Alzheimer’s Support, First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. and second Friday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m. For caregivers and memory-impaired individuals. University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Call 440-743-4900 for more information or to register for a class.
Fitpaths Too (Geared for Seniors), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. A complete workout for active seniors. Includes low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and stretching. Dress in comfortable, loose clothing. $35 for 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River
Chair Yoga, 10-11 a.m. Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. $35 for a 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River
HEALTHY U — Free 6-Week Workshop, Mondays, Jan. 12 through March 2, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lorain County Office on Aging will be offering free, fun, interactive and informational classes. Tips and support to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. The classes are free to Lorain County residents 55+ years. Set your own weekly goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health. Register by calling Carolyn at Lorain County Office on Aging at 440-326-4805. North Ridgeville Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville
Sweet Life Programs, 6-7:30 p.m. January 6 – May 12, This free 15-week program provides practical ways to help improve your health. Participants will have a health assessment by a Summa doctor, along with weekly meetings led by Summa counselors who specialize in nutrition and behavioral wellness. Behavioral change sessions led by the Minority Behavioral Health Group, Cooking demonstrations, Nutrition classes, Exercise demonstrations, Tips to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Prizes and Incentives will be awarded for participation. Summa Rehab Hospital, 29 N. Adams St., Akron. Contact Summa Center at New Seasons Center for Health Equity 1493 S Hawkins Avenue, Akron, Contact us at 1-800-23SUMMA (1-800-237-8662)
Caregiver’s Support Group, 5:30-7:30 p.m. First and third Tuesdays of the month. You are welcome to join this free, open group at any time for peer support and information for individuals in a caregiver role. For more information, call the Outpatient Social Work Department at 216-778-5779. MetroHealth Old Brooklyn Health Center, 4229 Pearl Road, Cleveland.
Caregiver Support Group and Resource Center, 7-9 p.m. Third Tuesday of the month. This group comes together for information and support for anyone taking care of an elderly or disabled family member, loved one or friend. Topics include community services for caregivers; coping with the dynamics of caregiving; planning for the future; open discussion; problem-solving and learning caregiving techniques. Free. Southwest General Health Center (call for specific room) 18697 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, 440-816-5018
Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi, 11 a.m.-noon. These classes were developed by Tai Chi Master and family physician Dr. Paul Lam to engage participants of all ages, activity interest and levels in mindful, continuously moving, deep relaxing, low impact exercises. They can be taken by everyone. Wear loose confortable clothing and tennis shoes. Ages: 18 Yrs. and over. Fees: Resident $40, Nonresident $48. Mentor Community Center, 8600 Munson Road, Mentor, 440-974-5720, cityofmentor.com/play
Stroke Support Group, 11:45 a.m. Fourth Wednesday of the month. Director: Sandy McLeod 440-729-2782; Facilitator: Paula Leonette. West Geauga Senior Center, 11414 Caves Road, Chesterland, 440-285-6569
Breast Cancer Support “Staying in Touch” 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Last Wednesday of every month. Hillcrest Hospital Ross Auditoriums A & B 6780 Mayfield Rd, Mayfield Heights, No registration fee required. Call 440-312-6636.
Memory Care Support Group, 1-2 p.m. Typically meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month. This support and discussion group for caregivers covers a variety of topics including signs and symptoms, available resources, help for the caregiver and any topic that the group would like to address. This program is sponsored by the Mentor Senior Center, Kemper House of Mentor and the Alzheimer’s Association. Newcomers are welcome, no fee. Refreshments are served. Group meets in Activity Room 4. Mentor Senior Center, 8484 Munson Road, Mentor, 440-974-5725, cityofmentor.com
Sudden Death Support Group, 6:30-8 p.m. First Thursday of each month. This support group is for adults who have experienced a sudden death. This sudden loss experience can be different from an expected loss. This group will give participants time to process their unique sudden change in life. The leaders include a nurse to answer medical questions and a bereavement coordinator to support the grief process. Free. Thomas P. Perciak Family Residential Hospice, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville, 1-877-794-2328
Life After Stroke (Stroke Support Group), 10 a.m.-noon, second Friday of every month. Provides a forum for stroke survivors and their families to share ideas and solve problems. Summa Rehab Hospital, 29 N. Adams St., Akron. Contact Dr. Cathy Torcasio, 330-686-4455 or 330-572-7300.
