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Seniors

Northbrook is a great place to live if you are a senior. Besides the availability of various housing options, both the Park District and the Village have created programs and services that benefit this demographic of the population.

As a result, there is plenty to see and do in the city, as well as travel options for those that like to get out and see the sights.

A Variety of Housing Options

The Northbrook area has a good selection of housing options, ranging from developments designed for seniors that are completely self-sufficient to those that offer assistance for those living with various health conditions. Here are just a few examples of the housing options that are available for senior residents in the vicinity of the Village:

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Arden Courts, located at 3240 Milwaukee Avenue, is dedicated to offering housing and care for those who have Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. Jerri Beers, the Marketing Director, explained, “We allow for maximum independence, but in a safe environment. We are unique because we are backed by a five-year study...everything we do is a result of that.” A community center, art studio, and lovely porches are just some of the well thought-out elements that this assisted living facility offers its residents.

Covenant Village is a retirement community in Northbrook that is expanding. The new “town center” area hosts 44 apartments, as well as a full range of community amenities. A general store, multipurpose room, and post office are just a few of the many features that this well-planned development has on site. A library/media center, indoor pool, and underground parking are other perks that the community offers.

Another wonderful option for seniors who need skilled care is Whitehall of Deerfield, which has been around for more than three decades. This healthcare center combines luxury accommodations with top-notch medical services, and it is well-known for providing personalized nursing care.

Programs, Activities, and Trips

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The Northbrook Park District Senior Center has truly gone out of its way to attend to the seniors living in the Village. Located in the Leisure Center at 3323 Walters Avenue, the handicapped-accessible facility has its own convenient drive-up entrance and features a card room, meeting spaces, and socialization areas. Some of the ongoing programs include tap and line dancing, exercise classes, a singing group, card games, camera and computer instruction, an investment club, a sewing and crafts club, and a knitting and crocheting club.

The Center also hosts holiday parties and offers trips to theatre performances and museums, as well as provides long-distance travel opportunities. Some of the more recent programs and events that have taken place through the Senior Center include AARP Driver Safety Programs, a holiday gift bazaar, a casino trip, and a Thanksgiving lunch. Also, the “Park Larks” (senior choir) performed at the Northbrook Library and in Glenview at a holiday concert with other area choruses.

In addition to the special events and classes, the Center offers counseling and health services. All of these aspects combined result in an improved quality of life for the senior residents of the Northbrook community.

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The atmosphere at the Center is warm and welcoming, and the staff remark on the sense of caring and friendship that are present among the members. It really is a special place.

JoAnn Nelson, the Director of the Center, said, “I know that a lot of the seniors have made so many friends by being here and I think that is really what this place is about. For example, there was one woman who came in who and had just lost her husband. She said she wasn’t sure if she belonged at the Center, but after a very short time she became involved and had made real friends here.”

In addition to the support that is provided by the Senior Center, residents also enjoy programs that are offered through the Village of Northbrook. Crestwood Place has apartments available for seniors, and there is also a taxicab program that helps address the need for affordable transportation. In addition, the Northbrook Fire Department offers free blood pressure testing at all fire stations on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until Noon, as well as at the Village Hall on the first Friday of every month from 10 a.m. until noon. For more information on Senior Services offered through the Village, please visit www.northbrook.il.us/services/senior.

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