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North Shore Senior Center

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  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Takes Reservations
North Shore Senior Center is an independent 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1956 by a group of Winnetka, Illinois residents set out to enrich the lives of older adults. For the past 60 years, our mission has remained the same to help foster the independence and well-being of older adults, enhance their dignity and self-respect, and promote their participation in and contribution toward all aspects of community life. In FY2015, we served almost 25,000 clients in four Cook County townships: New Trier, Maine, Northfield, and Niles as well as the City of Evanston. Our service area encompasses 23 communities stemming from Lake Michigan on the east to O’Hare Airport on the west, and from the northern border of Chicago to southern Lake County.

The philosophy of North Shore Center focuses on the principles of positive aging, which recognize seniors as valuable members of society who contribute a diversity of skills, knowledge and experiences to their families and communities. North Shore Senior Center does this in three ways:

1. Our team of social workers provides support services to older adults in need of assistance because they are physically/developmentally disabled, suffer from abuse, are economically disadvantaged, and/or have special needs. We also link older adults with resources and services to help them build self-sufficiency so they can live independently. Members of our staff speak a variety of languages and translators are provided when required. More than two thirds of our work focuses on providing these types of services. In FY2015, we served almost 25,000 social services clients. at our main campus in Northfield as well as our Evanston Social Services Office.

2. North Shore Senior Center offers them more than 300 Lifelong Learning educational and experiential programs each trimester at our Northfield campus. Lifelong Learning allows us to provide interesting, enriching and thought-provoking programs while promoting physical and mental health.

3. Adults with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias find a stimulating and home-like day program at our House of Welcome. Established in 1983, this vital program provides mental and physical stimulation through art, music and dance therapy, and other dementia-focused activities like word games and discussion groups.