Evanston community members are invited to celebrate Older Americans Month with the 18th annual Aging Well film night on May 5 and conference on May 6.
Aging Well Conference
The Aging Well Conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on May 6 at The Merion, 1611 Chicago Ave. This event will include an array of educational workshops on topics covering health, wellness, caregiving, technology, financial planning, nutrition, and the arts for seniors and those who care for them.
Also include will be a continental breakfast, welcoming remarks by Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, two workshop sessions, and an intergenerational performance by the Youth & Senior Theatre Ensemble Project. Conference attendees must pre-register for workshops by visiting cityofevanston.org/agingwellconference or calling Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes at 847-864-7274.
Each year, the Evanston Aging Well Conference pays tribute to an older adult who has made an impact on the local community. This year’s Aging Well Award will be presented to Ellen Butkus, founding director of Senior Connections, an outreach organization whose mission is to recruit, train, and support volunteers who visit and befriend isolated older adults in the Evanston community.
Conference transportation is available through the Levy Senior Center for Evanston residents. More information is available by calling 847-448-8250.
Aging Well Film Night
The Aging Well Film Night begins at 7 p.m. on May 5 and will be held at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Admission is free and registration is not necessary, but seating will be limited.
The event will feature “Alive Inside,” a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken souls and uncover the deepest parts of humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection to be found in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.