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november/december 2020 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Katy M. Clark Sandra Gordon Maura Horton Stacey Loscalzo Vinay Saranga M.D. Sherry Wells EVENTS EDITOR Pam Molnar PUBLISHER Jim Wolf CO-EDITORS Jim Wolf Sue Wolf

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his year the holiday season may look different. Masks and social distancing have put a damper on the usual gatherings at schools and in our communities. My own kids are sad that their holiday concerts and our town’s parade have been canceled. But there’s no need to be filled with despair. After all, it is still the most wonderful time of the year! Why not take this opportunity to rediscover the joy of slowing down and savoring the season right where you spend most of your time? Here are 7 sweet and simple ways to celebrate the holidays at home. 1. Send cards in the mail. Now is a great time to rediscover the tradition of sending Christmas cards. There are tons of online photo sites that allow you to personalize photo cards. Or simply ask your kids to draw or paint handmade greetings. No matter how fancy the cards may be, just imagine how much joy they will bring the recipients, especially Grandmas and Grandpas who love getting good old-fashioned mail! 2. Bake. Spend time together cutting out sugar cookies, rolling rugelach, or making a special recipe that your family treasures. Tell your kids about the relatives who wrote the recipes in cursive on those cards passed down 6 out & about

from generation to generation. Maybe you can drop off your homemade treats to essential workers, homebound seniors or veterans in your neighborhood. 3. Make music. The usual school holiday concert may look different this year, if it can be held at all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t host one in your own home. Have your child play a solo in front of the family. Or be like the Partridge Family and encourage everyone to pick up an instrument for a holiday jam session. Sing your favorite hymns or holiday classics. Most lyrics can be found online. 4. Read together. Be like Clark Griswald and his clan in Christmas Vacation and gather round to read The Night Before Christmas. There are also classic audio books your family could listen to as you wrap gifts or unwind after work or school. Books are the perfect way to learn about different holiday traditions, too. Ask your local librarian for recommendations of books about Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or celebrations such as Lucia Day or Three Kings Day. 5. Watch holiday movies. Going to the movies may not be feasible this year, but that suburban family |

only inspires me to create a cozy movie night in my own living room. My family likes to don holiday pajamas, snuggle up in throw blankets with snacks and hot cocoa, and laugh away at Elf and A Christmas Story. There are so many great shows and movies celebrating the season that your family is sure to find one that inspires festive spirit in everyone! 6. Celebrate outside. No matter the temperature it’s always an excellent idea to head outside. Go for a walk and listen to the wind whistling through bare trees or whipping around buildings. Notice the birds that winter in your area. Decorate a tree outside, whether in your backyard or on your balcony. Get warm by a backyard bonfire or stargaze on a frosty evening. Maybe the best outdoor activity of all is piling into the car to see the holiday lights and outdoor decorations in your neighborhood. 7. Go Virtual. Whether it’s Facebook Messenger, Zoom, or Skype, there are a myriad of ways to extend season’s greetings to friends and families. So plan that video chat with Aunt Susie or hang out online with your best friend. Reaching out and connecting, even in a virtual format, benefits everyone, especially during the holidays. November/December 2020

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he holiday season is starting amidst the worst pandemic in a century! In spite of that, we have managed to come up with quite a few safe opportunities to get your holiday cheer on! Please follow CDC guidelines when participating in any activity. Be sure to check with event organizer before you go as circumstances may have changed since time of print. The FORGE: Lemont Quarries Cozy up under the Stars with Forgefire Globe Dining: an outdoor dining experience unlike any other! Adventurous foodies will bask in the wintry beauty of The Forge: Lemont Quarries while enjoying delectable bites and beverages inside one of our private illuminated dining globes. Guests can also enjoy special holiday activities & installations throughout December. For more information, visit: www. (See our ad on Back Cover.) 8 out & about

Lighting Up Lemont Come brighten up your holiday season in Lemont and stroll all around our historic downtown during “Lighting Up Lemont.” Our dazzling illuminating holiday displays are nestled throughout our quaint, family-owned shops, restaurants, taverns, and brewery. It’s the perfect place to capture your holiday photos and magical moments. We can’t wait to see you in Lemont this holiday season! “Lighting Up Lemont” is sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association and the Village of Lemont. | @lemontdowntown |

WhirlyBall Whether you’re planning your next date night, work outing or family gathering, WhirlyBall Naperville has you covered for non-stop fun! Choose from a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer and signature cocktails at The Pivot Room, open for lunch and dinner daily. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 www.whirlyball. com [See our ad on Page 5.]

Burr Ridge Village Center Burr Ridge Village Center is an upscale mixed-use lifestyle center featuring unique shops, restaurants and spas. Key Tenants insuburban family |

clude: Kohler Waters Spa, Cooper’s Hawk Winery, The Design Bar, The Hampton Social, Kelley Cawley Boutique, Keema Aveda Salon, Peak Running With A Twist, Sephora, Starbucks Coffee, Topaz Café, Two Bostons and Wok ‘n Fire. Connect with Us: Website: Instagram & Facebook: @ShopBurrRidge 701 Village Center Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. (630) 654-2782.

Winter Wonders: Boerner Bigger & Brighter Holiday Light Displays from the Safety & Comfort of Your Car! Winter Wonders is a 1.4-mile touchless, drive-through holiday light show featuring more than one million LED lights set in the area surrounding Milwaukee’s Boerner Botanical Arboretum and Whitnall Park. This year’s display opens November 20 and runs thru January 3. The event is made possible in part through a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Department of Tourism. A COVIDSafe Event. All displays are viewed from the safety and comfort of the family vehicle. Online ticket purchase, all ticket scanning, and even the delivery of holiday gift bags are touchless/no contact. Special Promotions : Illinois Weekend All vehicles from Illinois will receive a special gift bag December 4th, 5th & 6th. Tickets on sale at (See our ad on inside front cover.) November/December 2020

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November is not too late to enjoy the fall colors at Wheaton’s Cantigny Park, and you might even see a wild turkey! Check www. for the current event schedule, which includes in-person and “virtual” opportunities. If you go, don’t miss the all-new Rock Garden and the farm-themed playground— both added during the park’s recent renovation. Text PARK to 36000 to receive updates. Parking is just $5 seven days a week, and FREE on the first Wednesday of the month.

14th Annual Festival of Lights Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora. Enjoy the magic of the 2020 Festival of Lights. New this year is Santa flying high above the park in his own customized helicopter. The 20’ tall Dancing Christmas Tree & SINGING Reindeer are still @HEAR” to delight you. This is the largest FREE outdoor holiday light displays in Northern Illinois and is presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora in partnership with the City of Aurora. It is a mile-long drive-through of spectacular displays. Staged at Phillips Park, 1000 Ray Moses Drive, Aurora. Open nightly 5 to 9, Nov. 27 through Dec. 27. Freewill donations appreciated.

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It’s the holiday season in Naperville, and it’s time to gather with those closest to you. For those with family coming from out of town, Naperville is home to 17 hotels who are dedicated to the health and safety of their visitors. Don’t forget about a delicious holiday meal. With over 300 restaurants in Naperville, you and your family can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or take it to-go. More information can be found at and

Apple Holler Pick your own memories at Apple Holler orchard and family farm with a farm to table bakery cafe, gift shop, offering pick your own apples, peaches, pears and pumpkins. Visitors will enjoy four seasons of family fun and activities including; Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides, children’s shows, orchard and farm tours, school field trips, hayrides, barnyard animals and outdoor Kids Korral play areas. Apple Holler is located 20 minutes north of Gurnee Mills between Racine and Kenosha, WI at exit 337 off I-94 (5006 S. Sylvania Ave. Sturtevant, WI 53177) Call (262) 884-7100, or visit www., for further information. [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.] November/December 2020

Abbey Farms Start Your holiday season at Abbey Farms! Searching for an old-fashioned treat to bring home for the holidays? Apple crisp, pies, award-winning donuts – plus our farm store offers a wide range of gifts and a variety of time-tested flavors for your seasonal cooking at home. Christmas trees, wreaths and garland are available beginning November 21 – please reserve your spot at No contact delivery available! Reserve your socially distanced visit with Santa, or enjoy the German comfort food of our Pine Tree Cafe – outdoors on the patio by the fire. For more info, visit! [See our ad on Page 3.]

Lyman Woods Nature Programs Nature programs at Lyman Woods offer outdoor adventures to explorers of all ages! Kids can enjoy programs such as outdoor cooking, gardening, campouts, scavenger hunts and more. For adults, Lyman Woods offers beekeeping workshops, dog training classes and more! Looking for a unique date night? Join our Wild Nights Out for Adults featuring a nighttime hike. Once the cold weather sets in, visitors can enjoy the wonders of winter at Lyman Woods with snowshoe rentals! 901 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515. 630.963.9388. Learn more and register at

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Come Enjoy the Wonderful Colors of Fall

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Whitecap Mountains Resort A fun-filled experience for family, friends, and adventurers. Whitecap Mountains Resort offers year-round family recreation, lodging, and down-home hospitality in Northern Wisconsin. Spread over a vast 400 acres within the ancient Penokee Mountains, it’s the perfect location for a corporate retreat, mountaintop wedding, extended family reunion, or relaxing getaway. Discover three mountains with 43 trails for every ability. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find endless opportunities to connect with nature and each other. 9106 W County Road E, Upson, WI 54565. 715561-2227. www.

