Fall 2019

The Homer Horizon • The Lockport Legend


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Tech-forward Artistic Dentistry keeps growing

This isn’t one’s grandfather’s

— or even their father’s — dentist’s


At Artistic Dentistry, 14811

S. Founder’s Crossing, Homer

Glen, dental work continues to

evolve in stride with the technology

age, providing patients with

a more efficient and comfortable

service experience.

The newly renovated practice

continues its dedication of offering

a wide range of the latest

treatment options for facial esthetics

and smile enhancement

by expanding its services even

further with the addition of injectables

such as Botox and Juvederm,

and Medspa. Botox has

garnered worldwide favor as the

treatment of choice for retaining

a youthful appearance, but while

Botox certainly can be used effectively

in a dental office for

cosmetic wrinkle reduction, its

most exciting uses in dentistry

aren’t cosmetic at all. Botox can

be administered to treat various

types of Temporomandibular

Joint Disorder, bruxism and

clenching, reducing a high lip

Financial Focus: Not too soon for end-of-year financial moves

We’ve still got a couple

of months until 2019 draws

to a close, but it’s not too

early to make some end-ofthe-year

financial moves. In

fact, it may be a good idea

to take some of these steps

sooner rather than later.

Here are a few suggestions:

• Boost 401(k) contributions.

Like many people,

one might not usually

contribute the maximum

amount to their 401(k),

which, in 2019 is

$19,000, or $25,000 if

someone is 50 or older.

One should ask their

employer if their 401(k)

contributions can be increased

in 2019, and if a

bonus is received before

line or, “gummy smile,” without

surgery and edentulous patients

can benefit from Botox treatment

in cases where the lip muscles

have become repositioned due to

decreased vertical dimension.

Dental and facial imperfections

can be a strain to a person’s selfesteem,

and Artistic Dentistry is

proud to work to end that feeling,

according to the practice’s manager

Jeanette Akroush.

“We are devoted to providing

the highest quality family dental

and medspa services,” she said.

“Our skilled and trusted providers

always utilize the most advanced

techniques, devices, and procedures

with great expertise, safety

and integrity. We love to enhance

our client’s well being and natural

beauty. We demonstrate that each

client is personally valued and

important to all of us.”

Since opening, the practice has

focused on researching, installing

and offering the latest options for

dental treatment.

Aside from the newest addition

of Botox, Artistic Dentistry uses

state-of-the-art technology, such

the year ends, they may

be able to use that toward

their 401(k), too.

• Add to IRA. People have

until April 15, 2020, to

contribute to their IRA

for the 2019 tax year,

but the more they can

put in now and over the

next few months, the less

they’ll have to come up

with in a hurry at the filing

deadline. For 2019,

one can put up to $6,000

in their IRA, or $7,000 if

they’re 50 or older.

• Review portfolio. It’s

always a good idea for

one to review their investment

portfolio at

least once a year, and

now is as good a time as


Computer guided dental implant


• The Cone Beam CT Scan, which

minimizes radiation exposure

by 200 times while producing

high-quality 360-degree images

• Intraoral digital cameras that

give high-resolution photos

that help both doctor and patient

• Digital X-rays that also emit

less radiation than conventional

X-rays and are available in


any. But don’t make any

judgments based solely

on results over the past

10 months. Instead, look

carefully at how the portfolio

is constructed. Is it

still properly diversified,

or has it become overweighted

in some areas?

Does it still fit risk tolerance,

or is there excessive

worry about short-term

price swings? These are

the types of factors that

might lead one to make

some changes, possibly

with the help of a financial


• Don’t forget about

RMDs. Once someone

turns 70-and-a-half,

they generally need to

start taking withdrawals

– the technical term

is “required minimum

distributions,” or RMDs

– from a traditional IRA

and 401(k) or similar

plan. After the first year

in which one takes these

RMDs, they must take

them by the end of each

year thereafter. If one

doesn’t withdraw at least

the minimum amount

(calculated based on

age, account balance and

other factors) they face a

penalty of 50 percent of

what they should have

taken out – a potential

loss of thousands of dollars.

So, one should take

RMDs before Dec. 31.

The financial services

provider that administers

an IRA or 401(k) can help

determine the amount

one must withdraw.

• Think about next year’s

opportunities. It happens

to almost all of us:

A year has passed, and

we haven’t taken the actions

we had planned. So,

start thinking now about

what to do in 2020 from

a financial standpoint. Is

it affordable to ratchet up

• Digital dental impressions,

which eliminate the uncomfortable,

messy impressiontaking


Venus Glow, a powerful skin

cleansing treatment that uses a

vacuum, 360-degree rotating tip

and two ultra-fine jet streams to

open and deep clean pores, restoring

a more radiant healthier-looking


Venus Legacy and Venus Versa

offer a full range of options for

today’s most sought-after treatments

to improve the appearance

of skin tone, elasticity, and

texture quickly and effectively.

The Venus Concept devices offer

treatments for wrinkles, acne,

scars and cellulite reduction, skin

discolorations, body shaping, and

hair removal.

Artistic Dentistry and Medspa

is led by Dr. Joel Akroush,

a graduate of Loyola School of

Dentistry, who opened the Homer

Glen practice in 2012. With 27

years of experience, he has been

recognized as the top Zoom provider

in Illinois, as well as awarded

as a Platinum Partner from

Nobel Biocare, an industry leader

in dental implants. Dr. Akroush,

who continued his education and

training at The Dawson Academy

and American Academy of

Facial Esthetics, is a member of

the Illinois State Dental Society,

American Academy of Implant

Dentistry, American Academy of

Facial Esthetics, American Dental

Association and American

Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

Akroush and company can

perform a full suite of dental

procedures, from cleanings and

restorations to root-canal therapy

and dental implants to lip enhancements,

Botox injections and

wrinkle reduction in an upscale,

modern atmosphere. Call the office

for a free consultation and

learn how Artistic Dentistry can


Submitted by Artistic Dentistry,

14811 S. Founders Crossing, Homer

Glen. For more information, visit

artisticdentistry-pc.com or call (708)


investments in retirement

plans? If one has children

or grandchildren,

has saving for college

started? Has there been

consideration to protect

financial independence if

some type of long-term

care is needed, such as an

extended nursing home

stay? If these or other

items are on a financial

to-do list, start planning

now to get them done

next year.

Time goes quickly – so

don’t get left behind without

having taken the steps

to keep moving toward financial


Submitted by Edward Jones,

Financial Advisor.

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Stem cell therapy now available in Tinley Park

Dr. Ed Beyer, of Beyer Natural

Health Solutions, has partnered

with Dr. Scott Hanlon, D.O. of

Little Company of Mary Hospital

and Predictive Biotech labs, to

offer FDA-regulated human umbilical

cord stem cells to patients

suffering from chronic degenerative

arthritis, osteoarthritis and

rheumatoid arthritis that can cause

debilitating pain in the following


• knees

• hips

• neck and low back

• shoulders

• elbows

• hands and feet

Dr. Beyer has been practicing

functional medicine in Tinley

Park for over 30 years. When

asked why he decided to venture

into stem cells he said, “I have had

my eye on the potential of stem

cells to regenerate broken down

joints ever since my father passed

away from the consequences of an

FDA-approved drug he was taken

for arthritic pain. At that time,

stem cells were in their infancy

stages. With the advancement of

research, that is no longer the case.

“Now, when it comes to proper,

and I emphasize proper, stem cell

therapy for regeneration of arthritic

joints, there is simply no

better option. Research now confirms

this, and we are seeing it on

a daily basis in our clinic. People

with ‘bone on bone’ joints told

they need surgical replacement

are finding relief and avoidance

of surgery with proper stem cell


He went on to say even Mayo

Clinic uses stem cell and regenerative

medicine. He further states

that “the future of joint repair is

here now.”

Dr. Beyer and Dr. Hanlon know

that there exists a lot of false information

and misunderstanding

when it comes to stem cells. For

this reason, Dr. Beyer is holding

free informational seminars in the

area that answers the following


-What science and research say

about what stem cells can help and

what can’t they help?

-Is the FDA involved in stem

cell therapy?

-Which type of stem cells

should be used to regenerate arthritic


-Are there any dangers to stem

cell therapy?

-Does insurance cover this type

of therapy?

-What kind of results can be expected,

and how long will they last

if I am a good candidate for stem

cell therapy?

These one hour seminars are

being offered free of charge at

the following locations:

• 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Naperville

• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Oak


• 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Carol


• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Beverly

• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30,

Tinley Park

• 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Tinley


The Tinley Park seminars will

include a discussion on stem cells,

as well as erectile dysfunction.

Seating is limited, so register now.

Submitted by Dr. Edward Beyer and

Dr. Scott Hanlon. For more information,

visit beyerstemcellinstitute.

com or call (708) 315-2151.

Peace Village a senior living community with value and security

If one is considering a move

to a senior living community,

they are in the midst of one of

the most important decisions

they will ever make — how and

where to spend the future. With

a decision this important, it’s

essential to have all the facts.

Research shows that lifestyle

choices, living environment

and the habits developed make

a world of difference in how

people age. Studies reveal that

senior living communities offer

benefits and opportunities

in these areas.

Value, security and a carefree

lifestyle are some of the

reasons why a growing number

of older adults are moving

to senior living communities.

They let go of responsibilities

like home maintenance and

yardwork, and gain a private

residence in a community of

friends, wellness programs, social

clubs and events, day trips

and cultural excursions, and

on-site restaurant-style dining.

