Annual Mini Golf Tournament and Picnic – “What a Gas” on June 14th!

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It’s time to pull out the bell bottom pants from the closet and join us for the  Annual Mini-Golf “What a Gas!” Tournament and Picnic.  Be there or be square! Flashback to the 60’s with music, food, and fun at this year’s Mini Golf Masters “What a Gas” Tournament and picnic.  The evening includes Miniature Golf, Picnic Dinner, Beverages, Balloon Artist, Raffle Prizes, Top Golfer Jacket, Music from the 60’s, Best 60’s outfit, Split the Pot, Groovy Raffle and more…..

 The cool people will be gathering at:

 Mountain View Adventure Center 
510 E. Algonquin Road
Des Plaines, IL
June 14th
(Rain date June 15th)
5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Click here to register, Adults $25.00,  Children under 12 $5.00 .

Reflections from Summit

This is the fourth in a series of columns we are excited to present from the Summit of Uptown called REFLECTIONS FROM SUMMIT.

Coping with information overload

The Summit of Uptown.Logo Stacked.FINAL.1.22.2016-01Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the messages that come at us today from all directions?  In the 1930s, the older folks in the family had a hard time getting used to the telephone and the radio.  Today, television news is 24/7 on stations such as FOX, CNN, and CNBC.  And we haven’t even talked about the Internet yet which has given rise not only to email but to a plethora of social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to say nothing of cell phones and that ubiquitous texting. It’s almost like learning a foreign language! By the way, if you haven’t learned how to text yet, you’re probably having a difficult time staying in touch with your grandkids.

Do you feel overwhelmed by it all?  Does it seem like you’ve been standing still and technology has passed you by? How do you cope with all that information overload?  Although there is no simple solution, there are some ways to keep things under control.  For example:

  • Spend your time with information that you need to know.
  • Spend less time on things that might be nice to know.
  • Be concise with your messages.
  • Focus on one thing at a time.

And if you’re already spending huge parts of your day on the Internet or on your cell phone, disconnect and take the time to enjoy other activities. There are programs and classes that can help expand your horizons. Or you might consider volunteer work to help others. Or you could always turn off the technology and pick up a book and read.

To find out more about programs, activities, services, and amenities at The Summit of Uptown, which has been providing quality services for seniors for more than 30 years, visit the Summit Facebook page or our website at www.summitofuptown.com.

Connecting for Good Digital Literacy program

The “Connecting for Good” program will connect digital savvy high school students and young adults with older residents experiencing a deep “digital divide” with advances in computerconnecting for good pic 21212 technology.  Center of Concern case managers and young volunteers will assess the needs of local seniors and conduct group education sessions to foster a greater understanding of information, communication and resources available through the internet.  Phase II of the program will address the needs of homebound seniors by assigning student volunteers (and adult guardians) with isolated seniors to demonstrate opportunities for 1) increased interaction with family members via social media,  2) learning and well-being support services, and 3) easier access to goods and services.

In the past 15 years, the everyday lives of most Americans have been transformed with internet-mediated innovations including Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Skype technology.  For older adults who reached retirement before these advances, there is a deep digital divide which prevents them from accessing everyday necessities and lessens their ability to maintain their independence. The Center of Concern service area includes approximately 25,000 senior citizens in Maine Township. Since 1978, the agency has been serving older adults with supportive services to help them maintain their independence with dignity.

The project is focused on developing a more cost effective model to address senior citizen well-being support needs, to foster increased communication for seniors (especially those without family20160415_164054_resized living nearby), and promote positive senior citizen interaction with local high school students and other young adult volunteers. The Connecting for Good program will provide students with stronger project management, speaking and leadership skills while seniors will able to access resources and maintain a closer connection to family and friendsA similar project can be viewed in a short video here  and here.

Interested in serving your community on the Center of Concern Board?

SERVE ON THE CENTER OF CONCERN BOARD

The Center is seeking community leaders who will support and promote the Center’s mission – to empower seniors, disabled persons, others in need to live with dignity and independence – through their service on the Board of Directors.

The Board consists of individuals who give a minimum of 4 hours per month of their time through attendance at monthly Board meetings and participation in one of the Board’s Standing Committees – Board Development, Bylaws, Finance, Marketing, Personnel and Program Development, and Resource Development. The Board supports the work of the Center’s executive director, monitors the programs offered, provides financial oversight for the work of the agency, and communicates the mission of the Center to the public. Board members serve a two-year term which can be renewed.

Persons who would serve successfully on the Board:

  • Live, work, or demonstrate some other significant commitment to the communities served by the Center.
  • Are committed to providing support and services to seniors, persons with disabilities, and other persons with social service needs.
  • Have experience in serving on boards or committees of other charitable community service organizations (including faith communities).
  • Bring personal experience or professional expertise in areas related to agency programs and client needs such as housing, health care, home care, resource development, finance, marketing, information technology, and elder law.
  • Are willing to make a commitment of at least 4 hours per month to the work of the Board and its Committees.

To receive further information about service on the Board or to complete a volunteer application, please email Volunteer Coordinator, Carol Gonzalez at cgonzalez@centerofconcern.org or call 847-823-0453.

For more Center of Concern Board of Directors job description click here.