Holly Days in Westmont Westmont’s annual Holly Days is back! The holiday fun begins November 28, and will include our Holly Days Food Drive, Holly Days Giving Tree, Home and Business Decorating Contests, Letters to Santa, and more! For a complete list of Holly Days activities, please visit or by calling 630.963.5252. November/December 2020

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NOVEMBER VIRTUAL Holiday Market – 11/12-12/6. Presenting more than 300 artists, artisans, and makers from across North America online. Shop, experience studio tours and demonstrations. Jingle Mingle – 11/13. A festive parade through the Village Center starting at 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Children’s giveaways, crafts, concessions and visits from special well-known characters are all part of the fun of Jingle Mingle. Burr Ridge. Long Grove Vintage Holidays – 11/1212/25. Features merchant open houses, holiday music, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more! Annual Tree Trim at Brookfield Zoo – 11/14-15 and 11/21-22. Families and groups can sponsor a tree to decorate that will be on display for the holiday season and then participate in the tree trim. 10 AM-4:30 PM. Brookfield. Register for a tree now at treetrim. Let It Shine Lightshow — 11/15 - 1/9/2021. Drive thru holiday light show at Northbrook Court. 1515 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook. VIRTUAL Holiday Folk Fair International - 11/20-22. Enjoy traditional music and dance, traditional dishes, unique traditions and customs wherever you are. West Allis, WI. Information at Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum – 11/20-1/3. Illumination will return for the eighth year as a reimagined driving experience featuring new displays, a customized music soundtrack and returning favorites. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 12 out & about

Winter Wonders – 11/20 through 1/3/21. This spectacular drive-through holiday lights display is back for its second year! Includes dramatic lighting techniques and new displays throughout the forests and fields of the Boerner Arboretum and Whitnall Park. Franklin, WI.

Please check with event organizer before you go as circumstances may have changed since time of print. Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo. Aurora Festival of Lights – 11/27-12/27. One of the biggest and best light displays in the area during the holiday season. Fri-Sat 5-10 PM; Sun-Thurs 5-9 PM. Phillips Park, Aurora. Light Up the Holidays Festival and Parade – 11/27. Parade, fireworks, tree lighting and activities presented by local businesses. 10 AM-7 PM. Downtown Joliet. Holiday Magic – Brookfield Zoo is offering an expanded schedule with 24 nights—Friday-Sunday, November 27-29; Wednesdays-Sundays, December 2-6, 9-13, and 16-20; and Saturday-Thursday, December 26-31, from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Festival of Lights and Tree Sales – 11/27suburban family |

12/30. Cosley Zoo is transformed with 20,000 twinkling lights, spectacular displays, a selection of Christmas trees for purchase, hot chocolate and gifts. 9AM-9 PM daily.Wheaton. Holiday Homecoming – 11/27-2.8 Trail of Trees, Santa House, holiday related deals, specials and events. St. Charles. Westmont Holly Days Begins – 11/ 28, and will include our Food Drive, Giving Tree, Letters to Santa, and more! For a complete list visit

DECEMBER Winter Wonderland – 12/3. Santa, story time and special performance. 4 - 5PM. Heritage Park.Wheeling. Holiday Tree Trimming – 12/3. Community businesses, organizations, neighborhoods and families are invited to sponsor a tree which will be on display along Lake Street in Memorial Parkway. River Forest. Holiday Trees at Wilder Park – 12/3.12/30. Enjoy the lights and seasonal cheer in Elmhurst. Lambs Farm Holiday Lights Gift and Craft Fair – 12/3-6. Thu 1-9 PM, – Fri 11 AM – 9 PM, Sat 9 AM - 6 PM, Sun 10 AM – 5 PM. Arlington International Racecourse, Arlington Heights. VIRTUAL Holiday Housewalk – 12/4 12/30. Virtual tour of Holiday houses in Oak Park and River Forest. Benefits OPRF Infant Welfare Society. The Nineteenth Century Club, Oak Park. Virtual Holiday Housewalk and Grand Raffle – 12/4-30. Virtually tour 5 beautiful Oak Park & River Forest homes, festively decorated for the holidays, view how-to holiday videos from local merchants and participate November/December 2020

Welcome Home for the Holidays... BURR RID GE HOLIDAY EVENTS


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Saturday, December 12 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Join us for a special Holiday Market at Burr Ridge Village Center and shop a unique mix of local vendors.


Story Time With Mrs. Claus Sunday, December 6 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday, December 13 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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Enjoy story time, photos with Mrs. Claus and cookies. Pajamas, blankies and teddy bears welcome! Space is limited for your safety. RSVPs required.


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Saturday, December 12 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Sunday, December 20 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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in raffle to win $10,000. Tickets Geneva Christmas Parade – 12/4. Parade starts at 7PM with Santa and sing-a-long. 6:00 PM - 9:00. Geneva. Breakfast with Santa — 12/5. Family breakfast with Santa. Make a holiday craft, play games, and have a one-on-one visit and photo with Santa too. Register. 8:30-11:45 AM. Prairie Activity & Recreation Center, 24550 W. Renwick Rd., Plainfield. Holiday Market – 12/4 6-9 PM; 12/5-6 Noon – 5 PM. Old-fashioned carriage rides, Ice carving, Photos with Santa, Campfire and S’mores, crafts, market. Tinley Park. Toyland Parade – 12/5. Celebrates the official arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will visit the Oak Park Avenue train station immediately following the conclusion of the parade. Please bring an unwrapped gift for any age for donation. 11:45AM Tinley Park. Winter Wonderland – 12/5. Santa will turn on our tree lights and read “The Night Before Christmas”. Hot chocolate and craft bag full of activities to take home. 4-5:00 PM. Heritage Park, Wheeling. Festival of Lights – 12/5-1/1.Visit the Museum at Old Town Park throughout the Festival of Lights for a seasonal holiday show. Other entertainment includes horse-drawn carriage

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rides, crafts and train ride. Bloomingdale. Holiday Flower Show – 12/5-1/10. Visit to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. Celebrate the Season Holiday Festival – 12/5. The park will be decorated for the holidays, and an assortment of activities and offerings are planned to kick off the season in style. 1 – 7 PM. Cantigny, Wheaton. LaGrange Hometown Holiday – 12/5. Santa arrives by firetruck to light a giant Christmas tree. Carolers, ice sculptures 3-8 PM.. La Grange is decked out for fun with holiday festivities all season long. Downtown LaGrange. Candlelight at the Inn – 12/5-6. Experience 1840s winter travel and tavern hospitality like travelers to the Garfield’s in their 1846 brick inn. Hospitality, refreshments, live music, and a bake sale in the Burr House. 3-7 PM. Campton Hills. Parade of Lights – 12/6. The Parade of Lights will march north down Oak Park Avenue from 177th Street to the Subway parking lot. 5PM. Tinley Park. Chris Kringle Market – 12/6-8 and 12/1315. Features artisan gift vendors, holiday treats, German-style beer and activities for the whole family to enjoy! See website for

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hours. Ottawa. JingleBell Jubilee – 12/7. Come see beautiful holiday lights, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, hear stories, listen to carolers, drink hot cocoa, and much more! Lombard. Victorian Christmas – 12/7. Visit the Historic House at 311 Windy Point Drive and experience what a “Victorian Christmas” might have been like 100 years ago! Free tours and craft for kids. 6:30 -8:30 PM. Glendale Heights. Adults Night Out: Holidaze! – 12/10. 18+ entry to zoo after hours. Holiday lights, ugly sweater contest, activities, music, Food, hot chocolate and festive cocktails, (for those ages 21+) for purchase. 6:30 – 10 P.M. Lincoln Park Zoo. Oswego Holiday Express – 12/10-13. Offering 12 person trips that are 10 minutes apart. Take an imaginary train to Mrs. Claus’s Cookie House for coffee, cocoa and cookies. Write letters to Santa and have a socially distanced visit. 4-10 PM. Oswego. Carriage Rides – 12/11-12 and 12/18-19. Cruise the lights and sights of Old Town Park’s Festival of Lights on an old-fashioned carriage ride. FREE with registration. 6:308PM. Bloomingdale. Christmas Lights Trolley Tours – 12/1113 and 12/18-20. Illuminated tours of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area to visit light displays on the fully enclosed trolley. 6-8 PM. Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center. Candy Cane Hunt – 12/12. Dress warm & bring a basket for your goodies. Hunt is divided by age group. Prizes given. A visitor from North Pole, too. Ages 10 and under. 10 AM Community Park Bandshell, Lisle. Register. Merry and Bright: A Victorian Christmas – 12/14. History discussion of Victorian Christmas in Downers Grove. Ages 6-12. Register. 3-4:30 PM. Lincoln Center, Downers Grove. Holiday Express – 12/17. Sign up for your festive open-air sleigh ride to meet Santa at the North Pole. Prior to meeting Santa, we will have socially distant activities including crafts and games in the gym. 4-8PM. Register. Family Recreation Center, Oak Brook. Happy Noon Year – 12/17. Games, music, massive balloon drop and sparkling grape-juice toast. 10 - 11 Am. 12 - 1 PM. Community Rec Center. Wheeling. Noon Year’s Eve — 12/31. Children can ring in the New Year with music, inflatables, games, crafts, snacks, family-friendly entertainment! Register. 11 AM-1 PM. Prairie Activity & Recreation Center, 24550 W. Renwick Rd. Plainfield. November/December 2020

Odyssey Fun World - Tinley Park The place for out of this world family fun for all ages! Indoor Arcade (no rides or playland) open Thursday-Sunday, Noon-8pm.Tickets must be purchased for all who enter and may be purchased in advance at or onsite based on capacity availability. Birthday party packages available, visit or call 708-429-3800 for more info. 19111 S. Oak Park Avenue,Tinley Park. Fleetwood Roller Rink - Summit Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun. Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times SAFARI LAND - Villa Park Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR entertainment center, plus home of the largest yearround indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open

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seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Attractions include: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area temporarily closed until Phase 5, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie GoKarts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties! For more information visit www. or call 630-530-4649. WhirlyBall - Naperville From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink, WhirlyBall Naperville provides the perfect venue for all ages and occasions. The two-story “eatertainment” complex features a variety of activities including WhirlyBall, LaserTag, HyperBowling and bowling plus private event spaces for groups of any size. Round out your event with customized menus featuring The Pivot Room’s selection of elevated American fare and craft beverages. Book your event today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-9324800. [See our ad on Page 5.] The Celebrate section has been combined with the holiday section in this issue.