Peace Village in Palos Park

is a perfect example. This community

offers all these services

and amenities and more. Peace

Village’s vision is to enhance

the lifelong well-being and potential

of seniors, and all those

it serves. The community delivers

a progressive, engaging

lifestyle that maximizes independence

and leads to more

enjoyment and better health for


If additional care is ever

needed, Circle Inn Assisted Living

at Peace Village is available

on campus, providing just the

right amount of professional assistance

and the very best care

and amenities. The Courtyard at

Peace Village offers high-quality

memory care for those dealing

with Alzheimer’s or other forms

of memory loss. The community

also offers in-home aide services,

respite stays and wellness

evaluations, making every experience

at Peace Village as dignified

and personally satisfying as


Many senior living communities

like Peace Village are

not-for-profit, which benefits

residents in several ways:

• The community is driven by

a mission to provide quality,

choice and value to its residents

— not by profit potential.

• Funds generated are reinvested

into the community.

• Favorable tax credits, exemptions

and preferred pricing

help control operating costs,

resulting in more stabilized

monthly fees for residents.

• A foundation is available to

provide support if a resident

experiences financial difficulty.

• A dedicated local board of directors

guide decisions and

provide oversight.

Keep in mind that not all communities

are the same. Floor plan

selection, size of apartments,

services and amenities, access

to health care, and costs can all

vary. Some, like Peace Village,

add value with speakers, events

and helpful resources. In fact, we

invite people to request our free

Cost of Living Worksheet to help

determine potential savings after

move in.

Explore different options,

separate fact from misperception

and make the most informed

choice. For genuine

value, come visit Peace Village.

Call (866) 951-2998 to schedule

a convenient time. And visit us

online at PeaceVillage.org.

Submitted by Peace Village, 10300

Village Circle Drive, Palos Park.

For more information, visit peacev

illage.org or call (708) 361-3683.

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Are STEM CELLS the Answer

To Knee, Hip, Back & Shoulder Pain?

Avoid Surgery...Regenerate before you operate!


If you suffer from ANY of the

following symptoms YOU


• Knee Pain

• Arthritis

• Back Pain

• Hip Pain

• Neck/Shoulder Pain

• Swollen, Stiff & Sore Joints

• Elbow, Wrist and Hand Pain

• Ankle and Foot Pain



To reserve your place, please call

(708) 315-2469

Beyer Stem Cell Institute

17023 S. Harlem Ave • Tinley Park, IL


Saturday 10/19 in Naperville at 11:00am

Tuesday 10/22 in Oak Lawn at 6:30pm

Tuesday 10/29 in Beverly at 6:00pm


Wednesday 10/30 at 6:30pm

and Saturday 11/2 at 11:00am

(The Tinley Park seminars will discuss stem cells and erectile dysfunction)

Visit our website at www.beyerstemcellinstitute.com

for details and other upcoming seminars.

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Alvernia Manor Senior Living a hidden gem

Is mom living alone? Is

the family concerned of her

safety? Is she able to reach

out quickly for assistance,

should something happen?

Is there worry if dad is taking

his daily medications

as prescribed and eating

nutritional meals? Is the

hired home care provider

giving that special aunt all

the care, attention and socialization

she needs and


Alvernia Manor Senior

Living is the “hidden gem”

that can ease a family’s

concerns. The mission of

this unique senior living

community is to provide

seniors a loving, safe and

caring home. Alvernia

Manor has a warm and

homey setting, its walls

brimming of compassion,

fulfillment and fun.

Amenities include three

daily meals plus snacks,

staffed healthcare services,

24-hour emergency call

system, housekeeping,

furnished private rooms,

and a calendar full of activities

and socialization.

In addition, there are no

annuities or endowment

fees. For over 45 years, the

School Sisters of St. Francis

of Christ the King and

their dedicated staff have

cared for seniors as their

own family with respect,

love and concern. Family

and friends refer Alvernia

Manor as their “hidden


Alvernia Manor is located

on a hilltop in the

southwest suburb of Lemont.

With its beautiful bluff

location, the vivid colors

of the four seasons are

played out annually in panoramic

view. The Little Bit

of Heaven pavilion is a favorite

spot for residents to

take in the scenery and enjoy

the fresh air. Residents




also have the opportunity

to enjoy several other secured

patios or common

areas, relax in the privacy

of their room or spend spiritual

time in the Chapel.

Keeping a resident’s body

and mind healthy and active

is the goal the Sisters

and staff strive for. Games,

exercise, movies, bingo,

best buddy visits, shopping

trips, entertainment and

other special outings like a

trip to Brookfield Zoo are

among the many activities

on Alvernia’s monthly activity

calendar – definitely

fun times enjoyed by all.

Alvernia Manor’s wellness

coordinators and

healthcare staff ensures

residents’ medications are

dispensed, vitals taken and

daily health monitored.

Fresh meals are prepared

daily and all housekeeping

needs are attended to.

All this adds up to no more

worries for the family.

In addition, adult day

services or short term stay

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for families. Loved ones

receive the care and recreation

they need in a safe,

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caregivers go to work or

get a needed break. Whether

for a few hours a day or

a longer period of time,

Alvernia Manor may be

exactly what one’s family

is looking for.

Come see all Alvernia

Manor Senior Living offers.

The care, charm and

beauty are undeniable.

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Senior Living, 13950 Main

St., Lemont. To find out more

about this “hidden gem” and

how Alvernia Manor can

help, visit their new website

alverniamanor.org or call

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Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants offer skillful care to patients

When a business has been

serving patients for more than

three decades and have highly

trained surgeons on staff, it is

likely doing many things right.

The staff at Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants, with locations in

both Oak Lawn and Orland Park,

has served the region with more

than 80 years of combined orthopedic


“Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

brings university level

ortho care close to home. All

of our surgeons are fellowship

trained in a specific body part,

making them more experienced

in treating the symptoms you’re

having,” said Todd Mensik,

MOC’s vice president.

Back on one’s feet

Ranges of orthopedic services

are offered at MOC, including

injections, surgeries, MRIs and

X-rays, urgent care and physical

therapy. Both offices have all of

the services needed to diagnose

Exploring common questions about Medicare Advantage plans

At DuPage Medical

Group, our patients often

approach us with questions

regarding Medicare

coverage and which plans

might be right for them.

One such option is Medicare

Advantage, which

can offer improvements in

both cost and overall care.

What are some of the

extended benefits?

Medicare Advantage

plans offer the same

coverage as traditional

Medicare, plus additional

features through Medicare-approved


companies. Coverage under

Medicare Advantage

plans often includes preventive

care and wellness

services such as disease

prevention, chronic care

management and even

gym memberships. Dental

and vision coverage

are also common features

included in Medicare

Advantage plans. Lastly,

most Medicare Advantage

policies include Medicare

prescription drug coverage

— also known as “Part

D” — and do not require

Medigap (supplemental)


Who are good candidates?

Medicare Advantage

can be the perfect solution

for seniors looking to take

more control of their health

through expanded healthcare

services. Medicare

Advantage policyholders

secure coverage for a

number of services which

would not be deemed

“medically necessary” under

traditional Medicare

plans, potentially offering

and treat all types of injuries.

“From X-ray to MRI to PT,

we’re able to get you back on

your feet faster and streamline

your recovery,” Mensik said.

The keys to Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultant’s success are

the doctors.

“They are caring, compassionate,

educated and motivated to

get our patients better and bring

them back to the lifestyle they’re

used to,” he said, adding that

surgeons on staff continuously

educate themselves on the latest

technology to “help in your

recovery process while knowing

their limitations.”

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

includes 18 providers.

Roots in patient care

The practice began in 1995

when five orthopedic surgery

specialists from the Oak Lawn

area met to discuss changes in

the practice of medicine. Their

principal concerns were on improving

patient care, streamlining

delivery of care and maximizing

outcomes for its patients.

As orthopedic surgeons, they

“were best fit to handle those

challenges,” according to Mensik.

Since that time, Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants has grown

and evolved. While the practice

started in a small building in Oak

Lawn, it very quickly outgrew

that site. Its primary headquarters

is now in a large center in

them more peace of mind

when it comes to their

health. With a variety of

different plans to choose

from, people will be able

to find a Medicare Advantage

policy that’s best

suited to their lifestyle and

healthcare needs.

How does it work?

Each Medicare Advantage

plan operates a little

differently, making the options

more flexible. However,

Medicare Advantage

costs also change on an

annual basis depending on

factors like co-payments,

deductibles, plan network

Orland Park, and upgrades were

done to a new Oak Lawn location

on 95th Street.

Affordable care

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

delivers affordable, quality

and convenient orthopedic care.

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

provides one of the few

self-contained orthopedic facilities

in the nation, centered on assuring

comfort and convenience

for its patients and families.

The goal of the physicians and

policies and charges for

extra benefits.

When is a good time to

consider plans?

Any time is good for

starting research. We encourage

patients to discuss

health care decisions with

their family members and

meet with a licensed insurance

agent to compare

their plan options. Since

Medicare costs and plan

benefits change every year,

it’s important to review

how these fluctuations

may impact healthcare the

following year.

In preparation, here are

some other important

questions to consider:

• What will the plan

cost, and is it yearly or


• Will I pay something at

staff is to provide high-quality

care and a comprehensive range

of diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative

services to meet all

the orthopedic needs of patients.

This also includes keeping up

with the latest medical technological

advances, such as iPod

joint replacement technology

and ultrasound-guided injections.

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants

have been helping patients

for more than 30 years.

“Patients aren’t just a number;

they are family,” Mensik said.

“Being a private practice, we can

still offer a personal touch that is

sometimes lost in larger groups.

