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, December 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Activity room #5..
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 December 23.
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.
A Matter of Balance - Fall Prevention Education Course
The A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention Education Course will meet again in the winter of 2020.
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, December 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Activity Room #7. The cost is just $10 a class for members and $13 for non-members. Students must register and pay in advance at Member Services.
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 December 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.
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 The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m. 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. This month’s guest speaker will be Fern 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 December 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 2:30 p.m. in the Modern Maturity Center Activity Room #5 to talk to a trained bereavement specialist.
DCVA Officer to Visit MMC
Joshua Matticks, the Kent County Veterans Service Officer will at MMC the third Thursdy of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in AR #5 beginning January 16, 2020. He will be availabe to answer questions and assist veterans.
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.