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Events & Classes Programs for Health and Aging

For more information about Rush Generations, a free health and aging membership program for older adults and people who care for them, call (800) 757-0202 or visit the Rush Generations Web page.

All programs are offered at the Searle Conference Center, except where noted otherwise:

Searle Conference Center
Rush Professional Building, 5th floor
1725 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, Illinois
(Room locations will be posted at the center.)

Registration is requested.

  • Except where noted otherwise to register, please call the Rush Physician Referral number, (888) 352-RUSH (7874).
  • You can also register online.


Maintaining Bone Health

Wednesday, March 26
1 to 3 p.m.

Bones play many roles in the body. They provide support, movement, protection and more. At any age, you can take steps to keep your bones strong. Join us to learn from Rush experts how to maintain bone health as we age. Presenters will discuss how best to maximize bone health by maintaining an active lifestyle, participating in bone-building exercises, and eating a calcium-rich diet.

Please register: Because space is limited, registration is required.

  • By phone:
    Please call (888) 352-RUSH (888 352-7874) to register for this program or for more information.
  • Online:

Free parking

Refreshments will be offered and free parking is available in the Rush parking garage accessed on Harrison Street. Parking will be validated at the event.


Your Pelvic Health

Wednesday, April 30
1 to 3 p.m.

Changes in pelvic health often occur as women age, but frequent urges to urinate, pelvic pain and incontinence should not be ignored. Come and participate in a discussion about the physical changes that accompany aging and impact pelvic health, and hear about the latest treatment options available.

Please register: Because space is limited, registration is required.

  • By phone:
    Please call (888) 352-RUSH (888 352-7874) to register for this program or for more information.
  • Online:

Free parking

Refreshments will be offered and free parking is available in the Rush parking garage accessed on Harrison Street. Parking will be validated at the event.


Stroke Awareness: Know the Warning Signs

Wednesday, May 28
1 to 3 p.m.

Did you know that stroke is the third most common leading cause of death in the United States and occurs more frequently in older adults? Learn how to recognize and respond to the warning signs.

Please register: Because space is limited, registration is required.

  • By phone:
    Please call (888) 352-RUSH (888 352-7874) to register for this program or for more information.
  • Online:

Free parking

Refreshments will be offered and free parking is available in the Rush parking garage accessed on Harrison Street. Parking will be validated at the event.


Benefits CheckUp

Benefits CheckUp is a simple, free and fast screening that can help people age 55 and over, and some younger people with Medicare, find and get the benefits for which they are eligible. Call the Waud Resource Center for assistance in completing a confidential questionnaire that will lead you to the benefits you may be missing.

Contact us for more information

  • By phone:
    Please call (800) 757-0202 for more information.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week educational workshop exclusively for family and friends caring for older adults with long-term conditions. Each weekly class provides family caregivers with the skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. Many caregivers have found the class beneficial, including those caring for a spouse or partner and adult family members or friends caring for an elder.

Next session: Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., April 24 to May 29.

Meets in the Tower Resource Center, 1620 W. Harrison St., Fourth Floor, Room 04527

Class participants report they:

  • Are better at caring for themselves
  • Have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression
  • Have increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of caregiving
  • Take more advantage of community services

Class members will receive the Caregiver Helpbook, developed specifically for the class. Skills learned build upon each other from week to week, so attendance at all six sessions is required.

Class registration fee is $30 for Rush Generations members/$50 for non-members. Limited scholarships are available for Rush Generations members.

Please call Anne Millheiser at (312) 947-0466 for more information or to learn about upcoming classes.

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Take Charge of Your Diabetes!

Taught by two trained class leaders, this workshop helps those with type 2 diabetes to regain control of their life to do the things that matter to them andhave more energy with relief from negative symptoms like pain and fatigue. This workshop is a way to meet new people, share experiences, and learn ways to improve one's life.

The Take Charge of Your Diabetes workshop is offered two and a half hours, once a week, for six consecutive weeks, at Rush and in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County.

The topics covered include:

  • Coping with fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation that may be related to diabetes
  • Exercising to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Using medications and practicing good nutrition
  • Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
  • Skin and foot care
  • Diabetes monitoring and managing low blood sugar
  • Goal setting and problem solving to make positive changes in your life

Registration required. Please look towards the top of this webpage for a schedule of upcoming workshops. For more information, contact Robin McConney at Rush University Medical Center at (312) 942-8118 or Robin_P_McConney@rush.edu.

Funding for this program is made possible in part by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Take Charge of Your Health!

Taught by two trained class leaders, this workshop helps those with ongoing health conditions, such as arthritis, heart or lung disease, asthma, etc., to regain control of their life to do the things that matter to them andhave more energy with relief from symptoms like pain and fatigue. This workshop is a way to meet new people, share experiences, and learn ways to improve one's life.

The Take Charge of Your Health workshop is offered two and a half hours, once a week, for six consecutive weeks, at Rush and in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County.

The topics covered include:

  • Coping with fatigue, frustration, pain and isolation that may be related to ongoing health conditions
  • Exercising to maintain and improve strength, flexibility and endurance
  • Using medications and practicing good nutrition
  • Communicating with family, friends and health professionals
  • Planning for future healthcare needs
  • Goal setting and problem solving to make positive changes in your life

Registration required. Please look towards the top of this webpage for aschedule ofupcoming workshops. For more information, contact Robin McConney at Rush University Medical Center at (312) 942-8118 or Robin_P_McConney@rush.edu.

Funding for this program is made possible in part by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Unless otherwise noted, Rush Generations programs are held at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Searle Conference Center, 5th floor (Elevator II, Professional Building), 1725 W. Harrison St., Chicago, Ill.

Rush Generations is a comprehensive program designed to help older adults and family caregivers achieve better health and well being.



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