The Fearless Facilitator

May 2019
Did You Know?
May is Older Americans' Month!

This year, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) has chosen the theme to be Connect, Create, Contribute, which encourages older adults and their communities to:
  • Connect with friends, family, and services that support participation.
  • Create by engaging in activities that promote learning, health, and personal enrichment.
  • Contribute time, talent, and life experience to benefit others.

ACL has provided some resources on how to Connect , Create and Contribute during Older Americans Month. To read more, click here .
Tips & Tricks
Menu Planning #1 - We know that the menu planning activities can be a bit challenging and thought we'd share a quick tip to assist participants. You can suggest that participants start the activity by writing out their menu before categorizing each item, portion size, and number of servings. This will help them to plan mindfully and get all their ideas out. It also promotes good communication among participants and offers a better overview on how to create meals at home.

Can't bear the quiet? Breaks too silent? Just add music! - We've recognized that workshop breaks can be a bit silent (especially during the first session) and thought this might be a great time to play music. While it's easy to gravitate toward your own musical choice, allow participants a voice and ask what preference they have. Playing music has helped to get people talking and it creates a great environment!
A Friendly Reminder
Do you have some tricks of the trade or a tip to to share? If so, please email  Danielle Riley  with your suggestions. Thanks!
Mark Your Calendars
Facilitator In-Service

YOU are the key to the success of every workshop and the growth of each participant. The Take Charge Team values all facilitators and their contributions. Join us and... Bring It On!

What: Your successes and your challenges
Where: AgeOptions, 1048 Lake Street, Suite 300
Oak Park, IL 60301 (708) 383-0258
When: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 ~10:00 AM—1:00 PM
Why: Because you make it happen!
Click here to register by June 11, 2019 , please

A continental breakfast will be provided.


Take Charge of Your Health/Diabetes
Facilitator Crossover Training - Oak Park

  • June 10, 11, 17, 18 & 19 - Click here to register
  • September 9, 10, 16, 17, & 18 - Click here to register

Training will be held in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of AgeOptions, 1048 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60301
and will meet from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm daily
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This project was supported in part by a cooperative agreement (90CSSG0007-01-01) from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Grantees carrying out projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Therefore, points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official AoA, ACL, or DHHS policy .