They get to know not only their

provider but also the staff who

assists in their treatment.”

Submitted by Midwest Orthopaedic

Consultants, 10719 160th St.,

Orland Park. For more information

visit orthoexperts.com or call (708)


the time of a provider


• Will my current medications

be covered?

• Do I need a referral to see

a specialist?

• Which hospitals are in

the plan network? Are

there exceptions?

• How will this plan coordinate

with the healthcare

provided by my

(former) employer or

veterans benefits?

• Are there special programs

that I qualify for

this year?

DuPage Medical Group

helps coordinate Medicare

education seminars at

many of our offices.

Submitted by DuPage Medical

Group. To learn more,

please visit dupagemedical


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Don’t be fooled

Knowthe facts about arthritis treatment

options and who’s providing them

Q: What type of services does Midwest OrthopaedicConsultants(MOC)offer forarthritis treatment?

A: At MOC, we offer convenientaccess to all of the essential orthopedic services under one roof.FromMRI, X-rays and ultrasoundguided

cortisone injections to ultrasound-guided gel injections,physicaltherapy, and if necessary—the option to have full replacement

surgery. The single-siteconvenienceoffered byMOC also eliminatesthe need for outside referrals for additional tests and treatments.

Onceapatientarrives, everything can be handled in-house atMOC.

LuisJ.Redondo, M.D.

Joint Reconstruction and

Sports Medicine

George Branovacki, M.D.

Joint Reconstruction,

Revisions, Sports Medicine

Q: Areyour doctors trained in orthopedics?

A: All of our doctors arefellowship-trained boardcertified orthopedic specialists,who exhaust all noninvasivetreatmentoptions before

discussing if surgical intervention is necessary. Oncesurgeryisdiscussed,MOC acts as ateam to generateaplan, which will create the

maximum potential forapositiveoutcome foreach patient. This is not aone-size-fits-all approach forour patients.Weare evaluating

and creating individual,custom plans based on the unique situations and needs of each patient.

Q: What separates MOC from institutes providing injections?

A: At MOC, we provide the convenienceof accessing all possible orthopedic treatmentoptions under one roof and the abilityfor our

patients to receivetreatmentbyfellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic specialists.Weare committed to developing individual

treatmentplans thatare distinctly fit foreach unique patient’sneeds,with an absolutegoal of maximizing outcomes.Wewantall of

our patients to get back to their expectedlifestyles as quickly—and as completely—aspossible.Everything we do is based on those

expectations— and results.

Q: What type of imaging does MOC use fortheir injections?

A: We use Ultrasound Guided Technology,which benefits the patientbyexposing them to less radiation than X-rays.Italso provides a

moreprecise image thatin-turnallows us to deliver amoreprecise injection. Themoreprecise the injection, the better the results for

our patient.

Q: Does MOC followthe American AcademyofOrthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) guidelines fortiming and dosing?

A: We have adopted our strictMOC guidelines in order to ensureour patients benefit from all of the research and the distinctguidelines

established by AAOS. This alignmentensures our patients aregetting maximum outcomes thatbegin with establishing the correct

timing andreceiving the correctdosing levels.Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants has twolocations: 10719 W. 160th St. in Orland Park

and 4220 W. 95th St., Suite100, in Oak Lawn. Formoreinformation, visit orthoexperts.com or call us at 708.226.3300.

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants • 10719 W. 160th St., Orland Park • 4220 W. 95thSt., Ste 100, Oak Lawn • 708.226.3300

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and bonds, property, automobile,

life insurance, and even pets.

A will is a document to declare a person’s

wishes regarding the distribution of their

property, the care of any minor children as

well as methods of payment of debts and

taxes one may owe when they die. Wills

may also contain instructions for managing

property including putting it into a trust

or excluding certain people from receiving

any of a person’s estate.

Trusts allow people to legally set aside

specific property for someone to be held

until a later date. People can leave money to

someone in their will; but a trust is its own

legal entity that will help avoid probate and

allows the person to name specific distributions

with more specific stipulations.

This could mean money is banked until

a child turns 18 or an investment that gets

distributed to a friend on a specified date.

Trusts can be set up in a few ways:

• A revocable trust: A flexible arrangement

which allows a person to change

the terms of the eventual financial distribution

while they are still alive

• A special needs trust: A distinct type of

arrangement which allows a person to set

aside assets for another person to be used

after death, while still legally allowing

them to collect needs-based government

benefits. This is important for minor children

and children or adults with disabilities

whose wellness could be put in peril

without this special protection.

• A pet trust: This allows someone to set

aside funds that will be used for a pet’s

care and maintenance.

A guardianship names a person or people

who may become the legal guardian of minor

children or a disabled adult. Naming

a guardian might be one of the most important

estate planning decisions to make

because in the case of the death of both

parents, a guardianship order names a person

or people who now become the legal


Some estate planning doesn’t have to do

with death, but addresses what will happen

if someone becomes incapacitated. Powers

of attorney specify who should care

for people’s medical needs and financial

matters if that person becomes disabled

in such a way that does not allow them to

make decisions for themself. It’s a difficult

scenario to consider, but setting up a power

of attorney lets a person put someone they

trust in charge of decisions related to their


Estate planning can help protect someone

and their loved ones but can also give

peace of mind to plan by ensuring that their

wishes are known and that their loved ones

can be best cared for.

Submitted by Gwendolyn Sterk, 11508 183rd

Place, Orland Park. For those who have

questions or would like to schedule a free, no

obligation consultation to discuss an estate

plan, contact Sterk Family Law Group at (815)

600-8950 or sterkfamilylaw.com.

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Every year, many active

seniors decide that owning

a home or a townhome is

just too much work and expensive

to keep up. There

are utilities that have high

costs to heat or cool large

spaces, property tax bills

to pay and inevitably there

are repairs.

But even beyond the

home, seniors are looking

for more and more options

for socialization and exciting

things to do beyond a

favorite television show.

Hanover Place can combine

the pleasure of living

alone in a maintenance

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lower costs when you

combine all of the utility

costs when you combine

all of the utility costs and

upkeep of your own private

home. Our design is

simple. We provide lovely,

comfortable 1-2 bedroom

apartments, with amenities

in a friendly, social community.

Our residents and families

enjoy our movie theater,

library, fitness gym,

bistro lounge, game room

and even our beauty shop.

We feature an activity calendar

with daily events

both inside the community

as well as field trips and

outings to local shopping,

restaurants and entertainment.

Just six months ago,

Greystar took over management

at our community.

They have expanded

on our activity program to

include at least one large

event every month. These

are designed not only for

our residents to enjoy, but

also for our community.

Spend some time with us,

enjoy some refreshments

and take a look at a whole

new lifestyle.

We will continue to

place ads for our events in

your local papers. I hope

that you will consider joining

us. Our staff goes to

great lengths to provide

a different experience for

each and every event. We

hope that as you make

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Family First Medical focused on doctor-patient relationship

For families in southwest Chicagoland,

this is just what the

doctor ordered.

Family First Medical Group is

opening its doors at a time when

members of our proud community

are searching for providers

they can trust and depend on

nearly as much as they’re searching

for the highest quality care for

themselves and their loved ones.

“With the ever-changing

healthcare landscape, we’re

seeing larger and larger groups

buying up medical practices or

merging with big hospitals and

big health systems,” said Dr.

David Beckmann, MD, director

of family and pediatric medicine

at Family First Medical Group.

“Because of these massive

changes, the doctor-patient relationship

is suffering. We’re here

to help fix that.”

As part of this evolving reality,

many people are dealing with

a rotating lineup of doctors every

few years, or they’re being

forced to research and find doctors

that fall under ever-changing

health insurance policies

controlled by massive systems

that are difficult to navigate.

“At Family First, we put the

patient back at the center of the

visit, focusing on building longterm

relationships with patients

of all ages from birth to the end

of life,” Beckmann said. “We

will restore a personal, small-office

feel without compromising

on technology, innovation, and

high-quality patient care.”

For Beckmann, that smalloffice

feel is the foundation for

his vision of providing the type

of care that this community deserves.

From there, it comes

down to open and honest communication,

which allows patients

to feel empowered to make

smarter decisions about their


“I’m passionate about family

medicine because it allows

me to establish meaningful relationships

with entire families

while helping patients of all ages

through some of their most joyful

and trying moments of their

lives,” he said. “When you really

get to know a patient, where

they come from, who their family

and friends are, where they work,

you can better advise and care for

them when they are dealing with

challenging medical issues.”

Those challenges can often

extend to the doctors in the form

of burnout, but at Family First

Medical Group, Beckmann and

his staff find the positives in each


“Every day at work is different,”

he said. “I may have a

healthy infant in one room and

a middle aged patient struggling

with their Asthma in the next

room. That variety makes each

day unique and exciting and necessitates

that my staff and I are

up to date on all of the most recent

treatment guidelines.”

For our community, this is just

what the doctor ordered.

Submitted by Family First Medical

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Join Phil and Amy

for music and travel

Chicagoland’s singing

and traveling duo Phil and

Amy return to Starved

Rock for their Christmas

Treasures Shows, Dec. 2, 3

and 4. Call for reservations

early because the past several

years of summer and

Christmas appearances

have all sold out since

their debut at the lodge.

Audiences again raved

about their charming performances.

St. Christopher

Tours travelers enjoyed the

options of one-day trips as

well as overnight stays at

the lodge. Those interested

can purchase seats through

philnamymusic.com or by

calling (708) 687-3302

which includes the St.

Christopher Tours motorcoach,

luncheon and performance.

