Shakeela is the Chicago Bridge’s first Older Adult Guest Writer. We welcome her to the Chicago Bridge and thank her for her contributions. We hope all readers learn a valuable message from the voice(s) of those people we serve. Her article is titled “Empowered Aging: Stories of Strength.” She states in her piece, “I vehemently argued that no way whatsoever was I going to a facility in which I would feel disempowered, lacking the independence I so value- a place the Chicago Tribune and I, through a series of exposes, perceive to be neglectful and unsafe.”
“The Transgender Senior: Views on Aging And The Elder Care System” Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 6- 8pm NASW- IL Chapter Office 404 S. Wells St., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607 Speaker: Pamela McCann with the Chicago Department of Public Health, Office of LGBT Health Pamela will be joined by Vanessa Fabbre who is currently […]
In addition to the challenges most of us face as we age, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders encounter additional obstacles due to inequality, bias laws and policy that affect their financial security and health care options. Of the numerous safety net programs that fail to protect and support LGBT elders equally with their heterosexual peers, the program that has one of the harshest effects on LGBT elders is Medicaid. Proper planning with a comprehensive estate plan that includes a power of attorney for healthcare, and a Medicaid asset protection trust can empower LGBT elders. These tools can help LGBT elders to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their finances so same sex partners can age together with dignity.
Fun in the Sun On August 7 (rain date August 14) join us for Sun, Fun, and Food at 1:30 at the lovely Montrose Beach (4400 N. Lakeshore Drive). This is a great event to bring friends, loved ones, and children to relax and socialize with other Bridge members. We also need your help to […]
The United States Social Security program is one of the nation’s most successful programs to promote economic security in our country. Why do so many people believe that Social Security will not be around when they retire? Please join the discussion on the importance of Social Security and help to ensure the program’s success for generations to come.
The concept of positive aging has come to dominate the mainstream images and discourse on getting older. But where does this leave the large number of people who find that getting older brings far more challenges than they could have imagined?
The Chicago Bridge hosted its first Older Adult Panel Discussion. The discussion surrounded the theme, “Empowered Aging, Stories of Strength”. The panelists showed the group what aging gracefully means. Each panelist acknowledged that they are accepting of aging and that they have learned to go with the flow of life, not to fight it. There was laughter and jokes told, and tears over loved ones lost.
Join us for the Chicago Bridge Summer Social at District Bar 170 W. Ontario Chicago, IL Wednesday, July 21st from 6 to 8 pm The place has been set for our July social event. District Bar is a short walk from the Brown or Red Line and some street parking is available. They will have […]
Contrary to preconceived assumptions, residents of a skilled nursing unit have been rather candid and happy to share their personal experiences about sexuality issues within the group. No topic has been off limits. The group members enjoy comparing and contrasting respective experiences and views with each other and with us. Starting with the very first session, the group members shared very personal stories of unfaithful husbands, the pain of divorce, miscarriages, and looking for, but not often finding, love in the skilled nursing facility.
The Chicago Bridge May monthly event took place at the Hallmark Retirement Community. Cheryl Kuba, of LivHome, presented on ageism found in language. The event drew a small crowd which was optimal for the discussion and activities Cheryl planned. Attendees left with a new-found respect for the power of language.