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Christ Community Church

St. Charles, Aurora, Dekalb, and Streamwood • Nothing is typical right now. Christ Community Church (with campuses in St. Charles, Aurora, DeKalb, and Streamwood) wants to assure you that this is not the way it is supposed to be. While none of us know why God allows suffering, we can take comfort knowing he didn’t exempt himself from suffering. In fact, he showed up on earth in the person of Jesus to suffer and die. He did it to give us life. To breathe life into our lungs. To give us hope. During 2020, Christ Community has been reminded again and again of this hope—and that being the church was never about a building. It’s about being like Jesus where we are. Christ Community left its four Chicagoland buildings during shelter-in-place, but saw God move. Now, in-person worship services have resumed in St. Charles, Aurora, Dekalb, and Streamwood with safety measures including social-distancing and mask-wearing. If you are looking for a safe, loving, and inspiring place to worship, we’d love to meet you.

First, we believe stories matter.They move us and remind us of hope.This is why Christ Community brings in guests with inspiring stories three times a year. On December 12 & 13, our Inspiring Stories guest is Captain Tammie Job Shults, one of the U.S. Navy’s first female fighter pilots and former Southwest Airlines pilot. On April 17, 2018, she safely landed Flight 1380 after the aircraft suffered engine failure and rapid decompression of the aircraft. Second, we hope you will join us in-person or online for Christmas Eve services on December 23 & 24 as we ask, “What are you looking for?” Learn more about Christ Community Church at

“My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be”

You can join us online at as well. Not only do we broadcast four services per weekend, but we have a slate of online programs for kids and youth, support and recovery groups, and more. If you are feeling anxious, fearful, grief-stricken, or confused, we have a place for you called Care Night ( We’d like to extend two special invitations. 16 faith & inspiration

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“Do something today that your future self will THANK YOU for.” Unknown

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Congregation Etz Chaim 1710 S Highland Ave, Lombard, IL 60148 To be a human being is both simple and simultaneously complicated. The answer on how to live can be found in the Torah (Hebrew bible/Old Testament) in Leviticus 19:18 where it says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Rabbis have long interpreted this to mean that what you would not do against yourself, you cannot do to another person. The main taproot of Judaism, it has often been referred to as the Golden Rule. When we follow these words, we have a guide as to how we are to act in our lives. We strive to remember to be a person of integrity. To be kind and merciful and temper justice with compassion. That ultimately, all of humankind is responsible for one another. Jews have been referred to as “The People of The Book.” We study to remind us how to live our lives as if no one is watching - and yet as if we still answer to a Higher Being. All that matters is our actions in the here and now. Even if there is a hereafter, it will take care of itself. Faith is good but not required. Judaism is a religion which compels us to take action: To heal the world and be partners with God in the ongoing process of creation. And in this way, we continue to living the words of the Prophet Micah (6:8) What does God ask of us? “To Do Justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly in God’s ways.” When we follow this guidance, we are led to living life with the highest level of dignity for all.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” Dalai Lama.

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon

What do you want in a synagogue? ✓ welcoming community ✓ vibrant religious school ✓ adult education ✓ volunteer opportunities

✓ weekly shabbat services ✓ youth involvement ✓ friendships to last lifetime

Community, Spirituality and You. Congregation Etz Chaim 1710 S. Highland Ave Lombard, IL 60148

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There is No Success in Caregiving without By Maura Horton


Self Care

aregiving, while uniquely rewarding, is never an easy task. Millions of people are happy to take on the role and meet the needs of their family member, but it is a role that requires a lot of self-sacrifice.

November is National Family Caregivers month and as the COVID pandemic continues to affect daily life, caregivers are some of the most impacted by the virus. A recent survey by the University of Pittsburgh found that COVID-19 is having a profoundly negative impact on people who care for family members with disabilities. Caregivers reported worse mental and physical health, money worries, and problems accessing health care because of COVID-19. 43% of caregivers said their mental health was worse than before the pandemic (compared to 36% of non-caregivers). Family members who are the primary caregiver for seniors have been facing extreme stress and challenges as well. Many caregivers worry about bringing the virus home and infecting their loved ones. Others are wanting to be able to visit their loved ones in a nursing home or care facility, concerned about isolation. Burnout is something all caregivers have to deal with throughout their caregiving journey. Now, with more obstacles to face than ever before it is vital for caregivers to set aside time for themselves. Both physical and mental health need to be supported through self-care and here are a few ways caregivers can start: Say Goodbye to Guilt Caregiving can be riddle with guilt. Caregivers can often find themselves feeling like they should have been better or done better and they have regret for things they said or didn’t do. Not every day, every moment 20 senior focus

or every interaction is perfect. Everyone has moments they wish they could redo. It is important not to dwell on these moments and recognize that forgiving perceived shortcomings will create an opportunity to do better next time. Take Notes Caregivers often take notes about the person they are caring for to use as a reference or to bring to doctor appointments. This is something they should do for themselves as well. Keep a journal of how the day went, was it a good day, what feelings did the day trigger, what was learned and other information. Going back and looking at these notes can surprisingly reveal a pattern of recurring gratitude and love. Mayday! Mayday! Asking for help can be hard. Conversations often go like this, “Please let me know if I can help in any way” and caregivers reply with “I will, thank you”.Yet they rarely do. Don’t wait until the ship is sinking to ask for help, even if it is just in a small way. Help is cumulative. It all adds up. And, humans seem to function better with a purpose. Accept someone else’s purpose to help. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Self-reflection is often hard but vital to being one’s best self. Take time, it only needs to be a few minutes, to breathe and gather thoughts and look inwards. Acknowledge and value accomplishments that have been made.Take time to be thankful for a good moment or a good suburban family |

laugh. Take time to see and recognize the personal strength it takes to be a caregiver. Run Your Race “Comparison is the thief of joy,” Theodore Roosevelt. Try not to compare a day or caregiving journey to someone else’s. Everyone has their own unique challenges layered with complicated decisions. There isn’t a formula for caregiving. What worked for one person may not work for another and that is okay. Every caregiver has to find their own path. Keep It Simple When game planning for the morning, day, week or month, learn to simplify. Often the perception is that the more that can be accomplished in one day, the better. However, when it comes to caregiving things need to be made less daunting. If something intimidating lies ahead, try to break it down into small steps to achieve the goal. Know that living an uncomplicated life can help make things seem more manageable. One thing that is certain for caregivers is that the challenges are not going to stop. Some days will have more than others.The key to avoiding burnout and staying strong is to create a personal formula for dealing with them, starting by simplifying daily life as much as possible and accepting that it is impossible to do it all. Maura Horton, Chief Community Officer for JUNIPERunltd, is known as the Care Coach, a voice of guidance and experience for caregivers and their families. November/December 2020

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Grandpa Can’t Talk Anymore By Stacey Loscalzo


s our population ages, many children are afforded the wonderful opportunity to know and love their grandparents and with increasing frequency, their great grandparents. I feel so lucky that my two daughters have relationships with their two grandmothers, a grandfather, two great grandmothers and a great grandfather. What an amazing sense of perspective these relationships give my girls. With this opportunity though, comes the responsibility of communicating with loved ones as they age. While many people age gracefully with few medical complications, it is also quite common for a child to watch as an older relative develops side effects from a heart attack, diabetes or stroke. A common side effect of stroke is aphasia, a communication disorder affecting two million Americans (more, for example, than suffer from Multiple Sclerosis). Aphasia, as defined by the American Speech and Hearing Association, is "a disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Aphasia causes problems with any or all of the following: speaking, listening, reading, and writing." Most frequently caused by a stroke, aphasia does not affect a person's intelligence, only their ability to communicate. While aphasia is clearly frustrating for the person suffering with it, communicating with an aphasic can also be challenging for family members. It is easy to assume that the person does not understand what you are saying or that they are no longer as smart as they once were. In fact, though, this is not true. By making simple changes in the way that you speak to a person with aphasia, they can remain happy and contributing family members. 22 senior focus

Some simple but important tips to remember include: Talk to the aphasic as the adult they are, not a child. It is easy to believe that talking loudly and simplifying your own language will make it easier to talk with a person suffering from aphasia. While these changes in your speech will be well intentioned, they can often make the aphasic feel less intelligent, which they are not. Even if your family member is unable to respond to you, they will appreciate being part of a conversation that is on their cognitive level. Slow down your own speech. At times, rapid speech can become hard for an aphasic to understand. If you tend to be a 'fast talker', make a conscious effort to slow down your speech. Chances are good that you will become easier for everyone to understand not only your aphasic relative.

fortable silence. Often, aphasics require extra processing time both to understand the question and to formulate a reply. Therefore, don't assume that the person is unable to respond. Just give them ample time to do so. Look at the person speaking so that they can use facial expressions and gestures to aid their own verbal communication. Often, people who have a difficult time communicating verbally are still able to express themselves non-verbally with gestures and facial expressions. If you are not making eye contact when people speak, you take away this successful compensation technique.

Reduce background noise and other distractions. Like slower speech, talking in a quiet and calm environment will make your speech easier to understand while also giving the aphasic a greater chance for success in their own verbal communication.

Use visual aids, like pictures and notes, whenever possible. You should take advantage of many mediums to communicate with a person with aphasia. As mentioned above, rely on facial expressions and gestures, both yours and theirs. And on a similar note, use writing and pictures when it is helpful. There are times when the aphasic benefits from seeing pictures or words about your conversation. Also, an aphasic who has a difficult time expressing an idea verbally might be able to draw a picture or write a note to explain their ideas.

Allow the aphasic plenty of time to respond to questions. When you ask a question and your relative does not respond right away, resist the temptation to talk again quickly. Again, with good intentions, people tend to answer their own question or ask another question, simply to fill an uncom-

Once you become comfortable using these techniques yourself, be sure to model and explain them to your children. While children often will intuitively make these changes for their grandparents, some simple reminders can go a long way in maintaining great intergenerational relationships.

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Where a Healthy Lifestyle meets Glamorous Living


Recently renovated to enhance our Assisted Living offerings, life at Carrington Hall continues to be safe and comforting to our residents.

