• Third Age Living

    A program for older adults and their loved ones 


    Third Age Living is an innovative program committed to helping older adults age well and remain independent, healthy and productive. 

    The first age of life is a time of growth -- as children, we learn the basics of living, how to walk, run, eat and play. It is a time of discovery, a time to experience the world around us. In the first age, we learn through the example of role models, people older and wiser than we are. 

    The second age begins in our early twenties -- it is a period of responsibilities, a time to make choices about our life's work, our homes, families and friends. In the second age we depend on the advice and support of older people who are examples for us. 

    Third Age Living begins in the senior years. This time can be a new and exciting period of life; a third age of opportunity, fulfillment and increased activity. 

    HSHS St. John's Hospital welcomes you to Third Age Living, a rich and varied life experience!

    Come visit us to see what all we offer! Third Age Living is located at White Oaks Mall in the upper level of the Bergner’s wing. 

    Health education and screenings

    Third Age Living offers health education and screenings on a wide variety of topics. Some recent topics we have covered include Chair Aerobics, Book Club, Extreme Couponing, Container Gardening and Beating the Winter Blues. All free health education and screenings are offered on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

    Computer Learning Center

    Third Age Living offers enjoyable, user friendly computer classes and workshops for anyone 50 and older who is new to computers or just needs a refresher. Computer classes are taught by volunteer instructors and typically last for 7 sessions. Class sizes are small and feature hands-on learning. Workshops occur at the end of the quarter and are typically 2 hours. Computer classes and workshops occur through the entire calendar year. Sessions are divided into quarters. For the most recent class schedule go to St. John's Event Calendar. 

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Third Age Living is always looking for volunteers with computer experience. We have multiple options for people with a various levels of experience and availability. Training and support is offered for our volunteers.

    · Class Instructor-A class instructor uses the class textbook as a guide to teach our classes. Instructors can be available to teach all seven sessions of one or multiple classes.
    · Class Coach-A class coach assists the class instructors and students throughout the duration of a class.
    · Workshop Instructor- A workshop instructor teaches on subjects that are of special interest.

    For more information email Catherine Spannagel or call her at 217-544-6464 ex 47797.

    Ask the Pharmacist

    On the second Wednesday of every month, Third Age Living hosts Brown Bag Medication Review. Bring in your medication or provide a list of your medications, including over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements and meet with a St. John’s pharmacist for a consultation.

    Caregiver Resource Center

    Third Age Living offers free consultation and support for people caring for loved ones in Sangamon and Logan Counties. Our caregiver specialist can help caregivers locate services in the area. Our Caregiver Resource Center contains a wealth of information for caregivers including a free Caregiver Guide. A weekly caregiver support group is offered at different times throughout the year. Contact Catherine at 217-544-6464 ext. 47797 for more information.

    Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

    Meet with our trained SHIP volunteer for information and consultation on the Medicare drug discount, Medicare supplements and other health insurance issues. 

    AARP Smart Driver Class

    Once a month, Third Age Living offers the AARP Smart Driver class. This course helps students understand the effects of aging on driving. Students over 55 who take the class will receive a discount on their care insurance. According to the course development team, traffic errors were reduced by 22% among those who had taken the course. 

    Cooking Classes

    Each quarter Third Age Living offers a series of cooking classes. Each class is designed to teach older adults different ways to make healthy, budget friendly, delicious meals. Students prepare a meal and enjoy it together. 

    Craft and Chat

    Whether you love to crochet, knit, or do needle point, bring your supplies and join us for snacks and good conversation. This group meets every first and third Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 am.


    HSHS St. John's Hospital 
    800 E. Carpenter
    Springfield, IL 62769
    Phone: 217-757-6620 

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