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University of Illinois Extension serving Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby Counties

Main Office (Coles County)
707 Windsor Road, Suite A
Charleston, IL 61920
Phone: 217-345-7034
FAX: 217-348-7940
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Cumberland County)
102 S. Meridian
P.O. Box 218
Toledo, IL 62468
Phone: 217-849-3931
FAX: 217-849-2411
Hours: Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm). Closed Friday

Branch Office (Douglas County)
122 S Walnut St
Arthur, IL 61911
Phone: 217-543-3755
FAX: 217-543-3757
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm)

Branch Office (Shelby County)
1125 W N 2nd St
Shelbyville, IL 62565
Phone: 217-774-9546
FAX: 217-774-9549
Hours: Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm (Closed 12 - 1 pm); Friday - 8 to 10:40 a.m.

News Release

Learning, Thinking, Caring Webinar Series

Long-term care professionals and other professionals who work with older adults now have an easy and convenient way to participate in professional development.  The University of Illinois Extension is proud to present the LTC Webinar Series. 

“Learning, Thinking, Caring Webinar Series” is an educational series for professionals that provides timely, research informed, and helpful information and strategies to assist professionals in providing quality care to clientele.  Individuals and long-term care facilities can participate at no cost.  Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are available for a fee.  All sessions are conveniently offered from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. CST. 

The series features three dynamic sessions presented by University of Illinois Extension Educators.  The first session, “Making Nursing Home Visits Meaningful,” will be offered on Wednesday, October 11th.  This session will help participants identify with nursing home residents and the emotions that may be preventing quality visits in order to assist visitors have a more comfortable and meaningful visit with their loved one. Practical ideas for making visits more valuable and enjoyable will be shared.

The second session will be offered on Tuesday, November 14th.  “No Bullies Allowed:  Senior Bullying in Your Community” addresses the emerging area of concern of older adult bullying.  Information on senior bullying, understanding bullying behavior, and discovering the impact of bullying on both victims and bystanders will be reviewed.  Potential interventions and strategies to create a respectful, caring community will be emphasized. 

The final session of the series, “The Goldilocks Approach to Downsizing:  Too Much, Too Little, Just Right,” will be offered on Wednesday, December 13th.  Featuring information for professionals to assist individuals with downsizing, tips on how to advice clientele on what to keep, what to give, and what to toss will be presented. 

  University of Illinois Extension offers programs to create learning partnerships that put knowledge to work and aim to make life better, healthier, safer, and more profitable for individuals and their communities. This series is provided free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register, visit or call 815-632-3611.  CEUs are also available for a fee. For more information, contact Karla Belzer at 815-632-3611 or  The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  For reasonable accommodations to participate, please call 815-632-3611.  


Source: Karla Belzer, Extension Educator, Family Life

Local Contact: Cheri Burcham, 543-3755