Aging Gracefully is an event about learning how to keep healthy, vibrant and secure as we age. On Saturday, October 19, the Adult Faith Formation committee presents the Aging Gracefully conference from 8:30am-Noon. Susan Frick of Rush University, will present the keynote address regarding lifestyle choices and brain health. There will be two sets of workshops at 10am and 11am.

This event will be held at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, 1903 East Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL, in the Fellowship Hall.


October 19 Schedule

8:30 am Registration and light refreshments

9:00 am Keynote Address: Brain Health and Aging, by Susan Frick, MSW, LSW

10:00 am Choice of Workshops:
Writing a Legacy Letter (10am only)
Zumba Gold (10am only)
Art at Every Age
Local Programs and Services to Help You Age in Place
Making Sense of the Eldercare Continuum of Care
Safety and Security for Seniors

11:00 am Choice of Workshops:
Chair Yoga for Everybody in Every Body (11am only)
Renewing our Spirits (11am only)
Art at Every Age
Local Programs and Services to Help You Age in Place
Making Sense of the Eldercare Continuum of Care
Safety and Security for Seniors


Workshop Descriptions

Keynote Address, Brain Health and Aging, 9am, Susan Frick: Many of us know someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Also, many of us worry about Alzheimer’s disease as we get older. For over 22 years, the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center has been conducting the largest studies in the country, which look at aging and the risk factors for dementia. In this presentation, Susan Frick, MSW, LSW of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center will discuss what they are learning about healthy aging and lifestyle choices which seem to be beneficial to brain health.

Art at Every Age, 10 and 11am, Thomas Frerk: This hands-on workshop features both simple drawing and watercolor painting. Discover your inner artist while creating a simple but beautiful piece of art to take home; all while exploring color, balance and composition. If you ever thought it’s too late or too hard to make amazing art, let Thom prove you can!

Chair Yoga for Everybody in Every Body, 11am only, Molly Kranovich: This 45 minute chair yoga class will allow participants to stretch and strengthen their body and mind while working with their breath. This gentle practice is sure to leave you feeling refreshed!

Local Programs and Services to Help You Age in Place, 10 and 11am, Lynndah Easterwood Lahey: With more than 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day in the U.S., the senior population surge is certainly on an upward trend – across the country as well as locally. Out of all of Cook County Townships, wheeling Township ranks number 1 relative to the total population of residents who are 60 years of age or older – representing nearly one quarter of its population. Serving the needs of seniors continues to be vitally important to the Township Board. Are YOU aware of all the programs and services available to you as you age?

Making Sense of the Eldercare Continuum of Care, 10 and 11am, Julie Boggess: It is difficult to decipher all of the options in eldercare. This presentation will provide an overview of eldercare options and what is and isn’t covered by Medicare and supplemental insurance.

Renewing our Spirits, 11am only, Pastor Lynn Mikels: We always have the ability to grow in faith – but it’s easy to fall into a “spiritual rut.” Explore a variety of prayer practices and discover new ways to grow closer to God.

Safety and Security for Seniors, 10 and 11am, Alexandra Ovington: Crime Prevention Officer Ovington of the Arlington Heights Police Department will explain simple precautions you can take to avoid being scammed or otherwise taken advantage of.

Writing a Legacy Letter, 10am only, Pastor Melissa Earley: What better legacy could you leave your loved ones than the values, faith and foundational principles that have shaped your life? Using the Jewish tradition of the Ethical will as a starting point, we’ll explore the ways you can put into words answers to these and other questions: What do you hope for them? Why does your faith matter to you? Can they learn from your mistakes? How do you want to be remembered?

Zumba Gold, 10am only, Veronica Biazo: Keeping active can be more than a chore. Zumba is an exercise fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Pérez that uses high-energy Latin music, making exercise fun and exciting.


Presenter Biographies

Veronica Biazo: Veronica is an ACE certified group fitness instructor and licensed Zumba® instructor. She leads a weekly Zumba class at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights.

Julie Boggess: Julie is a licensed nursing home administrator and formed Enlighten Eldercare after 31 years of experience in the senior housing and healthcare industry. She is an instructor and the Interim Director of Gerontology at Northern Illinois University. She is also a trainer at the AGE-u-cate Training Institute. Julie has a BS in Child and Family Studies from Northern Illinois University in DeKelb, IL and master’s degree in Public administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Pastor Melissa Earley: Melissa is an ordained United Methodist Pastor. She is Lead Pastor at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights. Prior to coming to Arlington Heights, she served churches in Geneva, IL, Waukegan, IL and Northbrook, IL. Melissa is a writer with pieces published in the Christian Century, The Upper Room Disciples, and local newspapers. Melissa writes a blog call Waking Up Earley at www.Melissa-Earley.com. Melissa lives with her dog Mandy. In addition to being an avid reader, she is a quilter, kayaker, hiker and aspiring cook.

Lynndah Easterwood Lahey: Lynndah has been the Director of Senior and Disability Services for Wheeling Township for nearly 4 years. Previously, she was the Executive Director for Escorted Transportation Service NW.

Thomas Frerk: Thom has a degree in design from the University of Texas and is a former gallery owner and co-chair of the not-for-profit Friends of the Arts (fota). He has run a number of workshops for the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum, School District 25, Northeastern Illinois University, Winter Warming and more. He is currently the artist in residence at First United Methodist Church of Arlington Heights, where he continues to teach, run art camps and workshops.

Susan Frick, MSW, LSW: Susan has worked at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center since 1997. She coordinates dementia specific training programs for staff of residential care facilities. She is the Director of Without Warning, a support program for individuals and families who live with younger onset Alzheimer’s. She is the Executive Producer of the documentary for PBS entitled, Too Soon to Forget: The Journey of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. She works with patients and families in the Rush Memory Clinic and with people involved in RADC research studies.

Molly Kranovich: Molly is a certified 200 hour yoga teacher through YogaFit and Kidding Around Yoga. As a mom of four young children, Molly loves the way yoga brings calmness into the chaos of everyday life.

Pastor Lynn Mikels: A graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Lynn serves FUMCAH as Pastor of Faith Formation.  She delights in all kinds of travel but especially enjoys curating spiritual journeys with others.