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The Best Bookstores in Chicago

The novelist Jane Smiley once said: “Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book.” If books are your passion, you live in the right place! The Chicago area is full of amazing bookstores for all kinds of readers, including seniors. Reading is a wonderful pastime for the elderly, which has been proven to help reduce feelings of loneliness and stress, improve cognition, and improve memory and recall.  […]

The Best Spring Picnic Spots Around Chicago

Have you heard the author Franny Billingsley’s simple picnic principle? “Things,” Billingsley writes, “taste better outdoors.”  A picnic is a wonderful way to enjoy a day in the Great Outdoors with your elderly loved ones, especially in our current era of social distancing. And once you’ve packed the perfect picnic basket, the Chicago area is full of fantastic spots for an outdoor feast.  […]

10 Things to Love About Naperville

Naperville, Illinois is one of Chicagoland’s loveliest communities — and has the awards to prove it. This southland suburb has been called one of the best places to raise kids, one of the safest cities in America, and one of the coolest suburbs in the country.  It’s also a wonderful place for older adults to age in place, with lots of accessible amenities and countless things to see and do.  Here are 10 of the things we love most about Naperville: […]

How Older Adults Can Save on Chicago Public Transit

The L train is one of Chicago’s crown jewels. Every day, the CTA’s elevated train carries thousands of passengers around the city and even out into the nearby suburbs of Skokie and Evanston. On top of the L, the rest of our area’s public transit is no joke — with reliable bus lines, the sleek Metra rail, and the Pace bus connecting the suburbs.  For active seniors, Chicago’s public transit system is a great way to stay connected to the community. Even better, older adults may be able to take advantage of some great deals and discounts on public transportation! [...]

10 Fun Attractions for Seniors Around Chicago’s North Shore

Chicago’s North Shore is a wonderful place to visit or call home! Easily accessible from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, this picturesque area is home to beautiful architecture, lots of parks and greenspaces, and plenty of fun attractions perfect for seniors to spend a day exploring. Learn more about the North Shore here.  […]

How to Find Senior Care In Chicago When You Live In a Different State

Millions of people in the Sandwich Generation are long-distance caregivers, meaning that they are responsible for providing care to an elderly loved one while living miles away — often, in a completely different state! In fact, research suggests that some long-distance caregivers live as far as 450 miles away from their loved one. That’s about 7 hours of travel time, one-way! Despite the distance, these caregivers take on important daily responsibilities like managing money, providing emotional and physical support, and coordinating doctor’s appointments and travel.  That’s a lot to take on, especially when you live far away from your senior [...]

Safe, Fun Ways to Celebrate a Senior’s Birthday In Chicago

You say it’s your birthday? At Companions for Seniors, our caregivers often get the chance to help their elderly clients celebrate this special day – often, along with friends and family. We know how meaningful that birthday celebrations are to people of all ages. Unfortunately, COVID has made it a bit more difficult to celebrate together right now. Birthdays are a wonderful chance to show your love and appreciation – and we don’t think that social distancing has to slow down the celebration!  7 Fun Ways to Celebrate a Senior’s Birthday During COVID […]

Chicagoland’s Best Home and Furniture Stores

At Companions for Seniors, our mission is to help Chicagoland’s elderly maintain a higher quality of life from the comfort and safety of their own homes. One of the great advantages of aging in place is the freedom, flexibility, and safety it offers to seniors. But to make a loved one’s stay at home as comfortable and accessible as possible, it may be necessary to make a few swaps around the space — and that includes the furniture!  Making sure that seniors live in a safe and accommodating environment can help reduce the risk of falls, and make aging in [...]

Feeling Nostalgic? Here’s Where to Rediscover Classic Chicago

Chicago is a city unlike any other — with an incredible history to match! You can find a story around just about every corner of this town. And our senior clients often love not only talking with us about their connections to Chicago’s storied past, but going out and visiting historic spots for themselves!  Finding Classic Chicago in 2021 Whether you’re feeling nostalgic for old school Chicago, or want to learn a little bit of our local history for yourself, here are some of the best ways to discover classic Chicago in 2021. […]

14 Safe & Fun Valentine’s Day Activities for Chicago Seniors

Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to show your love to the people who matter most! Here in Chicagoland, this holiday is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the older adults in your life — by giving gifts, sending a card, or spending some quality time together.  How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With the Elderly Because the coronavirus is still spreading, your traditional Valentine’s Day plans may not be doable this year.  Fortunately, there are all sorts of ways to celebrate this special holiday with the seniors in your life from the comfort and safety of home! Here are 14 ideas for [...]

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