* The Auxiliary of The Atlas Senior Center / The Department of Family Support Services
 
Contact
Friends of the
79th Street
Seniors at

robin.tillotson@
cityof
chicago.org

312-745-4401
 
Friends of 79th Street Seniors
Auxiliary
Committee
Doris Burton
Lorren Dogan
Brenette Jelks
Ruby Larkin
Sandra Ragan
Najlah Tamir
Olive Waugh
 
FAVORITE
SENIOR LINKS
 


Little Brothers:
Friends of the Elderly


The Northwestern Alzhiemer's
Disease Center

 
 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS
ATLAS CENTER HOURS OF OPERATION
Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm / Sat-Sun 9:00am-4:00pm

CLASSES
 

CHICAGO FITNESS PLUS PROGRAM
SOUTHEAST CENTER GROUP AND PERSONAL TRAINING HOURS

Exercise ... Designed for YOU!

Do you have stiffness or pain in your lower back, hips, knees, ankles or feet?
Are you at least 66 years old?  Or are you an older adult with arthritis?
Not participating in exercise regularly or have you NEVER exercised?

If you can answer YES to the questions above, sign up for "FIT AND STRONG!".
Fit and Strong! is an award-winning, evidence-based physical activity / behavior
change program developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Center for
Research on Health Aging (CRHA) proven to benefit arthritis symptoms and
promote an active lifestyle. CRHA is partnering with the Chicago Department
of Family and Support Services and Alliance Rehab to offer
Fit and Strong!

GROUP EXERCISE HOURS   PERSONAL TRAINER HOURS
DAY TIME CLASS DAY TIMES  
           
Monday
9:00am
SFP
Monday
10:00am - 12:00pm
2:15pm - 3:00pm
  12:45pm Fit & Strong      
           
           
           
Tuesday
10:30am
Arthritis
Tuesday
9:00am - 10:15am
11:15am- 2:00pm
           
           
           
 Wednesday
9:00AM
SFP
Wednesday
10:00am - 12:00pm
2:15pm - 3:00pm
 
 12:45pm
Fit & Strong      
           
           
           
Thursday
10:30pm
Arthritis
Thursday
9:00am - 10:15am
11:15am - 12:00pm
           
           
           
Friday
9:00am
SFP      
 
10:45am
Yoga
     
           
INSTRUCTORS      
Toni Hector - Judie Bernard      
       
MEMBERSHIPS      
$30/YEAR  -  OR  -  $16/6 MONTHS  

ART CLASSES

Tuesdays & Wednesdays
9:30am to 12:30pm

Enhance your life permanently ... join the Art Class at the
Atlas Center. Learn to paint and draw. It's relaxing, fun and can
lead you to a lifelong career of pleasure!
Instructor: Edward Strong


Wii:  BOWLING

Mondays, 10:30am
Thursdays, 9:30am

Instructor: Marie Sims
Free
Do not miss the fun! Come join us for a few
rounds of Wii Bowling. You will not be sorry.
Beginners are welcome.

Wii provides recreation and exercise and helps
you to control your blood pressure, sharpen
your balance and memory. 
FREE
SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHEAST AUXILIARY


ARTHRITIS CLASS

Every Tuesday
10:30am

Taught by Gretta Ambrose
(Tuesday's classes remain at 10:30
with Judie Bernard teaching)


KNIT, CROCHET, FUN, FUN, FUN

Mondays, 12:30 - 2:30p.m.

Instructor: Jo-Ann McKelphin

Suggested Donation: $3.00
Join us for a good time knitting and crocheting.
You can start from scratch, rekindle an old hobby
or get support on a current project!


ARTS AND NEEDLE CRAFTS

Tuesdays - 9:30am - 1:30pm
Click flyer below to enlarge and get more information



TAI-CHI CLASS

Every Tuesday, 12:45 - 2:00pm

Instructor: Craig Harris
Suggested Donation: $3.00

Tai Chi is an effective physical fitness exercise
that can improve strength, flexibility, balance,
and aerobic conditioning. Practicing Tai Chi has
been clinically proven to boost immune system
and improve many health conditions including
stress, heart disease, high blood pressure,
Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, and low bone density


CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH

Wednesdays
1:30pm - 3:00pm

Instructor: Senora Lula Rucker
Suggested Cost: $2.00
Come join us and work on your conversational Spanish skills
here at Atlas Regional Center. Don’t miss great company and conversation.

