- 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
Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in NeedMarch 02, 2015
Sometimes a little help means a lot. For the 200 older adults who are
Aiden Cassidy’s clients, his work on their behalf can make all the difference in the world. Aiden is one of the 72 social services professionals employed with North Shore Senior Center, the majority of whom work with Community Care Program (CCP) clients.
Established in 1979, the Illinois Department on Aging’s Community Care Program (CCP) helps seniors who might otherwise need nursing home care remain in their own homes by providing in-home and community-based services.
“I can’t help with financial problems, particularly for people who have family around them for support,” Aiden said. “What I can do is make calls on their behalf.”
In the case of Clarita Manaois, a CCP client who moved to Illinois from California in September 2014, Aiden was able to arrange for her to receive in-home services and an Emergency Home Cellular Response unit, as she does not have a landline.
Aiden was also able to track down a missing Social Security payment— money that Clarita needed for daily living expenses. “When you have so little, you pinch your pennies,” she said. “I called and called and they said ‘call back later.’ There is nothing there.”
And indeed, nothing was—but Aiden found out why. “There were some overdue premiums for Medicaid and the government took them all at once,” Aiden said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t tell her that. And her bank could only tell her that the deposit had never arrived.”
As a temporary solution, Aiden was able to give Clarita a gift card for a local grocery store to help her buy food. North Shore Senior Center receives donations to purchase these cards, which can be used to provide emergency assistance to clients.
Clarita was born in the Philippines. Since she has bronchial asthma, COPD and mobility limitations, her family convinced her to move to the Midwest so they could oversee her needs. “I’m getting old and my son said, ‘I can help take good care of you because I can see you every day. Why don’t you try it here?’”
After learning about North Shore Senior Center, the Manaois family contacted us for help in caring for Clarita. They needed to ensure that she would be safe when she was alone and they were all atwork. Aiden visited their apartment to complete an assessment of Clarita’s living situation and health-related issues.
“I need to determine what a person can do for themselves and what the family can do for them. Then, I can determine how many hours per week of assistance we can provide," Aiden said.
To help make Clarita’s home safer, Aiden borrowed assistive devices for her bathroom from the Center’s Lending Closet. This free service allows older adults to check out items like canes, shower chairs, walkers and wheelchairs for a period of three months. Extended borrowing periods can be accommodated, if inventory permits. There are no membership, residency or income requirements for those who wish to borrow Lending Closet items.
In Clarita’s eyes, Aiden is more than a social worker, he is her friend. “I am so grateful that I came here to Illinois because I was able to meet professional people like Mr. Cassidy. He’s always included in my nightly prayers.”
For more information about North Shore Senior Center's Senior & Family Services Department and its outreach efforts, please call 847.784.6040, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.