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Houston-based scientist leads Alzheimer’s panel April 20

Jim Ray spends much of his time in the lab at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. It’s where Ray, who came to MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2013 with an extensive background in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, leads a team of researchers who are seeking to develop gene therapies to treat Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease that impacts more than 5 million, mostly elderly, Americans.

The lab time is important, but in his fight against Alzheimer’s, Ray says he needs to find time for fact finding missions. He needs to get out into the community, speak to the families afflicted and gather as much information as possible. Continue reading “Houston-based scientist leads Alzheimer’s panel April 20”


Illinois Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday

A west suburban woman celebrated a major milestone surrounded by dozens of loved ones on Monday.

Merle Phillips rang in her 110th birthday with a butterfly-themed party, cake, music – and yes, even some dancing! Merle also shared her top 110 memories, which her loved ones took turns reading aloud.

Knowing that she “loves a man in uniform,” multiple members of the Carol Stream Fire Department surprised Merle with a special gift. Merle was given an open invitation to fulfill her bucket list wish of riding 95 feet high in the bucket of their fire truck!

Besides her sense of adventure, Merle says her secret to a long, happy life is all about keeping a positive outlook. Continue reading “Illinois Woman Celebrates 110th Birthday”


Shout Out: Brianna Bernholdt, an intern at Belmont Village Buffalo Grove

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Brianna Bernholdt often can be found at the blackjack table, surrounded by senior citizens.

It’s not because Bernholdt is fond of gambling. The 22-year-old Plainfield native, who resides now in Mundelein, simply is organizing one of her activities for Belmont Village Buffalo Grove, an assisted living center, where Bernholdt currently works as an intern.

As part of her studies in business management and entrepreneurship at Trinity International University, Bernholdt organizes several activities at the center and oversees the volunteers who staff them. Continue reading “Shout Out: Brianna Bernholdt, an intern at Belmont Village Buffalo Grove”


Glenview resident celebrates 100th birthday, reflects on life

Sitting in a wheelchair in her private bedroom at the Belmont Village senior living facility in Glenview, Eva Altkorn reflected on her life two days before her 100th birthday.

The secret to a long life, she said, is that there is no secret.

“You just have to do what you do. You have to be nice. You have to work hard,” said Altkorn, who jokes with facility staff that she is 42 years old.

Born on March 24, 1917, Altkorn was the youngest of seven children and grew up on the South Side of Chicago, she said. Her mother was “the chief cook and bottle washer of the house” and her father was a cabinet maker, Altkorn said. Continue reading “Glenview resident celebrates 100th birthday, reflects on life”


At nearly 110, Carol Stream woman is working on a book — her 12th

When the ideas clatter and claw inside Merle Phillips’ head in the dark of night, there’s no point trying to get back to sleep.

So she eases out of bed and shuffles over to her desk, with its “giant-print” Bible and a magnifying glass within easy reach. She bends her 4-foot-10-inch frame toward her spiral notebook and begins to write.

The source of her inspiration? Sitting in her recliner, which looks a couple of sizes too big for her, she shrugs. Maybe an interest from her past, she says — beyond that, she really doesn’t know.

“If I have something to write about, I write,” says Phillips, who lives at Belmont Village, an assisted-living facility in Carol Stream. “If I don’t, I don’t — and not every day because I don’t have the time.” Continue reading “At nearly 110, Carol Stream woman is working on a book — her 12th”



How boomers can transform senior living

Experts forecast key changes ahead during executive course at USC

This is not your grandmother’s retirement home.

That was the message delivered to nearly 60 senior housing professionals at the third annual Senior Living Executive Course led by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the USC Marshall School of Business.

The three-day professional development course in February provided expert insights on the latest issues related to the business, law, science, education and future of aging, with an emphasis on how to meet the emerging housing, health and well-being needs of close to 80 million baby boomers. Continue reading “How boomers can transform senior living”


Beye students, Belmont Village seniors team up on fundraiser

Some of Oak Park’s oldest and youngest residents recently teamed up for an intergenerational event benefiting sick children in local hospitals.

On the afternoon of March 5, students from Beye Elementary School visited Belmont Village to work with senior citizen residents in creating a variety of crafts. Some of those crafts were donated to the residents of Belmont Village, while others were given to Cardz for Kidz, which sends cards to children in area hospitals.

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First new building cleared to rise at the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site

A seven-story senior housing building is headed to the corner of Fullerton and Orchard

With the parcel once occupied by Lincoln Park’s Children’s Memorial Hospital completely cleared and ready for redevelopment, the first all-new building slated for the prominent six-acre site is ready to take root. Late last week, the City of Chicago issued a construction permit for a seven-story assisted living building at 700 W. Fullerton Parkway. The new facility replaces the similarly-sized Nellie Black building designed by the architects Pickney & Johnson in the 1930s. Continue reading “First new building cleared to rise at the former Children’s Memorial Hospital site”