• May | 5

    23nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Senior Health & Resource Fair

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Celebrate good health for seniors! 23nd Annual Cinco de Mayo Senior Health & Resource Fair 

    Sponsored by the Senior Service Coalition of Southeast Chicago

    Something for everyone! Rain or shine!

    • Free Health Screenings
    • Blood pressure Checks
    • Diabetes Information
    • Memory screenings
    • And more!
    • Free Health Services
    • Nutrition information
    • Cancer information
    • Stroke Education
    • Free Senior Exercise

    For more information, contact Ana Quijano,
    South Chicago Senior Coalition Facilitator at 773-734-9181 ex 2014 or 

    Other Free Services:

    • Chicago City Key Program
    • State ID Information
    • Senior housing resources
    • Free Legal Services
    • Illinois State Treasurer
    • Free Amplified Phones
    • Energy programs
    • Weatherization assistance
    • Live Entertainment
    • Hoofers Tap Dance
    • Senior Clown troupe!
    • Bingo!
    • Lunch!
    • FREE!

    South Chicago Senior Center 9233 S. Burley, Chicago, IL 60617

  • May | 7

    The Wellness Talk

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Join University of Chicago social worker Christina Bernhardy, LCSW for an interactive presentation on mental wellness. Discover strategies to combat stress and learn about resources in your community.
    Please register for this event one week in advance as space is limited (773) 488-2801

    Free transportation is available for Chicago residents 65 and older.
    (773) 441-8457
    Please provide 48 hours advanced notice.

    Mather’s—More Than a Café, 33 E 83rd St, Chicago, IL 60619, USA

  • May | 17

    The Opioid Crisis and Older Adults: Prescription to Addiction

    9:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Click here to register
    Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
    9:00am-2:00pm (lunch included)
    Tuition: Free
    CEUs 3* (LSW/LCSW, LPC/LCPC, Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist 
    * 3.75 Credits for CADC-licensed professionals applied through the Illinois Certification Board.

    The devastation of the opioid epidemic is increasingly well known, with an estimated 47,600 fatal overdoses in 2017(CDC, 2018). From 2016-17, fatal opioid overdoses increased over 95% in Chicagoans over 65 while decreasing for younger people. Older adults are prescribed opioids at higher rates than other age groups, and often become a conduit through which others acquire these drugs. Also, the normal physiology of aging makes older adults more vulnerable to the risks associated with opioids. Nonetheless a common misperception exists that opioid misuse is a largely not an older adult issue.

    Each life lost to opioid misuse is not just a tragedy for families, friends, and communities, but also represents a failure of healthcare, social services, law enforcement and other sectors to provide adequate and appropriate treatment for individuals living with opioid addiction. Often, service providers do not intervene in the right way or at the right time because of a lack of resources and training. This is especially true in under-resourced neighborhoods on the South and West Side.

    At this event, a multidisciplinary panel will discuss the opioid crisis and its impact on older adults from a range of perspectives from the societal to individual level. Topics will include the origins and the scale of the opioid epidemic nationwide, an examination of policy responses, how healthcare providers are rethinking pain management, and practical steps front line staff can take to identify and respond to older individuals, whether they be at risk for opioid misuse themselves, or connected to someone who is.

    After attending this event, participants will be able to:
    • Identify factors that place older adults at risk for opioid use disorder.
    • Identify specific resources available to aid older adults affected by opioid use disorder.
    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose.
    • Administer naloxone to potentially reverse an opioid overdose.

    About the Speakers:

    Captain Jeffrey A. Coady, Psy.D., ABPP; SAMHSA Regional Administrator

    Jamelia Hand, CADC, CODP; Vantage Clinical Consulting

    Monica Malec, MD; Palliative Care Physician, University of Chicago

    About the Program:

    Seating is limited on a first-come, first-seated basis. Arrive early to claim your seat. 

    Visit the University of Chicago website for parking and public transportation options. Parking validations or discounts are not available for this event.

    Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact Carmella Snook, or 773.702.9700 at least three days in advance of the event.

    For general questions about the event, contact The Professional Development Program at or 773.702.1166

    This program is sponsored by:

    The South Side Healthy Aging Resource Exchange (SHARE) Network at the University of Chicago Medical Center

    The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

    Illinois Coalition on Substance Use and Aging

    University of Chicago: School of Social Service Administration 969 East 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637