CJE SeniorLife to Host 2018 Transition to Wellness Educational Series for Professionals & Consumers

CHICAGO, September 4, 2018 – Professionals and consumers are invited to attend CJE SeniorLife’s complimentary Transition to Wellness educational series. Throughout the month of October, experts in the field of aging will present on LGBTQ+ trauma and resiliency, the benefits of exercise to cognitive functioning and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease, opioids and older adults, and more.

All speaking engagements are free of charge and open to the public. Programs will be held at Adult Day Services in Evanston, Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation in Skokie, and Weinberg Community for Senior Living in Deerfield. Social workers and nurses are eligible for 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or contact hours for each program.

Adult Day Services Evanston | 1015 Howard Street, Evanston, IL 60202

LGBTQ+ Trauma and Resiliency
Thursday, October 4 | 5 pm Registration | 5:30–6:30 pm Presentation & Hors D’oeuvres
Presented by Jacqueline Boyd, The Care Plan

LGBTQ+ older adults may have experienced a variety of trauma throughout their lifetime on a personal, interpersonal and institutional level. This workshop will provide a deeper understanding of how trauma affects LGBTQ+ communities and what strategies are available to be an effective care provider.

Benefits of Exercise to Cognitive Functioning and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, October 11 | 5 pm Registration | 5:30–6:30 pm Presentation & Hors D’oeuvres
Presented by Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD, Rush University Medical Center

Many theories exist about why and how regular physical activity might lower the risk for mental decline and engaging in exercise as a “brain health activity” is popular with adults of all ages. Dr. Aggarwal will cover the current scientific evidence and steps that can be taken to use regular exercise to enhance memory and slow down age-related cognitive decline.

Weinberg Community for Senior Living | 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
Meeting the Challenge of Aging Alone
Wednesday, October 17 | 5 pm Registration | 5:30–6:30 pm Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by Sharon Dornberg-Lee, LCSW, CJE Counseling Services

Aging alone with no involved family or close friends nearby can be challenging. This presentation will provide an overview of research on the impact of social isolation, and share possible solutions and strategies to help older adults get assistance for needs related to housing, finances, advance directives, transportation and medical care.

Romancing for Riches
Wednesday, October 24 | 5 pm Registration | 5:30–6:30 pm Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by Kerry R. Peck, Peck Ritchey, LLC

This presentation will help create an understanding of elder abuse, how to avoid financial exploitation and how to prevent or stop elder abuse from happening. We’ll also discuss the importance of and the first steps to take in creating Powers of Attorney and Guardianship documents.

Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation | 9700 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076

Preventative Medicine
Thursday, October 18 | 5 pm Registration | 5:30–6:30 pm Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by Dr. Gregory Wallman, Covenant Medical Group

Each year, millions of people die from preventable deaths. This presentation will cover how to better prevent illness and reduce recurrent illness, such as establishing a good relationship with one’s physician, having regular check-ups for disease screening, identifying risk factors and keeping immunizations current. We’ll also discuss tips for a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Opioids and Older Adults
Thursday, October 25 | 5 pm Registration | 5:30–6:30 pm Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by Kate Mahoney, LCSW, The Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute for Mental Health Education

The public rarely pictures older adults when hearing about the opioid epidemic, yet older adult opioid use is on the rise. The AARP Bulletin (January 2018) reports that between the years 2000 and 2015, and opioid overdose deaths among adults ages 65 and 74 increased sevenfold. This presentation will cover the risks of opioid use for older adults and how to effectively prevent and address opioid use disorders.

Registration is required for each session; please contact Lecia Szuberla from Elderwerks at 847.462.0885 or events@elderwerks.com for more information or to register.


Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net