Amazing Seniors: Ruth Abelson

Ruth Abelson began working with the Children’s Theatre of Winnetka 13 years ago as a set designer, but when her talent and passion for sewing was discovered, she quickly became the company’s head costume designer.

Amazing Seniors: Peter R. Sawers

For the past nineteen years, Peter R. Sawers has given more than 9,000 hours of service to the Executive Service Corps of Chicago (ESC), which provides capacity-building services to non-profits and public agencies through a corps of volunteer consultants who are retired business and civic leaders.

Amazing Seniors: Sharon J. King

Sharon J. King is the head of membership for the Glencoe Women’s Library Club, which raises money to distribute to different area philanthropies, including hospitals and Glencoe Youth Services. But her service hardly ends there. “If something’s happening, Sharon is in the middle of it,” says Club President Peg Malloy. King is so in the […]

Sexy at Every Age

In the 2003 movie “Something’s Gotta Give,” audiences were surprised and delighted to see Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson get steamy between the sheets.   Last year, audiences were titillated by Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin’s lusty bedroom antics in “It’s Complicated.” The popularity of these movies underscores two things: 1) mature adults (especially women) […]

70 is the new 50

They are shattering stereotypes, turning “senior” and “elder” into pejoratives and forcing their boomer and gen-x children and institutions to rethink strategies and programs.   “We’ve been saying that 60 is the new 40,” says Mary Futrell, Director of Lifelong Learning at the North Shore Senior Center. The center’s programs serve 23 northern suburbs. “It […]

Senior Class: Zumba

Latin music thumps from loud speakers. A sweat-drenched group of ten people dance the mambo, cha cha and tango.   But this isn’t a nightclub or an episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” This is a Wednesday morning at the Highland Park Senior Citizen Center. For two years, about ten people between the ages of […]