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2024 Spring Activities with the Hartwell Place Community

This spring at Hartwell Place has been full of fun activities and outings. In February, Hartwell Place residents and team members took a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the best parts about being in Chicago is taking advantage of the museums and cultural institutions across our beautiful city.        […]

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CMSS Board Highlight: Eden Tekle

Meet Eden Tekle, one of the newest members of CMSS’ Board of Directors. Eden is the Managing Member/Head of People at Comprehensive Construction Solutions, a Minority/Women-Owned Business that provides facilities management, precision pipe fabrication, HVAC, and more. In this role, Eden develops and executes operational strategies, working closely with VPs, providing leadership to staff, and overseeing […]

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National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day

May 16th is National Honor Our LGBT Elders Day. On this day, we recognize and celebrate the older adults whose activism and bravery have led to greater rights and acceptance for younger generations of LGBT+ individuals. While we celebrate the pioneers of the LGBT+ movement, this day is also a time to call attention to […]

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Older Americans Month at CMSS: Powered by Connection

Established in 1963, Older Americans Month is celebrated each May. Led by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), a federal agency, Older Americans Month recognizes older Americans’ contributions, highlights aging trends, and reaffirms commitments to serving older adults in our communities. This year’s theme, “Powered by Connection,” focuses on the profound impact that meaningful connections […]

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Volunteer Highlight: Hartwell Place

Volunteers make our work possible at CMSS. We are grateful to all the people who dedicate their time to helping older adults live happier, healthier lives.

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Older Adults as Political and Social Advocates

Everyone has a role to play in creating a supportive society that helps older adults thrive. This list of suggested actions and resources is meant to connect older adults, their families, and their caregivers with opportunities and information to take action.

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Tips for Winter Wellness

In the Chicagoland area, the winter can be beautiful but also cold, snowy, and a little unsafe if we are unprepared. Older adults are especially vulnerable to the risks that severe winter weather poses. These Tips for Winter Wellness can help you keep yourself and your loved ones safe.

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This letter from 1900 was written by Pastor Emory D. Hull from the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church. He was writing to the Superintendent at the time, Mrs. Isabelle Reeves, to recommend a member of the congregation to become a resident at CMSS. (Then called the Methodist Episcopal Old People’s Home).

Why We Call Ourselves “Non-Sectarian”

Chicago Methodist Senior Services (CMSS) is a non-sectarian and inclusive non-profit organization that provides residences and care to older adults and their families. Some people are surprised to hear us call ourselves “non-sectarian,” while the word “Methodist” clearly appears in our name. The explanation for what may seem like a contradiction, lies in our founding 125 years ago.

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Caring for Older LGBT+ Adults: An Insightful Media Interview on WGN Radio

Chicago Methodist Senior Services was recently invited to shed light on the importance of providing inclusive and compassionate care to older LGBT+ adults on live radio. Talkshow hostess, Lisa Dent, welcomed Katie Fasullo, Director of Population Health and Health Equity at CMSS, to an enlightening interview that aired amid Pride Month celebrations.

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CARES Memory Care Training for Families

CMSS is thrilled to offer our community complimentary access to CARES® Dementia Training for families. This program will help you reduce stress and feel confident in caring for your loved one.

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Movies that Older Adults Can Enjoy

Movies have the power to move us, and perhaps inspire something new to think about with our lives. We have curated a list of great films that older adults may enjoy. From drama to comedy and almost everything in between, we may just have something for you.

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Bringing Art to Life – Art-Based Memory Program

Since 2016, CMSS has partnered with Bringing Art to Life, a program founded by Dr. Daniel C Potts in Alabama where it found success before beginning its first and only out-of-state location, here in Chicago with us. BATL is an intergenerational art therapy and life story preservation program for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and other […]

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Maintaining a Culture of Person-Directed Care at the Pioneer Network Conference

Jeanne Heid-Grubman, CMSS’ Corporate Director of Memory Care, recently attended the ‘Pioneering a New Culture of Aging 2022 Conference’ to further the conversation about a positive culture within eldercare. The conference allowed attendees to learn about the many new methods and culture changes necessary to shift eldercare to a place where all care and support […]

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