“The KBH staff responds quickly to our concerns and needs. They prioritize our care and wellbeing and provide excellent service with compassion and interest.” – Jody Pringle,

Current, and long-time resident of King-Bruwaert House, a 60 and Better Community

Significant evolution can take place over the course of 85+ years, and Carrington Hall exemplifies our promise to evolve with senior care and preferences. Our first major room reconstruction project since 1986, these well-appointed suites each feature a unique layout with light colors and an efficient use of space. The perfect blend of safe and healthy communal living with personalized attention, this lifestyle option holds great appeal. Services include daily meals in our main dining room and Bistro ‘33, weekly housekeeping, bed linen change, trash removal, scheduled transportation, social services, individualized service plans and a variety of daily activities.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on luxury assisted living at

Carrington Hall, contact Joan Metz, Director of Admissions, at (630) 230-9551 or King-Bruwaert House • 6101 S. County Line Road • Burr Ridge, IL 60527 •


Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights Many recent studies have focused on the growing understanding of overall health and wellness as a whole-person consideration. Most people think of wellness as exercise and fitness. There is so much more. 8 Pillars of Wellness Linda Smith, Marketing Director The Eight Pillars of Wellness encompass a whole-person approach. The pillars include: • Emotional – coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships • Financial – Satisfaction with current and future financial situations • Social – Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system • Spiritual – Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life • Occupational – Personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one’s work • Physical – Recognizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep, and nutrition • Intellectual – Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills • Environmental – Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being The Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights wants to encourage you to commit to the Eight Pillars of Wellness.The MyWellness Center, on the campus of Lutheran Home, is expected to launch in January 2021 with a commitment to programming around all the pillars. This membershipbased center will allow you to socialize, exercise, relax, learn and enhance your whole body. During the COVID-19 crisis, videos encompassing all the pillars are dropping daily to allow you to begin your wellness campaign at home. Check out the many videos at www. and move with an exercise program, watch a nutrition video or a cooking demonstration, or test your cognitive abilities with a BrainSavers quiz. Watch for additional information around the community about the MyWellness Center on the campus of Lutheran Home as the excitement builds for the launch of the program. For more information, contact Linda Smith at (847) 368-7404. 24 senior focus

Alvernia Manor Alvernia Manor Senior Living is the “Hidden Gem” that can ease your family’s concerns. The Mission of this unique senior living community is to provide seniors a loving, safe and caring home. For over 45 years the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King and their dedicated staff have cared for seniors as their own family with respect, love and concern. Family and friends refer Alvernia Manor as their “Hidden Gem”.

Care Chicagoland are thoroughly screened, bonded and insured to provide the safest and highest level of care. There’s no charge for a free assessment or for assisted living or memory care referral services. We provide care for one hour up to 24-7 live-in. Check out our online reviews and call us today for more info! We’re dedicated to exceeding your expectations….always! 630-426-1099,

Alvernia Manor is located on a hilltop in Lemont, IL. With its beautiful bluff location, the vivid colors of the four seasons are played out annually in panoramic view. Residents can relax in the privacy of their room or spend spiritual time in the Chapel. Keeping a resident’s body and mind healthy and active is the goal the Sisters and staff strive for. Games, exercise, movies, bingo, shopping trips and entertainment are among the many activities on its monthly activity calendar.

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Alvernia Manor’s healthcare staff ensures resident’s medications are dispensed, vitals taken and daily health monitored. Fresh meals are prepared daily and all housekeeping needs attended to. All this adds up to no more worries for you. In addition, Adult Day Services or Short-Term Stay are other available option. Loved ones receive the care and recreation they need in a safe environment while caregivers go to work or get a much needed break. Come see for yourself all Alvernia Manor offers. To find out more about this “Hidden Gem” call 630.257.7721.

Our community provides numerous options to expand your mind, improve your physical health, socialize with friends and experience a worry-free lifestyle with chef-prepared meals and bi-monthly housekeeping.

Always Best Care Always Best Care Chicagoland combines national strength and standards with local accessibility to ensure that exceptional care is provided to your loved ones. Our agency provides in home care that includes many aspects tied to activities of daily living such as: companionship, light housekeeping, meal prep, or more involved personal care. We have strong relationships with area hospitals, social workers, senior communities and senior resources throughout the area. Our supervising staff has over thirty years or experience in the healthcare field. Caregivers at Always Best suburban family |

At Franciscan Village, residents enjoy personalized care and a variety of engaging activities that help them live joyfully. Our mission is to help you or your loved one celebrate more moments in life with peace of mind – thanks to our wide range of care options. At our senior living community, we offer independent living, assisted living, memory support, senior rehabilitation, respite care and home healthcare services.

Franciscan Village strongly believes in enhancing the spiritual health and wellbeing of our residents, associates, and families through our mission and our faith. While Franciscan Village has roots in the Catholic faith, we welcome those of all beliefs and are dedicated to helping residents live with purpose at our community. For more information, call 630-243-3479 or go to Franciscan Village is located at 1270 Village Drive, Lemont, IL 60439.

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IN YOUR MEDICARE COVERAGE Most Medicare Advantage (MA) plans offer prescription drug coverage and can even coordinate benefits such as vision and dental. With so many variables, it’s important to regularly review your options. Consult a licensed representative to find the best plan for your evolving healthcare needs.

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King-Bruwaert House

DuPage Medical Group

It was at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 where Suzanne King, a well-known

Exploring Common Questions About Medicare Advantage Plans At DuPage Medical Group, our patients often approach us with questions regarding Medicare coverage and which plans might be right for them. One such option is Medicare Advantage, which can offer improvements in both cost and overall care.

Chicago socialite met Francois Edmond Bruwaert, who served as the French Consul General to Chicago and the United States. The Frenchman and the Chicagoan soon fell in love and were married six months later. While traveling throughout Europe, the two developed an interest in medical facilities and how outdoor, landscaped spaces could be used to promote calm and tranquility. Suzanne King-Bruwaert passed away in the late 1920’s and left a substantial sum in her will to establish a retirement home for women in the Chicagoland area based on her experiences in Europe. The result was KingBruwaert House (KBH), a non-profit organization which opened its doors for women in 1933. In 1979, King-Bruwaert House merged with the historic Godair Home to expand its scope, and the community has been serving women, men, and couples ever since. “Our Manor Home has the historic charm of the 1930’s, including original hardwood floors, beautiful chandeliers, and grand fireplaces,” says Andy Beltz, Senior Director of Marketing. At KBH, programming for residents operates on multiple levels. There are programs designed to tailor to the needs of individuals, particularly important in its Memory Care Community, and group activities that are designed for socialization and other dimensions of wellness. King-Bruwaert House is currently going through a planned expansion. The Gardens of King-Bruwaert will offer opportunities for seniors, 60 years or better, with 49 brand new apartment home residences. “The expansion plans also include the addition to, and renovation of, our current skilled-nursing wing,” says Beltz. KBH has also remodeled part of its Manor Home creating Carrington Hallhome to recently renovated, luxury assisted living suites with additional amenities and support services. It’s all part of King-Bruwaert House’s mission, with its panoramic setting, to be a place where residents can come together to celebrate an active lifestyle, surrounded by compassionate, caring staff, engaging activities, delicious food, and personalized care. King-Bruwaert House is located at 6101 S. County Line Road in Burr Ridge, 630-3232250, 26 senior focus

What are some of the extended benefits? Medicare Advantage plans offer the same coverage as traditional Medicare, plus additional features through Medicare-approved private companies. Coverage under Medicare Advantage plans often includes preventive care and wellness services such as disease prevention, chronic care management and even gym memberships. Dental and vision coverage are also common features included in Medicare Advantage plans. Lastly, most Medicare Advantage policies include Medicare prescription drug coverage (also known as “Part D”) and do not require Medigap (supplemental) coverage. Who are good candidates? Medicare Advantage can be the perfect solution for seniors looking to take more control of their health through expanded healthcare services. Medicare Advantage Plans cover a number of services which would not be deemed “medically necessary” under traditional Medicare plans, potentially offering patients more peace of mind when it comes to their health. When is a good time to consider plans? We encourage patients to discuss health care decisions with their family members and meet with a licensed insurance agent to compare their plan options. Since Medicare costs and plan benefits do change every year, it’s important to review how these fluctuations may impact your health care the following year. DuPage Medical Group helps coordinate Medicare education seminars at many of our offices. To learn more, visit

The Auberge At Naperville Auberge at Naperville is a specially designed community serving needs of individuals and their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. Through our Life Enrichment program, a Montessori-inspired philosophy for care, we create a specialized, life enriching environment that affords each individual maximum self- expression. Our staff is committed to delivering a quality of care that meets our residents physisuburban family |

cal, social, spiritual and emotional needs. In addition to our Life Enrichment program we also offer Genesis Rehab Services who provide: • Onsite outpatient clinics providing PT, OT and ST services Mon-Fri • Evidence based rehabilitation programs including Balance in Action® (BIA) Fall Risk Management Program, Otago Exercise Program, Dementia staging using the GDS scale, LSVT BIG and LOUD and GRS pain management • Above industry average outcomes including exceptionally low fall rate due to proactive wellness checks and functional rehabilitation and very low re-hospitalization rate <4% It can be different…let us show you how Contact us for a tour – 630-778-9221 or, 1936 Brookdale Road, Naperville, IL 60563

Villa St. Benedict A Community with a History, of keeping residents “Secure and Safe” Villa St. Benedict is a boutique senior living community in Lisle, IL. The history and spirit make it unique, a hidden gem in the western Chicago suburbs. Residents and staff consider each other family. Listed as a Top Ten company to work for in Chicago - NY Times Survey.We have an opendoor policy, which leads to beautiful friendships between residents and staff. “It’s a very special privilege to have our resident’s trust,” says, Director of Nursing. “Every day is different. There is happiness… there is sadness… but having those close relationships with residents is what keeps me going every day.” Staff and residents are practicing social distancing and following all Illinois protocols; while still enjoying daily activities and dining options. Beautiful 47-acre campus; including the glorious Sacred Heart Chapel. Villa St. Benedict’s spirit of love and care affects the daily tasks, communication, and attitude of all staff. The Benedictine Core Values of hospitality, respect, stewardship and justice are the foundation of the community’s mission. Offering 2-bedroom Villa Homes & apartments for independent living; assisted living individual efficiency apartments, memory care private rooms. Amenities include three dining venues, exercise center, salon, library, outdoor walking paths, patios and seating for enjoying beautiful vistas, and much more. We continue to welcome new residents. Call 630-852-0345. November/December 2020

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Life Lives Better at Auberge of Naperville Auberge at Naperville is a specially designed community serving the needs of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other forms of memory loss. With our Life Enrichment program, a Montessori-inspired philosophy for care, we create a specialized, life-enriching environment that affords each individual maximum self-expression. The staff is committed to delivering a quality of care that meets the resident’s physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs.

