Celebrating Seniors Week 2022

By Health & Senior Services Librarian Rose Barnes

Celebrating Seniors Week, May 12-19, is a wonderful way to engage with your community to honor, recognize, and serve the community’s older adults in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park.

The event series is organized by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, a group of dedicated volunteers that are “passionate about dispelling outdated and inaccurate myths about what it is to be a senior in our society.”

Find a list of events below. Learn more about Celebrating Seniors Week and see a full list of events in the community at celebratingseniors.net, and register for scheduled library events here. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Celebrating Seniors Week: May 12-19

Older adults and their families are invited to attend dozens of events hosted throughout Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. And join us both virtually and in person at the Main Library for a variety of events happening throughout the week!

In the community

New this year: On Saturday, May 14, the Celebrating Seniors Scavenger Hunt will showcase more than 60 cultural, civic and architectural gems in a one-square-mile area of north Oak Park. All proceeds benefit seniors in need. See a preview below and learn more about the scavenger hunt at celebratingseniors.net »

Hosted by the library

VIRTUAL: Writers’ Word Feast
Sunday, May 15, 12-3 pm. Bring your words and words yet to be written to this writers’ group for writers of all types and genre. Each writer will get a chance to read their story, poem, or novel chapter and receive feedback from the group. Then we will spend some time writing! Register now »

Free Blood Pressure Screenings Q&A
Monday, May 16, 10 am-12 pm, Main Library Book Discussion Room. Join Duly Health and Care for a free blood pressure reading and take a step toward ensuring a healthy future. A licensed physician will be present to discuss your results. Register now »

VIRTUAL: Chair Yoga
Tuesday, May 17, 12:30-1 pm
. Calm and center your mind while moving your body through intentional poses and sequences. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration, and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Register now »

VIRTUAL: Memory Cafe
Tuesday, May 17, 2-3:30 pm. Designed for individuals living with memory loss and their care partners to have a safe space in the community to connect through conversation and enjoyable activities, Memory Cafe is a partnership of Oak Park Township Senior Services, River Forest Public Library, and Oak Park Public Library. Register now »

VIRTUAL: Restoring Your Gut Health: Digestive Wellness Tips
Tuesday, May 17, 6-7 pm. In these times especially, it’s more important than ever to keep our immune systems healthy, and gut health is highly connected to overall health. At this interactive workshop, learn:

  • The common causes and symptoms of stomach discomfort.
  • Foods that are healing for the gut.
  • Breathing practices for improving digestion.
  • Movements and stretches that support gut health.

Register now »

Words on Wednesday: A Separation
Wednesday, May 18, 1-2 pm, Main Library Book Discussion Room. Join your neighbors to discuss Katie Kitamura’s A Separation. Separating from her faithless husband, only to be drawn into the investigation of his disappearance, a young woman travels to a remote region of the southern Peloponnese, where she traces the failure of the relationship and discovers how little she knew about the man she once loved. Register now »

Celebrating Seniors Week: Bob’s Choice Film Screening
Wednesday, May 18, 1:30-3:30 pm, Main Library Veterans Room. Oak Park End-of-Life Options Coalition presents a Wednesday matinee of the acclaimed documentary Bob’s Choice. Bob Fuller had a rich life; he was the founder of the Seattle Men’s Chorus, gave back through his AA involvement, and was a nurse working in the King County Jail. In the final months of his terminal cancer diagnosis, he decided to take meds to end his life peacefully with friends and family by his side. Wednesday Journal Movie Critic Doug Deuchler will facilitate the discussion after the movie. Register now »

VIRTUAL: Illinois Libraries Presents: An Evening With Michelle Zauner
Thursday, June 30, 7-8 pm. Join us for an evening with musician and author Michelle Zauner as she discusses her music career and her beloved bestselling memoir, Crying in H Mart. Jessica Hopper joins her in conversation. This event is made possible by Illinois Libraries Present, a statewide collaboration among public libraries—including Oak Park Public Library—offering high-quality events.

About Rose

Rose is an Adult Services Librarian specializing in health and senior services. She is a passionate reader, baker, and explorer who is always planning her next adventure.

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