Oct. 10, afternoon and evening. Please put it on your calendar now.

Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC, 460 Lake St. Next to Farmers Market.


If you do one thing for the rest of this year, go to Pilgrim Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoon and evening, Oct. 10, and take in Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Tour.

You do not want to miss this.

No matter what age you are, but especially if you are in your last third of life, please make the effort to attend. Do whatever it takes. Trust me on this one.

Invite your friends, neighbors, family. Go as a group. Or just treat yourself. Our community has not seen or participated in something like this before. Period.

Fun. Uplifting. Heartfelt. Educational. Challenging. Entertaining. It could be downright life-changing.

If you have any questions or just want to talk about this event, then call me. 312-816-5299.

Oak Park was built for The ChangingAging Tour.

On another note, I had a thoroughly engaging time last week with several graduate students over at Concordia University Chicago in River Forest. Brenda Ross is assistant professor of Human Services, and I had the honor to meet with one of her classes, which is designing and implementing a Meaningful Living program now being offered by Oak Park and River Forest Township Senior Services.

As part of their practicum, these students will deliver a free 8-week Wellness Group especially for people age 60+. The stated purpose of this program is “to enhance quality of life and to promote meaningful living into older age.”

The one-hour sessions will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 11- Oct. 30. You can choose either the 3:30 p.m. session or the 6:30 p.m. session. The location is Room #263 at Concordia’s Christopher Center, 7400 Augusta St., River Forest. To sign up, or for transportation available through Oak Park and River Forest Townships Senior Services, please call 708-383-8060.

Kudos to the townships’ Senior Services program for supporting this type of event. Recognizing that our consciousness affects our realities will be absolutely imperative in the new longevity phase our species is entering. Aging is more than just physical, so it is important for our local governments and service providers to pay attention to our minds, spirits and bodies.

Marc Blesoff is a former Oak Park village trustee, co-founder of the Windmills softball organization, co-creator of Sunday Night Dinner, a retired criminal defense attorney, and a novice beekeeper. He currently facilitates Conscious Aging Workshops and Wise Aging Workshops in the Chicago area.

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