- 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
Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the CenterNovember 10, 2017
In 2001, Vivian Mitchel’s journey began when she saw a job advertisement for someone to run daytrips at North Shore Senior Center. When she read the advertisement Vivian said, “It sounded like me. Here I am 15 years later and loving every day!” As program manager for travel and entertainment in Lifelong Learning, Vivian’s skills, training, and longtime event planning experience are invaluable.
Vivian organizes two dozen trips each year to seniors ranging in level of exertion from “one shoe” to “three shoes” (little to lots of walking). The trips are an eclectic sampling of architecture, sports, music, flora, art, culture, history and theater.
“I try to find interesting and unusual places, and when I do,” said Vivian, “I go for it!” Maureen Stoskopf agreed, commenting, “Vivian finds these jewels, and she is always open to new ideas.” But even a familiar venue can be appreciated in a new way. For example, a friend asked Marilyn Upchurch why she wanted to go to the Shedd Aquarium, yet again. “Now that I’m retired,” she said, “I’m going so I can really see it. I won’t have to worry about anybody but me. No chasing after kids or rounding up others.”
Vivian makes each trip a seamless experience for participants. She takes care of all the arrangements—comfortable transportation, luscious food and fascinating adventures. Travelers simply register online, show up at the Center on the appointed day and time, climb aboard the deluxe bus, enjoy the day, and relax as they are driven back to the Center. No driving to the destination. No jostling for a parking spot. No tiring return drive.
As participants attest, daytrips can be habit-forming! A couple of Vivian’s fellow travelers have been going on trips with her for 15 years, and Maureen and her former co-worker, Susan Edelman, have been such daytrip enthusiasts that they would plan their vacation days to correspond with the scheduled dates for trips. Even now in retirement, Susan participates in virtually all the trips added to the calendar, and Maureen adds as many excursions as possible on her own schedule.
Trippers get to know each other over the years, sharing stories and chatting about what’s going on in their lives. Retirees Russ and Karen Whittman have been going on daytrips together for a bit over three years. Although self-admittedly quiet and shy, they enjoy the quiet conversations over lunch and appreciate getting to know other travelers.
If you’re like Maureen, Susan, Marilyn, Russ and Karen, and wouldn’t necessarily take advantage of the many points of interest in our area on your own, join other seniors on one—or more—of the upcoming daytrip outings. Build new memories with other older adults who have similar interests.
If you would like to participate in or learn more about our daytrips, contact Lifelong Learning at 847.784.6030, or refer to our catalog for daytrip details.