SeniorsPlus classes for November include discussion of Ebola


LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, has announced its November classes.

One-on-One, One-Hour Class in Researching Your Family History: Carroll N. Holmes, researcher, will use several genealogical web sites to find people on a family tree. Bring whatever information is available. Date choices are Nov. 3, 6, 10, 18 or 20 and time choices are 9, 10:15 or 11:30 a.m. These will be the last classes for a few months.

Flu & Pneumonia: Instructors, nursing students, Maine College of Health Professions. Studies show that seniors over age 65 who get the flu are predisposed to getting pneumonia. Learn what to look for and how to stay healthy. The primary focus will be flu and pneumonia vaccines, the importance of the vaccines, the positives and negatives involved with being vaccinated or not being vaccinated, options, locations to obtain low cost or no cost vaccines, how to lower exposure to the flu and what to do if exposed. From 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Savvy Caregiver I: Instructor, John Miller; for family caregivers of people with dementia. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9. Preregistration is required. Call 1-800-427-1241

Celebrating and Honoring Our Veterans:  Maine Author Series, Morgan Rielly, “Neighborhood Heroes: Life Lessons from Maine’s Greatest Generation.” Inspired by the proverb, “When an old man dies, a library burns to the ground,” the author sought to preserve as many Maine “libraries” as he could by interviewing men and women from Maine who served in World War II and by telling their stories. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11. No registration needed; refreshments provided.

Come on in anytime between 2:45 and 3:45 p.m. Nov. 11 to sign Christmas cards, provided by the Red Cross, that will be given to vets around the state.


Facts about Health Care Advance Directives and POLST: Instructor, Lynne Caswell, legal services developer/staff attorney, Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services.

Under Maine law, the term advance directives means any spoken or written instructions given about the health care wanted if a time comes when a person is too ill to decide.

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a form that states what kind of medical treatment desired toward the end of life. POLST helps give seriously ill patients more control over their end-of-life care. From 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 14.

Gentle Morning Chair Yoga for Seniors: Instructor, Tisha Bremner will teach how to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance and find an inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures. Cost is $40 for eight weeks. From 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Nov. 17 to Jan. 12 (no class 12/29).

The Basics: How to Get Started Building a Beehive in Your Backyard: Instructor, Wedgwood Wheeler, backyard beekeeper. From 9 til 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Leg Pain: Instructor, Dr. Derek Mittleider, interventional radiologist, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Those who experience mild to severe pain or cramping in the legs during physical activity that goes away soon after resting may be interested in learning more about PAD, reduced blow flow in the legs caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Ebola Virus, the Facts: Instructor, Christopher Bowe, MD, department chairman of Emergency Services, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, will give an evaluation of potential Ebola virus disease in Lewiston. From 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

AARP Smart Driver: Instructed by AARP staff. From noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Cost of $20, payable to AARP; $15 for AARP members. Drivers 55+ completing the class are eligible for discounts on their auto insurance for three years.

Healthy Aging Series, Medical Terms You Should Know: Instructor, Dr. Alan Verrill. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.

Classes are free unless noted. The center is fully accessible, and hearing assistive equipment is available. Register for classes at 795-4010.

Alzheimer’s Association class registration and information is available at 772-0115 or [email protected]

Legacy Writers Group: Let Us Help Tell Your Life Story: from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Living with Alzheimer’s, Caregivers, Part III: from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Nov. 20.

Driving with Alzheimer’s: When Is It Time to Give Up the Keys?: from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

SeniorsPlus is a private nonprofit corporation 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. For more information, visit or call 795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241.