Care Partners and Cook County Higher Education are pleased to present a Lunch & Learn series designed to support aging well in Cook County!  Presented on the fourth Wednesday of the month from noon to 1pm at Cook County Higher Education, these free Lunch & Learn classes feature speakers from area organizations like Age-Friendly Cook County, AARP, North Shore Health, The MN Aging Eyes Initiative, and more!

For many years Care Partners has provided support and companionship along the journey of aging in Cook County. With this initiative, we hope to help our friends and neighbors proactively address the joys and challenges of growing older with dignity, purpose – and perhaps a gentle dose of humor and camaraderie besides! 

Classes are offered online only in January, February and March. April through November you can join us online OR in person at Cook County Higher Education! Thanks to the generosity of individual donors and granting organizations, free lunch is provided for the first 25 people who register for in-person classes.

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Classes

Note: Care Partners Lunch & Learn series does not meet in December

Wednesday, February 28 (ZOOM ONLY) – Cook County Housing: HRA & Older Adults

Wednesday, March 27 (ZOOM ONLY) – Elder Fraud & Scams

According to US Office for the Victims of Crime, fraud and scams aimed at older adults resulted in losses of more than $184 million in 2018. Many crimes go unreported because victims are scared, embarrassed, or don’t know who to call. March is Fraud Prevention Month, and our friends at AARP will be on hand to help us learn to proactively spot scams, and know what to do if we think we (or someone we know) may have been targeted. Click here to register!

Wednesday, April 24 – Enjoying the Great Outdoors as We Age

One of the best things about living in Cook County is the natural beauty that surrounds us! Hiking, kayaking, fishing, skiing…there so many ways to get out and explore one of the loveliest places on earth. Yet as we age, we may find it more difficult to enjoy these activities in quite the same way we did when we were younger. Tregg Axtell, Physical Therapist from North Shore Health, will be on hand to give us some tips for safely continuing to pursue the outdoor adventures we love…at any age! Join us in person at Cook County Higher Ed or online via Zoom. Free lunch will be available for the first 20 people who register for the in-person class! Click here to register!

Wednesday, May 22 – Beyond “Cheaters”: Understanding and Addressing Vision Loss in Older Adults

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Ah, the need for magnifying eyeglasses and/or bifocal lenses…for many of us, it’s one of the first signs that we are not getting any younger! What happens when these strategies are not enough? In May (Healthy Vision Month!) we will welcome Amy McClellan from the Minnesota Aging Eyes Initiative. She’ll help us understand common eye diseases and how they affect vision, as well as inform us about vision loss in older adults and ways that we can adjust to it. Join us in person at Cook County Higher Ed or online via Zoom. Free lunch will be available for the first 20 people who register for the in-person class! Click here to register!