- 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
Sharing a Common ThreadSeptember 06, 2017
The Stitchers, Quilters, Weavers, Knitters, Sewing Bees and Share the Warmth groups overlap with members. An all-inclusive bunch, they work together to do some pretty amazing things. The Stitchers and Share the Warmth are philanthropic groups that make cozy fleece and crocheted blankets for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and knitted and crocheted hats, scarves, and blankets for homeless and women’s shelters. The Quilting and Weaving groups gather to work on personal projects. The Sewing Bees is a mixed bag of quilters, sewers and knitters who create craft items for sale at Mim’s Shop at the Center. They make everything from embroidered towels and baby quilts to scarves and the stress-relieving Damnit Dolls.
Amy Thompson was adopted by the group seven years ago when she was found knitting in the Atrium while her son-in-law attended a Men’s Club meeting. Someone saw her and asked if she’d like to see the knitting studio. Since then, she’s been hooked. “I come here because it’s helpful for people our age to do something worthwhile. It’s relaxing, gives me focus and keeps me alert. All are welcome in our groups. If you don’t know how to knit or sew, we will teach you,” she insisted.
Fay Goldblatt, who’s been coming to the Center twice a week for the past five years calls it a “win-win-win.” She said, “I get to spend time with a diverse group of people, be useful and do good for others.” She said she loves how they all work together in a team fashion: some cutting fabric, some crocheting trim, and some putting blankets together.
What they get back, they insisted, outweighs what they give. “Sometimes we get thank-you notes from patients who tell us how the blanket we made kept them warm through cancer treatments,” said Dorene Kaplan. “Receiving those letters and knowing that we make a difference inspires us to make more!”
Retirement hasn’t kept former North Shore Senior Center employee Maryann Stubitsch away. She started going to Stitchers and Share the Warmth on her lunch hour when she worked at the Center’s front desk. She came to love the group so much she’s still a regular. On Wednesdays, our own Mary Staackmann can be found in the knitting studio, sharing knitting tips with members and even working on her own latest treasure.
Rose Carroll, associate director of Lifelong Learning (and the Center’s longest employee of 29 years!), oversees the Arts and Crafts clubs and Mim’s Shop at the Center. She said the clubs cultivate more than friendships. “Members look out for each other and are accountable,” she said. “If you’re not going to make club on a day when you’re expected to be there, you let someone in the group know so we don’t worry. When someone is sick, the group sends a get-well card signed by everyone.”
According to Rose, the members take care of each other and look out for one another. In recent years, three members of the sculpting group lost adult children, so they joined together and formed a support group. “When someone experiences a loss we talk about it,” she said. “And when we lose one of our own, we take time to talk about our loss and focus on how our lives are enriched because of that person.”
Besides providing a place for friendship, camaraderie and doing something meaningful, the clubs at North Shore Senior Center are a lifeline. “The clubs really bring things full circle,” said Rose. “Occasionally, I will recognize when something’s not quite right with a member—maybe he or she seems depressed or has become more forgetful. There have been more than a few times that we’ve been able to help someone by letting family members know that their loved one might need an assessment or perhaps more supervision or structure.”
To learn more about the many clubs and activities Lifelong Learning offers, call 847.784.6030 or email LifelongLearning@nssc.org.