Village Blog

Where Is the Affordable Housing for Older Adults? A Thought Leaders Panel

December 8, 2021 | Last week, The Village Chicago hosted a Thought Leaders Panel on the topic of affordable housing. The housing crisis impacts individuals and families across the income spectrum. A panel of experts discussed strategies that can remove the barriers to finding a home in a livable, engaged community and how we can all help.

Panelists included: Earl L. Chase, Executive Director and VP of Heartland Housing; Gail Schechter, Executive Director of H.O.M.E.; Britta Larson, Senior Services Director at the Center on Halsted; and Donald Bell, Housing Justice Field Organizer at Jane Addams Senior Caucus. The discussion is moderated by Callie Alton, Director of Membership & Engagement for The Village Chicago. Click below to view the recording of this live event, OR copy and paste this link to share with friends, families, and colleagues who wish to learn more about this important topic:

To learn more about the panelists and resources on affordable housing, click here to view a supplementary guide.

The Village Chicago Has Support for Family Caregivers

October 20, 2021 | November is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. While supporting caregivers and individuals with memory care and brain health needs are part of the Village Chicago’s mission year-round, throughout November The Village Chicago will present a series of free events via Zoom featuring leading experts with new insights and information on family care-giving. Village CEO Darcy Evon says, “The role of the family caregiver has never been more essential or more in demand. In addition to spouses and siblings, a new “sandwich generation” of Millennials and Gen X need all the help they can get managing children, work, and aging parents. The Village Chicago stands ready to help with events such as these and our ever-expanding support services for family caregivers.” CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

Future of Work Hosts Dr. Rao Kotamarthi on Mitigating Climate Change

March 17, 2021 | Whether you missed the live event on March 10, or want to share it with others, please enjoy this recording of Mitigating Climate Change and Its Impact on the Future of Work, featuring guest speaker Dr. Rao Kotamarthi! Dr. Kotamarthi – Chief Scientist & Department Head for Argonne National Laboratory’s Atmospheric Science and Climate Research Group – has nearly 30 years of experience in climate research. He is Principal Investigator for projects ranging from climate modeling to wind energy for the Department of Energy’s Environmental Research Office. He led teams of climate scientists who analyzed the climate change impacts on Department of Defense installations and assessed the climate change vulnerabilities of lifeline infrastructure systems — transportation, power, water/wastewater, and telecommunications. He authored the soon to be published book, Downscaling Techniques for High Resolution Climate Projections – From Global Change to Local Impacts, published by Cambridge University Press, UK. In his presentation recorded below, Dr. Rao Kotamarthi discusses how innovations and President Biden’s plan should mitigate climate change and impact the future of work. He also shares what jobs these initiatives might create and/or eliminate, how future jobs may change and what we as individuals can do to help. Click the image below to view the recording OR copy and paste the link to share with friends, families, and colleagues who wish to learn more about this important topic:   Mitigating Climate Change and Its Impact on the Future of Work Featuring Dr. Rao Kotamarthi from The Village Chicago on Vimeo.

The Village Chicago: Calling All Members

April 6, 2020 | From Classic Chicago Magazine: “The coronavirus crisis is proving that The Village concept really works and really serves people. Our members, committees, and staff are all coming up with creative, potent ways of staying connected and helping one another. If there was doubt in anyone’s mind that the sense of belonging to one another matters, something like this totally erases that doubt.” —Karen Terry, Board President, The Village Chicago.   At this time of deep isolation and loneliness, sometimes all you need is a phone call. What if you multiplied that by 500? And kept each one fresh and full of feeling. The Village accepted that challenge and met it with aplomb.” Click here to read the full article.

Cubii and The Village Chicago Work Together to Bring In-Home Exercise to Seniors

March 25, 2020 | The Village Chicago has teamed up with Cubii (Fitness Cubed), the maker of the Cubii Jr compact seated elliptical, to enable Village members to stay active without leaving their homes. The Village Chicago is a member-to-member network of friendship, engagement, and services for Chicagoans who are over 50. The Village has taken on a critical role in helping its members stay connected, positive, and active as public health worries have forced Chicago residents to remain at home. Cubii’s ellipticals help users stay active and gain mobility through low-impact exercise without changing their routines or even leaving the couch—a feature that makes their products safe and convenient for Village members. Click here to read the full press release.

