The Center for Life and Learning:
   Free Lectures





The Center for Life and Learning periodically offers free lectures on a variety of topics, from Medicare Part D to CPR training.

 

Post-COVID | What Now? (online)

iPhone Tips and Tricks (online)

Chicago CityKey

Medicare Part D

Managing Osteoporosis and Arthritis Nutritionally (in person)

Architectural Anecdotes (online)

Post-COVID | What Now? (online)

Tuesday, September 21
12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Kate Thompson, Brandon Peck, and Louis (Skip) Weiss
Register online here

From estate planning and intricate family dynamics to advanced care directives and isolation, being an older adult in this country can sometimes feel overwhelming.

That is why we all need help, and this free lecture is sure to fit the bill. Louis (Skip) Weiss (publisher of Chicago Health and Chicago Caregiving magazines) will moderate a conversation between geriatrician Dr. Kate Thompson (SHARE Network Chicago) and elder law attorney Kerry Peck (Peck Ritchey, LLC) about important issues facing seniors today. Focusing on a real-life case study which highlights pertinent issues, the discussion will address concerns and offer helpful advice on steps forward. How have things changed post-Covid? Questions are welcome!

Dr. Kate Thompson is a national leader in geriatrics and medical education. As principal investigator and project director of the SHARE Network, Dr. Thompson provides guidance, leadership, and strategic vision to all key aspects of the SHARE Network project. Her clinical and educational expertise is on interdisciplinary care of older adults with frailty and multimorbidity. Dr. Thompson provides care to patients at the University of Chicago’s Outpatient Senior Heath Center at South Shore.

Brandon E. Peck is a partner with Peck Ritchey LLC. He represents individuals, families, financial and medical institutions. Brandon advises fiduciaries charged with the administration of estates and trusts as well as guides them through the probate process. He vigorously represents all parties in contested guardianships including minors and disabled adults.

Louis (Skip) Weiss is the publisher and owner of Chicago Health and Caregiving magazines, titles whose stories have been awarded nationally and regionally. The magazines have become the dominating local players in educating healthcare consumers as well as enhancing health- and care-literacy. Skip is from the family that established Weiss Memorial Hospital on Chicago’s northside.

 

iPhone Tips and Tricks (online)

Tuesday, October 5
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Register online here

Please join Tony Marengo from The MacTutor as we explore and gain an understanding of Apple Pay, QR codes (very popular at restaurants nowadays), and the most current online “scams” to look out for!

Tony Marengo started his consultancy firm The MacTutor, Inc 14 years ago after a career with Apple that included opening the Apple Store on Michigan Avenue. The MacTutor was created specifically to assist boomers, older adults, and first-time users make the most of their tech.

 

Chicago CityKey

Friday, October 15
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Register here

The Chicago CityKey is an optional, valid, government-issued ID card offered to all Chicago residents that will unlock many of the great things our City has to offer. While originally created to reduce barriers to those who have difficulty accessing government-issued identification, the Program’s goals have since grown to include discounts and other benefits for all of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. This means that not only will the Chicago CityKey give Chicagoans the dignity and peace of mind that comes along with having a government-issued ID but it will also have the ability to serve as your key to Chicago: serving as your library card, transit card and benefits card for cultural institutions, sports teams and local businesses. Come find out why you want one and how getting one will be easier than you might think!

To see the kinds of documents you need to bring with you, see the CityKey webpage.

Medicare Part D

Thursday, October 21
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Register here

Esther Craven, Resource Coordinator at CJE SeniorLife, and Kate Paz, Director of Programs at Without Walls at Mather Lifeways, will give a timely presentation on what’s new and your options during Medicare Part D Open Enrollment. Following the talk registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for a free consultation with Esther or Kate, who are SHIP trained volunteers and can assist you in selecting the prescription plan that best meets your needs.

 

Managing Osteoporosis and Arthritis Nutritionally (in person)

Tuesday, November 16
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Presented by Jennifer Sherman, MS, RD, LDN
Register here

While osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are different diseases, both are conditions that disproportionately affect older adults, and both are becoming more prevalent. Good nutrition plays a key role in the prevention and treatment of both. Jennifer Sherman MS, RD, LDN will present ways to nutritionally prevent and manage these often painful and debilitating conditions. We will discuss key nutrients involved in bone building and foods to help lubricate and manage joint pain.

Jennifer Sherman is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in Human Nutrition from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is recognized for her work with older adults creating and approving healthy meals for the Meals on Wheels program as well as creating home delivered meal kits that address the specific dietary needs of older people. Her passion lies in assisting this demographic embrace the healthy habits necessary to improve their daily function and life.

 

Architectural Anecdotes (online)

Tuesday, December 7
2:30–3:30 p.m.
Presented by Claudia Winkler
Register here

Have you ever wondered what inspired some of our most important buildings? Or where is the largest green roof in the US? And what's a green roof? Claudia Winkler, Chicago Architecture Center docent, will tell us some architectural anecdotes that may provide totally new insights about Chicago's glorious architecture.

Claudia Winkler is a 14-year docent at the Chicago Architecture Center where she loves giving river tours. Retired from IBM, she has plenty of time to also be a Sue docent at the Field Museum, a Backstage Tour Guide at the Lyric Opera, and a 9:30 a.m. usher at Fourth Presbyterian Church.