January classes offered at SeniorsPlus


LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus is offering the following classes in January. SeniorsPlus is a private nonprofit whose mission is to support independent living and healthy aging. It serves as the local Area Agency on Aging and Aging and Disability Resource Center for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. SeniorsPlus provides a network of support, information, services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families.

Classes are free unless noted. The facility is fully accessible; hearing assistive equipment is available. For more information or to preregister, visit www.seniorsplus.org or call 207-795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241.

Financial Safety, 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14. Instructor: Key Bank Financial Education Team. Avoid fraud and identity theft. By being informed about the sources that credit thieves use to steal personal information, you can better protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Tracing Your Roots, Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29. Time choices are 12:30-1:30 p.m., 1:45-2:45 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. Instructor: Carroll Holmes. The instructor will work with you using several genealogical web sites to find people on your family tree.

Elder Law: What Every Elder Should Know, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. Instructor: John Nale, elder law attorney. Learn more about asset preservation, as well as advance directives.

Author: James Witherell, “L. L. Bean – The Man and His Company,” 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17. Many of us probably remember the old L.L. Bean building in Freeport, and shopped there. Witherell will share stories about Leon Leonwood Bean’s first experiences in sales (soap, men’s clothing), his development of the boot and the beginnings of an outdoors outfitting company.

Create a Necklace, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18. Instructor: Sandi Godin. Cost is $10. Make a necklace in class with the fun colors of Valentine’s Day.

Curious about Cremation?, 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Instructor: Jane Mullen, Fortin Funeral Homes. Become informed. Learn what this option is about so you can make informed decisions.

Medicare Basics, 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 23. Instructor: Roland Bussiere, SeniorsPlus. Come learn the basics and timelines of this complex system, learn when you need to sign up for what and ways to save money.

Right-Sizing: Working with TMS (Too Much Stuff!), 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 25. Instructor: Marylin Newell, Ph.D., Professional Development. Discover practical tips for sorting through the precious stuff that clutters your house. A fun workshop for anyone who has ever been discouraged by too much stuff.

Oral Health for Older Adults, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25. Instructor: Dr. Peter Drews, dentist. Why do teeth change? Why are teeth more sensitive? Can we prevent further problems? Hear the latest research in the field of dentistry.

What’s New in Hearing Aid Technology?, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Instructor: Dr. Bryce Cropper, audiologist, Central Maine Audiology. Look at common challenges of living with a hearing loss, update on current hearing aid design including pros and cons of each style, new noise reduction technology to improve hearing in noisy restaurants and other challenging listening environments, hands free mobile phone use and hearing aids, Bluetooth and more.

What’s Happening to My Body As It Ages?, Blood and the Immune System, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Instructor: Dr. Alan Verrill, CMMC, hospitalist. Learn about the different functions of the blood (hematologic system) and how our body fights infection, how immunizations work and health factors that either boost or hinder our ability to fight infection.