Departure and

return locations are in Tinley

Park and New Lenox.

Inquire about overnight

lodge stay options.

When not on stage, the

husband and wife team

love hosting one-of-a-kind

motorcoach tours. They

are fresh back from tours

to beautiful Cape Cod

and the New England Islands,

Mackinac Island,

The Shrine of Christ’s

Passion in St. John, Indiana,

and a nostalgic tour

down Illinois’ Route 66.

Maybe it’s the right time

to be on board with Phil

and Amy’s St. Christopher

Tours deluxe motorcoach

excursions for carefree

travel. For over 25 years,

Phil and Amy have been

hosting one day and overnight

luxury motorcoach

trips. Their St. Christopher

Travelers have toured all

around Chicagoland and

the country to exciting getaway

destinations across

the United States and Canada.

Once again, St. Christopher

Tours takes care of

all the planning details so

travelers can enjoy amazing


St. Christopher Tours is

set to depart for another

fun-filled three day visit to

Frankenmuth, Michigan.

This tour provides wonderful

fall colors, a great

Bavarian getaway and a

visit to Bronner’s: The

World’s Largest Christmas

Store. Next June, the travelers

will be heading West

again featuring a breathtaking

scenic 11-day tour

to The Grand Canyon and

the Southwest Canyonlands.

The ever-changing

landscapes of Canyon

Country are something

that everyone should witness

in their lifetime. Each

stop will leave people in

awe of its unique beauty, a

beauty that only the forces

of nature can accomplish

over centuries of time.

Bryce Canyon and Zion

National Parks, Glen Canyon

Dam and Lake Powell,

world famous Scenic

Highway 12, amazing visits

by the River in Moab,

Utah, famous Colorado

sights, and a horse-shoe

shaped round-trip that features

“Kicks” of historic

attractions of Route 66 on

the westward leg.

Later in June 2020, St.

Christopher Tours visits

one of their favorite treasures,

Mackinac Island,

Michigan; The Mackinac

Bridge, bikes, horses and

carriages, famous fudge

and the historic Grand Hotel.

Upon arrival in the Upper

Peninsula, enjoy a meal

overlooking beautiful Lake

Huron and an optional visit

to a local casino.

Check out the list of one

day trips that include many

theatre opportunities, Phil

and Amy performances at

Starved Rock, December

2019 and August 2020,

and other 2020 calendar

dates featuring Drury

Lane’s American in Paris,

Paramount – Aurora’s,

Kinky Boots and downtown

Chicago’s Lyric Opera’s

42nd Street.

Submitted by Colony Productions,

5348 Forest Trail, Oak

Forest. For more information,

visit philnamymusic.

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Stay active and

healthy to make

later years enjoyable

With life expectancies

on the rise, staying physically

active and healthy

will make our later years

more enjoyable. As the

Mayor of New Lenox, we

brought in the Safe Communities

Program that is

recognized by the World

Health Organization.

This program deals with

a variety of topics and includes

classes specifically

designed for our mature

adult population. Our Fit

and Strong class, as well

as our Matter of Balance

class, have been attended

by many adults from New

Lenox, Mokena and Frankfort.

The classes are free of

charge and have been very

well received by those that

have participated. Please

contact Dan Martin for

further information at

dmartin@newlenox.net or

(815) 462-6400.

Another area of concern

is our financial health.

After working hard for

so many years, seniors

shouldn’t have to worry

about being taxed out

of their homes. In New

Lenox, we have issued

property tax rebates to

our residents for the past

decade; totaling over $10

million dollars returned.

At the school district

where I am superintendent,

we have issued property

tax rebates for the past

four years; giving back approximately

20 percent of

the residents’ taxes paid to

the school.

I have always believed

that government should

use the tax money they

need to provide essential

services, and give the rest

back to the residential

taxpayers. Furthermore,

for the past few years, my

wife and I have donated

my $18,000 per year mayor’s

salary back to those

in need in our community.

That donated salary has

helped residents to pay for

medical expenses, utility

bills and groceries.

I have spent 30 years as

a public servant. My parents

raised me to be kind

to others, work hard for

what I have and not to expect

anything to be handed

to me. My 22-year law

enforcement career and

12 years as mayor have

allowed me to protect and

serve so many people. My

eight years as an educator

has afforded me the opportunity

to make a positive

difference in so many

young lives as well. Serving

others is what I enjoy

doing the most.

With the love and support

of my wife, children

and grandchildren, I have

been able to give so much

back to the communities

that have given me so

much. I hope to have the

opportunity to continue

to serve the residents of

the 37th District as your

next State Representative.

I have a proven track

record and ask for your

support so I can bring a

common sense approach

to governing and fiscally

responsible policies down

to Springfield.

Thank you,

Tim Baldermann, Candidate

for State Representative-37th


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Learn about the keys

to improving health

Fall Movement

and Nutrition Workshop

(A Holistic Approach to Movement, Nutrition and a Healthy Lifestyle)

At TheraCORE we believe in the importance of movement, breath, and nutrition

as the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle. Our fall workshop will provide

hands-on training and education regarding the following topics:

• 7 Essentials of Healthy Living

• Breathing and the Power of Breath - The average adult’s breathing

mechanics have gone from horizontal using the diaphragm and lower

lungs to vertical shallow breathes. Learn how to re-establish your breath

and how to brace your core effectively

• Self Maintenance - Learn a daily routine of self massage and stretching

to improve your function and performance

• Hydration - How much, when and what to add to function at an

optimum level

• Nutrition - The essential habits and principles to eat healthy for a lifetime

• Movement - Busy schedule, sedentary work??

Learn to move through your day

The Workshop will be held at the Lockport Fitness studio on

November 4th, from 6:30pm-8pm. Price will be $20.

Please contact our Fitness Studio to register. We hope to see you there.

16622 W. 159th Street, Suite 503, Lockport, IL 60441

815-838-5070 • www.theracorept.com

Who wants to change

and improve their health?

And who wants to have

more energy and feel better?

Where does one start?

Plain and simple, there

are no quick fixes or secrets

to getting results.

There are seven essential

areas that make up a

healthy lifestyle:

• Sleep: Sleep has the biggest

impact on mental,

emotional and physical

performance. Sleep

affects hormonal response,

weight, pain

levels and disease. It’s

not just how long someone

is sleeping, but it’s

the quality of sleep gotten

each night.

• Breathe: Breathing is

easily overlooked and

undervalued. Breathing

has biological and physiological

functions that

affect people’s nervous

system, stress management,

and weight. Here’s

a simple tip: when resting,

a person’s breathing

should be in and then

out the nose. When taking

a deep breath, the

belly should expand,

filling up the lungs.

• Hydration: A heart beats

and the blood flows, but

who knew that they play

an integral role in how

that happens? Blood is

made up mostly of water,

almost 92 percent

volume. A person’s level

of hydration affects all

bodily functions which

is why learning how to

organize drinking habits

is essential to optimize

the day as well as performance.

• Nutrition: Food choices

is where most people

start when they think of

optimizing their health.

However, sleep, breathing

and hydration all affect

hunger, satiety and

cravings. People need

to come up with a nutritional

belief system that

works for them. One can

change the definition of

how they view certain

foods, not just how culture

views food. Burgers

and pizza can look a

lot different and can be

enjoyed with a healthy


• Movement: This does

not just mean exercise.

Our bodies are meant to

move and need to move

in order to affect our

health, digestion, joint

health and metabolism.

• Social Network: Our

family, friends and coworkers

play a vital role

in what habits and lifestyle

choices we make.

No one can rid themself

of certain people,

but people can take the

first step in communicating

and leading those

around them to be a better


• Exercise: Yes, it comes

last. It is important and

essential, but the first

six basics of a healthy

lifestyle directly affect

exercise, how one

functions during their

exercise session, and

ultimately how they recover.

Exercise and performing

at an optimum

level is an expression of

how all the other areas

work together.

For those interested in

delving into these points

further, contact Thera-

CORE Fitness Studio.

We will be holding a Fall

Seminar Nov. 4 from 6:30-

8:00 p.m. to dive deeper

into habits and routines

to create a well-balanced

healthy life. These topics

and more will be broken

down into principles and

truths that will help one

make a lasting life change.

Cost is $20 per person.

The class will be held

at our Lockport Fitness

Studio, 16622 W. 159th

Street, Suite 503, Lockport.

We hope to see those

interested there.

Submitted by TheraCORE,

16622 W. 159th St. Suite 503,

Lockport. For more information,

visit theracorept.com/

or call (815) 838-5071.

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Please join us for an evening with

Dr. Kris Siemionow

Board-Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Is Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

Right for You?

If you have neck or back pain, you are not alone. Most adults experience spinal pain at

some point in their lifetimes. If you would like to find out more about treatment for spinal

conditions, please join Dr. Kris Siemionow as he discusses types of non-surgical and

surgical treatments in spine management. Bring your imaging discs!

Wednesday November 6th at 5:30pm

Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center

(877) 694-7722 Phone • (815) 531-0055 Fax

12701 West 143rd Street #200 | Homer Glen, Illinois 60491

www.myissc.com • info@myissc.com

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Illinois Spine Center’s tips for cold weather

Autumn is a beautiful time

of year, with its crisp weather,

falling leaves and spiced flavors.

But in Chicagoland, we

all know what’s around the


As the low temperatures approach,

it is important to stay

active, especially for aging


Amid cold weather, it can

be difficult for everyone to

maintain daily exercise, but it

is necessary to limit the chance

of injury.

