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2 | October 17, 2019 | 22nd century media active aging


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 areas:

• 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 FDAapproved

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 injections.”

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


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 questions:

-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 joints?

-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


• 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19,


• 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct.

22, Oak Lawn

• 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26,

Carol Stream

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29,


• 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct.

30, Tinley Park

• 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2,

Tinley Park

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.



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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.

4 | October 17, 2019 | 22nd century media active aging


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-of-the-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


• 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

as their employer if

their 401(k) contributions

can be increased

in 2019, and if a bonus

is received before the

year ends, they may be

able to use that toward

their 401(k), too.

• Add to one’s 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 one’s 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 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 one turns

70 and a half, one generally

needs 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, one

should start thinking

now about what they

want to do in 2020

from a financial standpoint.

Is it affordable to

ratchet up 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

one’s financial to-do

list, start planning now

to get them done next


Time goes quickly –

so don’t get left behind

without having taken the

steps to keep moving toward

financial goals.

Submitted by Edward Jones,

Financial Advisor.

Dave Sesterhenn

Financial Advisor

20238 S La Grange Rd.

Frankfort, IL 60423




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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


Submitted by Tim Baldermann,

mayor of New Lenox.

As Mayor of New Lenox,

Tim Baldermann

has delivered for residents…

* Rebated over $10 million in residential

property taxes since 2009

* Brought Silver Cross Hospital

and associated medical services

to our community

* Fought against price gouging by

local gas stations

* Developed strong economic growth

without TIF districts

* Donates mayor’s salary to local

residents in need

* Building Metra station on Route 30


Citizens for Tim Baldermann

1938 East Lincoln Highway, Unit 209B

New Lenox, IL 60451





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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

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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.

You’re Invited

to Experience Clarendale of Mokena in

Some Upcoming Events!

Saturday, November 2nd • 10:30 – 12

A Practical Guide to Understanding Veteran’s

(and Spouses) Federal Pension Benefits

presented by VA Accredited Attorney

Barry Bergstrom.

RSVP by 11/1


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(815) 464-4418

21536 South Wolf Road | Mokena, Illinois 60448

Managed by

Saturday, November 9th • 10:30 – 12

Assisted Living and Memory Care, What’s the Difference

and How do you Know? Followed by a Tour and

Take Home a Pumpkin Pie!

RSVP by 11/7

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Tech-forward Artistic Dentistry keeps growing

This isn’t one’s grandfather’s

— or even their father’s

— dentist’s office.

At Artistic Dentistry,

14811 S. Founder’s Crossing

in 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 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 self-esteem, 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-theart

technology, such as:

Computer guided dental

implant surgery:

• The Cone Beam CT Scan,

which minimizes radiation

exposure by 200

times while producing

high-quality 360-degree


• 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 seconds

• Digital dental impressions

which eliminate the uncomfortable,

messy impression-taking


Venus Glow, a powerful

skin cleansing treatment

that uses a vacuum,

360-degree rotating tip and

two ultra-fine jet streams

to open up and deep-clean

pores, restoring a more radiant,

healthier-looking complexion.

Venus Legacy and Venus

Versa, which 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 has 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


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

help you fall in love with

your smile.

Submitted by Artistic

Dentistry, 14811 S. Founders

Crossing, Homer Glen.

For more information, visit

artisticdentistry-pc.com or

call (708) 301-6060.

Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants offers skillful care to patients

When one has been serving

patients for more than

three decades and have

highly trained surgeons on

staff, one 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 experience.

“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 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


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 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


The goal of the physicians

and 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


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)


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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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People work hard their whole life to

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While many of us spend a great deal of

time planning and preparing for the future,

one of the most commonly overlooked

plans is called an estate plan.

While estate planning may cause a person

to feel like he or she is facing their

morbidity, the reality is that these are important

plans to ensure that loved ones and

their estate are cared for upon their death.

Estate planning is the legal process to

formally determine and document how a

person’s estate will be distributed through

wills, trusts, or a power of attorney. A person’s

estate may include bank accounts,

investments 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 your will; but a trust is its

own legal entity that will help avoid probate

and allows you 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 guardians.

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 well-being.

Estate planning can help you protect

yourself and your loved ones but can also

give you piece of mind to plan by ensuring

that your wishes are known and that

your 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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22nd century media | October 17, 2019 | 11

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


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.

For more, contact (815)


UI HEALTH Has Brought University Level

Breast Care to the Community

Dr. Diane Drugas has joined UIC’s team of exceptional physicians

in their New Lenox Breast Clinic.

Dr. Drugas is a board certified General Surgeon specializing in Breast Surgery.


