Center-Sponsored Events


December 6, 11, and 18, 2019

HeartMath Resilience Advantage

This free learning seminar empowers people to self-regulate their emotional responses, choose more appropriate attitudes and behaviors, strengthen their ability to actively transform stress, increase personal resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance. The training is specifically designed for individuals who provide caregiving to older adults.

December 6, 2019

Elizabeth White: Fifty-Five, Underemployed, and Faking Normal

Millions of Americans in their fifties, sixties and beyond haven’t been able to save enough for retirement. Elizabeth White is an author and advocate for older adults who face uncertain work and financial jeopardy. Ms. White’s book, Fifty-five, Underemployed, and Faking Normal (published by Simon & Schuster), is for and about the millions of older Americans who, despite career choice and decent incomes, are facing the prospect of downward mobility in old age.

August 5 – 9, 2019

Summer Camp for Seniors

Concordia-Chicago's inaugural Summer Camp for Seniors welcomed 35 older adults to the campus for five days of rich programming and sociable interaction. The participants engaged with a broad range meaningful, impactful, and enriching activities related to visual arts, writing, yoga, Zumba, choral singing, nutrition, history, and more. Daily Lunch and Learn sessions provided lectures on topics related to financial, physical and psychological well-being specifically designed to meet the interests of older adults. The last day of camp took seniors by bus to the Art Institute of Chicago for the "Manet and Modern Beauty" exhibition.

March 30, 2019

Lecture: Awakening the Sage Within

Facilitator Beth Conaghan, CSL, will introduce Sage-ing concepts including life review, forgiveness work, and issues surrounding mortality. Based on the best-selling book, From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older, by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.

January 21, 2019

Protecting Older Adults from Financial Abuse: Options and Best Practices

CPAs, tax preparers, financial advisors, estate planning advisors, lawyers, and allied practitioners are invited to attend this one-day seminar. Distinguished experts will provide guidance on detecting and averting elder financial abuse, as well as how to better protect older adult clients from legal and financial exploitation. Co-sponsored by AgeOptions. Event location Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Chicago.


September 7, 2018

Forum: Making River Forest a Dementia-Friendly Community

This forum will explore how to implement locally the strategies developed by Dementia Friendly America (DFA). DFA is a national network of communities, organizations and individuals seeking to ensure that communities across the U.S. are equipped to support people living with dementia and their caregivers. 

September 1, 2018

Fundraiser: Morgenthaler Mile

This open, one-mile walk will raise funds to support the Center for Gerontology and celebrate the 80th birthday of Concordia-Chicago faculty member Dr. Shirley Morgenthaler .

April 21, 2018

Conference: Gender and Gerontology

This interdisciplinary summit brings together people from academia, activism, and the larger community to examine concepts of leadership in relation to gender and aging. The conference theme is “The Gendered Nature of the Life Course: A Community-Wide Conversation on Girls, Women, Empowerment and Leadership.” 

March 27, 2018

Lecture: Ronald E. Daly Sr.

Ronald E. Daly Sr., member of the national AARP board of directors, speaks on the topic of Disrupting Aging in an open, public event.


October 23, 2017

Workshop: Work For Yourself@50+

An AARP-sponsored workshop to foster the development of innovative, entrepreneurial enterprises by individuals over 50 while promoting the synergies of networking. Event location Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago. Co-hosted by The Village Chicago

July 31, 2017 

Workshop: Work for Yourself@50+

An AARP-sponsored workshop to foster the development of innovative, entrepreneurial enterprises by individuals over 50 while promoting the synergies of networking. Co-sponsored by CUC's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

June 4-7, 2017

Conference: 7th Annual International Conference on Aging and Spirituality

International researchers and scholars with expertise in aging, religion and spirituality, as well as practitioners, policy-makers, clergy, laypeople and care partners come together to explore how aging presents us with opportunities to navigate transitions over the life course. This year's conference theme is "Transition and Transcendence: Transforming Aging Through Spirituality.” 

May 23, 2017

Lecture/Panel: The Silver Gold Rush: Aging's Impact on Business and Community

Wally "Famous Amos," College of Business Dean Dr. Claudia Santin, and other experts on business and aging present on topics related to business opportunities emerging from the growing demographic of older adults. Event location Dominican University, River Forest. 

April 18, 2017

Lecture/Panel: Resilient Aging – Resilient Living: Cultivating Community Good for All Ages

A day of education, advocacy and action brings together individuals from many walks of life who are committed to the wellbeing of older adults. Dr. Roger Landry, a renowned medical expert in the field of aging and author of Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging, will provide information on cultivating opportunities to age resiliently.


June 28, 2016

Lecture: June Andrews

Professor June Andrews, RMN, RGN, FRCN, will discuss worldwide best care practices for individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She will also discuss and sign her book When Someone You Know Has Dementia: Practical Advice for Families and Caregivers. As Director of the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre for over a decade, Andrews has made a profound impact on health care in the UK and worldwide. Co-sponsored by Illinois Saint Andrew Society/CHICAGO SCOTS; Alzheimer's Association-Greater Illinois Chapter 

May 13, 2016

Run/Walk: Celebrating Seniors 5K

The 2016 Older Americans Month theme is "Blaze a Trail!" As part of Oak Park/River Forest's week-long "Celebrating Seniors" event, Concordia-Chicago will host the 2016 5K Run/Walk on its athletic track.


December 4 and December 11, 2015

Performance: Soul Sisters

Two free public performances of the multicultural musical Soul Sisters featuring two outstanding singers, one African-American and the other Jewish, who reclaim their heritage and their souls through music. Event location: Oak Park Township Services, Oak Park. Co-sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust

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