Physical activity, no matter

the degree of difficulty,

increases blood flow throughout

the body, helping common

ailments such as arthritis and

joint pain.

According to doctors at the

Illinois Spine and Scoliosis

Center in Homer Glen, purposeful

movements such as

walking a half hour a day —

indoor or outdoor — can help

prevent injuries, including accidental


Unfortunately, some victims

of such falls and other weather-related

injuries are patients

at ISSC, which offers personalized

and comprehensive

spine care for all ages.

Doctors at the center treat

a wide range of ailments —

from lower back pain to herniated

discs to spinal fractures

— with the latest techniques,

both surgical and nonsurgical.

All of the center’s physicians

are fellowship-trained

and work to develop customized

treatment plans and goals.

Submitted by the Illinois Spine &

Scoliosis Center, 12701 W. 143rd

St., Suite 200, Homer Glen, Ill.

For more information, call (877)

694-7722, email info@myissc.com

or visit www.myissc.com

Written by 22CM Boost, the

content-writing division of 22nd

Century Media, publisher of this

special section and newspaper.

Mill Pond Dental Group helps patients establish and maintain oral health

Dr. Eric Young knew he

wanted to be a dentist after

growing up in Panama

and seeing the need for improving

oral health.

“Poor oral health affect

your teeth and gums but it

can also affect the rest of

your body and quality of

life,” Young said. “Since I

was in high school, I knew

I wanted to work in dentistry

to help people with

their oral health and in effect

improve their overall

well being.”

Young attended Loyola

University for a bachelors

degree in biology, Northwestern

University for a

masters in biotechnology

and Marquette University

for his doctorate in dental

surgery. He worked as an

associate dentist in Chicago

and the Southwest suburbs,

but now owns a private

practice at Mill Pond

Dental Group in Mokena.

Mill Pond Dental Group

is a general dental office

that provides a full array of

services from preventative

care, such as general cleanings,

to advance services,

such as same day implant

supported dentures. Board

certified periodontist and

oral surgeon are also part

of the Mill Pond team.

After more than a year at

Mill Pond Dental Group,

Young wants to help patients

learn and practice

preventative health care.

“It is important not to

put off your dental work

because then it becomes

more expensive and more

involved,” Young said.

“As dentists, we are very

good at fixing and replacing

teeth, but I want prevention

to be a standard of


Young said many times

people wait until they have

a problem to come in for

dental work, when they

should come in regularly

so they can keep up good


One of the biggest keys

to maintaining healthy

teeth and gums is to make

an appointment at the

dentist at least every six

months for checkups and


Young suggests people

should begin seeing a dentist

when they begin getting

teeth, which is as early

as the first year of life.

The first visit at Mill

Pond Dental Group will

always start with a comprehensive

exam. During a

comprehensive exam, Mill

Pond Dental Group will

take a full series of digital

X-rays to check everything

from gum health to tooth

health. After a thorough

examination, Young will

review all treatments options

so that patients have

sufficient information to

make educated decisions

about their oral health.

“After the comprehensive

exam we will establish

what your needs are

and how often you should

come in,” Young said. “For

any patient, regardless of

their age or condition, a

comprehensive exam is always

a good place to start.

We will help create a customized

plan for you.”

The staff at Mill Pond

Dental Group also helps

patients maintain good

oral hygiene by providing

at-home oral hygiene instructions

as well as providing

nutrition tips.

“We can always give

pointers on how you can

improve oral hygiene and

give you tips on other oral

hygiene instruments to

keep your mouth nice and

clean,” Young said. “Nutrition

is also important.

We can look at the type of

diet you have and see how

it is affecting your gums

and teeth.”

Mill Pond Dental Group

prides itself on putting the

patient first.

“Providing a positive

patient experience is the

most important thing for

us,” Young said. “We always

put our patients first

from the moment you call

our office to the moment

you leave the office.”

Young said communication

is also essential. Patients

can text directly with

Young and his staff. He is

also regularly available by

email or phone.

“I make myself available

to talk on the phone

with patients directly,”

Young said. “Personalized

care is huge.”

Mill Pond Dental Group

is currently accepting new

patients. Take advantage

of their $79 new patient

special and their FREE

implant denture consultation

this Fall.

Submitted by Mill Pond

Dental Group, 18700 Wolf

Road Suite. 200, Mokena.

For more information visit

millponddentalgroup.com or

call (708) 722-1600.

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Most people know they need to clean

out their dryer lint tray between each

cycle, but what lurks behind the wall is

just as important for safety and avoiding

fire traps, as well as a fully efficient dryer

performance. Joe Enzenberger, owner

of Dryer Vent Wizard, opened his New

Lenox-based business in 2009.

Lint is the villain — lint that has been

allowed to build up and linger too long in

the dryer exhaust vent.

It is estimated by the U.S. Consumer

Product Safety Commission and the U.S.

Fire Administration that 15,500 fires associated

with clothes dryers occur annually.

These fires account for an average

of 20 deaths, 370 injuries and more than

$88 million in property damage. “Failure

to clean the dryer vent” was the leading

factor cited in U.S. Fire Administration


“It is something very few people know

about or think about,” said Enzenberger,

whose company specializes in dryer vent

cleaning, repair, alteration and installation.

“It is the leading cause of dryer


Lint accumulation can also cause dryers

to stop working or to work inefficiently.

A dryer vent clogged with lint can add

as much as $18-$24 per month to energy


“Improper venting causes problems, as

well,” he said. “The dryer exhaust duct

and connections should be made of rigid

metal or semi-rigid metal and secured

with metal heat-resistant tape rather than

duct tape. I often find plastic or foil accordion-type

material, which can easily trap

lint and is more susceptible to kinks and


Warning signs include:

• Clothes are taking more than one cycle

to dry, especially jeans & towels.

• No lint visible on lint screen.

• Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle.

• Clothes or the dryer drum have moldy

smell after dry cycle.

• Clothes are very hot after a dry cycle.

• The top of your dryer hot to the touch

while running.

• There’s excess lint left on your clothing.

“This has been a consumer education

process, but it’s hard to get the word out,”

Enzenberger said. “Most don’t call until

they have a serious problem with their


He suggests people treat clothes dryers

as a household item in need of regular

maintenance. Consumers can protect

dryer performance and promote safety

by cleaning the lint screen between each

use, ensuring the connection between the

dryer and wall is made of compliant material

and remains unkinked, and having

the dryer exhaust duct cleaned regularly.

Dryer manufacturers recommend inspection

and cleaning at least annually.

October is National Fire Prevention

Month, so now is the perfect time to have

an inspection and cleaning of clothes dryers

and dryer vent systems.

Another important tip is to never let a

clothes dryer run while out of the house

or sleeping.

Submitted by Dryer Vent Wizard, New Lenox.

For more information, visit dryerventwizard.

com or call (815) 215-2090.

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22nd century media | October 17, 2019 | 21

Women’s Healthcare of Illinois making

women feel ‘normal’ again

For many women, it’s not

about feeling great — it’s simply

about feeling normal again.

That’s especially true for women

nearing or already in menopause.

Hot flashes, fatigue, memory

lapse and mood swings are just

some of the grueling symptoms.

What doesn’t get enough attention,

though, are the millions

of women who also experience

vaginal atrophy, which includes

ongoing dryness, itching, burning

and pain during intercourse.

“This is a major issue that

women simply don’t like to talk

about,” said Dr. Ken Finkelstein,

the founder of Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois and an advocate

for women’s health for more

than 20 years. “When women go

through menopause, their bodies

go through significant changes.

“During menopause, women

lose the ability to reproduce, and

blood flow moves away from

the vagina area. This causes the

glands to slow production, natural

lubrication to stop, the sensitivity

to go away, and the vagina

to get very thin. This causes a lot

of pain, dryness, and discomfort,

and it presents major challenges

for a woman’s sex life,”

Fortunately, there are treatment


“At Women’s Healthcare of

Illinois, we’re proud to offer

Mona Lisa Touch,” Finkelstein

said. “It’s a treatment I refer to

as vaginal restoration. It’s about

bringing the vagina back to

where it was before menopause.

It’s about the woman, her sexuality

and her sex life.”

One of the most attractive advantages

of the Mona Lisa Touch

procedure is that it is completely


“It’s a probe that goes in the

vagina, and it only takes about

six minutes, with a low-intensity

CO2 laser that stimulates blood

flow to come back to the vagina,”

Finkelstein said, adding that

once the blood flow comes back,

the glands reactivate, lubrication

comes back, the collagen comes

back, softness comes back, and

sensitivity is better.

“It’s three treatments, six

weeks apart, completely painless,

no down time and no anesthesia,”

he said.

An option for cancer patients

The Mona Lisa Touch is also

a worthy option for women undergoing

breast cancer treatments.

Typically, when women

are receiving treatment for breast

cancer, they’re given medication

that is anti-estrogen, which

makes vaginal atrophy worse.

“So, not only are they dealing

with the trauma of cancer and

the trauma of breast removal, but

now they’ve lost relations with

their spouse,” Finkelstein said.

“Mona Lisa Touch has literally

been a miracle for breast cancer


According to the American

Academy of Family Physicians,

up to 40 percent of postmenopausal

women have vaginal atrophy.

When the number of breast

cancer patients who are suffering

with similar symptoms are included,

the significance of Mona

Lisa Touch is obvious.

They just want to feel normal


Submitted by Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois. For more information,

visit whcillinois.com.

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Older citizens being targeted by scammers

Scammers are always looking

to find new ways to rob people.

Consider these common scams

targeting older citizens.

