The Elder Law Program of the Delaware Community Legal Aid Society comes on-site to MMC once a month. Schedule a one-on-one appointment to draft powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives (not living wills). Appointments can be made for the second Wednesday of the month between 10:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. Schedule a 45-minute appointment at Member Services by calling (302) 734-1200 ext. 167. Please note, all participants must be age 60 and over to qualify for this service.
A Five Wishes workshop takes you and your loved ones through the process of deciding on your wishes for end of life care. This topic can be sensitive, confusing and sometimes difficult but Five Wishes is here to help you through it. The 5 topics that will be covered are "My wish for":
The person I want to make care decisions for me when I can't.
The kind of medical treatment I want or don't want.
How comfortable I want to be.
How I want people to treat me.
What I want my loved ones to know.
With the help of the American Bar Association Commission on Legal Problems of the Elderly, Five Wishes meets the legal requirements under the health decisions statutes. This program is free to members of the MMC and $15 for non-members who want to attend. You must sign up at Member Services to reserve your spot in the workshop. The next workshop is Thursday, December 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Activity Room 5.
Lisa a licensed massage therapist. She offers a gentler alternative to a traditional massage with her "soft touch" massages. This style of massage is ideal for individuals who bruise easily, suffer from arthritis, are fragile or cannot tolerate traditional massages. Massages are offered while fully clothed and can be performed on a table or chair. Lisa offers 30-minute soft touch massages in Activity Room #7 on Wednesdays for just $15 members and $30 non-members. Wednesday evening appointments are also available. Sign up for an appointment at Member Services at least 24 hours in advance. Refunds will not be issued with less than 24hr. cancellation notice.
Explore the healing powers of essential oils with Jowana Lamb, C.A. a certified aromatherapist and member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Jowana will be back in 2020!
Darryl Garner leads this monthly visually impaired support group meeting. Come out to the center on the third Tuesday of each month from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #5. The meetings are free and no sign up is required.
Learn dances such as the Waltz, American Tango, Rumba and more at the MMCs ballroom dancing lessons! This is an enjoyable way to burn calories. After all, dancing isn't just about the steps and music but the perfect combination of physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimulation. This class is led by Ted and Yoshi Briggs. All skill levels are welcome. Classes are $5 for members and $10 for non-members (pay at the door). All classes begin at 7 p.m.
All Art Tuesdays! Join artist/instructor Phyllis Shier at her weekly art classes focused on oils and featuring wet on wet technique. Acrylic painters welcome. Phyllis has taught art to all ages in various venues. This class is fun and relaxed. Beginners welcome! Classes are held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon in Activity Room #1. Learn a new painting the first two weeks of the month. The first class of the month begins new instruction on a specific painting. The second class takes that same painting and helps it come alive as a finished piece. Weeks three and four will be critic and paint. The cost is $10 per class for MMC members or purchase an art card for $60 for 6 classes. The cost for non-members is $15 per class. Students must provide their own supplies and a suggested supply list is available at Member Services. Sign up at Member Services.
Need to know how to operate your cell phone? Sign up for an appointment with our cell phone guru, Chris. Half hour appointments are available every other Monday between noon and 2 p.m. Due to the high volume of "no call no show" instances there is now a nominal fee charged of $5 a session with no refund with less than a 24-hour cancellation notice. Appointments are held in Activity Room #6/Chapel. Sign up and pay at Member Services to reserve your spot.
Chris can help with the following on an iPhone: contacts, voicemail, email, text messaging, facetime, pictures, user settings such as background, ringtones, passcodes and volume, apps, connecting to Wi-Fi, software updates and other everyday cell phone uses. Chris can help with basics only with other brands of smartphones such as text messaging, contacts, voicemail etc.
Things Chris cannot help you with: flip phones, setting up a cell phone account/contract, contacting your cell phone provider, reading, understanding or helping set up payment for cell phone bills or contracts, repairing broken cell phones or helping you choose a cell phone plan.
Our computer tutor, Karen, teaches the basics (what type of computer to purchase, general orientation, internet use, antivirus), communication programs (email, Skype, Facebook) and she can even help you set up and operate an Ebay or Craigslist account. Computer tutoring appointments are $5 an hour for members or $25 an hour for non-members. New appointment days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. See a Member Services representative to sign up for a time slot as spots fill quickly.
