SeniorsPlus classes include home safety, health, crafts

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LEWISTON — Classes offered at SeniorsPlus, 8 Falcon Road, for January have been announced. The classes are free unless otherwise noted. The building is fully accessible. Hearing assistive equipment is available.

Researching Your Family History: one-on-one hour class, Tuesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Time choices are 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Instructor is Carroll N. Holmes, researcher. The instructor will use several genealogical web sites to find people on a family tree. Bring whatever information (names, dates, places) you may have.

Helping with Vision Challenges: from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13; instructor, Chris Boynton, regional librarian, Outreach Svs., Maine State Library. Learn about and see demonstrations of the services and programs for Mainers who have vision challenges, impairments, disabilities and handicaps.

Handmade Paper Earrings: from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14; instructor, Deborah Moran. Learn how to make jewelry from items you already own.

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Leg Pain: from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15; instructor, Dr. Derek Mittleider, interventional radiologist, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Those who experience mild to severe pain or cramping in legs during physical activity that goes away soon after resting, may be interested in learning more. Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a reduced blood flow in legs caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries.

Investment Basics: What You Should Know about Investments, Annuities and Brokerage Accounts: from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16; instructor, Lindsay J. Laxon, Esq., investor education manager, Maine Office of Securities.

Learn from the state agency responsible for securities regulation the basic functions and risks associated with some common investment products. Whether a nest egg is $10,000 or $10M, the class will teach what questions should be asked of a financial professional.

Health and Hearing: from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21; instructor, Ashlee Harrington Vandiver, Au.D., CCC-A, FAAA, Doctor of Audiology. Discussion of current research on various diseases, disorders and illnesses that may cause hearing loss or that hearing loss may trigger. Topics will include heart disease, diabetes, depression and anxiety.

Legacy Writers Group: Let Us Help Tell Your Life Story: from 3 to 5 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 22. For those living with related dementia and their care partners. For this class, register through the Alzheimer’s Association at 772-0115.

Home Fire Safety: Being Prepared: from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 23; instructor, Paul Ouellette, NFPA – Certified Fire Inspector/IAAI, Certified Fire Investigator, Lewiston Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau.

Sea Glass Pendant: from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23; instructor, Lisa MacDonald, artisan; cost for supplies, $12. Create a pendant using sea glass and beads. Materials provided.

Creating a Safer Home: from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27; instructor, Samantha Massey, AAS/CP/EMT-P, prevention and wellness coordinator, United Ambulance Service. Learn what EMTs and ambulance staff see every day as the most common causes of falls in a person’s home. Bring questions.

How to Get Up If You Fall and How to Stay Limber When You Have Knee and Hip Replacements: from 1 to 2:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 28; instructor, Gayle Houston, Physical Therapist Asst, CKTP, Huber Associates. See demonstrations and practice on how to get up if you fall, and what to do to stay limber if you have joint replacements.

Healthy Aging Series: Arthritis: from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29; instructor, Dr. Alan Verrill. How to handle the challenges that may come with arthritis and other aches and pains.

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

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