The grandchild or imposter scam

Beware of scammers pretending

to be a grandchild, relative,

or friend. Often they claim to be

in trouble — usually in jail or

stranded in a foreign country,

and ask the victim to send money.

Criminals may also pretend

to be an attorney representing

a loved one. They may ask the

victim to send cash by mail or

buy gift cards. They often beg

or demand to keep it a secret

and act fast before there are


Is it really a loved one or an


• Don’t panic. Take a deep

breath and get the facts.

• Don’t send money unless it

is confirmed it’s the real person

calling. Hang up and call the

grandchild or friend’s phone to

see if the story checks out. Victims

could also call a different

friend or relative.

• Is the person asking for gift

cards? If someone is really in

need, gift cards won’t help.

Report grandparent scams to

the Federal Trade Commission

at ftc.gov/complaint or by calling


Medicare ID fraud

Beware of emails and phone

calls looking for Medicare information.

Guard the card:

• Keep Medicare and Social Security

cards secure.

• Don’t share numbers with anyone

but the healthcare team.

• If someone calls and asks for

Medicare information, hang

up. Medicare will only call if

they were called and a message

was left or if a representative

said that someone will

call back.

• Check statements carefully and

log into MyMedicare.gov to

spot possible fraud and billing


Report suspicious activities

by calling 1-800-MEDICARE

1(800) 633-4227.

Social Security Scams

Be careful. Fraud involving

Social Security numbers and

benefits are on the rise. These

criminals may call or try to trick

with emails with links to fake



• Government employees will

not threaten to take away benefits

or ask for money or personal

information to protect

one’s Social Security card or


• Scammers can fake a caller ID.

So don’t be fooled if the call

seems to be from the SSA’s

real phone number (800) 772-

1213 or the SSA Inspector

General’s Fraud Hotline number.

• If a caller asks for Social Security

number, bank account

number or credit card information,

hang up.

Report suspected scams to the

SSA Inspector General at (800)

269-0271 or oig.ssa.gov/report.

Visit IdentityTheft.gov/SSA for

more tips.

Another popular scam is the

lottery scam where someone

sends a fake “winning check”

asking the victim to deposit it

in their bank and send back a

portion of the winnings. People

cannot win a lottery or sweepstakes

they did not enter and a

legitimate sweepstakes will not

ask for money upfront. Don’t

fall for it.

Be careful of selling things online.

Criminals will often try to

pay with bad checks or offer to

overpay and then ask for the difference

in cash, hoping the victim

will deposit the fraudulent

check into their account. Checks

should always be verified with

the bank and people should make

sure they get their funds before

exchanging their item for sale.

People have the right to be free

from scams. Take time. Criminals

often claim an emergency

hoping the victim will take quick

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UI Health has brought university-level breast care to the community

Dr. Diane M. Drugas

has joined the University

of Illinois Hospital and

Health Sciences System’s

team of exceptional physicians

in the new UI Health

New Lenox Breast Clinic

as an Attending Surgeon

in the Division of Surgical

Oncology specializing in

Breast Surgery.

Drugas is a board-certified

General Surgeon

specializing in Breast

Surgery. She completed

her surgical residency at

the University of Illinois/

Cook County Hospital

and has practiced in the

Southwest suburbs for 26


She is a member of

the American Society

of Breast Surgeons and

serves as a surveyor for

the National Accreditation

Program for Breast

Centers. She has a special

interest in women’s

health and believes all

patients should have access

to multidisciplinary,

comprehensive care and

the most advanced breast

imaging technology.

Drugas performs all

types of breast cancer

surgery as well as evaluations

of screenings such

as MRI’s, mammograms

and X-rays. She recommends

women should begin

their monthly self-exams

starting at the age of

20. Women between the

ages of 20 and 40 should

have a clinical or doctor’s

exam every two or three

years and women should

get their first screening at

the age of 40 and once a

year from that point on.

If an abnormal condition

appears in an X-ray,

a mammogram, an MRI,

or there is an infection or

an unusual discharge from

their nipples, this is the

time for a breast surgeon


Drugas specializes in

breast cancer surgery, benign

breast conditions,

cysts, breast pain and fibroadenomas.

Submitted by UIC Surgery

Breast Clinic-New Lenox,

668 Cedar Crossings Drive.

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Unique approach to care offers daily joy

No one is alone in caring for

their loved one with Alzheimer’s,

dementia, or other types of

memory loss. At Evergreen Senior

Living in Orland Park, we

offer The Legacy: Memory Support.

Our team of trained caregivers

offers personalized care

and a unique approach to caring

for seniors with memory loss.

“My mother knew that there

was something going on with

her short term memory,” said

one resident’s daughter. “It’s

hard to be a 24-hour caregiver.

They (Evergreen Senior Living

team) have learned to work with

my mom and how to take care of

her. My relationship with her is

fabulous now.”

At Evergreen Senior Living,

Legacy Living means that people

are making sure that their loved

one is cared for in the best way

possible based on their needs.

When one chooses Legacy Living,

the promise to care for the

loved one is fulfilled.

Evergreen Senior Living Wellness

Coordinator Pauline Mc-

Grath echoes these sentiments

saying, “We have a great team of

caregivers, of nurses, of staff that

really love our residents.”

At Evergreen Senior Living

The Legacy: Memory Support,

we let each day gently unfold,

taking into account each senior’s

preferences and comfort levels.

Our person-centered programming

promotes socialization

during a time that can feel incredibly

isolating. The Legacy:

Memory Support staff, who

come in each day refreshed and

revitalized, take care of the dayto-day

tasks so people can go

back to their favorite role in their

loved one’s life – family.

Legacy: Memory Support Coordinator

Kaylee Meyers agrees.

“We are by no means taking

anything away from the family

or the resident themselves; we

are just giving things back,” she

said. “Maintaining family contact

is one of our biggest goals.”

This unique approach works in

tandem with our unique campus,

which has been created to strategically

cater to our residents

with memory loss. Every detail

at The Legacy: Memory Care

has been designed with the loved

one in mind.

Walking paths are designed in

a continuous figure eight, so residents

can always find their way

to their destination. Customized

memory boxes hang outside

of apartments to help residents

know they are home. Bathrooms

are set at an angle in the apartments

so that residents have a

clear idea of how to enter and

exit. Kitchen and dining areas

are built for smaller groups to

ensure less noise and interruptions

and more individualized


Evergreen Senior Living is a

part of the Heritage Health family,

one of Illinois’ leading senior

healthcare providers. With 55

years of successful care for seniors

and 54 nursing home and

assisted living centers across

the state, our memory care expertise

is extensive. Throughout

the years, we’ve taken the time

to refine our approaches so our

seniors with memory care needs

can be their best selves and our

families can have peace of mind.

We call our unique approach,

Life Unrehearsed.

Director Amanda Mauceri

enjoys assisting families at Evergreen

Senior Living in Orland

Park. “I think as a team we support

our families as they come in

and we want to make sure we’re

right alongside with them.

Evergreen Senior Living in

Orland Park is a community

where independence thrives and

compassionate care is always


Submitted by Evergreen Senior

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Park. Contact Evergreen Senior

Living by calling (708) 479-1082

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Untreated hearing loss has consequences

When looking at the general

population, untreated hearing

loss affects general physical

health and well-being, and reduces

physical activity. People

with untreated hearing loss are

also more likely to have other

chronic diseases than people

with normal hearing. There is

also a documented relationship

between untreated hearing loss

and cognitive decline and dementia.

Fatigue, both during and after

work, is a major problem

affecting many people with an

untreated hearing loss. A study

done by Dr. Bridget Shield for

a non-profit company called

Hear-it, found that 7 percent of

all adults have disabling hearing

loss. In the US, 14.6 million

people have a disabling hearing

loss. This is estimated to cost

the US $133 billion per year,

which averages out to $9,100

per person with untreated hearing

loss. Dr. Shield is a professor

emerita and a retired professor

of acoustics at the School of The

Built Environment and Architecture

at London South Bank University.

She compiled the report

called “Hearing Loss-Costs and


The takeaway from this report

is that using hearing aids contributes

to better health, higher

income, and better family and

social life and has a huge positive

effect on Gross National

Product. It is also important to

note that the costs calculated in

the report do not cover additional

increased healthcare costs because

of untreated hearing loss.

A recent study led by researchers

at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg

School of Public Health, showed

that for people with an untreated

hearing loss, healthcare costs

increase by 46 percent — or by

$22,434 per person over a period

of 10 years — compared to people

without a hearing loss.

Being proactive about treating

hearing loss is important. Come

into one of our locations for a

comprehensive hearing evaluation.

It’s good for overall health

and well-being. It might even be

good for one’s pocketbook as


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information call (630) 756-3260 or

visit southsuburbanhearing.com.


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Man has lifesaving heart surgery at Silver Cross

Ross Lillwitz was enjoying

a pleasant family vacation

in Punta Cana this

summer in the Dominican

Republic when things took

an unexpected and frightening


He started experiencing

severe back pain and indigestion.

Concerned about

the way he was feeling,

Ross went to see a doctor

in Punta Cana, who delivered

the shocking news

he’d had a heart attack.

He was hospitalized for

the next two-and-a-half

days before he was stable

enough to return home to


Ross’s wife, Diane,

reached out to their primary

care doctors, who recommended

he go straight

to Silver Cross Hospital

and meet with interventional

cardiologist Dr. Abdul

Sankari, who admitted

Ross to Silver Cross that

same day.

“When we met with Dr.

Sankari, he first scheduled

an electrocardiogram and

then an echocardiogram.

