LEWISTON — The SeniorsPlus Education Center has announced the January calendar. Unless stated otherwise, classes are free and located at 8 Falcon Road.

Breast Health — Risk Reduction: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9; instructor, medical professionals from St. Mary’s Breast Health Department. Discussion will be on how to best reduce risk, as well as imaging for breast surveillance.

Diabetes: noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9; instructor, Christopher Irish, diabetes nurse educator, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. The class is meant for those who have diabetes, those with a family member with diabetes, and those trying to avoid getting the disease. It covers the basics of diabetes, its causes and ways to best manage the disease to help avoid complications.

A Matter of Balance: noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 27, at Rumford Hospital Conference Room B, 420 Franklin St., Rumford; ; instructors, Amanda Peralta, Mitzi Sequoia, Jackie Gammon. It is an eight-week workshop designed to reduce the fear of falling and to increase activity levels among older adults. Participants will learn to set realistic goals to increase activity, change environment to reduce fall risk factors and learn simple strength and balance exercises. The class limit is 14 participants.

Book Club: 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10. The book to be read this month is “Love and Treasure” by Ayelet Waldman.

Living Well for Better Health: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 15, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Chisholm Room, 111 Franklin Health Commons, Farmington; instructors, Laure Johnson and Cheryl Moody. The six-week long workshop teaches real-life skills for living a full, healthy life with a chronic condition. Topics include communication, medication usage, talking with a health care provider, physical activity, weight management and healthy eating. At the end of the workshop, there will be a drawing for a $25 gift card. Snacks will be provided. Limit 16.


Dementia: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11; instructor, Victoria Scattoloni, RN, CHPN, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. This talks specifically about patients with Alzheimer’s/dementia and includes ways to compassionately and safely care for them. The class covers disease progression, treating symptoms non-pharmacologically and proper use of available medications.

Crafting with Corinne — Valentine’s Day: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22; instructor, Corinne Saindon, local artisan; cost, $5 for supplies. Participants will create two cards with a Valentine’s Day theme.

Alzheimer’s — The Basics: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23; instructor, Mark Pechenik, Alzheimer’s Association. Provides basic information about memory loss issues and what they mean. Participants will learn about symptoms and effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; how Alzheimer’s affects the brain; causes and risk factors; how to find out if it’s Alzheimer’s disease; benefits of early detection; how to address a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease; stages of the disease; treatment; hope for the future; ways the Alzheimer’s Association can help.

Line Dancing: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Jan. 23 to Feb. 13; instructor, Denise Herbert; cost, $10 for four weeks. Learn simple, basic steps. No prior dance knowledge necessary, no partner needed. Limit 15.

Fact or Fiction — Breast Cancer: 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25; instructors, medical professionals from the St. Mary’s Breast Health Department. The class will go over why mammograms are important as well as an explanation on how mammograms are performed.

Medicare 101: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25; instructors, SeniorsPlus staff. Students will learn the basics and timelines of the system, when to sign up for what and ways to save money.


Foot & Ankle Health: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30; instructors, Dr. Pomeroy and Dr. Faught, New England Foot and Ankle and St. Mary’s Center for Orthopedics. This class will be an open and informal conversation about common problems around the foot and ankle and how to avoid them. There will be a foot model to share.

Ongoing classes

Gentle Chair Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 8 to March 19 (no class Jan. 15); instructor, Tisha Bremner; cost: $45 for nine weeks; $8 drop-in. Designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance and find inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures.

Gentle Chair Yoga: 9 to 10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 5 to March 2; instructor, Tisha Bremner; cost, $45 for nine weeks; $8 drop-in. Designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance and find inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warm-ups, light stretches and gentle yoga postures.

Total Strength & Balance: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Mondays (no class Jan. 1 and 15); 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; instructor, Linn Morin; cost: $5 for drop-in, $15 for six classes, $25 for 12 classes. One-month passes are nonrefundable. Register: 207-523-9055.

Some insurance companies offer reimbursement for the classes. Participants must call their insurance company to find out if they do.

For more information, call 800-427-1241 or go to seniorsplus.org.

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