Take this course with instructor Senora Lula Rucker and
enjoy Telemundo on television. Socialize with your Spanish-speaking neighbors or dine in Hispanic restaurants. Learn basic vocabulary, grammar, and sentence composition that will let you function in
Hispanic communities. Expand your horizons!!!! Pre-registration is recommended and the cost of the class is minimal, at $2.00 per session.


Computer Classes For Seniors

Intro to Computers Class
Tuesday
Wednesday

Advanced Class Thursday
10:00am to 12:00noon

Classes are one day a week for 8 weeks and are
$30 for 8 weeks. Call Karen Sowu to enroll
773.319.4895.
Make checks or money order to:
Atlas Senior Center
NO CASH PLEASE

For more information click HERE



LEARN TO USE THE MOUSE AND KEYBOARD

NEXT DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
10:00am
Atlas Computer Lab
This Class is FREE


HOME GARDENING

NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Instructor Nelson Fluker will teach us how
to become a gardener in the new year.
Nothing is fresher than green, growing things.
FREE.


LINE DANCE

Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Instructor: Marvella Ross


S T E P P I N’

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: James Drake

PAINTING/DRAWING

Tuesdays/Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Edward Strong


BRIDGE CLUBS

Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

QUILTING ARTS

Fridays, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Tamara Laville


SERVICES & INFORMATION



ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA:
UNDERSTANDING THE CONCEPT

Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:00am to 11:30am

Atlas Center
1767 East 79th Street
Chicago, IL 60649

Refreshments will be served

Presented by:
Sandra Weintraub, PhD
and
Ian Grant, MD

Come learn about the meaning and differences
between terms like Alzheimer's disease, Dementia,
and Mild Cognitive Impairment.

We will be discussing how these relate to memory loss
and other problems with thinking, as well as how these
sorts of problems affect a person's everyday life. Plenty
of time will be put aside to help answer any questions
you might have.


All About Alzheimer's and Awareness
Through Wristbands

My name is Evelyn Rodgers and I'm a media specialist at my
local library. With the summer upon us, I've been handed the
task to update all of our library guides before the start of the
new school year. I've been working on our Senior Health
guides, and wanted to include information on Alzheimer's disease.
I have some student volunteers helping (they're getting credit
in their classes next year!) and they have given me this page
to review

It's a great overview; I ended up including it so I could show
them their efforts haven't gone unnoticed. I'd love to show
their teacher they went above and beyond this summer.

Click HERE to read article


Greater Chicago Food Depository Market
for Chicago residents 60 years of age and older

ATLAS SENIOR CENTER DATES 2017

Wednesdays
2018

February 7 and 21
March 7 and 21
April 4 and 18
May 2 and 16
June 6 and 20
July 18
August 8 and 22
September 5 and 19
October 3 and 17
November 7 and 21
December 5 and 19

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

In partnership with community-based agencies serving older
adults, the Food Depository provides free, nutritious
food—including fresh produce— to older adults and
households in the community.

For more information about additional food resources
in our community, please contact the Greater Chicago
Food Depository at 773-247-FOOD or visit their website
at chicagosfoodbank.org


SUPPORT GROUPS

"Grand Family" Support Group
1st Thursday of the month
10:30am - 12:30pm

This support group is for grandparents and other relatives taking
care of children. Monthly meeting facilitated by the Salvation Army.
Contact us at 312.744.4016.


"Too Much On Your Plate?"
First & Third Monday Mornings
10:00am - 11:00am
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED


If you have forgotten how to relax, have too much to do and
not enough time to do it, are feeling overwhelmed and want
to handle stress better and take better care of yourself, then
this support group is geared for you.

  The support group is facilitated by Jane Stolowich, LCSW,
Bowmen Health Center, Rush University Medical Center,
every first & third Monday. For more information,
please call 312/745-4401.
FREE


WELLNESS SCHEDULE

WELLNESS TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS

WELLNESS NURSE:

Marcia Murphy, DNP, APN/ANP-BC
Every Tuesday, 8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

SOCIAL WORKER:


Daniela Mitchem
MSW, LSW
First and Third Mondays
9:30 – 11:30 A.M.
January 8* and 22*, February 5 and 26*, March 12* and 26*


PHARMACIST:

Amina Gassam, PharmD
First Thursdays
9:30 - 11:30 A.M.
January 4, February 1, and March 1


DIETITIAN:

Kristin Gustashaw, MS, RD, CSG
Melanie Betz, MS, RD
Second Fridays,
9:30 - 11:30 A.M.
(Both Kristin Gustashaw
and Sharon Williams (Diet Technician)
will provide on site and appointment nutritional
consultations before or after the health talk.
Additional appointment times
available as possible.)
January 12, February 9, and March 9


BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING:


First and Fourth Tuesdays
10:30- 11:30 A.M.

