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Rush Generations

Rush Generations is a health promotion membership program for adults and caregivers that gives you access to a wealth of information and resources geared toward health and aging. We offer lectures by physicians and other experts at Rush, workshops on managing your health, fitness and computer classes, and many other tools for enhancing your health and vitality.

Why join Rush Generations?

Rush Generations membership is open to adults of any age, regardless of where they receive their medical care. We help our members in person, online and over the phone. Members use our services to keep abreast of new health information and community resources, learn strategies for maximizing quality of life, better support family members and friends as they age and stay focused on achieving personal goals.

As a member, you will have access to the following:

  • Free lectures and workshops on health and aging related topics
  • Fitness and wellness classes
  • One-on-one technology assistance and consultation to help you stay socially connected
  • Support and education groups
  • Access to free, educational online modules on Normal Aging, Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions, Working in Teams and Dementia.
  • A quarterly newsletter in the mail
  • A monthly electronic newsletter
  • Validated parking
  • Scholarship opportunities for fee-based classes and workshops
  • Access to our toll-free help line and information service
  • Access to our two resource centers in the medical center

Lifelong learning opportunities

Rush Generations takes pride in the high-caliber lectures, workshops and classes we offer. With input from members, we develop a quarterly calendar of educational programs — ranging from individual lectures to workshops spanning several weeks — that are tailored to member interests. Popular topics include the following:

  • Treatments and advances in top medical issues for older adults
  • Maximizing your memory
  • Family and caregiver education
  • Understanding Medicare
  • Mind-body wellness and relaxation
  • Daily management of health and well-being

Caregiver support

If you are caring for a relative or friend, joining Rush Generations can be a valuable resource for you. We provide a range of specialized services for caregivers, including support groups , workshops and referrals to helpful services in the community. Join Rush Generations today to take advantage of this unique, comprehensive resource.

Volunteer opportunities

Being involved in Rush Generations can open doors to meaningful volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers can contribute their time to various administrative, promotional, or organizational activities; they can also receive training to become a leader of one of our health management workshops, including A Matter of Balance and Take Charge of Your Health or Take Charge of Your Diabetes.

Become a Rush Generations member

Membership is free and open to adults of any age. Once you become a member, you will receive a welcome packet of member-exclusive information and health management tools. You will also start receiving our quarterly Rush Generations newsletter and monthly email updates. You can also become a member by signing up online, over the phone at (800) 757-0202 or by sending an email to rush_generations@rush.edu.

Evidence-based programs

  • The Take Charge of Your Health and Take Charge of Your Diabetes workshops (in English and Spanish) offer the support needed toward better health and effective self-management behaviors. These six-week workshops meet once a week for 2.5 hours to teach you the self-management skills necessary for  day-to-day management of chronic health conditions such as goal setting, problem solving, healthy communication, assertiveness training, pain management, medication management, nutrition and exercise. Take Charge of Your Health focuses on the overall management of multiple chronic conditions, while Take Charge of Your Diabetes focuses more specifically on diabetes.
  • Matter of Balance is a workshop for adults who have restricted their social or physical activity because of a fear of falling. This workshop meets for eight sessions for two hours. It focuses on confidence building through exercise, cognitive restructuring, assertiveness training, and problem solving, all with the goal of helping participants return to higher social and physical activity levels.
  • SHARE for Dementia and SHARE for Chronic Conditions are five- to six-session programs based on years of research by the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging. The programs enable someone with a diagnosed disease and a care partner to learn about coping effectively with the disease, plan for the future, and support each other throughout the process.

Classes

  • Computer Skills: Staying Connected is a one-hour, one-on-one session which will help beginners take an active role in learning how to use a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. It is also open to those with intermediate computer skills to increase connections with family and friends.
  • Zumba Gold is a dance-based fitness class that can be done sitting or standing. Participants are guided through a variety of simple dance steps to provide cardio fitness for older adults. It is designed to improve balance, strength and flexibility.
  • Gentle Chair Yoga is classic yoga, fine-tuned for older adults so it can be incorporated into daily life. It is designed to increase flexibility and range of motion, improve your balance, strengthen your body, and has been shown to relieve pain, stiffness, and sore joints.
  • Qi Gong is a traditional Chinese practice that involves breathing, awareness and movement. It has been used to manage the effects of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis, while also offering stress management, balance and general health maintenance benefits.
  • Tai Chi, also originating from China, helps improve concentration, balance and range of motion with slow, fluid movements to promote calmness and a balanced mind. It may increase circulation and reduce arthritis pain through gentle movements.

Screenings

  • The following screenings are offered throughout the year.
  • Advance directives
  • Balance and fall prevention
  • Hearing
  • Medication review
  • Skin

Health Legacy Program for Women

The Health Legacy Program for Women is a health promotion program to bring families in different communities the tools for maintaining good health practices and increase the likelihood for long-term success and better health management. The Health Legacy Program is a free, six-week program designed for African-American women age 50 or older who want to learn to eat healthy, lose weight, and learn to better manage their diabetes. The program is enriched with fun physical activity, nutrition counseling and health education in a supportive environment.

Support and Education Groups 

  • Diabetes Support and Education Groups
  • Family Caregiver Support Group
  • Friends and Family with Memory Loss Support Group
  • Huntington’s Disease Support Group
  • LEARN (Lupus Education-Awareness Resources and Networks) at Rush