CJE SeniorLife Hosts Transition to Wellness Educational Series on Positive Aging for Professionals & Consumers

CHICAGO, August 28, 2017 – Professionals and consumers are invited to attend CJE SeniorLife’s complimentary Transition to Wellness educational series. Throughout the month of September, experts in the field of aging will present on difficult decisions in senior care and navigating family dynamics, genetic health initiatives, the problem of suicide among older adults, new approaches to Parkinson’s disease and cancer rehabilitation, 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.

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.

Weinberg Community for Senior Living | 1551 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL 60015
Transitions & Difficult Decisions in Senior Care
September 7 | 5 p.m. Registration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by: Joan Richman Ente, A.M., L.C.S.W., Your Eldercare Consultants | Susan D’vora, @Properties | Victoria Braund, M.D., NorthShore University HealthSystem

Change is stressful for everyone, but for older adults it can be particularly difficult. This session is designed to give caregivers a perspective that will help them ease these transitions and make difficult decisions about their loved ones, such as knowing when he or she is ready for assisted living or memory care. The presenters will also provide an understanding of other important decisions that are involved in the management of a loved one’s care.

Current Genetic Health Initiatives
September 12 | 5 p.m. Registration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by: Alan R. Sanders, M.D., NorthShore University HealthSystem

Dr. Alan Sanders, whose research focuses on genetic factors in major psychiatric disorders and behaviors, will discuss the opportunities that exist for personalized treatment for various diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disorders. He will explain how genetic research requiring the analysis of DNA will enable researchers to proactively learn about the science behind diseases and apply this knowledge directly to clinical settings to improve patient outcomes.

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

Navigating Difficult Family Dynamics
September 19 | 5 p.m. Registration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by: Matt Field, Right at Home Care

In this presentation, participants will learn to identify some of the most common problems that arise with aging and healthcare transitions of their loved ones. They will learn to empathize with the emotions that cause difficult family dynamics, and learn strategies for navigating through them—all while providing the best and most professional level of service and care.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Cancer Rehabilitation
September 27 | 5 p.m. Registration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Light Dinner
Presented by: Sarah Wendell, P.T., D.P.T., Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation

Adult cancer survivors face a diverse and complex set of impairments that affect nearly every organ system, which can contribute to decreased quality of life. An interdisciplinary cancer rehabilitation specialty program is necessary to allow individuals with cancer to function at their fullest potential. We’ll review the role of each member of the interdisciplinary team, and discuss the need for cancer rehabilitation, patient-centered care, and evidence-based practices.

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

Suicide Assessment & Interventions with Older Adults
September 13 | 5 p.m. Registration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Hors D’oeuvres
Presented by: Sharon Dornberg-Lee, L.C.S.W., CJE SeniorLife

This program will focus on the scope of the problem of suicide among older adults, including risk factors and predispositions, and dispel some myths. The majority of the program will focus on risk assessment for individual clients and therapeutic interventions. A variety of strategies that work to instill hope and address clients’ practical concerns (e.g., pain, financial distress, loss, fear of further disability) will also be shared using case examples from the presenter’s extensive clinical experience.

Living Better with Parkinson’s Disease: Dealing Effectively with the Psycho-Social Features of PD
September 26 | 5 p.m. Registration | 5:30–6:30 p.m. Presentation & Hors D’oeuvres
Presented by: Diane Breslow, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

This discussion will cover the psychological, social, familial, and cognitive features unique to Parkinson’s disease throughout the stages of progression. We will also discuss effective strategies for dealing with the secondary characteristics that are commonly experienced by affected individuals and families.


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