January 2 and 22, February 6 and 27, and March 6 and 27

 

SUPPORT GROUPS
WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?

(SOCIAL WORKER)

First and Third Mondays
10:00 – 11:00 A.M.
January 8* and 22*, February 5 and 26*, March 12* and 26*
This group helps people cope with everyday events.

Matter of Balance (Nursing)
Every Tuesday starting
November 21st for 8 weeks
The program is interactive and largely group discussion based to work on viewing falls as controllable, setting realistic goals for increasing activity, and problem solving. Participants also learn and practice exercises to increase strength and balance.
Tuesdays from 9AM-11AM
NEXT DATES TO E ANNOUNCED

Brain Fit Program (NURSE)

Matter of Balance (Nursing)
Every Tuesday starting October 3rd for 8 weeks
(Time to be announced) This two hour fall prevention
class begins in October and includes education and
practical exercises to decrease your risk of falling.


WELLNESS PRESENTATIONS

FEBRUARY 2018

NURSE PRESENTATIONS

Tuesday, February 16, 2018
9:30 – 10:30 A.M.

Where to Find Reliable Health Information

We are bombarded with health information in the
news, magazines, and online. It can be confusing
and contradictory information – so, how do we know
what to pay attention to and what to tune out? Attend
this session to learn how to evaluate the source
of health information.

DIETITIAN PRESENTATIONS

Friday, February 9, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Finding Reliable Nutrition Information Online

Are you confused by the plethora of health information
you read in magazines or on the internet? The first step
is to consider the source. Health information can come
from the U.S. government, colleges and universities,
and major medical centers – but it can also come
from product manufacturers or authors without
medical credentials. Attend this session to learn
which websites provide the most reliable
nutrition information.

PHARMACIST PRESENTATIONS

Thursday, February 1, 2018
10:15 - 11:15 A.M.

Where DO YOU find RELIABLE Health Information
– Getting the FACTS, Knowing Your Sources

Most older adults take prescriptions, supplements
or over-the-counter medications. Oftentimes the drug
information you receive along with the medication
is confusing or not specific to you. In this session, the
pharmacist will discuss drug information resources
and tips on how you can be a more critical consumer
regarding safe medication practices. The pharmacist
will also discuss cautions of purchasing medications
over the internet and how to identify credible internet sites.

 

MARCH 2018

NURSE PRESENTATIONS

Friday, March 9, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Managing Your Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition
affecting the joints. It can occur in people of all ages,
but is most common in people older than 65. Attend
this session to learn about the many treatment options
for managing the symptoms of osteoarthritis and how
to work with your doctor to ensure the best treatment
plan for you.

DIETITIAN PRESENTATIONS

Friday, March 9, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 A.M.

Osteoarthritis: How We Can All Make Our Joints Move Easier

Do you ever wake up with stiff joints? Learn how
regular exercise may be your best defense against
osteoarthritis and how a healthy diet and weight play
a major role in alleviating symptoms. We will also
cover how doctors may prescribe opioids for hard
to manage pain from osteoarthritis and discuss potential
risks from the medication.

PHARMACIST PRESENTATIONS

Thursday, March 1, 2018
10:15 - 11:15 A.M.

Oh, My Aching ____! Treating Pain with Opioids

Pain is one of the most common symptoms that occur
with aging and chronic disease. A majority of seniors
live with pain on a daily basis. Often, this pain can
be managed without medications; however, many of
these pains may require drug treatment. Opioid medications
are one such class of “pain reliever” that can be used.
In this session, we will discuss different causes of
chronic pain, treatments, and what opioid medications
are available, as well as the risks and benefits of
using opioid drug therapy. An emphasis will be placed
on the recent national initiatives designed to control
and decrease the use of powerful “opioid” pain medications
and what you can do to maintain your independence
and a healthier quality of life.


ATLAS CENTER MONTHLY CALENDARS

Click links below to view calendars

Weekly Activities Calendar
View

Monthly Activities Calendar
View

Open Kitchen Menu Calendar
Breakfast & Lunch

View

M.O.V.E.

