You are welcome to peruse our online library of past Lunch & Learn recordings. Thanks to our Lunch & Learn partner organization, Cook County Higher Education, for making these recordings available!


At this yummy Lunch & Learn we welcome special guest Annie Albertson, MS, RD, and Grocer/Nutritionist at the Cook County Whole Foods Co-op for over 7 years. She retired from General Mills after serving 30 years in the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition conducting population-based nutrient intake research among many other nutrition related assignments. Annie loves sharing her knowledge and love of food, and helps us explore key issues around nutrition and aging, and discover resources and practical tips for healthy AND delicious eating.

Widespread biases and misconceptions about aging abound – and they can affect our own expectations about growing older. Our attitudes about aging have an impact on our quality of life, health and even longevity. Special guest presenter Brenda Shafer-Pellinen from the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging discusses how ageism can influence us, and how we can contribute toward a more positive narrative about aging.

Guest Presenter:
Brenda Shafer-Pellinen, Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging

Focusing on strategies for staying active at any age, with discussion around the special benefits of senior fitness. Learn tips for overcoming common challenges, and discover local opportunities for active fun and exercise.

Guests Presenters:
Nancy Giguere, Yoga Instructor at the Hub
Nancy Koloski, West End Bone Builders Facilitator
Nancy Starr, Silver Sneakers Yoga Instructor

When someone shows signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, conversations with family about changing behaviors can be challenging and uncomfortable. This program offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations to address some of the most common issues. Topics covered in the program include going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Guest Presenter:
Jenna Pogorels, Alzheimer’s Association

Aging well is definitely a team effort – and it’s more likely to happen when we plan ahead! Learn about resources for building an aging support team with a panel of representatives from local service organizations, including In-Home Support, The Hub, North Shore Health, Care Partners of Cook County, and Aging Well Resources.

Guest Presenters:
Martina Johnson, Cook County Public Health & Human Services
Laura Nelson, Cook County In-Home Support Coordinator
Hilja Iverson, BSW, North Shore Health Social Services
Pat Campanaro, End of Life Doula
Julie Wilson, Care Partners of Cook County
Betsy Blume, Care Partners of Cook County

Discover how creativity plays a role in healthy aging. Local groups and organizations tell us about the opportunities they offer and how to connect with them for artsy-craftsy fun and inspiration…regardless of experience or skill level. (Zoom only due to weather)

Guest presenters
Sarah Beggs, North House Folk School
Jean Bushman, North Woods Fiber Guild
David Coleman, North Shore Swing Band
Sue Hennessy, Grand Marais Playhouse


October 26 – Healthy Living For Your Brain & Body

Recording is not available for this Lunch & Learn session, but you can view a free online version of the class by visiting the Alzheimer’s Association Online Training Center

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. Now science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Guest Presenter:
Jenna Pogorels, Alzheimer’s Association