Agency on Aging offers online programs, events in March – fiddleheadfocus.com

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(Aroostook Agency on Aging)

(Aroostook Agency on Aging)

Contributed February 23, 2022

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The Aroostook Agency on Aging offers monthly programs developed to help older persons and their care partners succeed and thrive in their own homes. Pre-registration is required for all sessions. 

Some upcoming educational and enjoyable events in March include: 

Online Gathering Place

Wednesday, March 2 10-11 a.m., hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME 

The Gathering Place focuses on creating a safe “virtual” place for those with chronic memory loss or health conditions to engage in fun activities and interact with others. Call 207-764-3396/1-800- 439-1789 or email to info@aroostookaging.org for more information or to preregister for this weekly session. 

Artists for Aging Exhibit – First Friday Art Walk 

Friday, March 4 12–7 p.m., hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and First Friday Art Walk 

Help us celebrate “Artists for Aging” with a visit to our gallery at Aroostook Agency on Aging, 260  Main Street, featuring the works of Filomena Irving of Washburn. All guests are reminded to wear a mask and sanitize their hands upon entering our building. Spaces are limited. Please call 207-764- 3396/1-800-439-1789 or email lori.cyr@aroostookaging.org for more information.

Medicare 101 (online) 

Tuesday, March 8 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging 

Can you save money on your Medicare? What options do you have for coverage? Do you need Advantage plans or Supplements? Contact Kimberly James, Medicare education coordinator, at  207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 for more information or to preregister for a link to this ZOOM class. 

Flavor of Aroostook: Cooking to Connect class (online) 

Tuesday, March 8 3-4:30 p.m., hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, UMaine Cooperative Extension, NMCC, Aramark, and A.R. Gould Northern Light Health 

Join Lisa Fishman of the UMaine Cooperative Extension for a hands-on cooking class on “Low Sugar Meals.” Due to COVID precautions, the interactive ZOOM session will be transmitted from the state-of-the-art culinary lab at Northern Maine Community College. Registrations will be limited to 20 persons. Call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or email to lori.cyr@aroostookaging.org for more information or to preregister. 

Senior Medicare Patrol Fraud & Abuse (online) 

Wednesday, March 9 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging 

Have you been a victim of Medicare Fraud? Do you want to learn ways to protect yourself from scams? How can you inform others about Medicare? Contact Kimberly James, Medicare  education coordinator, at 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 for more information or to preregister for a link to the class. 

Caregiver Support Group (online) 

Wednesday, March 9 12-1 p.m., hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging 

It is normal for caring for a loved one to sometimes produce frustration and anger. But you don’t have to cope alone. Our support group for caregivers can be a lifesaver because it gives  participants a place where they can share their feelings confidentially, make friends, get help  navigating the healthcare system, and learn from others who are traveling a similar path. Please call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or email to info@aroostookaging.org to receive a link to the  ZOOM class.

Brain Builders (online) – call us to find out when the next session starts – hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME 

We all know the importance of physical, mental, social, and emotional wellness. But do you know having a healthy brain improves your mood and decreases the likelihood of having illnesses that  threaten your quality of life? Our monthly Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference online session helps participants create goals that impact on their life and boosts their brain health. Call 207-764-3396 or 800-439-1789 for more information or to preregister for a link to the class.

Conversations Project (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME 

Talking about the things you want for yourself can be challenging. There are so many questions when you plan for the future: will I have enough money, will someone make decisions for me, does anyone really know what is most important to me, or does anyone know what makes me  afraid? Our online conversations class can assist you in developing questions or sharing concerns that you have with your loved ones and family doctor. Please call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 for more information or to preregister. 

Bingocize (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, Healthy Living for ME and AgingME 

Bingocize is a 10-week health promotion program that mixes the popular game of bingo with moderate exercise. Participants will perform fall prevention exercises while learning about the importance of physical fitness in preventing serious falls. Individuals over age 55 should call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or visit www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister for a ZOOM link or for  more information on this class. 

MaineCare Toolkit (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME 

Did you know there’s a helpful program designed to help older persons in northern Maine identify and apply for financial assistance for nursing home care or in-home support services. Call the Aroostook Agency on Aging at 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or email info@aroostookaging.org for  a link to this ZOOM class. 

Savvy Caregiver (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME 

The Savvy Caregiver is a 12-hour course delivered in 2-hour sessions over a 6-week period. Curriculum includes a caregiver manual and workbook. It aims to introduce family caregivers to  the caregiving role, providing them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to carry out that role and alerting them to self-care issues. Please call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or email to  info@aroostookaging.org to receive a link to the ZOOM class. 

Falls Prevention Informational Session (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and AgingME 

Participants will gain an overview of falls prevention and other health classes available in Aroostook County. Class is free, pre-registration is required. Call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or email to info@aroostookaging.org for more information or to receive a link to the class. 

A Matter of Balance (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME 

A Matter of Balance emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase  strength and balance. Please call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or visit www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister or for more information. 

Living Well for Better Health (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME 

Staying well allows us to live better lives. Living Well for Better Health helps people learn how to manage their own health by improving communication with their physicians, actively managing  their symptoms, creating personal action plans, and developing support structures. Please call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or visit www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister for a ZOOM link or  more information. 

Living Well with Chronic Pain (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME 

This class is designed for people who have a diagnosis of chronic pain, offering strategies for dealing with their symptoms. Topics include: techniques to deal with frustration, fatigue, isolation, and poor sleep, appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, appropriate use of medications, communicating effectively with family, friends, and health  professionals, nutrition, pacing activity and rest, and how to evaluate new treatments. Space is  limited. Please call Jane Hanson at 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or visit www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister for a ZOOM link or more information.

Tai Chi for Better Health and Balance (online), hosted by Aroostook Area Agency on Aging and Healthy Living for ME 

Tai Chi is an enjoyable exercise that can improve balance, relieve pain, and improve health and  ability to do things. It is a slow exercise. It is easy to learn and good for all ability levels. This  Tuesday/Friday class, instructed by Joy Barresi Saucier, is offered in partnership with Healthy  Living for ME. There is a $20 fee. Please call 207-764-3396/1-800-439-1789 or visit  www.healthylivingforme.org to preregister or for more information.

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