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 the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, The Hub/Cook County Senior Center, the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern MN, 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 can be attended in person, or online via Zoom. Through the generous support of business and organization sponsors, free lunch is provided for the first 20 people who register for in-person classes.

Upcoming Lunch & Learn Classes

Wednesday, September 27 – Safe at Home: Find and Fix Fall Hazards

Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. But the truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and we have the power to reduce the risk. Becky Stoner, local Physical Therapist, will help us discover how even small changes in our personal habits, health care routines, and living spaces can make a big difference in keeping us safe. Cook County Public Health Educator Andrea Orest will also share about our county’s Healthy Homes Assessment initiative and other programs that may help address safety issues in and around the home. Our meal will be provided by The Hub – your choice of a delicious BLT Wrap or BLT Salad (gluten-free) lunch that will include fresh fruit! Click here to register!

Wednesday, October 25 – Preparing Your Estate Plan

This seminar will help familiarize us with the basic steps of estate planning, including the function of a will and the different types of trusts. The goal is to help attendees feel more confident knowing how to begin or modify a process to gift their assets according to their wishes. Our presenter will be Claire Smith from Edward Jones, and an estate-planning attorney is also scheduled to be with us. Click here to register!

Wednesday, November 29 – Cook County Adult Protective Services: Myths & Facts

We know that elder abuse happens everywhere – even in Cook County. What may be less clear is when and how to report suspected abuse, and what happens next. Martina Johnson from Cook County Public Health & Human Services and Sheriff Pat Eliasen will help us learn what elder abuse is (and what it ISN’T), the scope of the issue in Cook County, the process for reporting, how our local authorities respond when a report is received, and what Adult Protective Services hopes to achieve. Registration coming soon!

We’ll take a Lunch & Learn break in December.
January, February and March Lunch & Learn classes will be offered by Zoom only.
Check back soon for a “sneak peek” at our 2024 Lunch & Learn schedule!