One of my fondest memories of my time working for the Alzheimer’s Association was when I’d have the opportunity to set up a booth at a health expo. Equipped with my brochures, booklets, and eager self, I truly enjoyed sharing information with families who wanted to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and helping them locate and access resources in the community.
(c) Antonio Jiménez Alonso
That’s why I was so excited to learn that on this Thursday, September 13, the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services will offer a one-day Senior Fest for all Chicago residents “60 and better.” I highly encourage caregivers in the area to attend this event to connect with others interested in aging issues and to learn about resources in your community that can help you as a caregiver.
Here are the details:
What: 2012 Senior Fest at Millennium Park
When: Thursday, September 13, 10 AM – 2 PM (Rain date: Friday, September 14)
Where: Millennium Park (Michigan Avenue at Washington Street)
Cost: Free! But you must pick up a ticket at any local senior center in order to attend. To find a senior center near you, click here.
The day will include musical entertainment, a picnic lunch, flu shots, health screenings, arts and activities, dancing, raffle prizes, and bingo. But the most important thing this event will include, in my opinion, is a senior resource fair. This is akin to the health expos I mentioned earlier. At a senior resource fair, you’re bound to find agencies that provide in-home care, home health care, adult day care, support groups, case management, and caregiver education and training. There may also be information about how to help cover the costs of eldercare.
For more information, see the official flyer or call the Department of Family and Support Services at 312-744-4016 (you will reach the Department’s Area Agency on Aging). And if you attend, please let me know it goes!