Covenant Home, our Chicago supportive living community, provides the support that people often need as they age so that they can focus on the things they love. Chicago supportive living residents like Alice Gollan and Audrey Dieball are involved in all sorts of projects, from the artistic to the service-oriented. Get to know Alice and Audrey — two women who could be your neighbors if you lived at Covenant Home of Chicago.
Chicago Supportive Living Resident Alice Gollan Illuminates the Lighter Side of Parkinson’s Through Music, Comedy
Alice Gollan has decorated her Covenant Home apartment with family photos and Jewish art, and lined the walls with bookcases full of sheet music and CDs. Alice comes from a musical family and built a business providing music classes for young children and their parents. The venture was a great success, at one point enrolling over 600 students in a single semester across 56 classes, and employing seven full-time teachers. For these classes, in addition to teaching favorite music from many cultures and styles, Alice composed her own children’s songs.
Alice remains an active composer, but she’s no longer writing children’s music. Today, her compositions address the challenges and rewards of aging and explore both the humor and the difficulties of living with Parkinson’s disease.
Covenant Home of Chicago supportive living has kept Alice close to plenty of opportunities to share her work. Alice performed her song “Parkinson’s Lite,” which shares a comic perspective on living with Parkinson’s, at Northwestern Medicine’s annual Patient and Family Symposium. You can watch her perform some of her music on YouTube.
As a longtime standup comic, Alice also believes in the therapeutic benefits of comedy. About 15 years ago, Alice saw a documentary about a stand-up comedy group for people living with HIV. After her diagnosis, it made her want to start something similar for people with Parkinson’s. Last year, Alice took action to make her dream come true, convincing Northwestern Medicine and the National Parkinson’s Foundation to study the effects of performing stand-up comedy on people with Parkinson’s.
Chicago Supportive Living Resident Audrey Dieball Stays Active in Her Church Group and on Her Bike
Covenant Home of Chicago resident Audrey Dieball has attended the same church for 87 years. She’s the Vice President of the church’s Women’s Guild and an active participant in its monthly fundraisers. A Chicago supportive living location proved to be ideal for Audrey, because she can easily get a ride to church for services, events and meetings.
Audrey moved to Covenant Home of Chicago two years ago, where she’s enjoyed keeping up her exercise routine even after a recent back surgery. She likes that Covenant Home of Chicago offers a wide variety of programs, but also allows her to have her independence and take time for herself. As an avid reader, Audrey enjoys spending time alone with a book. Her daughter brings new ones for her to read, and Audrey often passes her favorites on to her daughter-in-law. Sometimes her granddaughters read them, too.
Covenant Home of Chicago supportive living offers a thriving community, and proximity to a wide variety of other programs and organizations to get involved with. Schedule a tour today to get a sense of the community for yourself. It’s easy, just call 773-596-2215.