It’s been a long and blustery winter, but the arrival of spring means it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors once again. If you or a senior you care for find yourself in the house most days, whether due to illness, lack of energy, or any other reason, remember that it’s important to your health – and spirits – to venture out when feasible. Here are just a few of the many area events that are worth checking out!
Original Sewing & Quilt Expo
April 9-11, 2015 at the Schaumberg Convention Center – Whether you’re already a seasoned sewer or are looking to pick up quilting or knitting, the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo is the perfect place to get inspired. Featuring classes for all skill levels as well as fashion shows, workshops, trunk shows, and displays, the Expo is a great opportunity to get away and indulge in your favorite pastime.
Second Saturday Silent Cinema
April 11, 2015 at the Music Box Theatre – Relive the olden days in cinematic style with this film series dedicated to silent movies. Films are accompanied by the Music Box’s resident organist and discounts are available for seniors. Learn more about upcoming showings here!
Bach Week Festival
Select dates in April and May 2015 at the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston and North Park University in Chicago – Experience the classics of Johann Sebastian Bach at the 42nd annual Bach Week Festival as performed by musicians from the acclaimed Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera Orchestra, as well as the Bach Week Festival Chorus. Early, late, and candlelight concerts are scheduled, and seniors enjoy discounted ticket fare. Learn more about the festival and show times here.
Celebrating Seniors Week
May 14-21, 2015 in Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park – Happening in the middle of Older Americans Month, Celebrating Seniors Week takes place in mid-May and is designed to do just what its name suggests – celebrate seniors! With over 50 events, including the “60 over 60” honors ceremony, luncheons, guest speakers, seminars, and display shows, the week-long event also strives to foster deeper organizational and business ties to the senior community, as well as to raise public awareness around issues affecting seniors. All events are free for senior citizens and submissions are still being accepted for participants looking to display their collections of comic books, vintage lighters, baseball cards, or anything else you’ve collected over the years.
Exercise & Recreation
Spring & Summer 2015 at various Chicago area parks – Get motivated and moving with other local seniors no matter what your fitness level! The Chicago park district hosts a variety of exercise and outdoor recreational activities for seniors and older adults, ranging from walking groups to aquatic exercise classes to softball leagues. Many classes are free for residents or discounted for seniors, so there’s no excuse not to find one that you’ll love.
Need a Hand?
Of course, if you need assistance getting to any or all of the above events, contact Abcor to see how their warm and loving caregivers can help! We send our employees all over the Chicago area (11 counties), and they can be as cheap as $17.14 per hour.