If you are a senior moving within the city of Chicago, we can make
your move a less stressful, more satisfactory experience!
Click HERE for more info

CRISP! MOBILE GROCERY

Crisp! Mobile Grocery
is the affordable mobile grocer with over 400 items available for delivery
right to your door. Don't have a store nearby or don't feel like going to it? 
No problem.  Crisp! will deliver, choose a delivery date and time, then enjoy.
call 312.948.7800 or go to www.crispgrocery.com

MANICURES & PEDICURES

Provided by Marilyn Willis, Licensed Nail Technician
on the following Wednesdays:

2018

9:00am to 1:00pm

February 3 and February 17, 2018
March 3 and March 17, 2018

Sessions will be held in the Conference Room
of the Atlas Senior Center

Cost:
Manicure: $10 - $Pedicure: $20

To make an appointment please call Robin at 312/745-4401.


MASSAGE THERAPIST

Every Wednesday
10:00am to 2:45pm
Therapist: Tisa Warren-Williams
$25.00 Per Session
Contact 312-747-0189 or 312-745-4401

Relieves Stress
Reduces Muscle Tension
Reduces Neck, Back, Arthritis and Sciatica Pain
Lower Joint Replacement Pain


BEAT THE HEAT!
Keep Your Cool During Extreme Hot Weather

Click HERE to view information



PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Fire Safety  presentation

Friday, NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
10:00 a.m.
Atlas Senior Center
1767 E. 79th Street
312/747-0189
A representative from The Chicago Fire Department
will present on Home Fire Safety -- the importance
of have Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors,
Kitchen Safety, Electrical Safety, Fire Escape Plans,
Slips and Falls.


The Cook County Sheriff's Office
invites you to attend
Money Smart for Older Adults

Prevent Financial Exploitation
Friday
NEXT DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
9:30am

Hosted at the Atlas Center

Recognize & reduce your risk of financial exploitation
Con games and scams targeted at seniors
Guard against Identity Theft
Find helpful resources for reporting senior
financial exploitation


VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON

Thursday
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00pm - 2:00pm

A special event to pay tribute to our regional volunteers,
who are blessed to serve others. This is an invitation-only
event. FREE


EMERGENCY RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

For More Information Click HERE


NINE-WEEK WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM

The program offers a simple beginner weight loss plan that is based on
well-balanced nutritional principles. Regular exercise is an important part of
the program. The overall goal is to help older adults adopt healthy eating
habits that promote weight loss, but are also safe, balanced,
and nutritionally sound.
Registration with the Wellness Nurse is required for this program.
See Atlas Center for more information  


AARP DRIVER SAFETY EDUCATION

Wednesday & Thursday,
March 21 & 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Instructor: Lois Travis (new)
Please register with instructor at
(773)568-7261 (daytime hrs.)

This approved course is taught by AARP for Accident Prevention.
You must be at least 55 years old and a
$20.00 fee is required for the two day training.

You may be eligible for a premium reduction on your automobile
insurance at the completion of the class.


RULES OF THE ROAD

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Secretary of State Jessie White’s Office is providing a
Rules of the Road class. It will provide information
to assist you with taking your driving test and also
provide information on highway safety. Bring your
driver’s license or state I.D. to attend. Handouts
will be available. Please call (312)747-0189 x. 103
to register


ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE AT ATLAS CENTER

Every Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00am - 12:00pm

Click below to view flyer



Plan Your LifeSpan Study

Seniors, help us make a difference.  We want to hear
your opinions on your future health!
Participants will be compensated with up to
$100 in Gift Cards.

For more information click below


FREE SENIOR ENRICHMENT SEMINAR SERIES

Thursday
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Reverse Mortgages and Predatory Lending: Part I

Topics to Include:
- Homeowner rights in foreclosure cases
 Court processes and procedures for foreclosure cases  
 Mortgage foreclosure case management program  

SPEAKERS: Honorable Allen P. Walker
Mortgage Foreclosure / Mechanics Lien Section,
Chancery Division, Circuit Court of Cook County


Richard J. Daley Center 50 West Washington Street
Courtroom 2005 Chicago, Illinois 60602

TO REGISTER CONTACT:
The Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center
(312) 603-9233


FORMS & FEATURES

NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Poetry Foundation Library is sponsoring 2 monthly poetry
discussion and creative writing workshops—in October on image,
imagery and meaning; In November on the English sonnet,
as popularized by Shakespeare. FREE.



MUSIC  & DANCE EVENTS

THE DAYS OF GLORY

Friday, February 16, 2018
Matinee Show, 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Black History with a new play by
BEATRICE WATSON, featuring actors from
“Lift Every Voice Drama Group” of Park Shore East Elderly,
including guest appearances by various actors and
performers. The play: grieving the death of her unwed
daughter, an aging mother takes in her grandson;
it inspires a musical jazz tribute in support by fellow
residents of her senior complex and sparks the
memory of a young love that ended with hurt
and regret. LOVE, SACRIFICE, DEPENDENCE,
AND COMMITMENT are the themes as sung by
unforgettable jazz singers to remember.
($3.00 seniors; $6.00 general admission)


D.J. ELWIN TOBIAS

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

A professional master of ceremonies, D.J. Tobias
specializes in jazz, blues, line dancing and stepping
music. His intent is to give our seniors music that
will enrich and brighten their day. FREE.


