February Programs and Assets from SeniorsPlus – Every day Bulldog

LEWISTON – SeniorsPlus is offering the following courses in February. Classes are held in person at its locations in Lewiston, Wilton or Norway; on-line; or hybrid. Tuition is free unless otherwise noted. The sites are fully accessible. Hearing aids are available upon request. For more information or to register, call 207-795-4010 or visit seniorsplus.org.

SeniorsPlus is pleased to offer technology courses taught by the National Digital Equity Center. Courses ranging from internet safety to iPad basics to advanced Excel are available free to Maine residents. To learn more or to register, go to digitalquitycenter.org/classes/class_location/seniors-plus or call SeniorsPlus at 207-795-4010.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

knitting group
Dates: Wednesdays
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m
Moderator: SeniorsPlus staff
Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

Join our knitting group to work on your own project, learn from others and socialize.

Opening the Mind Through Art (OMA)
Dates: Fridays, February 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and March 3rd and 10th
Time: 1pm-2pm
Moderator: OMA certified SeniorsPlus staff
Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

Opening Minds through Art (OMA) strives to bring joy, art and pride to people living with dementia and Alzheimer’s in our community. Weekly for six weeks, people living with dementia will be matched with trained volunteers who will help them create art, using their imagination instead of their memory. If you know someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s who might be interested in this program, write to us. Upcoming OMA meetings are on Fridays at 1:00 p.m.: March 24–March 28. April, Wilton; May 19–May 23 June, Norway; July 14–18 August, Lewiston.

Lewiston matchday
Date: Thursday 9 February
Time: 1pm-2pm
Trainer: SeniorsPlus staff
Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

Play cribbage, checkers or card games. Bring your own or play with us. Staff will be there to network and talk about all of our programs while we play games.

Information session on home health
Date: Tuesday 14 February
Time: 1pm-2pm
Instructor: Jen Nelson, RD CDCES of CenterWell Home Health
Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

Do you have questions about what qualified home healthcare can do for you or a loved one? Did you know that Medicare covers 100% of qualified home nursing care? Have you or a family member been diagnosed with CHF, COPD, diabetes, dementia or are you about to undergo orthopedic surgery? Manage these conditions while staying safe at home.

wowzitude! ‘Travel’

-Tunisia
Date: Tuesday 21 February
Time: 10 a.m

– Lake Louise, Canada
Date: Tuesday 21 February
Time: 2 p.m

Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

Wowzitude’s award-winning Travel Club, designed for armchair travelers, takes you on guided LIVE virtual walks around the world from the comfort and security of SeniorsPlus. Interactive, live streaming virtual tours with expert hosts and trained local guides who are happy to zoom in and introduce us to their favorite spots.

FRANKLIN & OXFORD COUNTIES

Norway match day
Date: Tuesday, February 21 (every third Tuesday)
Time: 1pm-3pm
Coach: Seniors Plus Staff
Location: SeniorsPlus Norway, 9 Marston St.

Let’s play cribbage, checkers, trivia, cards or a puzzle. Staff will be there to network and talk about all of our programs while we play games. Do you feel trapped? Join us!

BYO Craft and Chat
Date: Thursday, February 16 (every third Thursday)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m
Moderator: SeniorsPlus staff
Location: SeniorsPlus Wilton, 284 Main St., Suite 210

Bring your own knitting, crocheting, embroidery, painting, anything you enjoy. Relax and chat while you work on your project.

EXERCISE CLASSES

Total power and balance
Day/Time: Mondays, 11-11:45 (no classes on February 20)
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 11-11:45 am
Day/Time: Fridays, 10:15am – 11am
Trainer: Linn Morin, Certified Trainer
Cost: See below
Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

Participants gain physical and neuromuscular strength and balance to improve activities of daily living. Lighter weights or soup cans, a simple bouncing ball, and some tubing are used in this seated exercise class. Water is recommended during class. Check with your doctor before any exercise class. These courses are personal and masks are compulsory. Call Linn at 523-9055 to register or for more information. The costs are covered by most Medicare supplements; Call Linn for details.

Chair yoga in person and via zoom
Day/Time: Tuesday, 9am-10am
Day/Time: Friday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m
Instructor: Mary Bishop, RYT
Location: Zoom and in person at the Education Center, 8 Falcon Road
Cost: $5 per class. Payments are exchanged directly with Mary.
Must-haves: With Zoom: computer, laptop or tablet; stable chair on non-slip surface. If personal, then only yourself.

