SeniorsPlus announces August classes


LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus has announced its August 2015 classes. The classes are free, unless noted.

The center is fully accessible. Hearing-assisted equipment is available. Classes are held at 8 Falcon Road. Those interested in a class may register by calling 207-795-4010.

Gentle Morning Chair Yoga for Seniors

Mondays, July 13, to Aug. 31, 9 to 10 a.m.

Instructor: Tisha Bremner, Inner Light Yoga of Maine.

Designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance and find inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures. The cost for this program is $40 for eight weeks or $8 per class.

Cardio, Neuro and Muscle Strength Training

Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Instructor: Linn Morin, certified trainer.

Beginners Strength, Balance & Resistance Training

Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Linn Morin, certified trainer.

These ongoing, twice-a-week classes are designed to improve participants’ quality of life. You will move to music while increasing bone density, muscle strength, neuromuscular strength and balance. You may stand or sit, whichever works better for you. Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Aetna, Humana) may pay your costs. The costs of these classes are $2 each. To register or FMI: 207-523-9055.

When Does My Pet Become “Old”?

Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Sandy Graul, volunteer coordinator.

Today, pets are living longer than ever thanks to improved veterinary care and nutritional food options available to pet owners. Come spend time to learn about problems facing our older pets and how to best handle their special needs. Emphasis will be placed on how to help your pet stay happy and healthy for as long as possible, as well as how to watch for early signs of disease through changes in their behavior and routines.

Digital Hearing Aids

Thursday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Ashlee Harrington Vandiver, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, Board Certified in Audiology.

Hearing loss solutions are marketed everywhere – television, radio, newspaper and magazines. Come learn about: differences between digital hearing aids and personal sound amplification devices, insurance reimbursement/funding options, Medicaid changes and what “free” testing and consultation really mean to you as a health care consumer.

Reactive Investing: How Vulnerable Are You to Fraud?

Friday, Aug. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Lindsay J. Laxon, Esq., investor education manager, Maine Office of Securities.

The best investors have a well-thought-out, disciplined investment process and only succeed when sticking to their process. Legitimate businesses and con artists alike work to overcome your sense of logic and discipline for their own gain. Learn the common tricks that are used to get you to part with your money and how to make better financial decisions from the state agency responsible for regulating financial professionals in Maine.

Maine Author Series

Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Walt Bannon will discuss his book “Digger Down: The Thrills and Spills of an Antique Bottle Collector” and share the zany predicaments he’s found himself in one too many times. He’ll share some of his antique bottle collecting adventures.

You’ll learn how he quickly amassed an admirable collection of old glass treasures, but better still, you’ll learn from his experiences and mistakes how not to build a collection of antique bottles.

If you’re already a digger of these old gems, you’ll certainly relate to the various aspects of this hobby. Or, you may be just curious about Walt’s passion for the hunt of these treasures that secretly lie beneath the ground around us.

Medicare 101

Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Instructor: SeniorsPlus staff.

New to Medicare? Already on Medicare? Going on Medicare in the near future? Come learn the basics and timelines of this complex system including: when to sign up for what, ways to save money, the Buy-In, QMB/SLMB/Q-I, LIS and more.

Aging with Memory & Thinking Challenges: What is Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Thursday, Aug. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Instructors: Susan Cayer, RN; Elizabeth Richards, LCSW, St. Mary’s Memory Clinic.

If you are experiencing or have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, you can help prepare yourself and others now to help ensure your needs are met in the future.

Matter of Balance

Fridays, Aug. 21 to Oct. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m.

Instructor: Kelli Gilzow, master trainer, Robyn Spugnardi, coach, Pam Piper, coach.

Do you have concerns about falling? Join this 8-week evidence-based, award-winning program that emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. You will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance. The cost of this class is $35 for eight weeks.

AARP Smart Driver

Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Instructor: AARP.

Drivers 55 and older who complete this class are eligible for discounts on their auto insurance for three years. The cost of this program is $20, payable to AARP, or $15 for AARP members.

SeniorsPlus Services: So Much Great Information!

Thursday, Aug. 27, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Our primary service is answering your questions (simple to complex), connecting you with the right resources and assisting in the process if needed.

We are here to help Maine seniors and people with disabilities make informed choices about available benefits, aging well and healthy living, as well as living independently and safely at home. Some of our programs include: Medicare counseling, benefits check-up, equipment loan closet, falls risks assessments, budgeting support and planning for the future/accessing long-term care support and services.

FMI: 207-795-4010, 1-800-427-1241,