- 2020 Posts

  1. "Maximize Your Personal Connections and Minimize the Holiday Blues"
  2. "Resilience & Aging"
  3. Self-Care Tips for the Family Caregiver
  4. Sharing Gratitude During Thanksgiving from Our Executive Director
  5. NSSC Awarded Chicago Top Workplace
  6. 'Exercise’ Your Commitment to Stay Fit During Pandemic
  7. How the End of Daylight Saving Time Affects People with Dementia
  8. Lifelong Learning Virtual Experience: The Next Best Thing to Being at the Center
  9. Join us for Gala 2020: Unmasked
  10. Permission Granted: Time to Host the Perfectly Imperfect Wedding
  11. North Shore Senior Center Featured in Caregiving Magazine!
  12. What Does 'Medicare for All' Mean?
  13. Opening Day Slated for July 6!
  14. North Shore Senior Center Keeps Older Adults And Their Families Connected
  15. June 15 Update on Center Reopening
  16. An Open Letter from the Executive Director
  17. Initial Plans to Re-Open Center
  18. HSS & Sewa International Donate Masks to NSSC
  19. May 14 Update from the Executive Director
  20. The CARES Act Brings Many Changes for Individuals and Businesses
  21. May 7 Update from the Executive Director
  22. April 30 Message from the Executive Director
  23. Celebrating our Volunteers and Senior & Family Services: A Message from the Executive Director
  24. Celebrating Our Successes: A Message from the Executive Director
  25. Message from the Executive Director on HOW Programs
  26. Winnetka Talk: North Shore senior centers turn to technology to connect and entertain
  27. Message from the Executive Director
  28. An Update from our Executive Director & Free Online Classes
  29. A Note to the North Shore Senior Center Community

Celebrating Our Successes: A Message from the Executive Director

April 16, 2020

Dear Friends & Supporters,

 

I hope this week finds you well and adjusting to the new normal we are all experiencing. At the Center, we continue to look for fresh and innovative ways to ensure our community has access to the resources it needs and can easily obtain them. Our staff is adjusting to the challenges (and the joys) of telecommuting while our buildings remain closed through at least May 31. What I have realized is that much of the pleasure in what we do comes from bringing people together, and though we don’t yet have a vision of how or when that will happen, we are beginning to look ahead to when we can reopen and welcome back our staff, volunteers, members and participants. 

 

What we can do now is celebrate our successes. Within House of Welcome (HOW) Adult Day Services, participants of the Day Program and early memory loss program, Mind Matters, have been “meeting” twice a day. Our Alzheimer’s Family Support Group held its first virtual meeting last Thursday, and our virtual Memory Café debuted on Friday with 16 participants! If you are a caregiver of someone living with dementia, we hope you’ll join us soon. We recently received this note from a HOW family member: "My husband loves the activities! Today he really enjoyed the morning session, the most participation yet. I think the music activities are his favorite. I am so grateful you are providing these activities twice daily. It helps us so much and he looks forward to them." For more information on our HOW programs, email HOW@nssc.org or call 847.242.6250. 

 

We are celebrating our online Lifelong Learning classes which continue to be a big hit, with some filling to capacity. We encourage you to check the website frequently as classes are added on a regular basis. The classes remain free of charge, but registration is required.  

 

This week we are also celebrating the generosity of all who have made donations in support of those online classes. It’s difficult to express how appreciative I am for the donations we have received over the past few weeks. To all of you who have made donations, I thank you. Now more than ever, we are so grateful for the support. 

 

Please continue to check on your elderly family members and neighbors. Encourage them to reach out to us if they need anything by calling 847.784.6000. If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or anxiety, our Senior Options therapists are accepting new clients. To learn more, please leave a voicemail at 847.242.6270, and someone will call you back within 24 business hours. We are here to help, and if we can’t, we will guide you to one of our many partners in the community. 

 

Stay positive & find a reason to celebrate! 

 

Tish Rudnicki, MSW

Executive Director

 

P.S. I’m delighted to celebrate the creativity of staff as they find new ways to reach out to our members and participants. Enjoy this video HOW Kitchen Assistant Jennifer Zigman prepared for participants of the Day Program: Making Chocolate Chip Cookies