- 2021 Posts

  1. Putting Your Right Shoe Forward
  2. Caregiver Specialists: Your Personal Guide Along Care Journey Path
  3. Executive Director: Gala Postponed until Spring 2022
  4. Executive Director: Face Coverings Required Starting August 2
  5. How to Get Started Refreshing Your Home
  6. Why it's Important to Have a Will
  7. COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  8. "Senior Scams" featured in Caregiving magazine
  9. Executive Director: What you can expect at NSSC starting Jun 14
  10. The Shop at the Center: The North Shore's Best Kept Secret
  11. Bridge Phase Update: A Message from the Executive Director
  12. Do’s and Don’ts as You Re-Enter Stores
  13. Easing Their Way Back: How NSSC members are slowly returning to pre-pandemic normalcy
  14. Medicare and COVID-19
  15. Easing Your Way Back to Normal
  16. Ways Caregivers Can Strengthen Connections & Reduce Loneliness
  17. A Change in Seasons Can Bring a Change in Moods
  18. New Act Provides Relief for Pandemic Weary Individuals
  19. Something to Think About
  20. Do I Hear an Echo? Smart Home Devices Can Make Life Safer and Easier
  21. "Senior Financial Abuse" as featured in Caregiving Magazine
  22. Annual Report - FY20
  23. 2021 New Year Message from Executive Director
  24. "The U-Shaped Happiness Curve"
  25. "Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Are You Ready to Share Your Life Story?"

+ 2020 Posts

North Shore Senior Center Keeps Older Adults And Their Families Connected

June 30, 2020

NORTHFIELD, Ill. – During the last three months, North Shore Senior Center has successfully created a virtual community of support, socialization and enrichment for older adults and their families. From online Lifelong Learning classes to virtual support through Senior and Family Services, Senior Options and House of Welcome (HOW) Adult Day Services, Center members, participants and clients are staying connected to the community and services they’ve come to depend on since 1956. 

According to the wife of a participant in HOW’s virtual memory loss program, “These groups have been providing structure and purpose in my husband’s life. He really enjoys seeing both the staff and other participants. It’s providing him the socialization he wants and needs.”

HOW’s Mind Matters early memory loss program will begin meeting in person in small groups in July. For now, other HOW programs—daily group activities, the Alzheimer’s Family Support Group and Memory Café will continue to meet virtually. 

Beginning July 6, Lifelong Learning will begin offering a limited number of programs and activities onsite, while continuing to offer many classes online. Advanced registration is required for all programs–online and onsite. In this initial phase of reopening the Center, only those registered for an activity or class will be allowed to enter the building–no walk-ins will be permitted. All guests will be subjected to a health screening and be required to wear a face covering at all times while inside the building. 

For families needing social services, Senior & Family Services will continue to provide assessments, care management, benefits counseling and Adult Protective Services remotely until it’s safe to meet with clients in person. Support groups will continue to meet virtually as well. 

Said one Senior & Family Services client, “It is difficult to express how much my family and I appreciate your help, support and time with our current hardship. We truly thank you for all you have done for us and others like us. I am overwhelmed with happiness to have the opportunity to use my oven again. Thank you for everything.”

The Center’s affiliate North Shore Senior Options remains committed to delivering money management, private care management services and counseling sessions virtually. “Right now many people are struggling with loneliness and isolation, and may become depressed or anxious,” said Senior Options Director Cynthia Phon, LSCW. “Oftentimes, talking to someone can help. Our experienced counselors are accepting new clients and using telehealth for face-to-face meetings.”

To learn more about North Shore Senior Center programs and services, call 847.784.6000, email info@nssc.org or visit www.nssc.org


About North Shore Senior Center:


North Shore Senior Center is headquartered in Northfield and serves and engages more than 23,000 older adults and their families each year throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs. This nationally-accredited organization offers a comprehensive suite of services, including social services, specialized care for people living with dementia, private care management, educational and wellness programs, money management, counseling and volunteer opportunities. The Center’s continuum of services provides for older adults from the most independent to those needing more support.