It can be different…let us show you how. Some of our features are: • Montessori-Based Programming • 24/7 Nursing • Respite Care • On-Site Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

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conversation at Thanksgiving is a great start to keeping older drivers safe behind the wheel. Waiting until an accident happens can leave the driver feeling as if they need to defend themselves. Planning ahead is the most successful way to safely maintain lifelong community mobility and independence.

essary, such as safer routes to destinations, not driving at night, and avoiding rush hour, without worrying about having to stop driving immediately.

“The thought of completely giving up the keys can trigger anxiety about dependence, loneliness, and isolation, so it’s important for older drivers and their families to understand the many steps between noticing an issue and giving up driving completely,” says Elin Schold Davis, Project Coordinator of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA’s) Older Driver Safety Initiative. “When families and older adults plan ahead for community mobility, they have the most choices and the most power.”

Safe Driving Tips for Seniors

AOTA offers tips for families to begin a conversation with an older adult about driving: • To reduce stress and feelings of dread, begin a conversation while an older adult is still a competent driver. This will keep the focus on preparing for future needs. Discuss the reasons for your loved one’s driving and how minor adjustments can be made when nec28 senior focus

• Use everyday activities as a catalyst: A discussion about getting groceries into the home is less threatening than a conversation about driving. Look at options such as grocery delivery or moving to a place where the older adult can safely walk to the grocery store rather than focusing on taking independence away.

• Drive when you and the roads are in good condition. • Schedule regular vision and hearing exams. • Keep yourself physically active. Carefully manage your medications • Take a safe driving course.

• Focus on specific behaviors: Instead of raising general concerns and saying, “I don’t like the idea of you still driving,” focus on a specific fact. For example, “I’ve noticed that you don’t look when backing up,” is a less threating approach. Shifting the focus to a specific behavior will be received more as support to assist the driver. • Explore interventions and adjustments: A discussion intended to support an older driver in continuing to drive safely may include suburban family |

suggestions about routines (avoid making lefthand turns or refrain from driving at night) or gadgets (a knob on the steering wheel to make grasping easier or a seat cushion to make the set fit better and improve line of sight). Sharing options to make driving easier will help loved ones consider safe alternatives before stopping driving. • Stay positive about offering support: If a loved one is no longer able to drive safely on their own, making supportive comments about the prospect of transporting them somewhere, such as “it’s going to be nice to spend time with you” or “I’m glad you let me drive today,” can help them feel like less of a burden and promote an engaged and active life without driving. • Practice driving alternatives together: If driving is no longer a safe option, explore transportation options as a family. If your loved one is nervous about the prospect of public transit or ride-sharing, practice it with them. Accompany them on their next outing as a practice run. Let them know you’re in this together. As baby boomers enter the over 65 age bracket at an alarming rate (10,000 each day), the concern for older drivers’ safety and independence is greater now than at any time in our history. AOTA’s Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is December 7-11, 2020. Each day has a theme to explain the options between noticing a medical issue that can impact driving, and giving up the keys. For more information, visit November/December 2020

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Maintain an Aging Brain WINTER


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be asking yourself that more and more as you get older—and that’s totally normal. As we age, there are changes in memory and mental functioning that occur, just as there are changes in vision, skin, and kidney function.



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By Sherry Wells

These issues are generally a common part of aging and don’t pose any real health problems. However, there are instances when memory issues could be a more serious sign of dementia and you should see your doctor.These include often forgetting recent conversations or events, getting lost in familiar places, or frequently misplacing things. The good news is, there are many practical health and wellness tricks to keep your memory in tip-top shape. The adage, “Use It, Or Lose It”, holds true as we age. Stretching your brain keeps your mind sharp. People who are more active in mentally challenging activities are more likely to stay sharp. Keep Learning Continuing education keeps the mind sharp. Experts think that advanced education may help keep memory strong by getting a person into the habit of being mentally active. Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them. Building and preserving brain connections is an ongoing process, so make lifelong learning a priority.

hours. Maybe you like crossword puzzles or cryto-quote puzzles. Both keep you thinking and work on memorization skills. With today’s digital-driven games, there is an endless supply of activities you can experiment with. Stay Social The more social connections someone has, the better they are at preserving mental function and memory. Research shows that social interaction has a number of health benefits both physically and mentally, especially as we start to get older. Even ten minutes of socializing can help to boost mental function. This could be a phone call to a friend or family member, to catch up on each other’s week, or you could invite them over for a card game or take part in a book club. As well as being good for your cognitive ability, being social is great for lifting your mood and boosting your overall well-being. It really is good to talk.

Exercise A body at rest stays at rest, and a body in motion stays in motion. Staying active is a step towards maintaining sharp mental health. As we age it is necessary to stay fit and active. Exercise helps keep the body and mind strong. It releases stress and can help you avoid bouts of depression, barring any other mental health issues. Staying active and exercising not only improve your mental health but can have a positive impact on your overall health.

Eat right It’s widely agreed that proper nutrition plays a major role in maintaining a healthy brain. Just as the body needs fuel, so does the brain. Leafy greens like broccoli, collards, kale, and spinach, which are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like beta carotene, folate, lutein, and vitamin K, may help slow cognitive decline. There is a strong link between a nutrientdense diet and strong thinking skills. The socalled Mediterranean diet – which is made up of fruits, vegetables, fish, olive oil, nuts, and whole grains – has been directly linked to a lower risk of cognitive decline. Numerous studies have proven that a high intake of fats and cholesterol is associated with higher risk for Alzheimer’s.

Play Games There are plenty of games and activities that work towards keeping sharp mental health.Try your hand at working a jigsaw puzzle.They keep you engaged and the brain actively working for

Get A Good Night’s Sleep Just as sleep is important for our bodies to feel rested and recharged, it is just as crucial for our brains. Attention and concentration are inhibited when sleep is restless and our mental

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function is not as sharp as it is in those who have normal, restful sleep. A good night’s sleep is especially important to older adults, because it helps improve concentration and memory formation. To ensure quality sleep at night, avoid stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine in the evening, keep your bedroom dark and cool, shut down your phone and any other tech gadgets two hours before hitting the hay, and maintain a consistent bedtime to reinforce your internal clock. People who believe that they are not in control of their memory function are less likely to work at maintaining or improving their memory skills and therefore are more likely to experience cognitive decline. If you believe you can improve and you translate that belief into practice, you have a better chance of keeping your mind sharp.

Flu & People 65 Years and Older Protect Your Health This Flu Season Getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Flu vaccination is especially important for adults 65 years and older, who account for most hospitalizations and deaths from flu and from COVID-19. It has been recognized for many years that people 65 years and older are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu compared with young, healthy adults. This risk is due in part to changes in immune defenses with increasing age. While flu seasons vary in severity, during most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease. In recent years, for example, it’s estimated that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flurelated hospitalizations have occurred among people in this age group. Flu vaccination is especially important for people 65 years and older because they are at high risk of developing serious complications from flu. Flu vaccines are updated each season as needed to keep up with changing viruses. Also, immunity wanes over a year so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against flu.A flu vaccine protects against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. November/December 2020

Nothing is too small for us to celebrate. Each day is filled with possibilities! We offer independent living, assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.

Looking for a beautiful home where you can enjoy a variety of spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social wellness opportunities — then visit to learn more.

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You can beat the

Winter Blues


By Sherry Wells

s winter approaches, some of us may experience the “winter blues” – feeling sad from shortening days, climbing into bed earlier and resenting waking up on dark mornings, not to mention the pandemic. This is different than Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a term used to describe a type of depression that follows a seasonal pattern. Seasonal depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or the “winter blues,” is a subtype of depression or bipolar disorder that occurs and ends around the same time every year. Seasonal depression typically occurs when the seasons change and most symptoms begin in the fall and continue into the winter months. However, seasonal depression can occur in the summer or spring, although this is less common. Approximately half a million people in the United States suffer from winter SAD, while 10 to 20% may suffer from a more mild form of winter blues. Three-quarters of the sufferers are women, and the depression usually starts in early adulthood. SAD also can occur in children and adolescents. Older adults are less likely to experience SAD. This illness is more commonly seen in people who live in cloudy regions or at high latitudes (locations farther north or south of the equator). Individuals who relocate to higher latitudes are more likely to be affected by SAD. 32 family wellness

The exact cause of this condition is not known, but evidence strongly suggests that, for those who are vulnerable to it, SAD is set off by changes in the availability of sunlight. One theory is that with less exposure to sunlight, the internal biological clock that regulates mood, sleep, and hormones is shifted. Exposure to light may reset the biological clock. Another theory is that brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, such as serotonin) that transmit information between nerves may be changed in people with SAD. It is believed that exposure to light can correct these imbalances. Melatonin, a chemical known to affect sleep patterns, may also play a role in seasonal affective disorder. Some have suggested that the lack of sunlight stimulates the production of melatonin in some individuals. This may be a factor in the symptoms of sluggishness and sleepiness. What Are the Symptoms of SAD? Someone with SAD will show several particular changes from the way he or she normally feels and acts. These changes occur in a predictable seasonal pattern. The symptoms of SAD are the same as symptoms of depression, and a person with SAD may notice several or all of these symptoms: Changes in mood. A person may feel sad or be in an irritable mood most of the time for at least 2 weeks during a specific time of year. During that time, a guy or girl may feel a sense of hopelessness or worthlessness. As part of the mood change that goes with SAD, people can be self-critical; they may also be more sensitive than usual to criticism and cry or get upset more often or more easily. suburban family |