After the tests were reviewed,

I had an angiogram,”

Lillwitz said.

Dr. Abdul Sankari said

the tests showed Lillwitz’s

arteries were blocked between

80 and 90 percent.

“After the angiogram,

it was clear that he had

multiple blocked arteries,

which affected the function

of his heart muscle,”

Dr. Sankari said. “The best

way to fix it would be to

undergo coronary artery

bypass surgery.”

Thankfully, Silver Cross

had recently started its

open heart surgery program,

so Ross could stay

exactly where he was

without having to be transferred

to another hospital.

Dr. Pat Pappas, thoracic

and cardiac surgeon, performed

the quadruple

bypass surgery two days


“After meeting them, I

knew things would be just

fine,” Ross said. “I got the

best of care from the time I

was admitted until the time

I was discharged.”

He complimented his

entire heart care team.

“There are three very

special people that cared

for me during the most difficult

times: my nurse Jen

in ICU, nurse Misty who

cared for me once out of

the ICU and Dr. Pappas’

nurse practitioner, Peyton.

There is no doubt in

my mind that these three

caregivers are living the

mission they were born to

live,” he said.

Nine days after being

admitted to Silver Cross,

the grateful family man

was back in the comfort of

his own home. He’s currently

in cardiac rehabilitation

at Silver Cross three

days a week.

“Now that I’m in cardiac

rehab three days a week,

I’m making great progress

and feeling stronger every

day,” he said. “The physical

therapists and nurses

are motivating and always

have a watchful eye on

me. I like to push myself a

little too hard at times. The

educational classes once a

week are also very helpful.”

He’s also forever grateful

to Dr. Sankari and Dr.

Pappas, who were instrumental

in his recovery and

new lease on life.

“The best way I can

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South Chicago retirement

community celebrates 30th anniversary

Waterford Estates Retirement

Community, built

in 1989, is celebrating its

30th anniversary of service

to senior adults in

Hazel Crest and the surrounding

area. The 253-

unit, 256,000 square foot

community is on 12.5

acres near 175th Street and

Kedzie Avenue.

In 1992, Waterford Estates

was sold to Affordable

Community Housing

Trust, a national housing

non-profit organization.

Waterford Estates is managed

by Triad Senior Living,

a leader in the senior

living community since

1989. Our goal is simple:

To provide affordable

housing to a growing elderly

population by allowing

them to age within a

residential setting they are

proud to call home. At its

start, Waterford Estates offered

Independent Living

and Assisted Living, and

in May of 2013, they added

a Memory Care Unit

called Reflections.

At Waterford Estates,

residents enjoy restaurantstyle

dining, dedicated activities

program and staff,

on-site health providers,

planned transportation,

housekeeping, and personal

assistance options

uniquely suited to their

own retirement goals.

Complimentary tours of

the property are offered

along with lunch or dinner.

Located in the Homewood,

Tinley Park, Olympia

Fields, Flossmoor, and

Hazel Crest corridor of

the South Chicago suburbs,

Waterford Estates’

ultimate mission is to ensure

our residents are met

with warm, compassionate,

and respectful service

from all who are working

to make their retirement

experience personalized

and life giving. This quality

service is a proven legacy

for over 30 years, and

will continue for the next

30 and beyond.

Waterford Estates offers

Independent Living, Independent

Living Plus, Assisted

Living and Memory


Submitted by Waterford

Estates, 17400 Kedzie Ave.,

Hazel Crest. For more information

visit waterford-living.



From Page 25

show my appreciation and

respect for these great men

is to pay it forward,” he

added. “They gave me an

opportunity to not only get

well, but to be better.”

Open heart surgery

program at Silver Cross

Silver Cross Hospital’s

much-anticipated heart

surgery program is off to a

busy start since it debuted

in May of this year. The

new program was unanimously

approved by the Illinois

Health Facilities and

Services Review Board

last December.

Since then, Silver Cross

has been preparing for the

program by working on

expanding the Procedural

Care Unit on the second


In 2020, two additional

state-of-the-art operating

rooms will be added, along

with a “hybrid room”

equipped with advanced

medical imaging devices

to support minimally invasive


In addition, a dedicated

cardiac care unit will open

later this fall on the first

floor directly below the

PCU to care for patients

after heart surgery and

will eventually be serviced

with a dedicated elevator

between the two units

when the expansion is

completed next year.

Silver Cross currently

has the eighth-largest cardiac

catheterization program

in the State of Illinois

and leads the local market

for outpatient cardiac procedures

performed annually.

In 2017 alone, Silver

Cross performed more

than 3,500 diagnostic and

interventional cardiac

catheterizations, an 11 percent

increase over the previous

year. And between

2015 and 2016, diagnostic

and interventional cardiac

catheterizations performed

at Silver Cross Hospital increased

by 13 percent.

Through the hospital’s

future structural heart program,

minimally invasive

catheter-based technology

will be used to treat lifethreatening

valve disorders

and structural heart

defects. Minimally invasive

approaches translate

to better outcomes for patients,

including a lower

risk of infection and complications,

reduced trauma

to the chest (since the

chest doesn’t have to be

opened), a shorter hospital

stay and a faster recovery.

Best of all, Silver Cross

patients who need heart

surgery now can have it

right in New Lenox, close

to home and their families.

“Silver Cross offers the

full spectrum of heart care

services that our community

needs,” Silver Cross

President/CEO Ruth Colby

said. “That means heart

patients no longer have to

experience the stress and

anxiety of having to leave

their preferred hospital and

travel for advanced heart


For more information

about the total heart care

program, visit silvercross.


About Silver Cross


Silver Cross Hospital is

an independent, nonprofit

health care provider serving

Will County and southwest

suburban communities

since 1895. Silver

Cross has been recognized

as a Truven Health/IBM

Watson 100 Top Hospitals

National Award winner for

seven consecutive years,

and honored with an “A”

Hospital Safety Grade by

The Leapfrog Group. With

over 4,500 employees,

physicians and volunteers,

Silver Cross operates a

302-bed acute care hospital

and five satellite facilities

providing outpatient

services and physician offices.

Silver Cross opened a

state-of-the-art replacement

hospital in 2012 at

I-355 and Route 6 in New

Lenox. In 2018, Silver

Cross provided over $35

million in charity care

and other community benefits.

To learn more about

Silver Cross Hospital or

a referral to a physician

on staff, visit silvercross.

org. Physicians on Silver

Cross Hospital’s medical

staff have expertise in

their areas of practice to

meet the needs of patients

seeking their care. These

physicians are independent

practitioners on the

medical staff and are not

the agents or employees

of Silver Cross Hospital.

They treat patients based

upon their independent

medical judgment, and

they bill patients separately

for their services.

Submitted by Silver Cross

Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross

Blvd., New Lenox. For more

information, visit silvercross.

org or call (815) 300-1100.

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Fox’s Restaurant still about family after 50 years

Three generations from

its inception, Fox’s Pizza

Restaurant and Pub is still

providing quality food

and service to residents all

over Chicago’s south side

and the surrounding suburbs.

Thomas and Therese

Fox started their restaurant

with a simple desire

to serve great food to other

families. The rich history

of the restaurant is kept

alive today by Thomas

Fox’s descendents, and

Fox’s is now a beloved

spot by residents not only

at its original location in

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood,

9956 Western

Ave., but also in Oak

Lawn, 9240 S. Cicero Ave.

The restaurant also has a

strong tie to a key part of

Chicago’s rich history.

“In 1963, my grandpa

bought his first carry-out

store front on Walden

Parkway in Beverly,” said

Ryan Fox, general manager

of the Oak Lawn location.

“From there, he

expanded from two storefronts

to three, and then

in 1967 May Capone, Al

Capone’s sister, had a delicatessen

on Western (Avenue).

“She and my grandpa

used to trade meats and

pizzas. Eventually, she

said that she wanted to

get out of the business and

sold the building to my

grandpa — which is now

Fox’s Beverly.”

Fifty years later, Fox’s

Irish Pub still serves up everything

from tasty pizza

to classic Italian fare and

more at a fair price.

The Foxes expanded

their family of restaurants

to open locations in Oak

Lawn in 1971, Orland

Park in 1973 and Mokena

in 2006.

Fox’s prides itself on offering

customers a familylike

atmosphere that serves

fresh, in-house-made

meals daily.

That quality is endorsed

by the regulars who return

year after year.

“I think one of the biggest

things that makes us

unique is we’re really big

on family,” Ryan Fox said.

“Everything is made fresh

in house: We make our

own pizza sausage, our

own dough and we grind

our own cheese.”

Live entertainment for

families on the weekends

also makes Fox’s Irish Pub

a go-to spot to bring the


For those who want to


bring a quality meal home,

Fox’s also has an extensive

catering menu to help take

the work out of special occasions.

Its catering menu offers

Italian food with an American

influence and includes

everything from salads and

pasta to hamburgers.

“I’m proud of what my

family has accomplished,”

Ryan Fox said of the family

business. “I like making

people happy when they

come in.”

Submitted by Fox’s Irish

Pub, which has three locations:

9956 Western Ave. in

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood;

9655 W. 143rd St. in

Orland Park; and 11247 W.

187th St. in Mokena. For

more information, including

hours and menus, please visit




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Orland Township home to vast array of

social activities, health programs, more

Orland Township offers

a vast array of social

activities and health programs

for older adults,

ranging from the weekly

drop-in center where seniors

can enjoy coffee

and a snack while playing

Bingo, cards and mingling

with friends to larger annual

events such as the

Senior Dating Game, Senior

American Idol and

Dancing with the Senior

Stars. Some of the Township’s

regular social activities

include monthly

luncheons, dinner dances

and trips.

