All North Shore Senior Center locations will be CLOSED November 26-27 for Thanksgiving.

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- 2020 Posts

  1. "Maximize Your Personal Connections and Minimize the Holiday Blues"
  2. "Resilience & Aging"
  3. Self-Care Tips for the Family Caregiver
  4. Sharing Gratitude During Thanksgiving from Our Executive Director
  5. NSSC Awarded Chicago Top Workplace
  6. 'Exercise’ Your Commitment to Stay Fit During Pandemic
  7. How the End of Daylight Saving Time Affects People with Dementia
  8. Lifelong Learning Virtual Experience: The Next Best Thing to Being at the Center
  9. Join us for Gala 2020: Unmasked
  10. Permission Granted: Time to Host the Perfectly Imperfect Wedding
  11. North Shore Senior Center Featured in Caregiving Magazine!
  12. What Does 'Medicare for All' Mean?
  13. Opening Day Slated for July 6!
  14. North Shore Senior Center Keeps Older Adults And Their Families Connected
  15. June 15 Update on Center Reopening
  16. An Open Letter from the Executive Director
  17. Initial Plans to Re-Open Center
  18. HSS & Sewa International Donate Masks to NSSC
  19. May 14 Update from the Executive Director
  20. The CARES Act Brings Many Changes for Individuals and Businesses
  21. May 7 Update from the Executive Director
  22. April 30 Message from the Executive Director
  23. Celebrating our Volunteers and Senior & Family Services: A Message from the Executive Director
  24. Celebrating Our Successes: A Message from the Executive Director
  25. Message from the Executive Director on HOW Programs
  26. Winnetka Talk: North Shore senior centers turn to technology to connect and entertain
  27. Message from the Executive Director
  28. An Update from our Executive Director & Free Online Classes
  29. A Note to the North Shore Senior Center Community

Sharing Gratitude During Thanksgiving from Our Executive Director

November 01, 2020

Dear Friends & Supporters,


It’s mid fall and we are entering what is usually one of the most joyful and tradition-filled times of the year. This year we are on the cusp of the holiday season having endured a year like no other—the holidays are sure to look and feel different. This is especially true for older adults since family and friends won’t be able to gather, and many will find themselves alone.


Here are some easy, fun ways to stay connected, bring joy and help others to feel appreciated:

  • Have dinner delivered and then plan a virtual dinner with them. If they are local, deliver the meal yourself to their front door.
  • Create a schedule for friends and family to call those who will be alone throughout the holiday weekend.
  • Plan ahead and help an older person connect to Zoom, Skype or FaceTime before the holiday so they can be involved with the family on the day itself.
  • Encourage grandchildren to call on their own for one-on-one chats.
  • Many older adults’ worlds have become increasingly smaller during the pandemic so they may not have as much to talk about. You don’t need to be at the dinner table to have meaningful conversations—ask them about a holiday memory or favorite family story, even if you have heard it a thousand times before.
  • If you’re engaging with someone who is experiencing memory loss, understand that while they may not remember who you are, they may still want to talk about something that they loved to do, or holidays past.
  • Send a care package that includes family photos, traditional Thanksgiving foods, puzzles or a favorite holiday movie.
  • Create and share a gratitude jar by having family members write down why they appreciate the person or some favorite shared holiday memories, combine them all in a jar, basket or envelope, and deliver them in time for Thanksgiving Day.

In whatever way you choose to share your Thanksgiving joy, it’s sure to make your day a little brighter too.


Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!


Tish Rudnicki, MSW

Executive Director