Groups Support Seniors with Socialization

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), November 25, 2002 | Go to article overview

Groups Support Seniors with Socialization


Byline: Jenny Campbell

Attaining senior status in DuPage County offers many benefits. Communities everywhere recognize the need for senior programs and services that address the issues of health, safety and socialization. All seniors need do is a little research to find what is offered by governmental agencies as well as independent senior groups.

The Terrace Trees Seniors Club is one of those created for Oakbrook Terrace residents 55 and older. Its purpose is to address the need for fellowship and moral support; and most importantly, promote the well-being of its senior citizens.

Typically, the group meets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. monthly on the second Tuesday at the Heritage Center, 15th and Ardmore Avenue, Oakbrook Terrace. These meetings include a catered lunch, bingo and prizes, all for a nominal fee.

A surprise Christmas luncheon is planned at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10 when residents will gather at Heritage Center for food, fun and fellowship. The lunch fee is $3, and all participants are asked to bring a wrapped gift worth $5, tagged with male or female for the grab bag. Guests will be treated to great entertainment and super prizes, but they must register by Dec. 3 at (630) 620-5199.

For details about what Oakbrook Terrace offers its seniors, call Doris Sundahl at (630) 832-8300.

Health and safety are the target of two programs offered for seniors in Wheaton. One program instituted by the Wheaton Fire Department is called the "Vial of Life" and provides a bottle that resembles a prescription bottle containing a patient information sheet. Once the sheet is completed, it should be inserted into the bottle and kept in the refrigerator. Then members of the fire department will know where to look for it in the event of an emergency.

This program is a tremendous help when paramedics are treating an unconscious senior or one unable to communicate. For details, call the fire department during business hours to sign up and participate at (630) 260-2175.

Another program, "Remembering When," is a fire safety curriculum geared towards the more mature audience. Information on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, cooking and general safety are included in the presentations that are offered to Wheaton groups. To arrange for this presentation, call the fire department at (630) 260-2175.

Senior Day Care is offered through the Naperville United Way and several area churches. This is a program that offers an alternative to institutional care for people who need supervision and cannot be left alone during the day. The Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville. For details about this service, call (630) 3577-8166.

The Senior Citizens Center of Naperville houses the New Horizons program from 8:30 a. …

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