Free Forum Series for Seniors, Families Begins June 8 in Schaumburg, IL; First Session Features Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles Johnson will discuss senior program funding at the kick-off session of “The Greatest Generation Education Forum" at 6 p.m. June 8 at Chandler’s Restaurant, 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, Ill.

Caregiving is demanding and can create stress for all parties involved. Today’s economic situation can further complicate the process, and people are seeking information about various resources available.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Department of Aging Director Charles Johnson will speak at 6 p.m. June 8 at the kick-off session of “The Greatest Generation Education Forum" at Chandler's Restaurant, 401 N. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg. The free event, created for seniors and their families, will follow a town hall meeting format, with Gov. Quinn and Director Johnson discussing senior program funding.

The June 8 event is the first in a series of nine free events for seniors and their families sponsored by the newly formed National Alliance for Working Family Caregivers (NAWFC).

“Caregiving is demanding and can create stress for all parties involved. Today’s economic situation can further complicate the process, and people are seeking information about various resources available,” states NAWFC President Pat O’Dea-Evans, MS, RN, and co-founder of A Silver Connections (http://www.ASilverConnection.com), the free eldercare referral service that started the NAWFC.

“The Greatest Generation Education Forum” continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 3 at Chandler's Restaurant, with high-profile experts discussing timely topics relevant to seniors and their families.

Subsequent dates and topics will include:

  • June 15 – Overview of aging
  • June 22 – Elderlaw basics
  • June 29 – Paying for eldercare
  • July 6 – Maintaining body, mind and spirit
  • July 13 – Tough conversations with seniors and family members
  • July 20 – Aging in place
  • July 27 – End of life preparation
  • August 3 – Communicating with healthcare professionals

Presenters will include representatives from Advocate Healthcare; AgeOptions; Alexian Brothers Healthcare; Hospice of Northeast Illinois; Loyola University; Northwest Community Hospital; Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Peck, Bloom & Koenig, LLC; and the University of Illinois – Chicago.

Each session will also feature an exposition of Chicago area eldercare resources.

“With our sponsors – including an elder law attorney, a community hospital, and the Village of Schaumburg – we’re breaking ground in the area of community education,” O’Dea-Evans added.

For information about event registration and sponsorship, email NAWFC(at)ASilverConnection(dot)com or call 847-462-8266.

About the NAWFC
The National Alliance for Working Family Caregivers is an Illinois not-for-profit foundation dedicated to supporting the growing number of adult children in the United States who are caring for elderly parents or other loved ones. Programs include community education and access to high-level experts in the field of aging. To learn more, visit http://www.NAWFC.org or call 847-462-8266.

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