Healthy Living

WELLNESS SEMINARS

Tabitha Ebbert, BS CDP, Manager of Programs & Education with Alzheimer’s Association will be at the Center on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:30am in the Card Room. Topic of discussion will be “Effective Communication Strategies”: Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress in their journey and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. This is an education program by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Andrew Price with Mackie Financial Group will be at the Center on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 12:30pm in the Card Room. Topic of discussion will be “Going onto Medicare”: This seminar will provide you with valuable information on how Medicare works and what the participants need to know to make wise decisions regarding Medicare options. This will be a good time to get your questions answered by a local agent that represents most of the plans in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. No plan specifics or information will be available, this is an educational event you will not want to miss, so mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Dr. Amanda Lingerfelt, ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport will be at the Center on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 10:30pm in the Card Room. Topic of discussion will be “Sleep Apnea”: Dr. Lingerfelt will discuss common cause, symptoms and treatment & cure. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain-and the rest of the body may not get enough oxygen.

Dr. Alex Havlik, ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport will be at the Center on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 10:30am in the Card Room. Topic of discussion will be “Type 2 Diabetes”: Dr. Havlik will discuss symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and ways to manage your diabetes.

Dr. Eric Hadley, ETSU Family Physicians of Kingsport will be at the Center on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10:30am in the Card Room. Topic of discussion will be “The Importance of Weight Bearing Exercise as we Age”: Dr. Hadley will discuss why keeping up with a weight bearing exercise program is important for bone health and more.

Woodshop Safety Orientation will be on Monday, July 9, 2018 in the Woodshop at 9:00am and every 1st Monday of the Month. If you are interested in working in the Woodshop you must complete the Safety Orientation. Stop by the Woodshop and sign-up.

BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS

Danielle Anderson, Community Relations Rep. with Asbury Place Kingsport will be at the Center on Thursday, July 5, 2018 for blood pressure checks from 10:00am – Noon and every 1st Thursday of the month, in the Hallway by the Office. Debbie Cook, RN, Hospice Community Educator with SunCrest Hospice will be at the Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018 for blood pressure checks from 11:00am – Noon and every other 4th Thursday of the month, in the Hallway by the Office. This service is free and not required to sign up for.

HIKING CLUB

The Kingsport Senior Center Hiking Club will be hiking the Falls of Laurel Run. We will meet at the Kingsport Senior Center at 9:15am and depart at 9:30am, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. If you would like to hike with us and join the Hiking Club please contact Kevin Lytle, Wellness Coordinator at (423) 392-8407 or stop by the Office and sign up.

CANOE THE CLINCH  

Come join us as we travel to Natural Tunnel State Park to Canoe the Clinch River. We will depart the senior center on Friday, July 27, 2018 at 8:30am. Cost for transportation is $8.00 each due when you sign up, fee for canoe is $12.00 each (cash only) due before we depart. We need a minimum of eight to sign up for trip to go, and is limited to twelve people; so when you sign up you must have a partner. Lunch is on your at the Smoke-N-Pig in Gate City. Stop by the Office to sign-up.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Michael Driver, Chaplain with Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice is sponsoring a GriefShare Program. We will meet on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 and every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:30am – 11:30am in the Card Room. GriefShare Program is offered to our members who have experienced the death of a family member or friend, are invited to attend. This nondenominational program features Christ-centered, biblical teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future. Grief-related books/materials are made available for participants. No sign up required.

Ginny Jenkins, C.E. and Holly Lefevers, LMSW with Smoky Mountain Home Health, Tracey Kendall Wilson with Alzheimer’s TN, and Kim Howell with Visiting Angels will be at the Center on Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm in the Multipurpose Room and held every 4th Thursday of the month. Come join us for an open group discussion about Memory & Brain Health, we will also play some fun memory games. Memory Screenings will be available. Stop by the Office to sign-up or call 423-392-8400, walk-ins are welcome.

Restless Legs Syndrome Support Group will be taking a Summer Break for July and August. The next meeting will be Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 12:30pm in the Card Room and held every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

BREAKFAST & LEARN SEMINAR

Dr. Ronna New with HMG Geriatric Medicine and the region’s only board-certified and fellowship trained geriatrician will be at Senior Center on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 9:00am in Room 310. Topic of discussion will be: “Polypharmacy and how this Impacts Healthy Aging”: She will review the changes that occur in body systems with age and examine how this presents the risk of medication-related problems with age.  Manners to decrease this risk and ways to age healthfully will be presented. Breakfast is sponsored by Michelle Bolling, Senior Executive Director with Dominion Senior Living. Sign-ups start on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, there is a limit of 50 seats available.