Our Programs

Wellness Opportunities



The MMC holds monthly wellness classes, workshops, clinics and screenings on a variety of topics.


5 Wishes Living Will Workshop

5 Wishes: 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, September 12  from 10 to 11 a.m. in  the West Conference Room.   

Monthly Blood Pressure Clinics

Want to better manage your blood pressure? Want more than just a quick blood pressure screening? The MMC partners with Bayhealth to offer free monthly blood pressure clinics for members. A Bayhealth RN takes your blood pressure and assesses your vital signs and overall health (including breathing, weight and medications). Bayhealth keeps track of your assessment to monitor your blood pressure health each month. You also receive a wallet card to share this information with your doctor. The clinic runs from 9 to 11 (no appointment necessary) on the fourth Monday of each month. A Bayhealth representative is available in the Longwood Dining Room during those hours to assist you with registration. The next clinic is Monday September 23. 

Massage Therapy

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. 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.

A Matter of Balance - Fall Prevention Education Course

The A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Education Course will meet again in the fall of  2019. 

Flu Shot Clinics - Avoid the Flu and Protect Others Around You

 
Fall is Also Time to Get Your Flu Shots!  Protect yourself and others.  Rite Aid is offering flu shot clinics in Activity Room #1 on Thursdays September 12 and 26 from 11:00 am. until 1:00 p.m.  FREE if you have private insurance or are Medicare eligible.  Please make sure you bring your insurance card with you!  Pneumonia vaccinations will also be available.   Additional clinics will be held on Thursday October 10 and Wednesday October 23 from 10:00 – 12:00.  Mark your calendar!
 

Sound Meditation

Try something new at the MMC. 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, September 19, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Activity Room #8. The cost is just $10 a class for members and $15 for non-members. Students must register and pay in advance at Member Services. 
 

Essential Oils DIY – Sugar Scrubs

Essential Oil DIY – Sugar Scrubs                                                                       
 Grab your girlfriends and join Jowana Lamb, C.A. a certified aromatherapist and member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and have some fun making your own sugar scrub using essential oils. Sugar scrubs are easy to make, inexpensive and they leave you skin feeling soft and silky!   Class is scheduled for Activity Room # 3 on Thursday September 19 and begins at 9:30 a.m.   The class is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-member.  Cost of the class includes all supplies. You must register at Member Services in person or call (302) 734-1200 ext. 167.
 
 
 

Essential Oils - Discover Rock Rose

Join Jowana Lamb, C.A. a certified aromatherapist and member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and discover Rock Rose. Discover this beautiful flower that grows in Spain and its many healing properties. Participants will make a Face Serum.  Class is scheduled for Activity Room # 3 on Thursday October 17 and begins at 9:30 a.m.   The class is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-member.  Cost of the class includes all supplies. You must register at Member Services in person or call (302) 734-1200 ext. 167.
 

Essential Oils for Muscular Skeletal Pain

Explore the healing powers of essential oils for muscle pain and stiffness with Jowana Lamb, C.A. a certified aromatherapist and member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.   Feature oils will include black pepper, rosemary and mastic. Participants will make a blend for pain relief. This program has been updated so if you have taken it before new material will be presented.  Class is scheduled for Activity Room # 3 on Thursday November 14 and begins at 9:30 a.m.  The class is $15.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members.  Cost of the class includes all supplies.  You must register at Member Services in person or call (302) 734-1200 ext. 167. 
 
 

New to MMC Wellness! Foot Care appointments with Dr. Robert Gemignani, DPM

Keep your tootsies in tip-top shape!  Dr. Gemignani will be at MMC to provide foot health assessments, clip toenails and buff feet.  Each appointment is scheduled for 15 minutes.  The cost of the appointments is $35.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members.  Appointments are available on the second Friday of the month between 8:30 and 11:30. Dr. Gemignani will be at MMC on Friday September 13 in Activity Room #6.  Neither private insurance nor Medicare are accepted for this service.   You must pre-register at Member Services in person or call (302)734-1200 ext. 167. 

Eat Smart Live Strong

 
Eat Smart Live Strong Program conducted by the Food Bank of Delaware.  This 4 week program focuses on achieving personal health goals as well as nutrition and lifestyle habits to maintain good health for seniors! There is a food demonstration after each session and incentives.  The class will be held every Tuesday in September beginning on September 3 from 10:00 a.m.- 11::00 a.m. in Activity Room #8.  This class is FREE, but you need to register at Member Services.
 

