North Shore Senior Center is the go-to resource for older adults and their families in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Since our founding in 1956, we have fostered the independence and well-being of older adults and promoted their participation in all aspects of community life. With the more than 100 programs, clubs and classes we offer each week, North Shore Senior Center continues to be a popular destination for adults 55 and older. We also provide support services to help seniors live safely and independently in their own homes. Please click on our video links below to learn more about how the Center can be a resource for you!
North Shore Senior Center's Lifelong Learning program provides a wide array of opportunities for older adults to age well through educational programs, enrichment classes, health and wellness programs, as well as social and recreational programs. To learn more about current classes and enrichment opportunities, call Lifelong Learning at 847.784.6030.
Our Adult Protective Services program restores the dignity and safety of seniors and adults with disabilities ages 18 to 59, who find themselves as victims of abuse and may have few resources to change their situations and protect themselves.These services are provided to residents of Maine, New Trier, and Northfield Townships in the northern suburbs of Chicago. North Shore Senior Center investigates some 200 cases annually, with financial exploitation being the most frequent offense. For more information on Adult Protective Services, call 847.784.6060 or 24-hour hotline at 866.800.1409.
As a caregiver, it's important to realize that you are never alone. Some of the programs we offer in our Caregiver Resource Center are Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Caregiver Support Groups, Gap-Filling Funds, Supportive Counseling and Respite Care. To learn more about our caregiver support programs, call 847.784.6000.
Through this program, seniors can receive emotional support, parenting education, respite and financial counseling/assistance while they navigate the challenges of raising their grandchildren. Participants meet monthly at the Levy Senior Center in Evanston. The meetings include a healthy meal and separate activities for the grandchildren, whose parents are absent for many reasons, including incarceration, addiction and mental health issues. Case managers on staff at North Shore Senior Center's Evanston Social Services Office act as program facilitators. Guest speakers are often invited to address such topics as discipline, promoting educational achievement, teen dating and understanding social media. To learn more about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, contact our Niles Senior & Family Services Office at 847.864.3721.
People with memory loss and their families can benefit from North Shore Senior Center’s House of Welcome Adult Day Services, which provides specialized programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Services include a day program, an early memory loss program, family support and community education. The Day Program provides stimulation and therapeutic activities for participants to support optimal functioning and quality of life, offer support and respite for family caregivers, and assist those with memory loss to remain independent and live in their communities for as long as appropriate. For more information, call 847.242.6250.
Learn how creative arts therapies can help people with memory loss. North Shore Senior Center’s House of Welcome Adult Day Services provides specialized programs, including art and dance and movement therapies, for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. House of Welcome provides a day program, an early memory loss program, family support and community education. The day programs provide stimulation and therapeutic activities for participants to support optimal functioning and quality of life, support and respite for family caregivers, and assists those with memory loss to remain independent and live in their communities for as long as appropriate.
Winner of the 2014 MetLife/American Society on Aging MindAlert Award, Mind Matters is a therapeutic evidence-based group program based on research indicating that social interaction, physical exercise, cognitive activities and creative arts therapies can benefit those with early memory loss. A program of the House of Welcome Adult Day Services, Mind Matters also offers a monthly family support group, and participants and family members are provided supportive case management services. To learn more about Mind Matters, call 847.242.6250.
Learn how North Shore Senior Center's Older Adults Benefits program helps seniors access community resources and maintain benefits and entitlements available to older adults. Clients learn how to navigate benefits for the Low Income High Energy Program (LIHEAP), transportation, and Medicare through our senior health insurance (SHIP).
We host two weekly support groups: one for people with Parkinson’s Disease and one for their caregivers. Both groups come together for coffee and conversation the last half hour. You will find encouragement, understanding, mutual support, friendship, ongoing education and helpful resources and information at this support group. For more information or to register, please call Heather Resnick, caregiver specialist, at 847.784.6041.