Hospital to offer aging courses |

Hospital to offer aging courses

Growing old gracefully and caring for the aging are among the free class offerings in February at the Wellness Center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Free classes include:

“Coping Skills” – Feb. 18 and 25 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. These classes are designed for people who are caring for aging parents and loved ones stricken by Alzheimer’s or other progressive dementia. Part one will provide foundation skills for care giving, and discuss the importance of self-care. Part two will focus on communication with the physician, managing difficult behaviors and creating a plan for the future.

“Aging Gracefully: Can You Be 60 and Look 30?” – Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. SNMH Pharmacy Manager Neil Massoud, PharmD, will discuss the roles of diet, antioxidants, selected protein supplements, vitamins, skin care, and muscle toning in helping to keep you youthful.

Other February classes include:

“Know Your Diabetes: Nutrition” – Feb. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Instructor Laura Seeman, RD, will explain how food affects blood glucose levels, how to plan meals, count carbohydrates, estimate portion sizes and read labels.

“The ABC’s of Joyful Living” – Ongoing each Thursday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. until March 10. Fee of $8.50 per class. Instructor Sahaja Sims will lead participants through easy, seated, energizing exercises, chair yoga and guided relaxation and meditation techniques.

“Living Well With Pain” – Feb. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fee of $15. Instructor Jeffrey Cram, PhD, will offer holistic methods for managing chronic pain.

To pre-register for the classes, call 274-6824.

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