- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
"I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya AngelouJanuary 31, 2017
For North Shore Senior Center, an everyday hero can be seen through the actions of our volunteers. More than 500 of them make it possible for us to foster the independence and well-being of nearly 30,000 older adults each year. They invest their time, commitment, passion, friendship, and support to seniors in 23 communities regardless of whether that impact is direct or indirect.
One such hero is Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselor and Technology Learning Center volunteer, Marty Small. Marty’s introduction to North Shore Senior Center happened by a chance visit with his wife, when she stopped by to pick up a course catalog.
“I hadn’t spent any time at a senior center before then,” Marty shared. “I had just retired in 2013 at the age of 79 and was looking for something to do.” Marty reached out to the Director of Volunteers and was quick to sign up as a volunteer coach in the Technology Learning Center.
He was able to assist seniors with computer questions during open lab hours on Fridays, and eventually began teaching classroom sessions for iPhone and iPad users. A few months later, Marty received a newsletter from the City of Highland Park with a call for volunteers to work with its own SHIP program. “I thought of this program as a way to help my neighbors in Lake County, in addition to the volunteer work I was already doing at the Center,” he said.
The combination of technology, healthcare and volunteerism seemed like a perfect fit for Marty. Once his SHIP training classes started, Marty realized that he might be able to offer his Medicare counseling services to both Highland Park and North Shore Senior Center. He asked for and received authorization to do just that.
“SHIP is a free statewide health insurance counseling service for Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers,” Marty explained. Launched in 1988 within the Illinois Department of Insurance, SHIP currently has 74 offices throughout Cook County. Each office is volunteer-based and supported by local sponsoring organizations.
One thing Marty is proud to bring to his role as a SHIP counselor is his own life experience. “I’ve been on Medicare for quite a while, so I can identify with clients and give them the benefit of my own experience and even from my own mistakes. After all, you can’t be right all the time.”
If Marty doesn’t know an answer for a client, he has complete faith in the Center’s social workers to find one. “The people here know what they’re talking about. Financial needs, health needs, you name it. The social workers at North Shore Senior Center are much more qualified than myself to help individuals with complicated cases. I recognize that I can only take someone so far.”
Though Marty is extremely proud of the people he helps, he refuses to be acknowledged as an “everyday hero.” “My son-in-law, a cardiologist at Mayo Clinic, he’s an everyday hero. For me, it’s someone who has compassion and understanding for the situation you’re in. They don’t talk over your head, but can help you take away the important aspects of a situation.”
But for some clients, Marty is the exact hero they need. Marty helped a postal worker who was told by a health provider that a certain device would be covered. The postal worker was then later billed. Marty personally wrote a letter to the insurance company on his behalf and the charges ended up being reversed. Another client with memory issues, learned she was being charged premium prices for her prescriptions. Marty was able to contact sources and get her a special enrollment period, since open enrollment had passed since then.
“Healthcare has been in my blood one way or another my whole life,” Marty stated with pride. “As a SHIP counselor, I feel that I’m helping people and giving back to the community, and that’s more important to me than anything else.”