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WiseUp is a nonprofit member organization of older adults committed to helping one another live purposeful lives. We provide support and connections to each other as we age, helping us to remain active, vital, and contributing members of our communities.

WiseUp (then known as North Shore Village) was launched in Evanston in 2010 by community activists who heard about a new model for aging in place and wanted to bring it to this area. Commonly known as “villages,” these organizations share a common purpose: to connect older adults to services, supports and social engagement that can help them remain active, healthy and vital in their communities. WiseUp is one of six Villages in the Chicagoland area. We are affiliated with the national Village-to-Village Network, which supports the growth, impact and sustainability of individual Villages and the Village Movement. Learn more about the VtV network here:

Responding to interest from neighboring communities, WiseUp has expanded beyond Evanston and Wilmette to welcome members in Glenview, Skokie, Rogers Park, and Northbrook. Visit our Member Experience page to meet some of our members and learn more about how WiseUp can make a difference for you or someone you know.

WiseUp Diversity Policy Statement

Wise Up: Aging with Attitude  is a community-based organization of older adults who gather together to live vibrant, productive and safe lives. We are fully committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in principle and in practice, as central to our success, now and in the future.

We strive to engage our members, volunteers, and communities with a welcoming environment within which to age with purpose, inquiry, and a positive attitude toward the challenges of aging.

We strive to create an environment that welcomes full participation in Wise Up without regard to characteristics including but not limited to: gender, gender identity, ethnicity, race, native or indigenous origin, age, generation, sexual orientation, culture, religion, belief system, marital status, parental status, socioeconomic status, language, accent, ability status, mental health, educational level or background, geography, nationality, work style, work experience, job role function, thinking style, personality type, physical appearance, political perspective or affiliation and/or any other characteristics that can be identified as recognizing or illustrating diversity.