Alzheimer’s Support, First Tuesday of the month, 7-8:30 p.m. and second Friday of the month, 1:30-3 p.m. For caregivers and memory-impaired individuals. University Hospital’s Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center, 7300 State Road, Parma. Call 440-743-4900 for more information or to register for a class.
Fitpaths Too (Geared for Seniors), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 a.m. A complete workout for active seniors. Includes low-impact aerobic activity, strength training and stretching. Dress in comfortable, loose clothing. $35 for 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River
Chair Yoga, 10-11 a.m. Move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. $35 for a 10-class card. Register online at fairviewhospital.org/wellnesscenter or call 440-356-0670, option 5. Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, 3035 Wooster Road, Rocky River
HEALTHY U — Free 6-Week Workshop, Mondays, Jan. 12 through March 2, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lorain County Office on Aging will be offering free, fun, interactive and informational classes. Tips and support to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, and learn better ways to talk with your doctor and family about your health. The classes are free to Lorain County residents 55+ years. Set your own weekly goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health. Register by calling Carolyn at Lorain County Office on Aging at 440-326-4805. North Ridgeville Senior Center, 7327 Avon Belden Road, North Ridgeville
Sweet Life Programs, 6-7:30 p.m. January 6 – May 12, This free 15-week program provides practical ways to help improve your health. Participants will have a health assessment by a Summa doctor, along with weekly meetings led by Summa counselors who specialize in nutrition and behavioral wellness....
Creative students find creative ways to use their talent—and age, skill level and challenges don’t hold them back. Here are a few students that show readers the importance of art and its way of inspiring and developing other areas of life.
At age 4, Gracie Bayzath began taking Ballet classes at The Fine Arts Association. Today, Gracie, 14, also takes Jazz, Tap and Modern. During the summers she also attends the Fine Arts’ Summer Theatre Arts Camp, which she studies musical theatre and performs on stage in the final production. She also studies guitar at Fine Arts with Alfredo Guerrieri. As a freshman at Cardinal High School in Middlefield, Gracie and her mom travel to Willoughby for four dance classes and music lessons several days each week. In addition, she participates in Student Council at Cardinal and works with Geauga Mom and Pups Rescue. Gracie considers Fine Arts her “second home.” Her mom says that “Fine Arts has helped Gracie become a talented dancer and a confident, poised young woman.”
Since January, actors Liam Stilson and Dana Fries have been regularly sharing their artistic talents with Judson Manor Senior Living community residents through a program they developed called “Living Room Theater Sessions.” The students create a mini-performance of scenes and monologues to present at Judson Manor on a weekly basis. Liam and Dana said they enjoy the experience of working on their acting craft while bringing enjoyment to people in the community.
Heather, a student with Down Syndrome, joined Valley Art Center’s pottery program with hopes of a new adventure after watching an instructional program on ceramic cups. She has grown artistically, made new friends and demonstrates to others that anything is possible in these classes....
Canine influenza is a viral disease of dogs. You may have read reports about this in the news. Luckily, there are some easy ways you can prevent your dog from getting this disease (and other viruses).
FOR A QUICK OVERVIEW, HERE ARE 5 EASY WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR DOG:
1. Know more about how this virus is spread to your dog
2. Get your dog vaccinated against canine influenza
3. Stay away from areas where your dog will encounter other dogs
4. Learn more about whether canine influenza can spread to other species
5. Understand what it looks like if your dog may be infected with canine influenza
How is the disease spread? Canine influenza is spread to other dogs like human influenza virus is spread to other people–coughing, sneezing, and even indirectly through objects like leashes, food bowls and clothing that can carry the live virus (this virus can live on surfaces for up to 48 hours).
What about a vaccine for canine influenza? Like the human influenza virus changes every year, so can canine influenza. Therefore, currently available canine influenza vaccines may not be 100% protective. Regardless, they are likely to help your dog’s immune system fight against exposure to many strains of canine influenza. Talk to your veterinarian about what vaccines are recommended for your dogs.
How can you prevent your dog from getting exposed to canine influenza? One of the best ways to prevent the spread of canine influenza is to keep your dog away from other dogs. However, you may want to balance the risk of exposure versus your dog’s happiness. If your dog loves to have “playdates” with other dogs, be sure you know that your dog’s playmates are receiving the same kind of precautions you give your dog, like vaccines. Similarly, make sure that if your dog needs to go to dog day care or to a boarding facility, that the facility has stringent guidelines about vaccinations (plus disease testing for heartworm and parasite control)....
Summer in Ohio is the time to finally be able to enjoy the outdoors, which make becoming more physically fit doable. Summer also is a good time to take the “Financially Fit Challenge.” Here are some ways to help your aging loved one do both.
WARD OFF HEALTH ISSUES
The days are longer, which means more time to plan activities to increase your physical fitness. Being physically fit helps you ward off health problems, have more energy, and feel better inside and out. You can become physically fit by adding more steps each day while enjoying the outdoors.
Take the challenge every summer by turning off the television or electronic device for at least an hour to enjoy more of summer’s fresh air in an outdoor physical activity. It only takes 21 days to create a new healthy habit, and you will have the satisfaction of meeting your fitness goal.
BE MONEY WISE
At the same time, you can become more financially fit by setting aside time to “Close the holes in your financial security bucket.” Did you realize that most people do not check their beneficiary forms that they may have completed a long time ago for their insurance, investment or retirement (IRA, 401k or 403b) accounts?
Just like getting a physical each year, your financial and risk protection house needs an annual check-up to cover up any holes. Adjust your plan to meet yearly changes. Eight out of 10 people do not have their important legal documents completed to ensure that their wishes will be completed their way during life or after they pass.
Have you thought about what would happen to your nest egg if you become too ill to take care of yourself or make your own decisions?
Without a plan, you may not have “your wishes, your way.” With a solid plan, your care will be followed the way you want it to happen....