SeniorsPlus lists September classes


LEWISTON — The SeniorsPlus Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston will offer the following classes during the month of September:

Cardio, neuro and muscle strength training

Meets: 10:30-11:15 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays (no class 9/7) with instructor Linn Morin, certified trainer. Cost is $2 per class. Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are offered for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Aetna, Humana) may pay costs.

To register or for more information, call 207-523-9055.

Beginners strength, balance and resistance training

Meets: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays (no class Sept. 7) with Morin. Cost is $2 per class. These on-going, 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 costs.

To register or for more information, call 207-523-9055.

Getting beyond the basics: Understanding your Apple iPhone and iPad

Meets:10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8; 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with Jill Spencer, partner, BoomerTECH Adventures. In this hands-on session, we will go step-by-step through the functions that participants identify being of interest. Bring fully-charged Apple device.

Handling disagreements in five easy steps

Meets: 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with instructor Chloe Giampaolo. Conflict is an inevitable and normal part of life, and we continue to learn how to respond to this throughout life. Learn ways to handle disagreements, family squabbles, mishaps with retail purchases and other daily happenings that can occur.

AARP smart driver

Meets: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, with an instructor from AARP. Drivers 55+ who complete this class are eligible for discounts on their auto insurance for three years. Cost is $20, payable to AARP; $15 for AARP members.

Gentle morning chair yoga for seniors

Meets: 9-10 a.m., Mondays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 9 (no class Oct. 12) with instructor Tisha Bremner. Designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance, and find your inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches, and gentle yoga postures. Cost is $40 for eight weeks; drop-in, $8 per class.

Early stage Alzheimer’s and a way to share your life

Meets: 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, with instructors from the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter and Bates College. People who are living with early stage Alzheimer’s or related dementias — and want to have their stories written — are sought for this program. Potential participants will receive a brief screening to determine if the program is well-suited to them. Participation is free, completely private and confidential. Walk-ins are welcome. Tell your story with the Volunteer Scribes Program. The Volunteer Scribes program features trained, supervised Bates College students who interview and write the life stories of those living with dementia.

One-on-one computer tutorial

Time choices: 9; 9:30; 10; 10:30; 11; 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with instructor Jill Spencer. Reserve a half-hour spot to talk with Spencer to help with Mac computers, iPad, iPhone, Android phone or tablet or Microsoft tablet (not a PC computer).

Managing stress

Meets: 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with instructor Monica Dawe, exercise physiologist, CMMC. She will talk about connecting heart and science in ways that empower people to greatly reduce stress, build resilience, and unlock their natural intuitive guidance for making better choices

Back to the basics with your Apple iPhone and iPad

Meets: 9-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 24, with instructor Nancy Rideout, BoomerTECH Adventures. Bring your APPLE iPad or iPhone and your questions. We will learn the basics so you can start exploring on your own.

Strokes: Signs and symptoms and stroke management

Meets 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, with instructor Amanda Rae Carroll, PT, MPT, CBIS, physical therapist from Goodwill NeuroRehab Services at WestSide. Learn about the warning signs and symptoms of stroke and why it is important to recognize them as soon as possible. The risk factors for stroke will be discussed and how lifestyle changes will help decrease your risk of having a stroke. Also, learn about how to manage the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social barriers an individual may face after suffering a stroke.

Medicare basics

Meets: 10-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, with SeniorsPlus staff as instructors. Already on Medicare? New to Medicare? Going on Medicare in the near future? Come learn the basics and time lines of this complex system, when you need to sign up for what, and the various savings programs.

Films and conversations about care-giving

Meets: 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Sept. 29, with a panel consisting of Kathy Brill, caregiver program specialist at SeniorsPlus; Marilyn Gugliucci, director, geriatrics education/research, UNE; and Julie Shackley, president/CEO, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. Discussion and films around the issues of aging and dementia-related illness, created in partnership with AARP Maine.

SeniorsPlus is a private non-profit, 501(c)(3) 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. SeniorsPlus provides a network of support, information, services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families.

FMI: 207-795-4010, 1-800-427-1241,