LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus has announced its November activities calendar. 

How to Choose a Laptop, Tablet or Desktop: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, or from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, with Tim Verrill of SeniorsPlus. This class will teach the differences the types of project on the market with tablets, laptops and desktop computers. Participants will learn about performance, features and support, as well as how to read a sales flyer, online resources, product comparisons reviews and other skills.

Loss, Grief and Bereavement: 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 6, with Amy Dulac, bereavement coordinator for Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. Dulac works with families who are struggling with difficult emotions experienced when a loved one is on hospice services. She also offers supports to friends and families after someone they love has died. AHCH also offers Guidance through Grief support groups to patient friends, families and the community at no cost. Bolduc will answer questions about grief and bereavement.

Jewelry Making — Sea Glass Pendant: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, with artisan Lisa MacDonald. Participants will create a pendant using sea glass. Materials will be provided. The cost for supplies is $12.

Bring Your Own Device: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Volunteer coaches will teach participants how to use their mobile devices in a one-on-one setting. These events provide participants with the necessary training and skills to use technology in a way that will improve their everyday lives. Participants may bring any device of any brand or model including cellphones, tablets and laptops.

Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, with Mark Pechenik of the Alzheimer’s Association. The purpose of this workshop is to provide a greater understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and dementia. Learn how to tell the difference between Alzheimer’s and typical aging; steps to take if someone recognizes a warning sign in themselves or someone they know; the process to receiving an Alzheimer’s diagnosis; and why early detection is crucial.

Get Your Nutrition Questions Answered: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, with Paul Drowns, St. Mary’s Nutrition Department: This is an opportunity for seniors to bring all of of their nutritional questions forward and get the answers they need to be able to eat as healthy as possible. Are some carbohydrates worse than others? Is all sugar bad, or just high fructose corn syrup? Should “white foods” be traded for whole grain and whole wheat? These questions and others will be answered.

Flu Shot Clinic: 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Influenza is a respiratory virus that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Those who bring their Medicare card can get a flu shot. Registration is required.

Lyme Disease: “The Great Imposter”: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, with Cheryl Farley. Farley will share a short testimony about the battle with late-stage Lyme that derailed her life and how she fought to get a proper diagnosis and then to find the proper treatment. Cheryl, who runs two Lyme Support Groups in Maine, will share resource about this mysterious illness that can mimic so many diseases.

Protecting the Rights of Seniors: 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, with Kelley Glidden of Safe Voices and Angela Morgan, Legal Services for the Elderly. Glidden and Morgan will discuss protecting rights, preventing elder abuse and exploitation, and legal issues. Light refreshments will be provided for this class.

Coping with Holiday Depression and Stress: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, with Angela Moore of Beacon Hospice.

The holiday season is a time of joy, cheer, parties, and family gatherings. However, for many people, it can be a time of loneliness, sadness and a time for reflection on past failures or future uncertainties. Further, many seniors are affected by losses, which may become magnified during the holidays. People are reminded of the loved ones that are no longer there to share the holidays with them. The demands of the busy holiday season also increase feelings of tension. During this presentation, we will discuss how to recognize the signs of depression and stress. We will also review ways to cope with stress and overcome periods of the winter blues.

Did I Take My Medication?: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, with Jeff Auger of CARES Inc. Auger will demonstrate different medication reminders. Items will be available to loan for a 30-day trial at no cost. The goal of the Assistive Technology Loan Program is to give people in the mid-Maine area the opportunity to test out assistive technology prior to buying it. The course limit is 12 people.

Ongoing Programs

Gentle Morning Chair Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, through Jan. 9, 2017, with Tisha Bremner. This class is designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance and find your inner calm. It combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures. Cost is $40 for 8 weeks and $8 per class as drop in. There will be no class on Dec. 26.

Total Strength & Balance: 11:15 a.m. to noon on Mondays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays with Linn Morin. These classes are for all — beginner or advanced — who are interested in improving strength, balance and bone density. Cost is $3 for one class per week; $5 for any two classes per week; and $6 for three classes per week. Registration for this class can be made by contacting 207-523-9055. There will be no class on Dec. 26.

All classes are free and take place at 8 Falcon Road unless noted otherwise.

FMI, register: 1-800-427-1241.


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