LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus has announced its Online Education Center classes for April 2021. Due to the pandemic and current CDC guidelines, all classes are held virtually at this time. Classes and workshops are free, unless noted. Please register by emailing [email protected] or calling 795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241. For more information, visit seniorsplus.org/education-center.

What is Spring IP Relay and Sprint Web CapTel?

Date: Thursday, April 8

Start time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Presenter: Debra Bare-Rogers, Disability Rights Maine

Location: Zoom

Sprint IP Relay: You can make calls with Sprint IP Relay on your smartphone, tablet or computer to type and view messages. This relay service allows the user to make phone calls using text (no voice or hearing required). How does it work? You type what you want to say to the operator, and then the operator relays the message to your caller and types their response back to you.

Sprint Web CapTel: This relay service works a little different; you can use any telephone and connect via computer/tablet to read captions on the call. Using the telephone allows you to use your own voice.

Join us to learn about these no-cost relay services available to Maine residents.

Fraud & Scams

Date: Thursday, April 15

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Presenter: SeniorsPlus Staff

Location: Zoom

This workshop will give you the information needed to determine what is real and what is a scam. What does fraud look like? What are the latest scams out there? How do you recognize fraud? Find out what you can do to protect yourself and where to go to report things so others don’t become the next victim.

Health Care Advance Directive Planning during COVID Times

Date: Friday, April 16

Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Host Organizations: SeniorsPlus, Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice & St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

Location: Zoom – video and audio required

Join us on this year’s National Healthcare Decisions Day, April 16, to explore your worries and wishes in relation to healthcare decision making. All from the comfort of your own home, we will use games, resource sharing, and conversation to explore what matters most to YOU.

There will also be time for us to review the Maine Health Care Advance Directive Form. Resources and the Maine Health Care Advance Directive Form will be provided to you through email.

Budgeting & Paying Down Debt – How to Make it Fun & Easy!

Date: Tuesday, April 20

Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Kendra Wheeler, Branch Manager & Amelia Milligan at Bangor Savings Bank

Location: Zoom

Money woes? We’ve all got them. Learn ways to make paying off debt and sticking with a budget easier and dare we say… fun?! Kendra will go over multiple methods to find which one works best for you. Still lost after the class? Kendra will be available to work with you 1-on-1 for free over Zoom or the phone, for as long as your money woes need.

Happy budgeting!

Zoom 101: Using Video Technology to Stay Connected

Date: Tuesday, April 27

Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Instructor: SeniorsPlus Staff

Location: Zoom

Join us for this 1-hour class to become more familiar on how to use Zoom to participate in SeniorsPlus and Healthy Living for ME’s online classes, or to simply stay connected with friends and family near and far. You do not need a Zoom account or to download any apps to participate in this class, unless logging in from an Apple device. You do not need a video camera for your computer, although it is helpful. You can participate with computers or handheld devices. Educational material and resources will be provided for continued learning.

Crafting with Corinne

Date: At your convenience

Time: At your convenience

Material Pick-Up: Week of April 26 (subject to change based on current CDC guidelines)

Instructor: Corinne Saindon

Location: Pre-recorded video/instructions

Cost: $5.00 for 2 project kit

Join Corinne to create a couple of cute birthday cards for women or girls in your life. All supplies provided except adhesive. All supplies provided except adhesive.

Medicare Made Simple

Date & time: At your convenience

Instructor: SeniorsPlus Staff

Location: Online video

Reach out to receive this pre-recorded Zoom class to learn how to navigate Medicare with this introductory course. Learn about your insurance options with Medicare, when to enroll or change plans, and how state law may affect your choices. This presentation is perfect for people who are new to Medicare or anyone who currently has Medicare and would like to learn more.

AT&T – Cyber Aware Webinar

Date & time: At your convenience

Instructor: AT&T Staff

Location: Online video

Reach out to receive this pre-recorded Zoom class to learn more about online fraud and scams. This presentation is perfect for people who are interested in learning statistics, how to recognize scams, and what to do to protect yourself while online.

Cyber-Senior Mentors – A Tech Resource

Date & time: At your convenience – varies

Instructor: Cyber-Senior

Location: Phone and/or online

Due to COVID-19, Cyber-Senior Mentors are providing technology training in the form of online webinars and telephone support for older adults. If you are interested in group or 1-1 technology support, please reach out to us for their information. They have trained volunteers standing by to answer your tech questions and also to help you sign up for online training sessions.

AARP Safe Driving Course Information

Date & time: At your convenience

Instructor: AARP Staff

Location: Online course

Reach out to us if you need assistance accessing AARP’s Safe Driving course. Due to the pandemic, they are offering the program online only at this time. It is a 4-hour class online that once you register you’ll have access to log in any day and time to complete it within 60 days of payment.

Writing Your Life Story

Date: Thursdays, May 20 through June 24 (once weekly for 6-weeks)

Time: 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Instructor: Connie Jones, Surprised by Aging

Location: Zoom

We’ve all got stories! Wouldn’t it be great if we wrote them down – for ourselves and our families and friends? This informal class will get you on the road to writing about your life, from the mundane to the marvelous. You don’t have to be a “writer” to take this class, and this will not be a critique of your writing style or grammar. Each week there will be a writing assignment, with topics chosen by the group. At the end, you will have written the first six chapters of your life story. Take a chance on finding out that you’ve lived a pretty interesting life after all! Class limited to 8 people.

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