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At Resource Fair, Maywood Seniors Enjoy Chair Yoga

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Senior citizens participate in Chair Yoga during the April 22 Ideas for Life Senior Fair held in Maywood. Below, a senior receives a free health screening. | Michael Romain/VFP

Maywood Senior Fair_1Thursday, April 27, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

More than 100 senior citizens packed the Maywood Multipurpose Building, 200 S. 5th Ave., last Saturday for several hours of free health screenings, resource workshops, socializing and even Chair Yoga.

The April 22 event, dubbed the “Ideas for Life Senior Fair,” was organized by the Village of Maywood and Solutions for Care, an organization started in 1972 to assist senior citizens and adults living with disabilities. The fair was the first of its kind in the organization’s history.

“The purpose of this was to connect seniors in Maywood and other areas in Proviso Township with resources and have them all in one room,” said Christine Flynn, a representative with Solutions for Care.

Along with Solutions for Care, other local anchor institutions and organizations were represented at the fair, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Westlake Hospital, Oak Street Health, the West Cook YMCA and Proviso Township.

Westlake healthcare providers administered free health screenings while representatives with Proviso Township passed out literature promoting the township’s array of senior services, which include free transportation to and from medical appointments, handy man services application-writing assistance, among other services.

Representatives with the West Cook YMCA guided a roomful of at least 40 seniors in Chair Yoga exercises as David Myers, Maywood’s Assistant Village Manager, who helped coordinate the event, looked on with a smile.

“We wanted this to be an event where our seniors could get hardcore information that would be a resource to them,” Myers said. “I talked to Larry Shapiro, the Maywood Senior Club coordinator, and he thought it was a good idea.”

Connie Riales, a senior club member who helped Shapiro organize the event along with Myers and Flynn, said that most of the members of her club were in attendance.

“I think this is important because seniors still make a difference,” she said. “Without their wisdom, [the world] wouldn’t exist. We need the wisdom of our seniors.” VFP

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Maywood Gears Up For Senior Fair, Village Pride-Village Wide on Saturday

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

On this upcoming Saturday, April 22, Maywood will be teeming with people, most of them volunteers and participants busily involved in two major events that will be happening simultaneously.

The Village of Maywood, along with other organizations like Solutions for Care, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the West Cook YMCA and Proviso Township will be sponsoring the Ideas for Life Senior Fair.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the village’s multi-purpose building, 200 S. 5th Ave. There will be presentations the basics of medicare and mental health, among other topics, along with Zumba and chair yoga. Seniors will also receive free health screenings. To register, call (708) 447-2448

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Village Pride-Village Wide

village prideThe third annual Village Pride-Village Wide cleanup event will also take place on Saturday, Aprill 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event will kickoff at the Reuse Depot, 50 W. Madison St. in Maywood.

This year, organizers are hoping to make the event larger than ever.

“We’re all hands on deck,” said Maywood Environmental and Beautification Commission member Loretta Brown during a Legal, License and Ordinance Committee meeting in February.

“We want everybody in the village to participate. The is an opportunity to bring pride to our village. That’s what the goal is,” she said.

Brown recalled one of the commission’s original motives for creating the event three years ago. Since then, it’s evolved into the largest mass cleanup of its kind that’s held in the village.

“We started out just wanting to spruce up the village because people were saying that it was dirty,” she said. “When we talked to people, they had no pride in the village. Our first-year goal was to pick up paper and trash and to spruce the village up a bit. Since then, we’ve [shifted to] wanting to do projects that last for more than just [a day]. We want to do a few long-term projects that last through the whole season.”

Last year, the event, which is sponsored by an array of entities, including Proviso Partners for Health, attracted over 300 participants and a range of sponsors.

“We’re hoping to get just as many, or more, sponsors this year because our goals are bigger and broader,” Brown said. “We’ll need as much support as we can get.” VFP

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