The Village Chicago and Artis Senior Living Announce New Care Partners Support Group

March 6, 2020 | Caring for a spouse, family member or friend with memory loss is a demanding task. The Village Chicago—the city’s premiere social and educational network for people over 50, and Artis Senior Living—which specializes in compassionate, individualized care, have teamed up to offer a ten-week support group led by veteran facilitator Bruce Hunt, who is himself a care partner for his wife. The series will be based on Dr. Edward Shaw’s best-selling guide, The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook.

The Care Partners Support Group will host a free information session on Wednesday, March 11, from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM at The Village Chicago Office (2502 N Clark St). The ten-week program will be held each Wednesday beginning on March 25th. Participant cost is $50 for the series and includes a copy of The Dementia Care Partner’s Workbook; the cost for individuals who have the book is $25.

The Village Chicago’s Longevity Symposium on Virtual Reality

February 15, 2019 | The second in our Longevity Symposium Series, members and guests enjoyed a lively discussion from a panel of trailblazers who are harnessing virtual and augmented reality to improve quality of life and health. Panelists included Neelum T. Aggarwal, M.D.; Carrie Shaw, CEO, Embodied Labs; MingTang, RA University of Cincinnati; and Emily Phelps, a medical student of Rush University Medical School.  Click here to view the full discussion.

Dr. S. Jay Olshansky Longevity Series Symposium

October 25, 2018 | was the first in a series of public events on Navigating the New Longevity. This series is part of The Village’s commitment to supporting the growth and well-being of people over 50. The speaker, Dr. S. Jay Olshansky, Professor of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago and one of 12 scholars in The MacArthur Research Network on an Aging Society discussed new developments in aging science that lead him (and fellow researchers) to believe we’re on the verge of a breakthrough that could slow biological aging for most people. Click here to see his very entertaining talk.

The Village Celebrates at the Lakefront

July 7, 2018 | From Classic Chicago Magazine: Like characters from a Fitzgerald tale, many of the 414 guests at the ninth annual Village Chicago gala lingered at waters’ edge as twilight appeared. Others explored the city’s most tempting new party venue, Theater on the Lake, bidding at auction tables beckoning cruises, getaways, and takeaway treasurers. Watching the mingling, catching the cordial conversations, who would think that the hard task of hitting a new record net of $130,000 could be so much fun? Click here to read the article, including photos of the celebration.

Putting In Place an A-Team of Allies

June 7, 2017 | From Kaiser Health News: Earlier this year, 30 senior citizens convened in a living room to talk about growing older and needing more help. Who will be my allies as I go through this process, they asked.The Chicago get-together, organized by The Village Chicago, a membership community of adults 50 and older  offers some “I’m in the same boat” guidance. Dianne Campbell, Founding Executive Director of The Village Chicago, sums it up: “People are realizing they don’t have to go through difficult situations alone and it’s OK to ask for help.” Click here to read the article.

Ageless Innovators in the News

huff-post-on-innovations-for-the-ages-2016December 8, 2016 | From Huffington Post: “The Chicago Innovation Awards, Retirement Research Foundation, and Lincoln Park Village understand the value of mature workers and celebrated market disruptors over 60 at their Innovation for the Ages: Ageless Innovators reception held at the Chicago History Museum.” Click here to read the article.
huff-post-on-innovations-for-the-ages-2016Classic Chicago Magazine: “With enthusiasm for the power of a great idea, Dianne Campbell, the founding executive director of Lincoln Park Village, summed up the advice of the “ageless innovators” who filled the Chicago History Museum on December 6 for the Chicago Innovation Award’s “Innovation for the Ages” rapid-fire presentation.” Click here to read the article.

Crain’s Chicago Business – “It Takes a Village”

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 12.00.30 PMMay 5, 2016 | From Crain’s Chicago Business: “A new model of senior living is taking hold across the country, with one in Lincoln Park at the forefront.” Click here to read the article.

Back to the top