Orland Township is also

committed to the well-being

of local seniors and offers

weekly classes to promote

healthy lifestyles.

Classes include yoga,

strong and fit, tai chi,

knitting, line dancing and

computer courses, such as

the Dakim BrainFitness

class, which is designed

to improve memory, focus

and concentration among


At the Township, seniors

can also participate

in valuable and convenient

seminars, such as

senior driver safety, Medicare

information seminar,

and CPR courses. The

Senior Citizen Advisory

Council allows seniors

to work in part with the

Township’s Supervisor

and Board of Trustees to

ensure the programs and

services provided are both

helpful and enjoyable for

local older citizens.

On Thursday, Nov. 21,

the Township will host a

free movie day. November’s

pick for the monthly

series is “The Upside.”

The show starts at noon

and popcorn will be

served. Space is limited so

reservations are required.

Call (708) 403-4222 to reserve

a seat.

Seniors interested in

learning CPR may attend

the Township’s CPR

class Tuesday, Dec. 10 at

1 p.m. There is no cost to

attend, but registration is

required. Call (708) 403-

4222 to register.

Residents are invited to

join Orland Township for

their annual Thanksgiving

dinner on Tuesday, Nov.

19 from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Winston’s Market is providing

a holiday meal with

all the trimmings: roasted

turkey, stuffing, mashed

potatoes with gravy along

with sautéed carrots and

cranberry sauce. And of

course, Thanksgiving dinner

is not complete without

delicious pumpkin

pie with whipped cream.

Seniors will also enjoy

Simply Patsy — Patsy

Cline tribute singer Mary

Pfeifer. Stop in at Orland

Township to purchase a

ticket today.

On Friday Dec. 6 from

4:30-9 p.m., seniors can

join Orland Township for

the Chicago Trolley Holiday

Lights Tour. Residents

will be whisked on a

journey of dazzling lights

and holiday sights including

Zoo Lights at Lincoln

Park Zoo, The Magnificent

Mile, State Street and

Macy’s Holiday windows.

They will be caroling all

the way to the Millennium

Park and much more. A

light snack of a sandwich,

chips, cookies and a beverage

will be served once

everyone has boarded the

trolley. This trip will surely

get everyone into the

holiday spirit.

For seniors who are living

a more isolated lifestyle,

Orland Township

offers many resources to

try to get them connected.

The Township’s transportation

service offers frontdoor

transportation to and

from the Township and

medical appointments.

Orland Township also

works in part with organizations

such as PLOWS

Council on Aging, who

offer home checkups and

services to get older citizens

active in the community

once again.

“We hold our seniors

close to our hearts at Orland

Township,” Supervisor

Paul O’Grady said.

“We are happy we can

provide so many helpful

services and even happier

that so many smiling faces

take advantage of what we

offer. “

From the senior picnics

to monthly blood pressure

clinics and total lipid testing,

Orland Township is

a place for seniors to embrace

their age and thrive.

Submitted by Orland Township,

14807 S. Ravinia Ave.

Orland Park. For more

information, call (708) 403-

4222 or visit orland

township.org. To stay up to

date with what is happening

at the Township, follow

Supervisor Paul O’Grady on

Facebook at facebook.com/


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Purposeful living at Clarendale of Mokena

The new community on

Wolf Road just south of

Route 30 has undergone

significant changes since

its opening in October of

2015. Pre-opening, there

were 90 depositors waiting

for the finishing touches for

the community to be complete.

The residents who

decided to move after just

reviewing blueprints were

not disappointed with any

of the final selections made

by Life Care Services.

LCS is both management

and owner of Clarendale

Senior Living, and

Mokena’s location is first

of 12 locations nationwide.

Offering Independent,

Assisted Living and

Memory Care, the intentionally

planned community

gave local residents

a chance for residential

senior living as a rental

option. Condo-style apartments,

underground parking

and a Pub reiterated

the philosophy that “community

living enriches life;

it doesn’t detract or limit

you.” The philosophy is

consistent for those needing

care: independence is

promoted, but additional

support is offered to allow

more carefree living and

peace of mind with staffing

and nurses available

around the clock.

Longevity and a longterm

perspective has differentiated

Life Care Services

communities in their dedication

and passion to serving

seniors for 50 years.

While Clarendale of Mokena

has seen new faces,

including recent changes

of the leadership team and

Executive Director, Tricia

Stoudt, many familiar

“founders” are still present.

Those people include

Jimmy Johns, “The Face

of Clarendale” as the Life

Enrichment Transportation

Specialist, marketing directors

Bridget Fogarty and

Kathryn Dietrich, and residents

like Marie Chopard.

Chopard has called Clarendale

of Mokena “home”

for the last four years and

has participated in 333

round trips on Jimmy’s

green Clarendale bus.

“I moved in and it didn’t

take me long to fall in love

with the place,” Chopard

said. “…The food is very

good. The people here are

wonderful. There’s always

something going on, there

are things for us to do, play

cards and so forth. You’re

not lacking anything here.

If you are it’s your fault. I

just love it.”

Residents like Chopard

have opportunities for personal

appointments and

off-site activities such as

Starved Rock Boat Tour or

local restaurant outings.

The mission and signature

programs of Life Care

Services incorporated at

Clarendale of Mokena

creates distinction among

facilities providing Assisted

Living Memory Care.

At Clarendale of Mokena,

many residents stay

through hospice and end of

life care in their [private]

apartment without transitioning

to cost and environment

of skilled nursing.

Ken Gignac chose Clarendale

for that reason.

“I never realized how

little I rested and run-down

I was from being her caregiver,”

Gignac said. “But

when she came to Clarendale,

I slept so soundly

knowing she was getting

the care she needed. I had

put it off knowing she

wanted to live at home

with me, but the move was

the best thing for both of


Clarendale of Mokena

can be the start of a “new

lease on life”, for the caregiver

or the one needing

care. Care-free living options

and public events

including educational lectures

and monthly support

groups are just a few ways

Clarendale of Mokena

supports seniors and families

in the South Suburbs.

Submitted by Clarendale of

Mokena, 21536 Wolf Road,

Mokena. For more information

on purposed living, a list

of upcoming calendar events

or employment opportunities,

visit ClarendaleOfMokena.

com or call (815) 464-4418.

Tinley Court stands out with its catered living

What makes Tinley Court different

than all other senior communities?

For over 20 years,

Tinley Court has offered catered

senior living, providing independent

seniors a unique place for

companionship, security and the

feeling of being at home, while

at the same time knowing every

form of personal assistance is

available onsite when needed.

Include in monthly rent

• Three chef-prepared meals,

served daily in our formal dining

room by a professional and

caring wait staff

• Weekly housekeeping

• Utilities

Each day, Tinley Court offers

exciting activity programs,

designed for the enjoyment and

well-being of our residents.

Monthly features include live

entertainment, birthday parties,

shopping, plays, luncheons and

many more exciting events and


At Tinley Court, we realize the

importance of choosing wisely

when it comes to selecting a retirement

home for yourself or a

loved one. Tinley Court is the

place to be when changes in our

lives require help with day-today

tasks, or when one just needs

a comfortable place to relax and

enjoy. We offer a variety of services

and amenities that provide

a world-class experience within

our establishment.

Tinley Court proudly believes

in fine traditions with old-fashioned

values and commitment.

You will immediately see the

concern and careful planning

that has gone into our design and

most importantly the friendly attention

of our staff. Not to mention

we offer the best value in the

south suburbs.

But what is most unique about

Tinley Court is our concept of

catered living. We understand

everyone’s needs are different;

we are compassionate and attentive

to those needs. Staff is

available to assist you 24 hours a

day, seven days a week, offering

residents and families the peace

of mind living alone cannot do.

We have studio units, onebedroom

units and a double unit

available for immediate occupancy.

Call today because the

one bedroom and double unit

will go fast, so if you are interested

in seeing one of these

rooms, please contact Cindy Stevens

at (708) 532-7800.

Tinley Court has been described

as “like being on a cruise

ship without the seasickness. We

eat, play games and enjoy the camaraderie

of our neighbors and


Tinley Court is so honored to

have many veterans and their

surviving spouses living with us.

We offer financial aid to veterans

and their spouses, os please inquire

about this wonderful program

when you call to schedule

a tour of our “one-of-a-kind” senior

living community.

Submitted by Tinley Court, 16301

S. Brementowne Road, Tinley Park.

For more information, call (708)

532-7800 or visit tinleycourt.com

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Tinley Court offers a Unique Lifestyle of Catered Senior Living

All Residents monthly fees include:

• 3 Chef Prepared

meals served to you by

professional wait staff

• Full Daily activity

program which includes

entertainment & trips

• Wellness Center offering

podiatry, therapy, x-ray,

lab, hearing

& dental services without

having to leave the


• Weekly housekeeping

• Utilities

• Library, chapel, café,

beauty/barber shop

• Walking distance to Tinley

Park shops & restaurants

• Veteran’s Financial

Assistance available











It means we understand that

each person has unique needs

and wants. At Tinley Court

those needs and wants will

be met with dignity,

respect and support.

Tinley Court strives to nurture individuality with a sense of

purpose in hopes of enriching one’s life. We offer a support system

like no other senior community. Staffed 24 hours for the well-being

and security of our residents.






Most Affordable Senior Living on the Southwest Side!!!

Call 708-532-7800


16301 S Brementowne Rd.,Tinley Park, IL 60477


Member of Tinley Park Chamber of Commerce Since 1994


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