Caregiver Support Group, last Saturday of the month. This gathering provides a time for caregivers of parents/grandparents/children to connect and talk about their experiences and challenges. Live speakers are provided every other month. Topics include stress management, spiritual and emotional health, benefits of good nutrition, respite caregiving options, etc. Everyone is welcome. Free. Westbay Rehab and Care Center, 27601 Westchester Parkway Westlake, 440-930-0431
January 20, 27 and February 18, 25
Free Basic Computer Classes, 1:30-3:30 p.m. By attending the classes, you will learn basic computer concepts. The classes require no previous experience or knowledge. First priority will be given to Lake County residents who are 60 and over. See below for the dates, times and description of the classes. To register or find out more about these free classes, call 440-205-8111, ext. 226. Lake County Council on Aging Computer Lab, 8520 East Ave., Mentor, lccoa.org
BF4LFC Snowshoe Hike 101 Lesson, 5-6 p.m. Attend a short lecture on snow shoeing, then snow shoe through Chapin Forest Part in Kirtland. In the event of no snow, there will be a hike at this location. Equipment provided at no charge. If you have your own equipment, stop in at the ski center to have your key card signed/dated for participation points. Wear appropriate clothing. Chapin Forest Lodge, 10381 Hobart Road, Kirtland,
BF4LFC Nutrition Lecture, 5:45-6:45 p.m. New Year’s Resolution: Improve your nutrition for a healthier you. Learn how to make 2015 the year make some nutrition changes in your life. TriPoint Physician Pavilion, 7590 Auburn Road, Concord
Catching some ZZZ’s: Importance of Sleep To Your Health, 7-8 p.m. MetroHealth Advanced Nurse Practitioner Valerie Ross will discuss how sleep deficiencies impact your health and techniques for getting a good night sleep. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org to register. Brook Park Branch Library, 6155 Engle Road, Brook Park, 216-267-5250
Music as Healing 7:30 – 8 p.m. How do experiences in music – both listening and participating – make a difference in our physical, mental and emotional well-being? Research made fun, and experiences galore, give an overall picture of this most interactive of art forms. Program presented by Kira Seaton of Cuyahoga Community College. Stewart’s Caring Place: A Cancer Wellness Center; free for those touched by cancer. 2955 W. Market St., Akron, 330-836-1772, stewartscaringplace.org
Living With Alzheimer’s for the Caregiver, 1 p.m. Wooster United Methodist Church, 243 N. Market St., Wooster, alz.org
New Year, New You Help with Managing your Weight, 6:30-8 p.m. Board-certified internal medicine physician, credentialed in medically supervised weight loss will speak on the best plan and new tools to help women lose weight. Also, University Hospitals Certified Hypnotherapist will discuss how hypnosis can help accelerate weight loss. Free. UH Women’s Health Institute, 730 SOM Center Road, Mayfield Village, 440-720-3263
The Brooklyn Sr. Center is hosting Dr. John Kandare, Noon-12:30 p.m. about hearing loss and the health impacts of untreated hearing loss. Afterward he will be conducting a free hearing screening. Registration is encouraged. Lunch is provided at 11:30am for $6. Call 216-738-2067 to RSVP. You do not need to be a member to attend.
Program sponsored by Zounds Hearing “Time does not wait.” Noon. Enjoy a free lunch and special at Mayfield Village Civic Center. Why should your hearing? Live life to the fullest with better hearing.” The talk will be given by Dr. John Kandare, Audiologist for Zounds Hearing of Mayfield Heights. Deadline to Register: Friday, January 9. Call Mayfield Village Senior Services at 440-919-2332.
Free Blood Pressure Screens, 11 a.m.-noon. Parma Heights Senior Center, Educator Apartment Building, 9275 North Church Blvd., Parma Heights, 440-888-4416
Know Your Numbers, 6-7 p.m. MetroHealth cardiologist Grace Cater discusses important questions everyone should know the answers to including: Do you know your numbers: blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI? Are statin drugs safe? Do I need a stress test? Learn tips for a heart healthy lifestyle. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org to register for this free event. Middleburg Heights Library, 15600 Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights
Caregiving Strategies: Energy Conservation, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Overview of the day-to-day, hands-on strategies and skills needed for you to care for your loved one at home. Provided by Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates – part of the Akron General Health System. Stewart’s Caring Place: A Cancer Wellness Center; free for those touched by cancer. 2955 W. Market St., Akron, 330-836-1772, stewartscaringplace.org
Advocating for Change; How YOU Can Make It Happen, 10-10:30 a.m. Also March 4, noon-12:30 p.m. Join Advocacy and Government Affairs Coordinator Sarah Sobel as she shares tips and techniques that will help to affect change through public policy. This 30-minute webinar will highlight the importance of bringing relevant Alzheimer’s disease statistics to life through YOUR personal caregiving experience. To register, visit anymeeting.com/alzcleveland
Annual Gala to honor the 2015 Kidney Foundation of Ohio Person of the Year, 6:30p.m. Dr. Joshua Augustine will be presented with the Person of the Year Award for his outstanding dedication and service to the mission of the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. The Gala raises critical funds for patient services and education programming for the Kidney Foundation of Ohio. The evening includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dancing as well as complementary valet parking. The night will also offer silent and live auctions and live entertainers. The Gala will be held at the Cleveland Marriott Hotel Downtown at Key Center For more information regarding tickets and sponsorship, please contact the Assistant Development Director for the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Sara Nunney, at 216-771-2700 or by email at [email protected] Visit the Kidney Foundation of Ohio’s website at kfohio.org for more information regarding the Gala and other events.
Protecting Older Adults from Financial Exploration, 3-4:30 p.m. Older adult are prime targets for financial exploitation, which has been called the crime of the 21st century. Learn information and tips to help clients and older family members protect themselves against frauds, scams and other forms of financial exploitation. $30 Benjamin Rose Institute, 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, 216-791-8000, benrose.org/education.