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An Aging Well Film Night and an Aging Well Conference have been planned for Evanston to celebrate Older Americans Month, which has been designated for May of 2018.

The film night will take place a few days earlier, however, on Thursday, April 26, at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., while the conference is scheduled for Friday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

Admission is free to both events.

Registration for the film night at the library is not required, but seating is limited and will occur on a first-come,first-seated basis. A short discussion will take place immediately after the films.

Two films will be shown. Edith and Eddie was an Academy Award-nominated film about America’s oldest interracial newlyweds, ages 95 and 96. Their unusual and idyllic love story is disrupted by a famly feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

The other film, The Beauty of Aging, is a documentary that explores myths about aging through stories of active, extraordinary American women older than 80 years of age.

The conference, at the Levy Center in May, presents an array of educational workshops on topics including health and wellness, safety, nutrition, technology, legal issues, financial planning, and the arts. 

The conference will open with registration and a continental breakfast at 8 a.m., followed by a welcome from Evanston Mayor Stephen Hagerty and a keynote address by Dr. Emily Rogalski, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University. 

Attendees will then have the option of attending two workshops of their choice.

The conference concludes with performances by the Evanston Encore Chorale and the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, plus a special reception to celebrate 20 years of Aging Well.

Workshop pre-registration is required and may be done online or by calling (847) 864-7274. by Friday, April 27.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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