Help me stay sane and maybe have some fun while living in Chicago with my 81-year-old grandmother and a 10pm curfew.
So the globe-hopping
is put on hold for a while. Instead, I'm in Chicago taking care of my frail old granny. I'll be here until December. I need stuff to do.
I'm looking for things that a frail, easily distressed grandmother who can't walk very far or very fast, and a young, hip, single, smart girl can do together that are interesting and maybe even fun.
I'm also looking for things a young, hip, single, smart girl can do on her own that will get her home before 10pm.
Her interests: travel (she did a lot when she was younger), religion (Catholic), crochet, flower-arranging, and "things that are nice". She has depression and anxiety issues, and basically can't handle things that are distressing, be it current events, war, global warming, death, etc. She also can't handle being around people who are drinking at all.
My interests: yoga, dance (ballet, Irish step, English/Scottish country/ceili), whole foods, cooking, writing, technology, athiesm/brights, intellectual-type things (lectures, discussion groups, etc.), farmers' markets, political science, futurism, indie coffeeshops, used bookstores, thrift stores, knitting. I don't drink much, so groups that meet in bars are fine but groups dedicated solely to getting sloshed are not my (ahem) cuppa tea.
So what are some places/exhibits/events/groups that we can go to that might interest us both? And what are some things that I can do (alone) during the day that will have me home by 10? (If I'm out past 10 she starts to get very anxious.)
I've already checked the Chicago meetups and joined several that look interesting, and I'm also checking Craigslist periodically. Are there any other resources I should look into?
I have a car and I'm okay taking the L, although public transit is hard on her because she can't stand or walk for very long. Running to catch a train is out of the question. We're in the 60630 zip code (Jefferson Park).
Are there any senior citizen yoga or tai chi groups that she could join in the area (driving is fine)? I don't even know where to start looking for this.
More generally, I'd also appreciate any tips from Mefites who have taken care of their senior relatives.
I desperately need to get her out of the house (and out of her head). And I need to get out of the house before I go out of mine! I know nothing about Chicago...hope me!