Guilianni Gregoretti and his wife Terry will be back in 2020 to teach Italian lessons on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. until noon in Activity Room #5. No registration required.
Joyce Vasikonis offers a basic Beginner and specialized knitting classes. Classes are $6 an hour. Call Joyce at 302-222-6721 to schedule.
Instructor Diana Carter of Anacar Creations teaches card making at the MMC. She offers an all skill level card making class. No experience necessary! . The cost per class is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Supplies are provided to create three cards per class. Students need to bring their own scissors, tape runner and notepad for notes. Registration for this class ends the day before so be sure to sign up at least 24 hours in advance.
Classes resume Tuesday September 10 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. in Activity Room #1 and are held every other Tuesday.
Do you love to read? Have you been called a bookworm? Would you like to discuss your thoughts, reactions and opinions of books with other book lovers? If you answered "yes" to any of these then the MMC book club has a place for you! The next meetings Decemebr 18 in Activity Room #5 from 1 to 2. You can borrow a book from Lori Christiansen's office #41 (while supplies last) or use your own.
This exciting brain exercise is designed to keep older adult's brains sharp and healthy. Participants engage in brain teasers, puzzles, and visual illusions. Take home hand-outs are available to exercise your brain at home! This group meets Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. in Activity Room #1. There is a nominal printing fee charged in class to cover the cost of printing materials. Please note this class is designed for members who can engage in independent learning.
This is a 10 week course in sign language. The next session begins on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Activity Room #7. Register by contacting Member Services at 734-1200 ext. 167. The cost is $65.00. for members and $65.00 for non-members.
Join Mary Lampert, a Certified Therapeutic Sound Practitioner, to practice sound meditation. Sound meditation is a passive activity where students can come and learn the power of sound to calm, relax and restore the body and mind. Mary guides you through meditation while providing live sound to bring your body back to balance and harmony. Benefits include a decrease in stress, anxiety and depression and improved sleep and focus. Come meet Mary and find out about sound meditation at her monthly class on Thursday, December 19 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Activity Room #7. The cost is $10 a class for members and $13 for non-members. Students must register and pay in advance at Member Services.
The MMC bible study options have grown! We now have two options of bible study groups to attend right here at MMC. All bible study groups are for MMC members only. Stop in to meet the pastors and find the right study for you.
Catholic Bible Study wit Deacon Vince is every Wednesday from 9:00 -10:00 a.m. every Wednesday in Activity Room #6/Chapel.
Join Reverend Jerome Carey of Free Spirit Baptist for Bible study on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Activity Room #6/Chapel.
Bible study with Pastor Bob Phillips of First Baptist Church of Marydel meets on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #6/Chapel.
Let Edie Hobbs teach you the basics of crochet and start making your own projects. This is a three-week class (6 sessions) meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The class is designed to get you started crocheting or to refresh your skills! Bring your crochet hook size I or J. The cost of the class is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. The first next begins on Tuesday November 5 and will meet in Activity Room #3. Register at Member Services.
NEW - The Longest Night or Blue Christmas Service - For those experiencing grief, loss or hardship, the Christmas season is far from the most wonderful time of the year. The music and other holiday traditions associated with the Christmas season such as decorating, baking, holiday shopping and gathering with family and friends focus on the joy and cheer of the season which may be painful for those suffering the pain of loss and grief. Loss comes in many forms, it may be the death of a loved one, the loss of a marriage or relationship, a job or a home. Any loss that causes us pain and sorrow. To assist people who may have difficulty coping with the season, the Modern Maturity Center is offering a Longest Night or Blue Christmas service on Wednesday December 18 at 1:00 p.m. and again in the evening at 6:00 p.m. in the East Conference Room.
The name the Longest Night is associated with these types of services because they are usually held on or close to December 21 which is the winter solstice. We hope to offer a quiet, gentle place to gather and console one another through reflection, mediation and prayer. The service is a way to acknowledge the birth of Christ without the joyful trappings of a typical Christmas service, which can be painful for those coping with loss. The service allows one to acknowledge their sadness and recognize they are not alone in their sadness. We allow each participant to focus on their personal needs in an atmosphere of quiet mediation and contemplation.
This is an ecumenical service and it is FREE and open to anyone in need of solace. Refreshments will be provided by VITAS Healthcare.