Join Mary for this course, offered both in person and via Zoom. It is designed to facilitate movement and breathing. Finding stability, balance and strength through yoga poses with variations for each ability. The class size is limited. If you are interested in class availability or cannot afford the payment, please contact us anyway so we can further discuss details/concerns with you.

GROUPS AND RESOURCES FOR CARERS

Self-help groups for caregivers
– Lewiston
Date: Monday, February 13 (every other Monday)
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Presenter: Dana Morrell, SW
Location: Seniors Plus, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

-Norway
Date: Thursday 23 February (every fourth Thursday)
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Facilitator: Valerie Cole, LSW
Location: SeniorsPlus Norway, 9 Marston St.

— Wilton
Date: Thursday, February 2 (every first Thursday)
Time: 3-4:15 p.m
Moderator: Janice Sabin, LSW
Location: SeniorsPlus Wilton, 284 Main St., Suite 210

Our carer support groups provide a safe place for carers, family and friends to meet and develop a mutual support system. Participation can be an empowering experience. The group meets in person on site.

kinship support group

— Wilton
Date: Thursday, February 16 (every third Thursday)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m
Moderator: Cyndi Dolloff
Location: SeniorsPlus Wilton, 284 Main St., Suite 210

This meeting is offered by adoptive and foster families from Maine, Inc. and the Kinship program and is led by Cyndi Dolloff, AFFM trainer, facilitator and resource parent. Childcare is provided. Sign up by calling Brigid at 207-827-2331 or emailing [email protected]

good sorrow

Date: Tuesday, February 7 (every first Tuesday)
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Moderator: Beacon Hospice
Location: Education Center, 8 Falcon Road, Lewiston

SeniorsPlus is delighted to partner with Beacon Hospice in providing bereavement care. This once a month group meeting is held in person and provides a safe place for those who want to connect with others who understand what they are going through and who are looking for ways to find meaning and purpose in life without the presence of their loved one . At these meetings, those who are bereaved receive support, understanding and compassion. Bereaved learn about self-acceptance, self-care, self-compassion and resilience. We will share stories, experiences, offers and receive support that can help in the grieving process. We offer everyone a safe place in every phase of mourning. A grief support group is not a substitute for professional depression care.

Newsletters for caregivers

Did you know that last year SeniorsPlus launched a quarterly newsletter dedicated to caregivers? The goal of the newsletter is to share caregiver-specific resources and opportunities with those in need.

If you or someone you know needs caregiver support and would like to receive the newsletter, please contact us. We would be happy to add you to our mailing list.

ONLINE GROUPS AND OFFERS

AT&T – Cyber-Aware Webinar
Date/Time: At will
Moderator: AT&T staff
Location: online video

Take this pre-recorded Zoom course to learn more about online scams and fraud. This presentation is intended for people interested in learning statistics, spotting fraud, and protecting themselves online.

Fraud and Fraud Prevention Workshop
Date/Time: At will
Moderator: SeniorsPlus Staff
Location: online video

Every year, one in ten older adults falls victim to fraud and fraud. The number is most likely higher because many are embarrassed and afraid to report it to authorities or their families. This workshop will give you the information you need to protect yourself and your loved ones. Topics include fraud trends and behavior, the scammer’s playbook, fraud detection exercises (using real-world examples), prevention, and resources. Content from AARP Fraud Watch Network.

Medicare made easy
Date/Time: At will
Moderator: SeniorsPlus Staff
Location: online video

Watch this pre-recorded Zoom class to learn how to navigate Medicare. In this introductory course, you’ll learn about your Medicare insurance options, when to enroll or change plans, and how state laws can affect your decisions. This presentation is perfect for people new to Medicare or anyone who currently has Medicare and wants to learn more.

Cyber-Senior Mentors – A technical resource
Date/Time: At will
Moderator: Cyber ​​Senior
Location: Telephone and/or online

Due to COVID-19, Cyber ​​Senior Mentors are providing technology training in the form of online webinars and phone support for older adults. If you are interested in group or individual technology support, please join us. Trained volunteers are available to answer your technical questions and also help you register for online training sessions.

Zoom 101: Using video technology to stay connected
Date/Time: At will
Moderator: SeniorsPlus Staff
Location: Zoom Live, in person with staff. A device with a speaker is required to participate; A webcam is not required but is recommended.

Take this one-to-one class to get better at using Zoom, take SeniorsPlus and Healthy Living for ME online classes, or just connect with friends and family near and far to stay. You do not need a Zoom account or download any apps to take this course unless you are enrolling from an Apple device. You can participate with computers or handheld devices. Teaching materials and resources are provided for further learning.

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