Bodies in Motion Seminar

Dr. Anthony Falvello, D.O. of First State Orthopedics will be presenting The Bodies in Motion lecture, which discusses staying active and what inhibits our ability to keep moving as we age.  Also, to be discussed are both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for arthritis.  The seminar will be held on October 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the West Conference Room.  The seminar is FREE, but you must register with Member Services.

Fall Prevention Class with Dr. Jennifer Youssef

 Falls can happen to anyone, but as we age the risk gets higher as does related injuries.  Did you know that one in four older Americans fall every year? According to CDC, Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for people aged 65+. September is Fall prevention month!    This month, Dr. Jennifer CG-Youssef, PT, DPT, GCS will give a presentation on Fall Prevention in Older Adults.   In this presentation, you will learn the risk factors of falls, the benefits of exercise and learn the different evidence-based balance programs.   You will also learn some fall prevention tips in order to improve knowledge and improved safety.  Classes will be held on Tuesday September 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  in the West Conference Room.  This class is FREE, but you must register with Member Services. 

Hearing Loss Support & Chat Group

 The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE)conducts a support and chat group session on the first Thursday of the month from 10:00 am until noon in Activity Room #7.   The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 5. 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. This month’s guest speaker will be Matthew Dykes, HIS of Sam’s Club who will speak about “What’s the Connection? Hearing Loss and Dementia. This is free and everyone is welcome to join us!  For further information, contact Doreen McKechnie at (302)674-1007 or email amckechnie09@verizon.net or go to the HLADE website at www.hlade.org

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 next meeting is Tuesday September 17.  The meetings are free and no sign up is required. 

Open Bereavement Support:

Vitas offers a once a month, drop-in, support session. Drop in on the third Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Modern Maturity Center Activity Room #6 to talk to a trained bereavement specialist.  The next meeting is Wednesday September 18.

MMC Hosts A Six Week Diabetes Self-Management Course

This free program was developed by Stanford University and is offered to you free of charge by the Department of Health and Social Services.  The classes are FREE and open to members and the public.  These experienced educators will provide coping and problem-solving mechanisms that you can use to make living with Diabetes, or assisting loved ones with diabetes, much more manageable. 
Topics covered will include planning healthy and balanced meals, problem solving, communication and relaxation techniques, understanding diabetes and the problems it causes, dealing with low and high blood sugars, and utilizing exercise, proper nutrition and medication to control Diabetes.
The classes are FREE for those living with Diabetes, those who are Pre-Diabetic and those who want to learn more about it, but you must register to join the classes by signing up at the Member Service 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, textbooks and the strength to change their lives.  Take the class and start your new life. The classes will meet from 9:30 to 12:00 on six consecutive Friday mornings starting September 6 and ending on October 11, 2019.  The class will meet in Activity Room #8.

MMC and the YMCA of Delaware are excited to offer an Evening Diabetes Prevention Program.

  This program is for those who have prediabetes or are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes*. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Risk for developing type 2 diabetes may be reduced or eliminated by weight loss, healthier eating, and increased physical activity. To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program. Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!
 
The Modern Maturity Center will be hosting the year-long program on Hump Day Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. starting September 25, 2019 in Activity Room #8.   Please call the YMCA of Delaware to register for the program, 302-572-9622.
 
To qualify for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program participants must meet the following criteria:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Overweight (BMI > 25; BMI > 23 for Asian individuals) 
  • Not diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes
  And Have ONE of the following:
  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes via a qualifying blood test value*
    • A1C value 5.7 – 6.4%
    • Fasting glucose 110-125 mg/dL
    • 2-hour plasma glucose 140-199 mg/dL
  • Previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes
 
* Medicare participants must have a qualifying blood test value to participant as Medicare beneficiaries.

Bereavement Support Group – Living in the Memory:

 Vitas hosts a bereavement support group on-site at the Modern Maturity Center. This six-week group, taught by a trained bereavement specialist, teaches you how to process death and grief while remembering your loved one. This free group meets Tuesdays, October 8 to November 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Activity Room #4.  Please sign up at Member Services as space is limited.   

Hearing Loss Support & Chat Group

 The Hearing Loss Association of Delaware (HLADE)conducts a support and chat group session on the first Thursday of the month from 10:00 am until noon in Activity Room #7.   The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 3. 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.

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