SeniorsPlus announces classes for March

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LEWISTON — The March classes offered at SeniorsPlus have been announced.

“Living Well with Chronic Conditions”: Wednesdays, March 5 to  April 9, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The six-week workshop teaches real-life skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition.

Classes are fun and interactive. Participants share their successes and build a common source of support. The workshop builds confidence around managing health, staying active and enjoying life.

Examples of ongoing chronic conditions include diabetes, arthritis and asthma. Preregistration is required.

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“Medicare Basics”: Thursday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Instructor will be Roland Bussiere, SeniorsPlus. Learn the basics and time lines of the system.

“Legacy Writers Group”: Friday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program enables individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (or related dementias) and their care partners to write their life stories.

“Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease”: Monday, March 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. Topics will include making legal plans that fit needs; legal documents and what they mean; how to find legal and financial assistance; practical strategies for a long-term plan of care; tax deductions and credits; and government programs that can help pay for care.

“Driving: When Is It Time to Give Up the Keys?”: Monday, March 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. Ideally, families would talk openly about driving after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Making a decision about when it is time to stop can be difficult, but dealing with the issue early on can help ease the transition.

“Intergenerational Financial Planning: How to Protect the Inheritance You Leave”: Thursday, March 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; instructor, Barry Kohler, JD, CFP, CLU, Androscoggin Trust and Wealth Management. The session will provide an overview of techniques designed to help protect an inheritance.

“Scams in Our Area”: Monday, March 24, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; instructor, Det Robert Morin, Lewiston PD. Learn about the latest frauds and scams targeted at the area’s older adults, and what we can do.

“Let’s Go!”: Tuesday, March 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; instructor, Sandy Bender, Healthy Androscoggin. The program is designed to help the everyday person learn ways to share knowledge that is designed to reinforce the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

“Health Matters: Nutrition for Seniors”: Tuesday, March 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; instructor, Elizabeth Coombs, Wellness Program coordinator, Central Maine Healthcare. It will cover topics such as healthy meals on a budget, stress/emotional eating, food labels, how foods make people feel and what to eat for increased energy.

“What’s Happening to My Body as It Ages? Caution —  Kidney’s at Work: Information on Keeping Your Kidneys Happy and Healthy”: Thursday, March 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; instructor, Dr. Alan Verrill, CMMC. Bring questions.

“AARP Smart Driver”: Friday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $20, payable to AARP; $15 for AARP members. Drivers 55 and above who complete the class are eligible for discounts on their auto insurance premiums for three years.

“Maine Author Series”: author, Douglas Hodgkin, “When Presidents and Hopefuls Came to Town,” Monday, March 31, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Lewiston native will discuss the presidents (incumbent, past and future), starting in 1878 and 1879 with James A. Garfield, that have visited Lewiston-Auburn, as well as presidential candidates.

For Alzheimer’s Association classes registration and information, contact Bill Kirkpatrick at 772-0115 or bkirkpatrick@alz.org.

Classes are free unless noted and the building is fully accessible. Hearing assistive equipment is available.

For more information, call 795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241 or visit www.seniorsplus.org.

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