Lack of enjoyment. Someone with SAD may lose interest in things he or she normally likes to do and may seem unable to enjoy things as before. People with SAD can also feel like they no longer do certain tasks as well as they used to, and they may have feelings of dissatisfaction or guilt. A person with SAD may seem to lose interest in friends and may stop participating in social activities. Low energy. Unusual tiredness or unexplained fatigue is also part of SAD and can cause people to feel low on energy. Changes in sleep. A person may sleep much more than usual. Excessive sleeping can make it impossible for a student to get up and get ready for school in the morning. Changes in eating. Changes in eating and appetite related to SAD may include cravings for simple carbohydrates (think comfort foods and sugary foods) and the tendency to overeat. Because of this change in eating, SAD can result in weight gain during the winter months. Difficulty concentrating. SAD can affect concentration, too, interfering with a person’s school performance and grades. A student may have more trouble than usual completing assignments on time or seem to lack his or her usual motivation. Someone with SAD may notice that his or her grades may drop, and teachers may comment that the student seems less motivated or is making less effort in school. Less time socializing. People with SAD may spend less time with friends, in social activities, or in extracurricular activities. November/December 2020

Treating SAD Several effective treatments can help ease the symptoms of SAD, including: • Opening the window shades in your home. Simply bringing more sunlight into your life can treat mild cases. • Spending time outdoors every day, even on cloudy days. • Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet, one low in carbohydrates and high in vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. • Using a “dawn simulator,” which gradually turns on the bedroom light, tricking the body into thinking it’s an earlier sunrise. • Planning a mid-winter family vacation to a sunny climate where and when allowed as per CDC guidelines). • Light therapy - sitting in front of a strong light box or wearing light visors, with UV rays filtered out. However, light therapy may have risks when used for children. Talk to your child’s doctor before considering this treatment option. If none of these treatments work, prescription antidepressants​ may help regulate the balance of serotonin and other neurotransmitters that affect mood. Antidepressants, however, come with a risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Parents

with children on antidepressants need to be vigilant in watching for agitation, anxiety, or insomnia and make sure they continue to see their physician on a regular arboretum, butterfly garden, botanical garden, green-

house, science museum, or aquarium. Watch nature shows, movies, and documentaries as a family. Hang out in places with large windows and skylights to allow more natural light in.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® Chicago improves the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, conducting innovative research, and offering outstanding educational programs for medical professionals. Children with orthopaedic conditions, rehabilitation needs including spinal cord injuries, and plastic surgery needs including cleft lip and palate receive care, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. All care and services are provided in a compassionate, family-centered environment. It is this unique family centered approach that has helped more than 1.4 children across the Shriners Hospitals for Children system. And now, more than ever, the Chicago Shriners Hospital is here for you, no matter the distance! At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, our priority is ensuring that the health care needs of your child continue to be met safely. As we monitor updates on COVID-19 from local and national health authorities, we will continue to follow best practices, and provide options to serve you safely. We understand the importance of both continuity of care and patient safety so our health care system has introduced a new telehealth program, known as Fast Track Video Visits. This telehealth program will connect patients with their care providers via video technology from their own homes. This innovative approach helps families comply with safer-at-home orders and eases the stress related to maintaining appointments and travel. For more information, please visit or call 773-385-KIDS.

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we’re here for you. At Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago, our priority is ensuring that the health care needs of your child continue to be met safely. We are monitoring updates on COVID-19 from health authorities, and are following best practices to serve patients and families responsibly. If you have a child in need of orthopaedic care, specialized plastic surgery, cleft lip and palate repair, physical rehabilitation, or spinal cord injury care, we’re here for you. Fast Track Video Visits Understanding the importance of both continuity of care and patient safety, our health care system has introduced a new telehealth program, known as Fast Track Video Visits (FTVV), to connect patients with their care providers via video technology. This innovative approach helps families comply with safer-at-home orders and eases the stress related to maintaining appointments.

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Success Strategies for Struggling Students


By Sandra Gordon

chool is your child’s work, but like most jobs, there are good days and bad, great bosses (teachers) and not so great ones, and classes that are easier than others.

A learning disorder is when a child or anyone who has had adequate opportunity for instruction and has the adequate intelligence to be able to learn specific skills, isn’t learning those skills in a way that’s appropriate for his or her age. Learning disabilities are biological conditions that lead to a set of behaviors that can be challenging. They tend to run in families.

For some of even the brightest kids, however, like my youngest daughter, nearly every test can seem difficult, every teacher hard and every assignment a major hurdle. With the challenges of online learning during the pandemic, these challenges can be more pronounced than ever. Tutors can help, of course, but they’re expensive and can’t do everything without cheating your child out of the “I can do it” sense of self-efficacy that can serve her well throughout life.

“Kids can’t help it,” Dr. Mahone says. If your child has a learning disorder, it’s important to diagnose it early, if possible, to prevent harmful repercussions. Continually tanking on tests and quizzes or not understanding the material can affect your child’s self-esteem and brain development. “The average child with a reading disability doesn’t get identified until the second or third grade. By then, that child has two, three or four years of failure before getting the appropriate intervention,” Dr. Mahone says. Intervention, which may include medication and behavioral treatment, can help the brain reorganize more efficiently so that academic skills build naturally over time, making school easier and less stressful.

How can you help your aspiring scholar reach her potential? We asked educators and learning experts for their top tips. Here are five of their best answers that can serve your child well long after the pandemic is over. 1. Seek out testing early. If your student gets extra help at school but isn’t making progress academically, seek out a school evaluation and/or at a private neuropsychology assessment center. Studies suggest that 15 to 20 percent of the population has a learning disorder of some type, such as dyslexia, a specific reading or language comprehension issue, or a math disorder. “Learning disorders occur throughout the range of intelligence. Even very highly functioning students can have them,” says E. Mark Mahone PhD, ABPP, a pediatric neuropsychologist director of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins University. 34 education central

It’s important to note that learning disabilities don’t typically occur in isolation. For example, 35 to 40 percent of students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have dyslexia and vice versa. “Whenever you find one learning disability, you should look for others,” Dr. Mahone says. “For the best outcome, everything should be treated concurrently.” 2. Teach kids to make oatmeal. “Learning is like driving a car.You have to keep filling the gas tank,” says Sharon Rose Sugar, an academic interventionist and author of Smart Grades: Every Day an Easy A. “It takes tremendous energy to learn, but many kids are running on empty.” Cold cereal for breakfast doesn’t cut it. “What can make a big difference in the morning is just a bowl of oatmeal,” Sugar says, topped with nutritious suburban family |

add-ons like walnuts, blueberries, cinnamon, honey or maple syrup. Kids should fuel homework sessions with wholesome study snacks too, such as an apple or rice cake with peanut butter or carrots and hummus and water. The brain is a power tool. To boost performance, “after every homework assignment, kids should eat something healthy,” Sugar says. 3. Preview homework, then take a brain break. If your child is typically anxious about homework, teach her to go over her homework assignments when the school day has ended, including the questions she needs to answer, then to take a break before diving in. “Kids aren’t under any pressure to answer those questions right away. But their brain starts working. When they come back to their homework, it’s a lot easier for them to start their work because they’ve previewed it,” says Katherine Firestone, founder of the Fireborn Institute and “The Happy Student” podcast. 4. Turn reading into a workout. Kids have so many facts coming at them in every online and in-person class and homework assignment. To help them retain key ideas they’ll later need for the test, they need to be active readers. Before reading a chapter in their textbook, students should read the chapter title, the headings and subheadings and the questions at the end. “Reviewing chapters first helps kids understand the key ideas,” says Firestone.Then, while they’re reading, they should underline the main idea and jot down notes to review for the test. These techniques can make all the difference, as Firestone knows firsthand. (She was diagnosed with ADHD in high school.) Active reading takes more time and effort, but it helps the facts sink in. “It resulted in a huge transformation for me,” Firestone says. November/December 2020



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Hummingbird Therapy & Enrichment Center Our 15,000 square foot pediatric therapy center and Children’s Academy boasts a modern, mid-century and totally kid-friendly vibe! We have three amazing professionally designed sensory-motor gyms, twentyeight?? private therapy rooms, two feeding therapy rooms and our innovative, STEAM based therapeutic academy classrooms! Our staff is very experienced, all with Masters & Doctoral trained therapists. Some of our services include: Speech/Language, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Developmental Therapy, Hippotherapy (off site), Social Groups. Our therapeutic academy is for 3-6 year olds and led by speech therapists, and children receive OT, PT & social-emotional therapies each day. 750 Pasquinelli Drive #204, Westmont, IL 60559. SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including two multi-sensory rooms, and virtual and in-person programming – for people with disabilities served

by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs.Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our year-round programming for all ages and all abilities! Shepherd’s Flock Child Care & Preschool Shepherd’s Flock is a newly remodeled Intergenerational Christian Child Care Center located on the campus of Lutheran Home. The center holds a Silver Circle of Quality through Excelerate Illinois which shows we are committed to quality improvement and excellence in education. We have several openings in our toddler and infant rooms. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact the Director, Jen Soukup at 847-368-7391 or our email at Saint Ignatius College Prep Saint Ignatius College Prep, a Jesuit Catholic school in the heart of Chicago, is a diverse community dedicated to educating students for lives of faith, love, service and

leadership. Through outstanding teaching and formation, we challenge our talented student body to intellectual excellence, integrity, life-long learning and growth. Inspired by the gospel of Jesus, this community strives to use God’s gifts to promote social justice for the greater glory of God. Located at 1076 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608. For more information visit Bridgedale Academy Bridgedale Academy is a boys-only private school for athletes offering 5th through 8th grade. We provide an in-person classical education, so integral to a youngster’s proper intellectual development. We also provide elite-level athletic training on a daily basis, featuring a 70-minute on-ice session followed by a 40-minute off-ice session. Training is rigorous by design, challenging our athletes physically, mentally and emotionally. We nurture leadership qualities in our student-athletes so they develop the mental toughness to overcome obstacles and gain an edge over the competition, in sports and in life. 6690 S. Route 53,Woodridge, IL 60517. 708712-5079.