• Breast Cancer Surgery

• Benign Breast Conditions

• Cysts

• Breast Pain

• Fibroadenomas

• Genetic Testing

• Same Day imaging and Biopsies

• Multidisciplinary Care



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55+Active Adult

Visit us and ask about our Move in Specials!

Great Time to Select the Perfect Apartment!!

Spacious one and two bedroom apartments

Hanover Place an

exceptional community

to call home

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 free

apartment, offering 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 your decisions to

move, you will already have a great comfort

in our community at Hanover Place.

Please join us.

Submitted by Hanover Place, 16851 Harlem

Ave. in Tinley Park. For more information,

call (708) 633-1700 or visit www.hanoverplaceil.com.

Friday 10/25 & Saturday 10/26


Refreshments served

No appointment necessary



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708-633-1700 | www.HanoverPlaceIL.com


From Page 6

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 orlandtownship.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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22nd century media | October 17, 2019 | 13

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, the 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.”

Beckmann, that small-office

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 care.

“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

Group. For more information, visit

yourffmg.com call (708) 572-7575.




Caring foryour family is our priority.



9730 S. Western Ave., suite225

Evergreen Park, IL 60805

10260 W. 191stSt.,suite100

Mokena, IL 60448

Call us at 708-572-7575 or find us online at WWW.YOURFFMG.COM

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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 you 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.

com or call (708) 687-3302.

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Exploring the common questions about

Medicare Advantage plans and benefits

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

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

policies and charges for

extra benefits.

When is a good time to

consider plans?

Any time is good for

starting your 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 do change

every year, it’s important

to review how these fluctuations

may impact health

care 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

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.

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11247 W. 187th St. Mokena



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


Fox’s prides itself on offering

customers a familylike

atmosphere that serves

fresh, in-house-made meals


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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Medicare Advantage (MA) plans may offer seniors options that improve quality

of care and reduce overall costs. While covering all Medicare services, most MA

plans include prescription drug coverage. Many also offer coordinated benefits

such as vision, dental and even gym memberships.

Learn more at DuPageMedicalGroup.com/MA

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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

restaurant-style 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 Care.

Submitted by Waterford Estates, 17400

Kedzie Ave., Hazel Crest. For more information

visit waterford-living.com.

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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


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 care.”

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 health.

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


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

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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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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

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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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 Lemont.

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


“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 later.

“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 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 muchanticipated

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 stateof-the-art

operating rooms will

be added, along with a “hybrid

room” equipped with advanced

medical imaging devices to support

minimally invasive surgery.

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


Through the hospital’s future

structural heart program, minimally

invasive catheter-based

technology will be used to treat

life-threatening 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


“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 care.”

For more information about

the total heart care program, visit


About Silver Cross Hospital

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


Silver Cross opened a stateof-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-


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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

Living, 10820 183rd St., Orland

Park. Contact Evergreen Senior

Living by calling (708) 479-1082

or visit the Evergreen Senior Living

campus. Learn more and schedule

a tour online at EvergreenSLC.com/




Fulfills Your Promise

of Lifelong Care for

Your Loved One

The Legacy’s beautiful

campus is strategically designed

for those with memory impairments.

Our compassionate staff brings fresh

energy every day. Legacy Living is

how you care for the person who has

always taken such great care ofyou.

Learn more about the Legacy

or schedule atour to see

for yourself. Visit us online at

EvergreenSLC.com/OrlandPark or

call us today at (708) 479-1082.

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Living Orland Park

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From Page 19

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


Submitted by Mill Pond

Dental Group, 18700 Wolf

Road Suite. 200, Mokena.

For more information visit


or call (708) 722-1600.

Untreated hearing loss has consequences

When looking at the

general population, untreated

hearing loss influences

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 well.

Submitted by South Suburban

Hearing Health Center,

14316 S. Will Cook Road,

Orland Park. For more information

call (630) 756-3260

or visit southsuburbanhear



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Learn about the keys to improving health

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,

this 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 lifestyle.

• 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. 4th from

6:30- 8:00 p.m. to dive

deeper into habits and

routines to create a wellbalanced

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, IL. 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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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.

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 deserves?

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, 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 gem”.

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.

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In addition, adult day services

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Scams, fraud and criminals, oh my

Scammers are always looking

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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 health care 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-


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 one’s 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. But, 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

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in cash, hoping the victim

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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

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often claim an emergency

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At Tinley Court, we realize the

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Tinley Court offers a Unique Lifestyle of Catered Senior Living

All Residents monthly fees include:

• 3 Chef Prepared

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professional wait staff

• Full Daily activity

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lab, hearing

& dental services without

having to leave the


• Weekly housekeeping

• Utilities

• Library, chapel, café,

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• Walking distance to Tinley

Park shops & restaurants

• Veteran’s Financial

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It means we understand that

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