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MAY 2013

Vol. 38 Issue 5

Senior Services

Midland County Council on Aging

Ph. 633-3700

Senior Independence News

Your Monthly Midland County Older Adult Newspaper Visit Us at

Get a Step Ahead of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. Osteoporosis risks can be reduced with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication--in people with osteoporosis, treatment may involve both. In this class learn about key lifestyle changes including diet and exercise. Find out what you can do to stop or reverse osteoporosis. Health Clinic Nurse, Helen Johnson will be presenting the topic at each center throughout the month. Call 633-3700 to register or speak with the local Center Director. Trailside: Tuesday, May 7, 11:45am-12:30pm Greendale: Thursday, May 9, 12:15-1:15pm Sanford: Tuesday, May 14, 12:30-1:30pm Coleman: Thursday, May 16, 12:30-1:30pm Mills: Tuesday, May 21, 12:30-1:30pm Happy Diners: Thursday, May 23, Noon-1:00pm Upcoming Topics June: Osteoarthritis July: Important Screenings & Why to Get Them

Health Hints with Helen

A Special 50th Anniversary Lunchtime Learner Presentation! Friday, May 17, 11:45am-1:00pm

We hunger for humor and we long for laughter. Yet many don't realize how vital these "nutrients" are for the well being of our body, mind, and spirits. We'll look at benefits, practice hearty laughter and leave energized with hopes no one will die laughing! Four-time cancer survivor-thriver, Sister Sue Tracy, has been a Dominican Sister for 52 years. She is currently staff chaplain at the Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids where she offers spiritual care to those coping with cancer and their families. A popular local, state and national speaker on a variety of topics, Sister Sue is also a Certified Laughter Leader with the World Laughter Tour and a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul (1996) and Praying through Cancer: Set Your Heart Free from Fear (2006). Because this is a Lunchtime Learner event, you must call ahead to reserve your spot and Sister Sue Tracy register for lunch by calling 633-3700. Space is limited so call now! You will get in line for lunch no later than 11:30am in Trailside and then take your lunch into room 160. The presentation will begin at 11:45am and end at 1:00pm. Lunches are by donation to those over 60, or $5 for those under 60. Come celebrate Senior Services' 50 years of service to the community while discovering the everyday celebration of humor!

Laff Jest for the Health of It!

AARP Driver Safety Program

Friday, May 10, 9:00am-4:30pm

Senior Services Main Building 4700 Dublin Ave. in Midland

Keeping You on the Road!

The independence offered us by our continued ability to drive is one of the most highly valued goals of many people. Driving keeps us both independent and active. To maintain our abilities through the changes we experience with age is critically important for the safety of ourselves and others. The AARP Driver Safety Course is now also being offered as a one day course and covers the effects of aging on driving and coping strategies, accident prevention, an update on Michigan driving laws and much more. The course is open to anyone but those over age 50 who complete the course are eligible for discounts on auto insurance premiums if offered by their insurance company. Instructor Sandra Simmons will lead the class. Charge is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, and includes all handouts, the certificate for discounts from participating insurance companies, and is payable to Sandra at the door. Register by May 3 by calling 633-3700. Lunch is available at Trailside Senior Center for a small fee or you may bring your lunch as the schedule allows only 45minutes for a lunch break.

When the Pain Doesn't Go Away

Chronic Pain Self-Management Program

Wednesdays, May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19 from 12:00-2:30pm

Happy Diners Center 1310 Ashman St. at the Memorial Presbyterian Church

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a new evidence-based program appropriate for those with chronic pain, and their caregiver, and is based on the format of other highly successful Stanford programs. Meeting 2.5 hours once per week for six weeks and let by two trained leaders, subjects covered include how to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, isolation and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving health, and much more. Each participant in the workshop receives a copy of the companion Chronic Pain workbook. Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build confidence in one's ability to manage health and maintain an active and fulfilling life. Participants gain the skills to coordinate all the things needed to manage their own health, and to help them keep active in their lives. The class size is limited to just 12 participants so registration is essential! Call 835-6891.

Don't Miss Your Senior Prom!

See "Greendale Senior Prom" on Page 6 for details.

Are You Helping Someone with Dementia?

Say What? Tips and Techniques for Talking to a Person with Dementia

Tuesday, May 21, 1:00­3:00pm

Creating Confident Caregivers Wednesdays, May 1- June 5, 1:00-3:00pm

OR Mondays, August 19- September 30, 2:00-4:00pm See Page 3 for more information.


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