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The 16th Annual Aging Well Film Festival was held on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Evanston Public Library.
It featured the film, “I Never Said I Wasn’t Happy,” with an appearance by Chicago painter and filmmaker Sara Peak Convery and her mother, Janis S. Peak. “I Never Said I Wasn’t Happy” is Ms. Convery’s candid personal examination of complex family dynamics and her parents’ difficult marriage. The event was co-presented by Aging Well and REELTIME, a program of Percolator Films.
The 16th Annual Aging Well Conference will take place on May 9, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Three Crowns Park, 2323 McDaniel Ave. This free half-day conference provides strategies for healthy aging for older adults, their families, caregivers and professionals. The conference includes a continental breakfast and a choice of two workshops. Space is limited to 175 attendees.
Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl will welcome attendees. The keynote presentation “Age Friendly Evanston!” will be given by Christina Ferraro, assistant director of Community Services, City of Evanston, and Susan Cherco, chair of the Age-Friendly Evanston Task Force. Workshop topics range from social media to the Affordable Care Act and from finding resources to aging in place.
After the workshops, the Aging Well Award will be presented to Julia Hagwood. The closing session will feature a performance by the Senior Stompers, a musical combo that invites people to listen, sing and even dance along to jazz, Dixieland and the old standards.
Admission is free. Transportation is available through the City of Evanston’s Levy Senior Center. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through Chicagoland Methodist Senior Care for Licensed Clinical Social Workers.