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Rush Generations

Rush Generations is a 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, mind-body enrichment seminars, exercise 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 receive our quarterly newsletter (and have access to bonus Web features), which includes practical tips and insights from specialists at Rush, as well as our calendar of events. Other perks for Rush Generations members include the following:

  • Free lectures and workshops on health- and aging-related topics for older adults and caregivers
  • A quarterly newsletter mailed to your home
  • A monthly email newsletter
  • Exercise and wellness classes, including Zumba, tai chi and yoga
  • Computer classes
  • Support groups, including Friends and Family With Memory Loss Support Group and Diabetes Support and Education Group
  • Validated parking for all of our programs
  • Scholarship opportunities available for fee-based classes and workshops
  • Access to our toll-free help line and information service
  • Access to our two resource centers in the hospital
  • Access to free, educational online modules on Normal Aging, Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions, Working in Teams and Dementia.

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

You can also learn about all of these topics and more through our health and aging resource centers. The resource centers house books for your reference and brochures to take home on a wide range of topics related to aging and caregiving. At the centers, you can also meet one-on-one with a social worker to create a personalized plan for a healthy future.

Caregiver support

If you are caring for a relative or friend, Rush Generations membership 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 provide coaching to those who want to be more computer-savvy through the Rush Generations Beginner Computer class program; they receive training to become a leader of one of our health management workshops, including A Matter of Balance and Take Charge of Your Diabetes; and they serve on Health and Aging’s Consumer Advisory Council.

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.

Support us

Philanthropy plays a critical role in Rush University Medical Center’s ability to sustain and advance patient care. Thanks to generous donors, we can ensure the most advanced education for physicians, nurses and clinical staff; invest in new research and technology; and offer comprehensive, compassionate patient care.

Philanthropy also provides our community with life-enhancing programs such as those offered through Rush Health and Aging. While Rush Health and Aging is funded by a variety of sources, it’s thoughtful gifts from individuals and the community that enable us to offer such a wide range of programs and services to older adults and caregivers.

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of others, please contact Susan Sasvari in the Office of Philanthropy at (312) 942-3691, or contribute online

Our team of skilled and compassionate professionals is available in person, via email and through our toll-free help line to assist members with accessing their benefits, solving problems, finding information and making decisions relating to their health and well-being.

In addition, the geriatric medicine program at Rush, which is consistently ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, offers expert medical care and geriatric assessments.