Newsletter May/June 2020
Note from the Board
Dear Skyline Village Chicago Members and Friends,
“Due to an abundance of caution” is how most community newsletters begin in these days of the COVID- 19 Shutdown in Chicago. We are no different. We’ve had to shutdown any face-to-face meetings and events. This is antithetical to our mission to engage our neighborhood’s older adults in cultural, educational and social programs.
In a recent Forbes article, Why the Former Surgeon General Worries About Loneliness And Older Adults, Dr. Vivek Murthy, wrote: “One of the most important medicines we have is the ability to listen with an open heart, simply acknowledging the challenge of loneliness and giving someone the opportunity to talk about it without judgment. It can be a very powerful thing to do and a valuable service to render…”
We at Skyline Village Chicago hope to provide this valuable service to you virtually via emails, videoconferencing and through phone calls. Let us hear from you. Reach out at
To stay up to date on the most recent information regarding COVID-19 please visit . If you need assistance obtaining food, getting in touch with a loved one, or to schedule a well-being check please call 311 or DFSS at 312-744-4016 from 9am to 5pm Monday – Friday.
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Upcoming Events
Skyline Village Chicago is using Zoom to connect with members and friends. Please join us at one of the following.
Women’s Salon Zoom
Second Tuesday of Every Month
May 12, June 9

SVC members gather in conversation monthly to increase their awareness of cultural and societal notions on aging. If you’re interested in joining us and are not already on the Zoom list, contact and write SALON on the subject line.
SVC Weekly Member Chat
Every Friday
4:00pm - 5:00pm
(Members Only)
Check in for a backyard over-the-fence chat on how you’re getting along during the Shutdown and what strategies you’re using to stay sane and healthy. 

If you’re not already on the Zoom list, contact and write Friday Chat on the Subject Line
Friday Forum
May 29
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Author Mark Larson explores the story of the Chicago theater movement from 1953 to the present, almost exclusively in first-person accounts. Larson draws
on audio clips from interviews with some of those who have played a crucial role in making Chicago theater so powerful, influential and unique.

Open to members and non-members. Invitation link will be emailed to registrants on the day of the Forum.

email with Friday Forum in the subject line

Friday Forum
Alliance for the Great Lakes
June 26
4:00pm - 5:00pm

What’s Happening to the Lake? Erosion, Invasive species, plastic, climate change. How can we help keep Lake Michigan healthy?

Open to members and non-members. Invitation link will be emailed to registrants on the day of the Forum.

or email with Friday Forum in the subject line
4th Annual Villages Dining Together
Initially rescheduled for June 17, this event has been postponed until further notice.

If you have already registered and prepaid, please contact Nancie at
26th Annual Alzheimers Day
Thursday, May 14
11:30am - 4:15pm

Northwestern Memorial, Feinberg Pavilion
251 E. Huron, 3rd floor Conference Room

Event canceled due to COVID-19

SVC Partner Events
Our friends at Good Memories and Sounds Good Choirs are rehearsing online. Read about them here:
Sounds Good! Choir
Rehearsals via ZOOM Mondays, 12:00pm - 1:00pm via ZOOM

Chicago area’s largest choral organization for older adults (55+), with choirs in 7 neighborhoods in the city and suburbs.
Repertoire: “How Can I Keep From Singing?", "I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing," "Storm is Passing Over" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Good Memories Choir
Rehearsals via ZOOM Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00pm
Good Memories is a community where people with early-stage memory loss and their care partners sing together, enjoying familiar music that they love. No audition, no pressure—just a great time. Choir members include people with memory loss, their care partners, and volunteers. No musical experience or training is needed.
Repertoire: "Waitin’ for the Light to Shine," "Kol Haneshama Tehalel Yah", "Storm is Passing Over," "What a Wonderful World," "Long Ago and Far Away," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "How Can I Keep From Singing?"
Our Community Partners
Many of our friends are conducting online classes and events. Click into their newsletters and websites for information
AARP Chicago Newsletter
The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy  Website
Beth Finke MasterTeachers™:  Website
Center for Life and Learning 4th Presbyterian Church: Brochure  
Driehaus Museum Website
Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease:  Northwestern Universit y
ProPublica Website
Rush Generations Center for Excellence in Aging:    Website
Sounds Good/Good Memories Choirs:  Website
Streeterville Organization for Active Residents:    SOAR  
Chicago’s Community Response to COVID-19
In This Together” is a community- based initiative to collect digital records that document personal experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we are all affected by this crisis in varying degrees, the Chicago History Museum hopes to collect the diaries, journals, oral histories, images, recordings and other materials to help tell stories of this unprecedented time in history. “In This Together” will feature personal accounts to provide depth and context for what this era has been like for the everyday people experiencing it.
Send your COVID-19 memorabilia to the Chicago History Museum

Did you get your CENSUS Form?
If not, contact:

SVC Advocacy
Making Our City More Livable
Adapting Streets for COVID-19

If you’ve been out walking, or if you peer down on the sidewalks from your window, you many have noticed walkers and runners taking to the streets. Chicagoans are struggling to find safe spaces outdoors, especially in the warmer weather. There’s simply not enough space on the sidewalk for social distancing, mask or no mask. Other cities and towns have adapted temporary safe streets and shared streets by eliminating or limiting cars on designated roadways.

We simply need more space to walk around, run around, bike around, skate around, wheelchair around and push our strollers around in order to keep a safe distance from each other until…well, we don’t really know when.

Do you agree? Write to Mayor Lightfoot, your alderman and Chicago’s Coronoavirus Task Force. Ask to close off streets or lanes temporarily to provide safe distancing. We don’t have to solve traffic problems, we just want the city to put pedestrians first. Suggest your own streets.

How about closing Lake Shore Drive like we do for Bike the Drive?

Make Your Voices Known!

Medication Safety for Older Adults
The Center for Life and Learning, in collaboration with Skyline Village Chicago, offered a ZOOM discussion of the issues surrounding medications, their use and misuse. and tips for using prescribed medications safely and effectively. Nina Henry, LCPC, CADC, an addiction specialist with the Jewish Center for Addiction said that many of us take multiple medications as we age and may not always understand that unintentional misuse can easily happen. She advised carrying a list of your medications with you especially when visiting your doctor and ensuring that you are aware of signs of medication interaction with alcohol. Further, she noted that medications should generally be taken at the same time each day and the importance of avoiding an overdose. Further, she advised that adult children play a role in helping their older parents maintain a safe and responsible medication regimen.  

Skyliner Expeditions
With everyone staying-in-place, the farthest expedition any of our members got to make since the last newsletter was being “stuck” in their warm, sunny winter homes. Whether you have a story of stay-in-place or of travel to share in our July-August newsletter, please send story and pictures by June 20th to . When your computer asks you if you want your pictures to be small, medium or large, please choose large.
By Giulia Guidotti
My expedition was to HBO, where I discovered My Brilliant Friend , a television series based on the books of Elena Ferrante. The series, in Italian and Neapolitan dialect with subtitles in English, is on Monday at 9:00 pm & repeats Saturday afternoon at 5:45 pm. This was a pleasant surprise; if you liked the books, the HBO version is even better. 

Lighthouse Bay Walks
By D. Clancy
Nothing too exciting has been happening on my morning walks around the perimeter of our Bonita Springs development since the departure of the alligator sighted here last week. However, I thought our members might enjoy glimpses of the beauty I encounter along my walks. Sending sunshine, warmth, and love to our Skyline Village Chicago friends from Bill and me.
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News We Can Use

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"Quarantine Through Art" Submitted by Adrienne Lieberman
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