Category Archives: Chicago Bridge Event Calendar


Save the Date! Movie Screening & Panel Discussion, May 28, 2014

Amour Movie Screening & Panel Discussion

The May event for Chicago Bridge:

When: Wednesday, May 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Where: Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

During the event we will watch the award winning film Amour followed by a panel discussion.


Jim Vanden Bosch, MA

Executive Director, Terra Nova Films, Inc.

Paula Smiles, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker, Gentiva Hospice

Christine Bertrand & Greg Borzo

Christine – Intergenerational Coordinator at Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

Greg Borzo – Author

sharing their personal views and the perspective of a married couple

Everyone is welcome.

RSVP by 05/26/2014 to Heather via email or call 312.604.7234.


Save the Date! March 2014 Chicago Bridge Event

“No one right way: Reflections on caring for a spouse with dementia, a panel presentation.”

Wednesday, March 19th, 6 to 8 pm

Alzheimer’s Association National Office, Contact Center
225 N. Michigan Avenue, 18th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601

Please RSVP by Monday, 2/17 to Kathy Lee

At this event we will have a panel of family caregivers, who are all caring for a spouse with dementia. Mary O’Hara of Northwestern’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center will moderate the panel. The scope of the presentation will be broad, but attention will be given to how we as professionals can best serve this population of dedicated caregivers.

A big thanks to our generous sponsors, the Alzheimer’s Association, for providing the event space, and Golden Heart Senior Care Chicago, for providing food and refreshments.

Please note that a security check-in is required at the Concierge on the first floor. Allow extra time.


Monthly Chicago Bridge Event, September 29th: Walk to End Alzheimer’s Volunteering Opportunity

The 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Chicago

Sunday, September 29th

What:  Please join us for the Chicago Bridge September Event!  This month we will be volunteering our time for the Alzheimer’s Association 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s  — Chicago.  The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research and is held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide.  Come join us in supporting this important cause by helping with the Walk coordination and cheering on the Walk participants, maybe including some of your fellow Chicago Bridge members!

Read more about the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

When:  The morning of Sunday, September 29th.  Volunteers are needed in in 4-hour shifts starting at 6:00am (6:00am – 10:00am) or 7:00am (7:00am – 11:00am).

Where:  Montrose Harbor (Montrose Avenue and Simonds Drive) in Chicago

RSVP to Laura Sutherland


June 18th Event: Have Your Needs Changed But Your Home Hasn’t? Home Safety, Modifications and Adaptive Design

Join us on Tuesday, June 18th for an informative discussion on helping people remain in their homes for as long as possible regardless of age or ability level. We will cover such topics as home safety, common home modification projects and design. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn how you can help a client, friend or family member live safely and independently for a lifetime.

Time: 6 to 8 PM

Location: Access Living at 115 W. Chicago Ave. 4th Floor Conference Room

Food and refreshments will be sponsored by Gentle Home Services
RSVP to Elizabeth “Liz” Gould at

May 15th Event: Cultural Perspectives on Aging

Please join us for the Chicago Bridge Event on Cultural Perspectives on Aging!

When:  Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 pm, registration begins at 5:30 pm, and refreshments will be generously provided
Where:  The Kenwood of Lakeview is located at 3121 North Sheridan Road and is accessible via the 155, 149, or the 77 CTA Bus lines.  Complimentary garage parking is also available at the corner of Sheridan and Barry.
What:  Join us for an informative panel discussion with representatives from various cultural groups discussing their traditions, strengths, and challenges as they age, including:
Lincoln Park Village – Larry Reynolds
Center on Halsted – Robin Miller
Hellenic Foundation – Christina Jones, LCSW
Japanese American Service Committee – Frances Chikasawa
Indo-American Center – Dushyant Sharma
Please RSVP to Mary-Margaret Morris at or to Leah Brzezinski at
Hope to see you there!

February 27th Event: Planning for Long Term Care: Are you the Titanic or the Apollo 11?

The presenter will speak about the importance of early decision making as one ages, including a detailed perspective from the complex and at times controversial LTC insurance industry. The presentation will be relevant to Chicago Bridgers as professionals in aging and as people who are aging ourselves everyday.

  Wednesday, February 27th from 6 to 8pm

Prentice Women’s Hospital
250 E. Huron, Floor 3, Room N
Discounted parking available in the hospital parking garage. CTA bus and red line nearby
Food and refreshments provided.

*RSVP to Shannon Stone at*

Presenter Information: Ed Stone, LTCP- Regional Sales Director, Transamerica
Ed entered the insurance business in 1978 as a personal producer in life & annuity sales. He has served as an agency sales manager, regional sales manager, regional VP and national sales manager for several major insurance carriers, regional and national employee benefit and senior market brokerage firms. His professional concentration has been in DI and LTC marketing and training for the last 18 years. He is a published author of insurance sales articles and CE classes, as well as a certified CE instructor in many states. He has been a platform presenter at many local, state, regional and national insurance and accounting professional conferences on DI and LTC. In his current position as Regional Sales Director for Transamerica Long Term Care, he is responsible for all brokerage sales and management in the northern half of the United States. Ed has lived with his wife, Leslie, in Indianapolis for the past 25 years, where they were the 24/7 long term caregivers for five years to Ed’s late 96 year old father and 92 year old mother. Ed speaks with a passion and conviction for the need for Long Term Care planning at an early age.