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(Continued from page 34) 5. Talk yourself into better grades. “When you get As or Bs, school is more enjoyable, but some kids, especially those with learning disorders, have emotional roadblocks to getting good grades,” says Paul J. Hughes, a college professor and author of Change Your Grades. Change Your Life. Early on, kids can form negative self-perceptions, such as “I’m bad at taking tests,” which gets hardwired into their subconscious, programming them for failure. “Our thoughts affect outcomes,” Hughes says. To help his struggling students talk themselves into doing well on tests, Hughes teaches them to write and recite “afformations,” which are questions that address their specific academic concern, but stated as a positive, such as: “Why am I so comfortable and confident taking an exam?” and “Why do I always perform up to my expectations on an exam?” “The why at the beginning is what the brain picks up and runs with, reprogramming the subconscious to believe what you’re telling it,” Hughes says. “I say to my students, ‘I know afformations are weird but they can change everything.’ The more you read them to yourself, the sooner they kick in.”

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Two of SEASPAR’s most exciting amenities are its multi-sensory rooms located at the Lisle Recreation Center and the Grand Avenue Community Center in Western Springs. Both rooms offers speciallydesigned interactive equipment that appeals to the auditory, tactile, olfactory, and visual senses. Multi-sensory rooms primarily benefit individuals with autism, sensory processing disorders, and ADHD.

SEASPAR offers recreational and leisurely program options to people of all ages with special needs. Because SEASPAR is dedicated to your safety, it offers a wide range of programming options held in a safe in-person environment and virtually.

ABOUT SEASPAR SEASPAR (the South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation) provides recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs.

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Facts About


By Vinay Saranga M.D.

t’s just my ADHD kicking in,” is what a lot of people say when they can’t focus, have too much energy or they become easily distracted. But actually, ADHD is a very serious condition that must be treated by a professional. What are the real facts about ADHD? What are the things you don’t know about the condition? As a child and adult psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, I’d like to offer these 8 facts that everyone must understand about ADHD: 1. Boys vs. girls: The reason it seems that girls aren’t diagnosed as much with ADHD as boys is because they develop symptoms a little later on than boys, and those symptoms are different. Generally speaking, girls seem to show less disruptiveness and more inattention. 2. ADHD can continue into adulthood: As we age, ADHD can present itself in other ways and lead to mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse, agitations, sleep difficulty, and other behavioral problems. The hyperactivity/ impulsivity symptoms are more prominent in childhood years, but these symptoms tend to improve as a child gets older. The inattention symptoms tend to continue on into adolescence and adulthood. 3. ADHD is often mischaracterized as a learning disability: The reason ADHD is sometimes mischaracterized as a learning disability is because roughly 2/3 of kids with ADHD do have some sort of diagnosable learning disorder or other mental health disorder. However, there is a clear distinction between ADHD and learning disorders. suburban family |

4. It’s not that ADHD is overlydiagnosed: We see more kids being diagnosed with ADHD because of greater awareness and improved detection of the condition, including those kids who may have less severe forms of it. As more people learn about ADHD and can recognize its symptoms, children as young as age four, and more adolescents, girls, and adults with this condition are being identified and treated. 5. ADHD is not just acting out or failure to concentrate: Unfortunately, in our society, it’s become all too common to mischaracterize children who misbehave or act out as having ADHD. ADHD is not a term to toss around lightly. ADHD is a very serious condition that can hamper the behavior and functionality of both children and adults. It must be treated by a trained professional. 6. Trying harder is not the answer: If you have ADHD, don’t let people convince you or your kids that they need to try harder, concentrate more or try to control their hyperactivity. It’s the equivalent to telling a diabetic that his blood sugar shouldn’t spike out of control. Medication, therapy and behavioral changes are what’s needed to see an improvement. 7. Get a proper diagnosis: 10 percent of children between the ages of four and 17 are reported by their parents as being diagnosed with ADHD. Make sure and get a proper diagnosis from a trained mental health professional who specializes in ADHD and can prescribe the right combination of treatment including medication and therapy. 8. ADHD is not a reflection of parenting style: Parents should never be blamed because their child has ADHD. ADHD is a real condition rooted in the makeup of the brain just like depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and other psychiatric illnesses. Your child would have been diagnosed with ADHD regardless of how he/she was raised. To learn more go to November/December 2020

active kids

Public health scientists predict this pandemic will increase risk factors for childhood depression and obesity. Exercise is especially important for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic because it can reduce stress, prevent weight gain, and boost the immune system. Parents can safely promote physical activity by making exercise a family activity, encouraging outdoor play, using online videos or virtual classes, creating fitness challenges, playing organized sports and assigning calorie-burning chores. Whenever possible, encourage your child to get outside, even for a quick stroll around the block or a game of catch with a sibling. Taking steps to minimize your child’s risk factors for depression and obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic — and all year long — will lay the foundation for a lifetime of good health.

SEASPAR SEASPAR is a special recreation association offering therapeutic recreation programs and services – including Special Olympics training and a multi-sensory room – for people with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs.Visit or call 630.960.7600 for more information about our year-round programming for all ages and all abilities!

Rock ‘n’ Kids In person and virtual movement and imagination classes for 1-6 years! Adapted for safety! Locations throughout Chicagoland area!

Rock ‘n’ Kids Calling all toddlers to sing, dance and play the Rock ‘n’ Kids way! Tot Rock and Kid Rock are structured music and movement programs for children ages 1-5 that use a unique approach to music education! Since 1995, Rock ‘n’ Kids has been educating young children through imaginative play, sensory integration, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization. A variety of rhythm instruments and movement props are utilized and a new educational theme is implemented each session! Classes offered at park districts in the Chicago-land area. Mobile music and dance parties also available! www. Great Lakes Volleyball Center Looking for a volleyball activity for your son or daughter during this holiday season? Well, look no further! The Great Lakes Volleyball Center located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502 will be offering a GLC Youth Academy Clinic for 3rd - 4th graders (COED) and 5th - 6th graders (GIRLS ONLY) on December 12th - 13th and a 1st Contact and Setting Holiday Clinic for 7th - 12th graders (COED) on December 28th-30th. For more information call 630-898-6400 or visit our website at FB: Sports Performance Volleyball November/December 2020

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fitness first

Home Workouts H ome workouts have become popular again as people stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can hop on a bike, perform some yoga, jump rope or follow fitness trainers who lead workouts online.

Stack your habits.

Rely on a knowledgeable expert.

"People have been trying to find normalcy," says Jennifer Noiles, Exos performance director at Mayo Clinic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in Rochester. "During times of stress, structure is key. Give back to yourself through movement, nourishment and exercise."

Tailor the workout to your abilities.

Rethink what success means.

Noiles encourages you to take a thoughtful, progressive approach to exercise so your sessions don't just become a string of random workouts. Success needs a road map, she says. Noiles offers these tips for keeping the progress and momentum in your workouts:

NOVEMBER SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Turkey Trot 5K and 8K Walk/Run Series. Tinley Park. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 White Pines Winterland Walk/Run. Bensenville. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 North Shore Turkey Trot 10K and 5K Run. Highland Park. Beat the Bird 5K. Fullersberg Woods, Oakbrook. en40 fitness first

Jaqueline McBride from CORE POWER YOGA teaching virtual class from home.

For example, if the kids are up at 6:30 a.m. each morning, get in a 30-minute workout before they're up. If your work team has a daily conference call at noon, set some goals that you want to accomplish right before, during or after that call. Perhaps you aim to finish your glass of water by the time the meeting is over. You may be new to exercise. Or you may be coming back after recovering from injury. Or you may be an elite athlete. Choose workouts suited to your situation.

Have a defined space for your workout session.

Not everyone has a separate room to dedicate to a home gym. Consider creating a space in the basement or your garage. VIRTUAL 44th Annual Lincolnwood Turkey Trot. Lincolnwood. VIRTUAL Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Run and 2-Mile Walk. Chicago. VIRTUAL Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Wheaton. VIRTUAL Turkey Trot. Addison. VIRTUAL Schaumburg Half Marathon and 5K. Schaumburg. VIRTUAL Grant Park Turkey Trot. Chicago. VIRTUAL Long Grove Turkey Trot 8K/5K Run and Kids’ Dash. Long Grove. VIRTUAL Naperville Lions Turkey Trot. Naperville. VIRTUAL Turkey Trot 2 mile/5 mile. Palatine. suburban family |

This will help take the guesswork out of your fitness and wellness program. Mayo Clinic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and Exos have a free eight-week workout program that incorporates strength training and wellness and nutrition tips for all ages and abilities. Learn more about the program.

Before the pandemic, you might have judged yourself by how much weight you lifted or meters you rowed. Now your goal could be creating new fitness habits in this new environment. "To create a habit that you'll be successful at, it needs to be easy, obvious and something you'll enjoy," Noiles says. Credit: Mayo Clinic News Network.


VIRTUAL Reindeer Run 5K. Wheaton. VIRTUAL Viking Dash Trail Run 15K, 10K, 5K and 13.1-Mile Races. 2-Day Event. Crystal Lake. VIRTUAL Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run. Chicago.

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November &December Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice; therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” E-mail: Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the January/February issue is Friday, December 11th. Covid-19 Updates; Please check with event organizer before you go as circumstances may have changed since time of print.

