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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 #7. 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.

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.  HLADE offers information, education, support and assistance to anyone interested in learning more about any aspect of hearing loss, coping skills, technology and more!  This is free and everyone is welcome to join us!  For further information,contact Linda Heller at hlade@comcast.net or (302) 388-9459 or go to the HLADE website at www.hlade.orgd in learning more about any aspect of hearing loss, coping skills, technology and more!   

Energy Balancing and Pain Relief.

Diana Dahanovi offers  a variety of non-invasive techniques to release stiffness, stress, anxiety imbalances in the body and brain.  Great for persons with vertigo, arthritis, ADD and OCD.  Treatments are done on a massage table,   while dressed in loosely fit clothing.  No oils are used, or skin manipulated as in massage. The whole experience is very relaxing.   Sessions are 30 minutes in length and the cost is $15.00 per session for members and $20.00 per session for no- members.  Sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings appointments beginning January 8.  Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  Sessions are held in Activity Room #7.  Please  register in person with Member Services or by phone 734-1200 ext. 167.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Living Well with Chronic Conditions is a FREE program which can change your life, will be hosted by Modern Maturity beginning April 17, and running for six consecutive Fridays, ending on May 22, 2020.  The  experienced educators who will present the training program will provide coping and problem solving mechanisms that you can use to make living with any Chronic Condition, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, COPD, arthritis, CHF,  much more manageable.  The classes will meet from 9:30 to noon in classroom # 8.
 
Topics covered will include planning healthy and balanced meals, problem solving, communication and relaxation techniques, understanding your condition and the problems it causes, dealing with sleep issues, fatigue and depression, and utilizing exercise, proper nutrition and medication to control your condition.
 
The classes are completely free to Members and the public, for those living with any Chronic Conditiion  and those who may care for someone, but you must register to join the classes by signing up at the front desk or by calling the instructor, Maria Seliga at 302 387 1626; please leave a message with your phone number if no answer.  All participants who complete the program will receive a certificate and the strength to change their lives.  This free program was developed by Stanford University and is offered to you by the Department of Health and Social Services.
 

Personal Tools for Managing Pain, Stress and Anxiety

This FREE program was developed by Alpha Care Medical to introduce the ten most popular cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) tools that could be used for better self-management of pain, stress or anxiety. Dr. Michael Balliro will describe each of these tools and explain how they work, with emphasis on developing a conscious awareness of how pain, stress and anxiety might conspire to make our perception of these worse.  Dr. Balliro is a practicing Behavioral Therapist at Alpha Care Medical As we grow older we will likely experience more pain than we did when we were younger. For some of us this pain may be chronic. Some may seek medication. The tools presented during this workshop are designed to enhance one's ability to better self-regulate given that we are facing new limitations.  The key is to face these limitations without allowing them to lessen our quality of life. Through the practice of mindful awareness we may expect to better manage pain, stress and anxiety and limit their impact on our life.   This workshop will be held on Tuesday April 28 from 10:30 – 11:30 in Activity Room #5.     You need not bring anything to this free workshop other than a curious mind. We will practice mindful breathing and Dr. Balliro will lead us through a guided meditation.  
 
This class is FREE, but you must register at Member Services. 

Dental Health for Seniors

On Thursday March 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. senior dental hygiene students from Delaware Technical and Community College will be in the Longwood Dining Room providing FREE dental health screening and information on the following topics:
 
Untreated tooth decay. Nearly all adults (96%) aged 65 years or older have had a cavity; 1 in 5 have untreated tooth decay.
 
Gum disease. A high percentage of older adults have gum disease. About 2 in 3 (68%) adults aged 65 years or older have gum disease.
 
Tooth loss. Nearly 1 in 5 of adults aged 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. Complete tooth loss is twice as prevalent among adults aged 75 and older (26%) compared with adults aged 65-74 (13%).  Having missing teeth or wearing dentures can affect nutrition, because people without teeth or with dentures often prefer soft, easily chewed foods instead of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
 
Oral cancer. Cancers of the mouth (oral and pharyngeal cancers) are primarily diagnosed in older adults; median age at diagnosis is 62 years.
 
Chronic disease. Most older Americans take both prescription and over-the-counter drugs; many of these medications can cause dry mouth. Reduced saliva flow increases the risk of cavities.
 
The students will be addressing many of these issues with brochures/handouts, presentations and demonstrations; while providing toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, denture brushes, denture paste, cleaning tablets, mouth rinses, floss holders, individual/personal mouth mirrors, and more.

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