Community Partnerships & Involvement
OLPL partners with many Oak Lawn social service and health organizations to provide resources and services to our patrons. These important partnerships enrich our community by extending our outreach and services beyond books and materials.
SENIOR HEALTH PROGRAMS
These are hybrid programs. Registration is required for in-person attendance. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch live via our YouTube channel.
Sleep Apnea? Don’t Like the C-PAP Machine? Discover the Latest Options
Thursday, July 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Muhamad Amine will discuss the medical risks of untreated sleep apnea and alternative treatment options.
Hormones Gone Wild – What Women Need to Do
Monday, Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.
Hormones influence almost every part of our lives—understanding how they impact a woman throughout her life is important. Join Dr. Denise Furlong to learn why we feel how we feel.
Age Options Programs
Take Charge of Your Health Information Session
Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.
Join us for a one-hour informational session about AgeOptions’ Take Charge of Your Health workshop. The workshop is designed for people with any ongoing health condition, such as asthma, arthritis, COPD, diabetes, heart disease and their caregivers. Participants learn tools and strategies to best manage their condition. Workshops meet once a week for 2.5 hours over a six-week period. Topics covered during workshop sessions include physical activity, healthy eating, symptom management such as pain, fatigue, stress and depression, problem-solving, goal setting, decision making and many more.
Tuesdays, Sept. 27, Oct. 25 and Nov. 22 at 10 a.m. / First-floor café
Did you know that social connectedness and intellectual engagement are two factors that contribute to your brain’s health? Join us at Wits Workout where you’ll engage in interactive puzzles and games and learn what you can do in your daily life to keep your brain healthy! The program, developed by the University of Illinois Extension, is funded in part by the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant. Register online for each session. Light refreshments will be provided.
Take and Makes for Seniors: Keepsake Boxes / Tuesday, Sept. 27
Take and Makes for Seniors: Memory Jars / Tuesday, Oct. 25
Take and Makes for Seniors: Memory Books / Tuesday, Nov. 22
Twenty kits will be available on each date. Priority will be given to those that attend Wits Workout events. Any extra kits will be available after 12 p.m. on a first come, first served basis at the Customer Services desk on the first floor. Supplies for this program are partially funded by the AgeOptions Library CARES ARPA grant.
Other Health Programs
Tuesday, July 26, 7-9pm / Meeting Room B
Join Oak Lawn Calvary Church’s Pastor Daniel Stidham to learn to differentiate where you end and others begin. Emotional Intelligence is learning how to self-regulate, become aware of of your own and others’ emotions, and how to be proactive instead of reactive. https://cal.olpl.org/event/9246541
Managing Multiple Medications with Hibernian Home Care
Saturday, July 30, 2-3pm / Hybrid Meeting / Meeting Rooms ABC
Many people are prescribed multiple medications, a term known as polypharmacy. This presentation will cover what questions to ask the doctor when new medications are prescribed and how to take your medications for the best results.
The program will be presented by Mary Murphy, RN, BSN, Agency Manager of Hibernian Home Care. To attend in-person, please register. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the class live via the OLPL YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/v-G1uNsm91U. Library Contact: Meghan Moran, Assistant Department Head of Customer Service, firstname.lastname@example.org, 708-422-4990 ext. 630. REGISTER
Technology Programs for Seniors
Tech for the Golden Years
In-person classes, held in the Computer Training Lab on the second floor.
OLPL and Pathlights have joined forces and are offering a six-class technology instruction series specifically for adults ages 60+. We will accept six participants for this series, and encourage participants attend all sessions. A waitlist is available. Registration is required, and ends on March 16. To register, please contact Meghan Moran, Assistant Department Head of Customer Services, at 708-422-4990 ext. 630 or email@example.com with questions.
Wednesdays, Sept. 14, 21 & 28, Oct. 5, 12 & 19 / 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Thursdays, Sept. 15, 22 & 29, Oct. 6, 13 & 20 / 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
VIDEOS OF PAST PROGRAMS
If you missed a 2021 program, you can still view the Zoom presentation on OLPL’s YouTube channel:
- Brain Health / 4/27/21
- The Emerging Importance of Aging in Place / 6/7/21
- Heartburn-Gerd: Treatment Updates for This Common Condition / 6/15/21
- Advance Planning Is Crucial for Successful Aging / 6/17/21
- Your Health Plan to Age in Place / 6/21/21
- Stroke Education, Prevention, and Wellness / 6/28/21
- Legal and Financial Planning for Aging in Place / 7/6/21
- Understanding Behaviors in Dementia / 7/7/21
- Preventing Colon Cancer: Everything You Need to Know / 7/8/21
- Transitioning to Senior Living / 7/20/21
- Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness / 8/17/21
- Legal and Financial issues for Caregivers / 9/16/21
- Pathlights Medicare Series Part 2: Medicare D enrollment / 10/13/21
- Cutting Through the Medicare Maze / 10/14/21
- Pathlights Medicare Series Part 3: How Medicare and Medicaid work together / 10/20/21
OLPL is a community partner with all district schools, social services organizations, hospitals and senior centers. We stay connected through monthly meetings and help spread the word throughout the community about valuable community resources. The mission of the Oak Lawn Community Partnership is to work together to build a healthier, safer and stronger community through a cooperative alliance between all the vibrant leadership within Oak Lawn, and to stimulate all Oak Lawn citizens to take an active and responsible role in accomplishing our goals. The Oak Lawn Community Partnership meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 AM in the 2nd floor auditorium of the Village of Oak Lawn Municipal Center. For information email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To access more member information, or view current flyers and programs click here.
Since 1975, Pathlights (formerly PLOWS Council on Aging) has been helping guide adults 60 years of age and over, adults with disabilities, their caregivers, families, and friends along their best path to aging – providing resources, advocacy, programs and services needed to live with independence and dignity in the community. Serving the communities that comprise Palos, Lemont, Orland, and Worth Townships, Pathlights helps more than 16,000 people each year.
BEDS Plus helps vulnerable individuals stabilize their lives through housing and supportive services. Primary services include Prevention and Stabilization, Emergency Services, Supportive Housing and Wraparound Services.
Oak Lawn Senior Center
The Oak Lawn Senior Center provides specialized programming and events for seniors in Oak Lawn. The center also provides a Senior/Handicapped Bus Service for local transportation to the center or to daily activities.
Pillars Community Health
Pillars Community Health is a nonprofit provider of health, educational and social services.
Oak Lawn Park District
Oak Lawn Park District’s mission is to promote a strong sense of community by providing leisure opportunities and the preservation of natural resources that enhances the quality of life and wellness for everyone. We offer year-round recreation and leisure services for all ages and abilities to enjoy – whether it is at our Centennial Aquatics Center, Central Pool, Community Pavilion, Ice Arena, Oak View Center, Racquet, Fitness & Gymnastics Center, Stony Creek Golf Course, Restaurant & Banquets or one of our 22 parks. Visit www.olparks.com or call 708-857-2225 for more information.
Almost Home is committed to helping single parents, victims of domestic violence, families and individuals experiencing true and significant financial hardship and the homeless. Programs include Community Blessings Boxes, Pending Meal Programs, Shelter Haircuts and the Traveling Store, Overdose Prevention Drug Outreach and Training, Lunches with Love, and Loaves and Fishes. Their service area encompasses Alsip, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn and Worth.
COURAGE provides resources to assist women through pregnancies and single-parenting. The ultimate goal of COURAGE is to launch health families through education, mentoring and counseling.
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The Greater Chicago Food Depository distributes food throughout Chicagoland through partner agencies and programs. Popular programs include children’s and school programs, older adult programs, job training and benefits outreach.