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Beyond Words: The Science and Magic of Storytelling: Presented by The Village Chicago and the Center for Life and Learning

Wednesday, August 30, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Members & guests – free. Lunch and parking provided by our host and sponsor, Belmont Village Senior Living Lincoln Park.

Online RSVP for this program has ended. To join, please contact the Village office at 773.248.8700.

Join us for an enchanting event celebrating the art and science of storytelling! Discover the rich¬†tapestry of oral traditions from diverse cultures across time – and the modern science behind its profound impact on brain health. Immerse yourself in captivating tales, delve into research insights, and savor a delightful lunch, courtesy of sponsor Belmont Village. Don’t miss this transformative experience!

About our Presenters

Annette Mileski has been practicing the art of storytelling for over 30 years, and has facilitated workshops, and retreats as well as taught an undergraduate storytelling class for her alma mater, Aquinas College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications, a master’s degree in ministry and a certificate of theology. Before moving to Chicago in 2022, Annette was a high school English teacher and hospice volunteer caregiver. She now serves as the director of the Center for Life and Learning at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, and is celebrating the birth of her first grandchild.


Brooke Nanni is a social service and public health professional who is (in her words!) who currently serves as the Brain Health & Memory Loss Program Manager at the Village Chicago. Brooke obtained undergraduate degrees in psychology and speech pathology, then in 2016 earned a graduate degree in public health. She started her career in the intellectual disabilities field, and began working with older adults within a senior living community, and from there went into legal guardianship/program management. Most recently, Brooke has been with the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a lifestyle intervention research study which aims to protect brain health in older adults. She is looking forward to finding ways to apply her experience to help establish better brain health and to navigate cognitive changes.

Special thanks to Village annual sponsor Belmont Village for hosting this event and to our partner CLL for co-hosting!


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Wednesday, August 30, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Belmont Village Lincoln Park
700 West Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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