Monthly Open Bereavement Support Group
Vitas offers a once a month, drop-in, support session. Drop in on the third Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Modern Maturity Center Activity Room #5 to talk to a trained bereavement specialist.
Visually Impaired Support Group
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.
Elder Law Program
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.
MMC Singles Group
Are you lonely? The MMC Singles group is a great way for you to get active and stay social. They meet once a month, on the first Wednesday of each month, to plan their “foodie” events. Then they meet at various restaurants around town for lunch. Newcomers are welcome to join any of those activities (schedule is listed in each Bulletin). NEW this month is a special “meet and greet” for newcomers. If this is your 1st thru 4th time with the group you are welcome to come and meet the group coordinator, Pat, and greet other newcomers. Meetings are held on the second Wednesdays of each month in the West Conference Room from 1 to 3 p.m. Drop in or call Pat at (302) 943-3137. No registration required.
Hearing Loss Support & Chat Group
The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE)conducts a support and chat group session on the second Thursday of the month from 10:00 am until noon in Activity Room #7. HLADE offers information, education, support and assistance to anyone interested in learning more about any aspect of hearing loss, coping skills, technology and more! Doreen McKechnie of Dover will be Chapter Coordinator. The guest speaker for December will beFern Fernsler, Sprint Outreach Manager for the Delaware Relay Service will be the guest speaker at the December meeting of the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware MMC Chapter. Mr Fernsler will discuss telephones for people with hearing loss for home phones, caption phones, cell phones and also apps to help hearing and understanding of phone calls. This is free and everyone is welcome to join us! For further information, contact Doreen McKechnie at (302)674-1007 or email email@example.com or go to the HLADE website at www.hlade.org
The Longest Night
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.