NOVEMBER SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 ADULT Online Lecture: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Architecture of Space – Images and insights into the spaces that Wright created and the importance of preserving his buildings for future generations. FREE. Available online through Dec 20th. Elmhurst History Museum,

All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. VIRTUAL FUNDRAISER Redefining Recovery – Support Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center with a virtual evening of inspiring stories as we honor our resilient graduates, hear from our founder and celebrate our loyal supporters. 7PM. Register for link.

suggested. 10AM-Noon. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. TOUR Oak Hill & Oak Crest Cemetery Tour – Honor Veterans Day with a special tour of two of Downers Grove’s oldest graveyards. History of the sites and stories of significant Downers Grove residents who are buried there, including war veterans. 1-2:15 PM. Oak Crest Cemetery, Downers Grove.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 ADULT Fall Beer Tasting – Local craft breweries serving seasonal and flagship brews, ciders and meads. Entries are available on the half-hour, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. KIDS Life Sized Candy Land Game – Don’t miss out on the fun with Mr. Mint, Jolly, Lolly, Gloppy and the rest of the Candy Land characters. 12-7 PM Iowa Community Center, Villa Park. FAMILY Take-and-Make “Thank You” Flag Craft – Celebrate Veterans Day by creating a window hanging at home. Pick up your free kit. A donation is

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 OUTDOORS Star Gazing – Outdoor class includes a search for constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, comets, asteroids and even an up close and personal look at the earth’s own moon. Ages 3+. Mather Woods, Plainfield. Register. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 LECTURE They Served: Stories from Veterans – Each veteran has their own unique story to share. This Veterans Day join us virtually as veterans of the 1st Infantry Division share stories of their service. 7

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 FAMILY Virtual Workshop: Art Glass Made Wright – Free with registration. Learn about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and make a “stained glass window” craft. Pick up supply kit. Grades 3-8.4:30-5:30 PM. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 FAMILY Day of the Dead – Virtual, crowd-free, and small in-person events. Downtown Aurora. Full details at TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament – Round robin play format that includes a bracket finish. Prizes. November/December 2020

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City Events Lincoln Park ZooLights – 11/21/20 – 1/3/21 4-10PM. ZooLights illuminates the zoo with more than 2.5 million lights and hundreds of dynamic displays. This will be a ticketed event this year. Lincoln Park Zoo.

PM Via Zoom. Free with registration. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 FAMILY Bird Walk – Cantigny bird walks are free to attend and in partnership with the DuPage Birding Club. Beginning birders and kids at least 8 years old (accompanied by an adult) are always welcome! Cantigny, Wheaton. TEENS Fortnite Tourney – Ages 10-18. Participants bring their own controller for use during game play. Heats will be set by age if applicable. Prizes. Face coverings must be worn while participating. 3:00 PM. NIU Naperville, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 OUTDOOR Dog Admission Day – Bring your furry friend to Morton Arboretum. Special rules apply. See website for details. 7AM – Sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. VIRTUAL EXHIBIT “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior” Gallery Talk – If you can’t make it to the museum to see “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior,” we’ll bring the exhibit to you! Tune in via Facebook Live. Noon. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17 KIDS Kid Rock “Fall Jamboree” – This special musical event is about apple picking, colorful leaves, hayrides, campfires and much more. 10-11 AM. Ages 1-5 with adult. Register. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 ADULT Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Guided custom canvas creation. Bring a bottle of your favorite 42 great events

Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Dates coming soon. Lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Reservations required for social distancing. Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 13-January 3. Enjoy fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry. 107th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting – November – December. Celebrate the holiday season at the official Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting, shop for creative gifts at the Millennium Park

wine, snacks, a few friends and enjoy a creative night out. All materials included. 6:30 – 8:30PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 SENIORS Thanksgiving Luncheon – Join us for a musical luncheon featuring sing-a-long to songs from the Roaring 20s through today. An individually wrapped lunch is included. Noon-1:30 PM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. KIDS Thanksgiving Bingo – Spend the evening meeting new friends, playing bingo, and creating fallthemed crafts. Ages 5-10. 5-7 PM. Community Recreation Center, Wheeling. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21 OUTDOORS Chili Fling and Fire Disc Golf – Enjoy 9 holes and a bowl of chili by the fire after the event. Prizes. Please bring a face covering. Ages 14+. 11AM-12:30PM. Castaldo Park Disc Golf Course, Woodridge.

DECEMBER FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 ADULTS Girls Night Out: Holiday Floral – Join us to make your own indoor English garden for the holidays! All materials provided and wine available for a fee. South Barrington. KIDS Kid Rock “Winterpalooza” – This special musical event is about playing in the snow, sledding, building snowmen and much more. 10-11 AM. Ages 1-5 with adult. Register. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. TEENS Super Smash Bros Tournament – suburban family |

Art Market, sing holiday favorites at Caroling at Cloud Gate on Friday evenings and glide across the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Details on the official tree lighting will be announced at a later date. VIRTUAL Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 1 – December 31. A unique online shopping experience with traditional German flair. Chicago. Lightscape – November 13-January 3. Spectacular New Magic for the Holidays. Along a mile-long path, the night comes alive with color, imagination, and sound, from a playful choir of singing trees to a spectacular waterfall of light. Chicago Botanic Garden.

Round robin play format that includes a bracket finish. Prizes. All players are required to wear a face covering. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10


OUTDOORS Two-Hour Forest Therapy Walk – Experience a series of guided, gentle invitations to open the senses, cultivate presence and invite healing interactions between people and the natural world. Register. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. LECTURE American Girl – Author Kirby Larson will speak about her experience as a writer, including the historical events that shape her novels. Online via Zoom: 5 - 6:15 PM. Cantigny. Registration at SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12 FAMILY The LEGO Show – An extraordinary display of LEGOS in a two-day event. This show will occur in conjunction with our Celebrate the Season event. Visitors Center at Cantigny, Wheaton. FAMILY Inspiring Stories – A hero from the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 shares iher inspirational story. In person or Virtual event. Christ Community Church. St. Charles, 5PM. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 FAMILY The LEGO Show – An extraordinary display of LEGOS in a two-day event. This show will occur in conjunction with our Celebrate the Season event. Visitors Center at Cantigny, Wheaton. FAMILY Inspiring Stories – A hero from the Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 shares her inspirational November/December 2020

story. In person or Virtual event. Christ Community Church. St. Charles, 5PM. MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 OUTDOORS Star Gazing – Outdoor class includes a search for constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, comets, asteroids and even an up close and personal look at the earth’s own moon. Ages 3+. Mather Woods, Plainfield. Register. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16 ADULTS Wine & Canvas at the Farm – Pinot Noir meets the palette as an instructor guides you through your own custom canvas creation. Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Rd. Aurora, SENIORS Christmas Luncheon – Enjoy some holiday cheer at our Christmas Luncheon and White Elephant exchange. An individually wrapped lunch from Rocco Vino’s is included. Noon-1:30 PM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30 OUTDOORS Winter Wonder Walk – Wintertime guided nature hike, exploring the island and shores of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy hot cocoa and a fire after hike. Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville. EXHIBIT Wright Before the “Lloyd” – 9/81/3/2021. Features images and artifacts that portray the eclectic, early explorations of one of the world’s greatest architects. Elmhurst Art Museum. EXHIBIT Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art – Museum is open from Noon to 4 PM Tuesday - Sunday.

For Holiday Events see the ‘‘Out & About” section in this issue! Fossils, Mosaics, Gemstones and more. Make your reservation today. Oak Brook. EXHIBIT Breaking Barriers: Women in the Military – Shows the evolution of roles women have had over time. Prepaid limited walk-in availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Dunn Museum. Libertyville. FAMILY Kane County Flea Market – 10/3111/1 and 12/5-6. Find that perfect piece of refurbished furniture, holiday decorations, sports collectibles, or



ONGOING ADULTS VFW Bingo – Play Wednesday night bingo with raffles and pull tabs. 18 and older. Proceeds benefit veterans. 7-11 PM. West Chicago VFW. EXHIBIT Decision 1920: A Return to “Normalcy” – Through 11/25. Free exhibit – voters in 1920 faced an important choice in a moment of profound change. A global war followed by a worldwide pandemic, national prohibition, women’s suffrage campaigns, unrest surrounding race, immigration, and the economy continue to highlight persistent challenges dating back to the founding of the republic. Newberry Library, Chicago. EXHIBIT Thomas & Friends: Explore the Rails – Through 1/3/21. This interactive exhibit allows children to help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges from simple sorting to more complex engineering. Kohls Children’s Museum. Glenview. kcmgc. org. EXHIBIT Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior – 10/23-12/20. Explore the ingenious ways in which Wright maximized the feeling of open space while still accommodating the various functions of daily living. Elmhurst History Museum, Elmhurst. November/December 2020

antique. 600+ dealers each month. Kane County Fairgrounds, Geneva. FAMILY Scavenger Hunt – 11/14-22 and 12/513. Each scavenger hunt will follow a different theme, and include new challenges and twists while you “collect” your items by taking photos and videos. 8AM5PM. Lyman Woods, Downers Grove. OUTDOORS Mums Flower Show – 10/3111/29. Visit now to enjoy this seasonal display of mums and other fall plantings. 8AM-6PM. Wilder Park Conservatory. Elmhurst. SHOPPING Psychic Holistic Fair – 11/12-15. Mediums, Psychics, Reiki Masters, Shamanic Practitioners, Aura Photography and More! See hours online. Stop in and see our unique items! Enlightened Balance, Crystal Lake. SHOPPING Holiday Market at Fox Valley Mall – 11/13-15. We will have a variety of crafters, artisans, and holiday items for sale from local vendors and crafters. 11AM-7PM Fri and Sat. Noon-6PM Sun. Fox Valley Mall, Aurora. THEATRE Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol – 12/3-20, 2020. Adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale, this modern-day story comes to life over the characters family zoom call. Each show will be performed live in Manual Cinema’s Chicago studio in a socially distanced manner, and live streamed to audiences at home. For showtimes:




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Saturday, December 12 | 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Join us for a special Holiday Market at Burr Ridge Village Center and shop a unique mix of local vendors.


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