PDF) features our successes and underscores our comprehensive response to the pandemic. Some of the highlights include our new brain health and memory loss program, expanded opportunities for social connection to reduce isolation and loneliness, and increasing diversity, inclusion and equity in our community. We also recognize our broad community of donors, partners, collaborators, members, family and friends who helped the Village have a remarkable year. Please enjoy the report, and if you would like to help older adults and join our efforts, you can donate here.

The 2020 Village Annual Report
Designed by friend of the Village, Kathy Krick (2021)

Welcome Our Newest Ageless Innovators!

February 24, 2021 | Congrats to Village members David Baker, Michele Baldwin, and David Hiller for being part of the newest cohort of Ageless Innovators, Chicago’s first multigenerational co-mentoring program established in partnership with Chicago Innovation. Thanks to the generous support of the RRF Foundation for Aging, we are able to offer the newest cohort of co-mentors a Village membership. Please join us in welcoming this amazing group of Ageless Innovators to our community (see below for the full list). (more…)

Rick Stevens on Artificial Intelligence

December 9, 2020 | Whether you missed the live event on November 9, or want to share it with others, please enjoy this recording of our Future of Work event featuring Rick Stevens. Rick Stevens is the Associate Laboratory Director of the Computing, Environment and Life Sciences Directorate at Argonne National Laboratory and a professor at the University of Chicago. His research spans high-performance computing, to the building of innovative tools and techniques for biological science and infectious disease research, to advances in deep learning to accelerate cancer and COVID-19 research. At Argonne, he leads the AI for Science initiative to launch Argonne’s first Exascale computer, Aurora 21, which will pursue some of the farthest-reaching science and engineering breakthroughs ever achieved with supercomputing. Click the embedded video OR copy and paste the link below to share with friends, families, and colleagues who wish to learn more about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it is impacting the world: https://vimeo.com/479101024.   Future of Work Presents AI with Rick Stevens, Co-hosted by Ageless Innovators from The Village Chicago on Vimeo.

The Village Chicago Announces 2020 Trailblazer Awards

September 9, 2020 | The Village Chicago will recognize outstanding contributions and extraordinary leadership in changing the narrative on aging with its annual Trailblazer Awards, to be presented Sept. 22 at The Village Chicago’s virtual 2020 benefit: ​Zooming Ahead—No Stopping Us Now! The awards celebrate the work of individuals and organizations that are reframing how we think and talk about the decades of life after age 50—a period that can be vital, engaged, productive and healthy, in contrast to the stereotype of aging. With more than 11,000 Americans turning 50 each day, it is vital to understand and leverage the potential of a fully age-integrated, inclusive society where everyone’s strengths are appreciated, respected, and utilized. The 2020 Village Chicago Trailblazer Award winners are physician and author Louise Aronson​,​ ​community leader ​Ruth Ann​ ​Watkins​, and ​Next Avenue​, public media’s national journalism service focused on older adults. Click here to read the full press release.

The Village Chicago Launches Major Program for Brain Health and Memory Loss

June 24, 2020 | A generous two-year grant from an anonymous donor has been awarded to The Village Chicago for a comprehensive Brain Health and Memory Loss program. The program represents a significant expansion of the Village’s Health and Wellness Initiative which addresses social isolation, community engagement, and navigating the complexities of health transitions for people over 50. Click here to read the full press release.

The Village Chicago: Calling All Members

April 6, 2020 | From Classic Chicago Magazine: “The coronavirus crisis is proving that The Village concept really works and really serves people. Our members, committees, and staff are all coming up with creative, potent ways of staying connected and helping one another. If there was doubt in anyone’s mind that the sense of belonging to one another matters, something like this totally erases that doubt.” —Karen Terry, Board President, The Village Chicago.   At this time of deep isolation and loneliness, sometimes all you need is a phone call. What if you multiplied that by 500? And kept each one fresh and full of feeling. The Village accepted that challenge and met it with aplomb.” Click here to read the full article.

Cubii and The Village Chicago Work Together to Bring In-Home Exercise to Seniors

March 25, 2020 | The Village Chicago has teamed up with Cubii (Fitness Cubed), the maker of the Cubii Jr compact seated elliptical, to enable Village members to stay active without leaving their homes. The Village Chicago is a member-to-member network of friendship, engagement, and services for Chicagoans who are over 50. The Village has taken on a critical role in helping its members stay connected, positive, and active as public health worries have forced Chicago residents to remain at home. Cubii’s ellipticals help users stay active and gain mobility through low-impact exercise without changing their routines or even leaving the couch—a feature that makes their products safe and convenient for Village members. Click here to read the full press release.

The Village Chicago and Artis Senior Living Announce New Care Partners Support Group

March 6, 2020 | Caring for a spouse, family member or friend with memory loss is a demanding task. The Village Chicago—the city’s premiere social and educational network for people over 50, and Artis Senior Living—which specializes in compassionate, individualized care, have teamed up to offer a ten-week support group led by veteran facilitator Bruce Hunt, who is himself a care partner for his wife. The series will be based on Dr. Edward Shaw’s best-selling guide, The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook.

The Care Partners Support Group will host a free information session on Wednesday, March 11, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at The Village Chicago Office (2502 N Clark St). The ten-week program will be held each Wednesday beginning on March 25th. Participant cost is $50 for the series and includes a copy of The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook; the cost for individuals who have the book is $25.

Can Co-Mentoring Reduce Ageism in a Multigenerational Workforce?

November 8, 2019 | From NextAvenue.org: “Ageless Innovators is Chicago’s first intergenerational co-mentoring program. It was created by Chicago Innovation, a community of entrepreneurs and business professionals, and The Village Chicago, a community of older adults who are often retired, but remain active locally. The Retirement Research Foundation helps fund the program.

To date, 25 co-mentoring pairs have formed. Avery Stone Fish, the program’s manager, says the goal is to double that number next year and keep Ageless Innovators going as long as possible.” Click here to read the full article.

Chicago Tribune Features Village Memoir Writing Class

July 29, 2019 | From the Chicago Tribune: The reason Beth Finke’s Memoir Writing classes are so popular is made clear in this article about the joy and satisfaction of sharing life stories with others.

A special bond has been created over the years among the Village members who have participated, several of whom are pictured in this story. Click here to read the full article.

Marc Freedman Comes to the Village!

February 1, 2019 | 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

February 15, 2019 | 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

October 25, 2018 | 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.

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