Courtesy Elida Coseri
Oak Park resident Patricia Koko has joined the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community (OPA), as the Outreach Coordinator of the Adult Day Care Program. Her responsibilities include ensuring the community is aware of the program and how it operates, and encouraging caregivers to consider the value of such a program for a loved one who might benefit.
Koko is an active member of the Oak Park community and has been for decades. In addition to her extensive array of community participation, she currently serves as the president of the Mills Investment Club, treasurer of the Celebrating Seniors Coalition and the Senior Citizens Services Coordinating Council, and the newsletter editor of West Suburban Lapidary Club's OPAL. She also sits on the board of the Oak Park Township Senior Advisory Council.
The Oak Park Arms named her "Volunteer Extraordinaire" in 2010, and she was celebrated for service "Above and Beyond" in 2011 from the Life Long Learning Center which is housed within The Arms.
"I love meeting and talking with new people," Koko said. "If in the course of sharing I can help those who need it to see our Adult Day Care program as a way to add to the quality of their life and be of help to their loved one, I have succeeded. That makes me happy."
Koko received a B.A. from the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences in River Forest. She spent her third year of college studying abroad at the Villa des Fougeres and Universite de Fribourg in Switzerland.
She has been married to her husband Paul for 46 years and the couple has a daughter, Marie, and an 18-year-old cat, Dinah.
For more information call Jill Wagner at 708-386-4040 or visit http://www.oakparkarms.com/.
About the Oak Park Arms
The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides senior housing in the form of independent living and assisted living apartments. Additional services include short-term stays, a transitional care program, and an adult day care. "The Arms" opened as a luxurious hotel in 1922 and for decades, it was the scene of wedding receptions, proms and ballroom dances. In the mid-1970s, two friends bought the hotel and created an active retirement community that was – and remains - full of life, service and spirit. Today, the same two friends remain involved and committed to excellence, ensuring that The Arms continues as an industry leader with a legacy of eminence and distinction.