Social Services

Plan Well, Age Well: Preparing for Retirement

 You’re never too young or too old to prepare for your future. No matter your age, you can start planning for your retirement years now, and if you’re already retired, this is a great time to brush up on your knowledge of retirement issues. When planning for retirement, we do all realize the importance of saving enough money to sustain a comfortable life after one stops working. However, psychologists who study aging, emphasize that money isn't the only thing you need to create a happy retirement. 

People who were involved with their career for decades and used to certain activities may suddenly find themselves at a loss for what to do and how to give meaning to their life in retirement. Therefore, carefully planning how you will spend your time is the key to a successful transition. Many psychologists recommend retiring gradually, going to a part-time schedule before stopping working altogether. The extra time can be spent on developing new interests and hobbies or rediscovering old ones. 

Throughout their lives, many people think about giving back to society by volunteering but often feel overwhelmed with work, families and other responsibilities. During retirement years you can pursue these meaningful activities that you never had time for earlier in life. Volunteering can be an interesting activity that will inspire you and allow you to meet new people and develop friendships. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. 

Niles Senior Center provides a comprehensive array of programs to help you develop your hobbies and interests. There are also multiple opportunities for volunteering and assisting staff in organizing and facilitating activities. The Senior Social Work team of dedicated professionals can provide you with psychological support and assist with planning for a successful transition to retirement. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Angelika Danek, Senior Social Work Coordinator at (847) 588-8460. 

Please don’t hesitate to call 847-588-8420 should you or a senior you know, benefit from these types of assistance.  

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Join Us for the Discussion Group: Grief, Loss & Change

While this group will support people coping with grief and bereavement, we welcome participants managing other types of loss.

This program is open to Niles residents only and meets the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00-4:30pm.  Upcoming meeting dates are July 17 and August 21, 2019.

There is no cost to attend the program, but registration is required.  Please contact Angelika Danek  at 847-588-8460  for more information. 

Senior Social Services

In addition to counseling and case management services, our Senior Social Work Department offers the following support groups (there is no cost to attend groups but registration is required, please call 847-588-8460):

Caregiver Group - This monthly group offers support to family and friends caring for loved ones. The group is a source of emotional help and practical guidance that provide an opportunity to relieve stress and interact with other caregivers. 

Parent Group - A support group that is available for senior parents coping with the demands of caring for medically, emotionally or financially dependent adult children.

Grief and Loss Group – This group supports seniors coping with grief and bereavement as well as other types of losses. 

In addition, we also offer the following service:

HERO Program - Niles Helping Elders through Referral and Outreach (HERO) is a community-based system for identifying and helping older adults at-risk physically, emotionally, socially or financially.  If you are concerned about a senior who you feel may benefit from social work outreach, you can make a confidential referral by calling and saying, "I want to make a HERO referral."

For information on Senior Social Work services and support, please contact Angelika Danek, Senior Social Work Coordinator at (847) 588-8460.