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What’s Going On (North) for Sept. 11, 2013

Here is a look at what’s going on in the Chicago Ridge and Worth area.

News includes Worth Township and Stagg High School.

WORTH TOWNSHIP

Caregiving workshops

The PLOWS Council on Aging, a nonprofit social service organization serving individuals 60 and older in four townships, including Worth Township, will host a three-part series on the keys to caregiving on consecutive Wednesdays beginning Sept. 11.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call (708) 361-0219 to register for each program.

The program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 is “Tips on Hiring a Caregiver.”

Janet Linehan, the in-home services coordinator for the PLOWS Council on Aging, will make the presentation at the PLOWS offices, on the fifth floor at 7808 College Drive, Palos Heights.

Linehan hires and places home-care workers for the PLOWS in-home services programs, according to a news release from PLOWS. She also has had personal experience hiring caregivers for her family.

The seminar is geared toward helping family members recognize when it is time to hire a caregiver and offers support in coming to terms with that decision, the release said. Linehan will provide information about hiring a paid caregiver, working with reputable agencies, and adjusting to the transitions that accompany having a paid caregiver, the release said.

The program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 will be “Home Modifications.”

Patrick Cahill of Home Mobility Modifications in Palos Heights will put on the presentation at the PLOWS offices.

Cahill will help attendees learn simple steps to make a senior’s residence safer and more accessible. He will offer tips on improving home safety using items a person already may have, as well as products on the market to assist both seniors and caregivers. He will present simple, inexpensive solutions to make it safer, easier and more comfortable for a senior to live in and be cared for at home, the news release said.

The final program from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 25 will be an incontinence seminar. Incontinence is not normal at any age and is symptomatic of other health issues, the news release said. Dr. JoAnn Gruca, an associate professor emeritus at St. Xavier University and a PLOWS Board member, will present the information at the PLOWS offices.

STAGG HIGH SCHOOL

Operation Snowball Retreat

Consolidated High School District 230, which includes Stagg High School, invites students to register for the Operation Snowball Leadership Retreat to be held Oct. 10 to 13 at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort.

Operation Snowball is a weekend that focuses on building skills for leadership development, according to a District 230 news release. Some of the topics discussed include communication skills; decision making; problem solving; peer pressure; coping with stress; information about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; relationships; positive mental attitude; and the healthy family.

The information is presented in large group sessions or mini-workshops, then discussed in smaller groups. Each small group is co-facilitated by trained teens, with adult staff support.

All participants receive workshop materials, a T-shirt and a group photograph. The cost of the weekend is $140.

Snowball applications are available in the guidance office at each District 230 school and must be turned in by Oct. 4. No refunds can be granted after Oct. 4.

Staff reports



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