Knowledge Center

The Village Chicago offers education and insight on a variety of themes related to wellbeing, social activity, and healthy aging. Keep up with our webinars to stay informed. Members of the Village can also contact our staff for individual assistance and recommendations.

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Plasticity in Action

Movement Revolution has partnered with The Village Chicago to discuss the concept of brain plasticity. Tune into this virtual session to learn more about our brain’s ability to rewire and strengthen connections regardless of our age- as well as ways lifestyle behaviors can support this process. Part of this event will include strategies on incorporating exercise into our daily routines, one of the small changes we can make to trigger the plasticity process and work to maintain our cognition, even for people with existing neurological conditions.

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Higher Education: Weeding Through the Cannabis Stigma

A Chicago Area Villages, Aging Brain & Body Event, in partnership with Bonfire Media Group.This is a recording of a workshop aimed at fostering informed conversations about cannabis within our communities. Led by Lauryn Wyatt, a seasoned communications strategist dedicated to cannabis education, this event aims to illuminate the historical injustices of prohibition while empowering our communities to make informed choices regarding cannabis use.

We delve into crucial topics such as Illinois’ qualifying conditions, navigating the process of obtaining a medical card, understanding local laws and federal regulations, and addressing common risks and concerns. Our objectives go beyond mere education; we strive to promote health equity, social and economic justice, and mitigate potential harm by shedding light on the realities of cannabis.

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Understanding Caregiver Stress and Self-Care Strategies with the HAP Foundation

Taking care of a friend or family member is definitely a labor of love. However, caregiving can also be extremely stressful. This presentation discusses the physical, emotional, and financial stressors that caregivers may face. It also explores tips and strategies for self-care. Click here to watch this webinar.

Mindful Nutrition

This presentation discusses how nutrition relates to brain health, nutrition tips and snack ideas, and delves into the concept of mindful eating. This presentation explores science, relaxation and tips for eating well. Click here to watch this webinar.

Solving Your Medicare Dilemmas

Village annual sponsor Medicare Solutions Network presents a free educational seminar to get you up to speed on what Medicare covers, what it doesn’t and your potential out of pocket exposure. We will discuss Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans, Part D Prescription plans and cost saving strategies for the years ahead.  Click here to watch this webinar.

Unraveling Tinnitus: Understanding and Managing Ringing in Your Ears

Do you suffer from tinnitus or experience persistent ringing in your ears? Join audiologist Elizabeth Abbs as she explores why you might be experiencing tinnitus. Learn about the various causes and triggers of tinnitus and explore effective management strategies. This educational seminar offers valuable insights into the condition and empowers you with practical techniques for relief. Don’t let tinnitus control your life—tune in and discover ways to regain control! Click here to watch this webinar.

Advance Planning with the Five Wishes and the HAP Foundation

People are living longer, and medical technology continues to make advancements. Having an advance directive helps to ensure that you get the care that you want! The Five Wishes is a low cost and legally binding advance directive that is easy to understand and does not require a lawyer. The document covers naming a healthcare agent, medical decisions, and provides space for spiritual and social-emotional wishes as well. This presentation focuses on how planning ahead can be empowering and reduce stress on our loved ones. Click here to watch this webinar.

Coping with Grief and Loss

Loss and grief are a part of all of our lives yet navigating grief can feel overwhelming. This presentation provides a guide to the different types of loss and how they affect us. We will address common myths about grief. We will also discuss the different categories of grief and grief-informed care. Participants will learn about coping strategies and how best to support loved ones who are grieving. Resources for grief support will also be shared. Click here to watch this webinar.

What is a Death Doula?

Death doulas have come up in conversation at several recent Village events, so we are bringing one to speak with our members. Let’s discuss physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering and how doulas provide the comfort care needed to die well. In this presentation we will learn about the training of doulas as well as how they work with individuals and families at the end of life. Click here to watch this webinar.


“Not in it Alone” Information Session

This information session is the informational portion of an 8-week program with the goal of improving participants’ understanding of how to maintain and expand social networks.  Creating connections requires much more than just being around people. Click here to watch this webinar. 


What’d you say? The details on hearing aids

What’s that, you say? Are you struggling to follow conversations, or missing the crucial, whispered plot twist in your favorite procedural drama? Do you utilize hearing aids or have an interest in pursuing hearing aids? Click here to watch this webinar with speaker, Elizabeth Abbs, Doctor of Audiology, from our sponsor Midwest ENT.


Annual Legal Checkup 2023

The key to peace of mind is preparation! Guided by Certified Elder Law Attorney Katie Casey, this 10-point checklist will show you how to give yourself an annual legal checkup. Learn how to organize your personal and financial information, create and adapt your care plan, identify issues in advance of a crisis before it jeopardizes your plans. Click here to watch this webinar. 

Use it Or Lose It: Hearing Loss and Cognition

“Use it or lose it!” Did you know that this phrase can apply to your hearing health? Recent research has highlighted risks of untreated hearing loss, including cognitive impairment. Studies have also suggested that treating hearing loss, such as through hearing aids, can reduce risk of dementia.

Click here to watch this webinar which explores the relationship between hearing loss and cognition, with information on your options for preventing and treating hearing loss.

Returning to the Earth: Learn About Green Burial

This presentation is an informative discussion on green burial, a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact. Gloria will share more about the history and process of green burial, how to make arrangements using local resources, and tips on exploring related subjects such as home funerals. Consider green burial as a way to ensure that your ecological values are honored even at the very end of life. Click here to watch this webinar.