- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
A Granddaughter's Love for her GrandmotherJanuary 11, 2017
A hero to North Shore Senior Center is one who inspires by his or her example, one who is able to move us to connect emotionally with North Shore Senior Center, one who motivates through all he or she is doing for others without expecting anything in return, or one who shares his or her time, talent or treasure to make another person’s life better.
When Diane Behnke started working at North Shore Senior Center in 2007, she was providing fresh bakery items and hot coffee in the A & A Café to members who came to attend programs. Little did she know that soon she would be providing far more important services to seniors. After three months, a position in Senior and Family Services opened up, and Diane left to become a case manager and never looked back.
With a love of the curious and knowledge of psychology, Diane fit well in Senior and Family Services. “There is much to do and many in need. In order to assist older adults in a timely and caring way, it’s important to get to know who your clients are, where they came from and what is meaningful within the context of their culture,” Diane shared. “This way I can help the client maintain his or her autonomy, while still providing necessary care and fight for what he or she needs.”
The framework of support for seniors typically begins with family, and for Diane, working to help foster the independence and well-being of her clients has meant to join with the family as a team to do so. When she met Lily and her grandmother, she found a structure that did just that.
As immigrants, Lily’s parents both had to work to provide for the family, which left her grandmother to raise her. “My grandmother was always there for me,” Lily said. “She was completely independent until she suffered a stroke.” Instead of requiring her to live in a nursing home, Lily chose to give her grandmother around-the-clock care due to their strong connection. “No one would love her and take care of her the way she had taken care of me.”
Lily wanted to make sure she was doing everything she could to support her grandmother, so she turned to North Shore Senior Center for help and was assigned to Diane as her case manager. “Diane helped my grandmother in so many ways,” Lily commented. “We were provided with Angel funds that allowed us to pay for food thickener and get diabetic shakes. When food stamps were cut, we were given food cards to buy fresh food that month. Diane also provided assistance with LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) so Grandmother could pay for her energy bills. When I was stressed and needed someone to talk things over with, Diane was there to listen and remind me to take of myself as well.”
For Diane, helping families like Lily and her grandmother is what makes her thrive and realize how inspired she has felt when those who are in need rely on her. “These individuals are vulnerable, and they are choosing to trust you in a situation where others may take advantage of them. It’s my job to help them live on what they can with dignity and self-respect.”
Something Lily truly appreciates. “Diane has made the obstacles we faced minor bumps in the road. She has made it easier to get the help my grandmother needs, and she has responded each time my grandmother’s needs have increased. North Shore Senior Center has helped me to provide and take care of my grandmother in my home, where both of us agree she belongs. That couldn’t have happened without people like Diane who act unselfishly and do good for people.”
Yet, Diane claims that Lily is the true everyday hero. “For me, an everyday hero is some who walks with conviction and follows his or her principles. Lily, in the way she takes care of her grandmother, is most assuredly one of those persons.”
Our seniors are very fortunate to have “everyday heroes” committed to helping them and impacting their lives.
We encourage all of you to become “everyday heroes” of North Shore Senior Center. Together, we will make a difference in the lives of the older adults we serve.