TIME AFTER TIME:  OLDIES BUT GOODIES

Songs you still love to hear!

Saturday
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
 Noon - 1:00 pm

A Music Performamce by
Ky'Nora & The Enchanters


JAMMIN ON THE NINE

Saturdays
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
10:00am - 3:00pm

Get your groove on at Atlas' 12th annual
indoor music festival. 

This year appearances by:

10:00am     The Elements of Sound
1:30 am     D.J. Chico                   
  1:00pm      The Myron Mills Project
2:30pm          D.J. Chico

Box lunches available.  FREE admission to concert


KARAOKE

Saturdays
Saturdays, February 24, and March 31, 2018
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Come warm those vocal cords by singing karaoke
with Shirley Buchanan.

Join Shirley “Be-Bop” Buchanan in singing 52
your favorite songs. FREE.


ATLAS SOUL-TRAIN LINE DANCE PARTY

Saturday
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Dance the afternoon away with D.J. Chico and
line dance instructor, Marvella Ross. FREE.


SATURDAY LINE DANCE CLASSES

Saturdays in 2018

February 17 -  April 21
June 16 - August 18
October 20 - December 15

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Line dance instructor, Marvella Ross, teaches
free line dance classes.  Join her for Saturday morning
fun. She will show you the latest steps to make you ready
to party!

Classes are FREE


TUNES WITH ANDRE

Saturdays
Saturdays, February 10, and March 10, 2018
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Andre Miles returns to entertain us during
lunch with musical favorites. He will serenade us
during lunch with his special blend of voice
and keyboard.  He will perform songs and music
from different genres.  Program is FREE.


“ATLAS SWINGS”

Friday, Next Dates To Be Announced
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A musical performance, featuring the Myron Mills Project,
with numerous patriotic musical selections to allow
us to dwell on the importance of freedom.
Great music.
FREE.


KYNORA AND THE ENCHANTERS

The Southland --
The Roots of American Music

Saturday, March 3, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m.

Come out and enjoy the group perform Blues,
Jazz, Gospel ad more

This sensational group returns to entertain us
with their harmonious blend of piano, vocals,
and jazz harmonica.

Hear that Rhythm - Get that Beat
Music that rocks your soul
A music performance by Ky'Nora & the Enchanters


THE MYRON MILLS PROJECT

NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Atlas is the place to be for an afternoon of great music.
Myron Mills and his band will entertain us with traditional
and contemporary tunes. FREE.


Springtime Line Dance Party
 
NEXT DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

D.J. Chico plays the tunes. A line dance instructor
will be here to show you the steps.
Suggested Donation: $5.00, which includes
turkey box lunch and beverage.
Please contact Robin Tillotson at (312)745-4401
for ticket information.



OUTINGS

CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY & SUPPORT SERVICES
INVITES YOU TO ... PAINT & SIP

At Pinot's Palette in Logan Square

Thursday, March 29
Cost will include transportation and hot lunch: $35.00

Come join us at Pinot and Palette for an adventure like no
other.   Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advance
painter you will enjoy a day of fun, lively conversation, and
painting.   There will be an amazing team of energetic staff
assisting you with all your painting instrutions and needs. 
At the end of the day, you will create a fabulous painting to
take home.  Call the Atlas center for more information at 312.747.0189

Make all checks or money orders payable to: 
Auxiliary of the Northwest

LUNCH MENU
Fried Chicken
Pasta w/Marinara Sauce
California Mixed Vegetables
Bread
Brownies


Senior Day at the Taste of Chicago

Thursday
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
10:00am - 2:00pm

$10.00 includes bus transportation
line dance instruction and party.

Bus departs 9:00am
Senior Pavilion
Music By: DJ Chico
Line Dane Instructor: Freda Terry
Featuring Kalapriya Indian Performance Arts Dancers

Make checks payable to Auxiliary of the Northwest.
For more information please contact the Atlas Center.


Brazilian/Latin Rhythm and Soul

Friday
NEXT DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Doors open @ 10am - lunch @ 10:30am Ends @ 1pm
$35 includes lunch, live band, dancing & transportation
Heritage Plaza Banquet Hall
1551 West 95th Street



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