One of only a handful of programs like it in the country, CJE SeniorLife's award-winning Culture Bus* offers older adults with early Alzheimer's or other forms of early-state dementia a unique opportunity for stimulation, education and recreation through art, drama, history, music, dance, architecture and more.
An award-winning concept of CJE SeniorLife and Northwestern University’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Culture Bus participants socialize with peers while participating in day trips to various cultural sites and events in metropolitan Chicago and the suburbs.
Culture Bus was designed with the vision of offering different levels of cultural experiences and socialization. The main intention of the programming is to challenge the senses, inspire imagination and expand knowledge about ourselves and the world. Members will bring home pamphlets and flyers from a trip site whenever materials are available. These can help inspire further discussion and reminiscing.
- Guided tours of various exhibits and venues.
- Creative self-expression activities.
- Delicious lunch at local restaurants.
- Conversation and socialization throughout the day.
- Respite for the caregiver.
A pre-enrollment screening is required. For more information about Culture Bus call 847.492.1400
Program Sites, Departure Point, and Hours & Fees
Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies
340 East Superior Street, Chicago
Excursion Departure Point:
Members meet, depart and return at the lobby of Northwestern University’s Feinberg Pavilion at:
675 North St. Claire St., Chicago.
Participants will provide their own transportation to and from the pick-up and drop-off point. CJE SeniorLife will provide transportation for the excursion.
Each event is planned and supervised by a trained leader and volunteers.
Days and Times
TuesdaysTuesdays 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but on-site programs may end earlier. A detailed schedule for each session (including pick-up and drop-off times) is provided upon enrollment.
Requirements and Fees
A pre-enrollment screening is required for all members.
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