CarePartners to offer series of free classes on health care planning and information

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From CarePartners:

There are many issues we face as those we care for grow older and as we age ourselves. CarePartners is offering the community a way to plan for future needs and learn how to access resources available in our area. Join us for one class or for all of them, whatever meets your needs and interests. The series will provide concrete tools for all people facing aging issues – individuals, families, medical professionals & community professionals working with seniors.

Classes are held 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (except for expanded days and are noted below) in the Seymour Auditorium on the CarePartners campus, 68 Sweeten Creek Road, Asheville. Lunch is provided for these free events.

Call 277-4701 or email lchase@carepartners.org to make your reservation. The following are the classes being offered:

MARCH 13 – Starting Out & Smart Goals: A welcome to CarePartners Health Services starts our series, then the first lecture on SMART Goals – how to meet your personal and health care goals, with tools that can be used throughout the series.

MARCH 20 & MARCH 27: There will be no classes on these days

APRIL 3 – Help for Aging Challenges: Discover creative and practical resources, tools, technology, and rewards of working with a Geriatric Care Manager. Then move into learning more about long-term-care insurance and preparing financially for aging and health.

APRIL 10 – Integrative Health: Learn from experts and practitioners the benefits of complementary and alternative therapies and participate in group exercises for stress resilience and stress reduction.

APRIL 17 – Memory Impairment & Practical Tools: Experts talk about memory impairment, caregiver management, and tidbits to keep your mind sharp. Participate in activites designed to improve memory and learn about the science of “neurobics”.

APRIL 24 – Elder Law (expanded day): Gain knowledge about durable power of attorney, living wills and more. Achieve peace of mind in understanding probate, wills and trusts.

MAY 1 – Home Health Care: Is your home set up in the safest way to prevent falls? Learn how to arrange your home for the best balance and safety. Also, benefits of physical therapy and strengthening tips will be discussed.

MAY 8 – Voice, Swallowing & Cognitive Tools: Maintain a healthy voice and good swallowing techniques as you age. Speech therapists address changes in memory for the aging brain and what you can do to have optimal cognitive capability.

MAY 15 – Hospice & Palliative Care: Gather information about how to become your own ethical advocate and discover palliative care – the unknown medical specialty.

MAY 22 – Community Resources and Information from area agencies including:
Buncombe County Council on Aging, Land of Sky Regional Council, CarePartners, Mission Low Vision Center, Reuter YMCA

MAY 29 – Self Care: Information on technologies that can help in prevention and care for your mind and body, including Ai chi, Tai Chi and Yoga

JUNE 5 – Balance for Life Day (expanded day): Help is at hand with our Balance for Life Day, where you can gather information through presentations and screenings about Aging in Place & Home Evaluations, Balance with Everyday Activities and Medications and Impact on Balance. Also, enjoy our mini health fair with balance screenings, medication review, blood pressure screenings, “ask a physical therapist”, and community resources

JUNE 12 – Help for Caregivers & Driver Evaluation: Learn how to encourage and support an aging friend or loved one and care for yourself as a caregiver. Also, our driving evaluator will give tips on assessing someone’s ability to drive and on improving driving abilities.


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