NEW DATE January 30th Annual Chicago Bridge Planning Event


It’s that time of the year again!!
Please join us for the annual Chicago Bridge Planning Event

When: Wednesday 1/30/2013

From: 6 – 9 pm


Hosted by: NASW Office, Illinois Chapter
404 S. Wells, Chicago 4th Fl.

Metered parking available
CTA Lines 11, 134, 135, 136 and any other line to the Loop
CTA Trains: Brown, Purple and Pink and Orange Lines Quincy & LaSalle
Metra: within walking distance from LaSalle St. Station, Union Station and Ogilvie.
Light Dinner Sponsored by: Home Physicians

Please invite a friend and come share your ideas!

For all those members who have never been to this planning event we highly encourage you to attend. This event is the perfect opportunity to meet other members and to become more involved and active in the Chicago Bridge. At this meeting we plan for the 2013 events we would like to host and other creative ideas that members are interested in are also explored. Bring your ideas and energy. For any newer members out there, this is a perfect meeting to attend to learn more about the Chicago Bridge so that you can maximize your membership!

Also at this event, we will be introducing the new leaders of the Chicago Bridge for 2013-2015!

Hope to see you on January 30th!

Nov. 28th Event: Screening of “How to Die in Oregon” and end of life panel discussion.

In honor of National Hospice & Palliative Care Month we will be watching a documentary about end-of-life issues and will follow that with a discussion with a panel of experts from the field of hospice and palliative care. The documentary is titled: “How to Die in Oregon” and was featured on HBO. If you’d like to learn more about this documentary and watch a trailer, please visit:

Wednesday, November 28th from 6pm-8 pm.
Lieberman Center for Health & Rehabilitation
9700 Gross Point Road
Skokie, IL 60076

Driving/CTA accessibility: Lieberman Center is accessible by the #205 CTA bus or #215 Pace bus from the Red Line or the #54A bus from the Blue Line. If you are driving, the best way to get there is by 94 West (Edens Expressway) to Dempster East, and take that to Gross Point (turn left when heading east on Dempster). There free parking available at the facility.

Special thanks to Lieberman Center for providing space and dinner! (Dinner will be Kosher).

***PLEASE NOTE***: The views expressed in this film and discussion do not neccessarily reflect those of CJE SeniorLife or Lieberman Center for Health & Rehabilitation.

Please RSVP to by 11/23/12 so that we can get a head count for our hosts.

Note that you are welcome to join us even if you do not RSVP, however this will give our host location a better approximation for seating and food.


The imagine in this post was taken from the HBO Documentary, “How to Die in Oregon”

October 17th Panel on Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles

Please join us Wednesday, October 17th from 6pm-8 pm for a panel discussion at our monthly Bridge event (light dinner provided):

Medicare/Medicaid dual eligibles

With all of the changes in health care, how are we to keep up?! Dual eligibility is a big deal. Please join us on 10/17 to learn about what’s happening in both Illinois and nationally regarding dual eligibles. We are fortunate to be joined by two savvy speakers who can speak to both the practical and policy issues around this topic.


  • Kristen Pavle, MSW, Associate Director, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group
  • Gayle Shier, MSW Program Coordinator, Rush University Medical Center, Health and Aging


Saint Luke Renaissance – Greenview Place
1501 West Melrose Street
Chicago, Illinois 60657

Special thanks to Greenview Place for providing space and a light dinner! Thanks to Right at Home for providing drinks and desserts!

accessible via CTA
Brown line: Paulina and Southport stops
Red line: Belmont (a bit of a walk)
several CTA bus routes (Belmont bus, Lincoln bus, Ashland bus)
Paybox street parking

Please RSVP to by 10/12 so that we can get a head count for our hosts. Note that you are welcome to join us even if you do not RSVP, it just gives our host location a better approximation for seating and food.

June 20th Event: When Long Term Care Meets Long Term Conflict

“When Long Term Care Meets Long Term Conflict:  An interdisciplinary approach to resolving disputes in long term care settings”


Please join us Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for a panel discussion at our monthly Chicago Bridge event.


Our distinguished panelists:

  • Joan Barris, LCSW, LNHA Executive Director, Sunrise of Highland Park
  • MacKenzie A. Hyde, JD Clark Hill PLC, Guardianship and Estate Attorney
  • Phyllis Mitzen, MA,ACSW Co-Director, Center for Long Term Care Reform at Health at Medicare Policy Research
  • Group Moderators: Teresa Nuccio, JD, MSW and Alexi Vahlkamp, Student University of Chicago SSA 

This is an exciting opportunity to understand long term care from a legal, administrator and social work perspective.  Learn collaborative ways of resolving the conflicts that arise between family and administration that put residents in the middle. 

When: 6-8 pm on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Where: Mather Pavillion in Evanston,   820 Foster Street, Evanston, IL

Transportation: Take the Purple Line “L” to Foster St., head one block east. Mather is on the right. Street parking available next to the “L” stop.

Please RSVP to Alexi:

Food and beverages will be provided.

 Topics will include: 

  •  Recent changes to the Illinois Powers of Attorney Act       
  •  Disclosure of information under HIPPA      
  •  Requirements of nursing home administrators under Illinois law
  • Guardianship conflicts
  • The social worker’s role and case studies in resolving disputes