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Chicago to Shanghai: Sister Cities Sharing Experience and Expertise on Aging
With Phyllis Mitzen and Andy Teitelman
Wednesday, June 14
12–1pm Central Time
Meeting ID: 240 191 593
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In 2014, in response to a request from the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, the Chicago Sister Cities organization formed a Shanghai Sister City subcommittee to work with counterparts in Shanghai to exchange information on best practices for caring for their respective older populations. Until the pandemic, Chicago alternated years of hosting delegations from Shanghai and sending leaders from local social, community, and academic organizations to Shanghai. In addition to interpersonal exchanges and site visits, they shared information on programs and policies for older populations in public forums and discussions. During the pandemic, periodic meetings have continued online. Co-chairs of the Chicago subcommittee, Phyllis Mitzen and Andy Teitelman, will share with us some of the highlights of what we have learned from these exchanges.
Phyllis Mitzen has been a social worker in the field of aging for 50 years, working to bring new ideas and reforms to improve the lives of people as we age. She is a member of the Illinois Council on Aging and is working on the Illinois Aging Together initiative to develop a statewide strategic plan for aging. In additon to the Shanghai Chicago Sister Cities Exchange, she is President of Skyline Village Chicago, and Board President of Rembrandt Chamber Musicians. Phyllis is married to Michael and is a proud mother of 3, grandmother of 5 children and 3 granddogs.
Andy Teitelman is a life-long Social Worker with expertise in the field of older adults. In retirement, Andy serves in leadership roles in organizations that focus on aging including Chicago Sister Cities Shanghai Social Service Exchange Committee and the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter's Older Adult Shared Interest Group. Andy is married to Nancy and is a proud father of 2, grandfather of 6 children and one grandcat. He shares his love of music through performance and song-leading.
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