January 7 from 1 – 2:30 pm, VIDEO VIEWING: Dementia Care Tips featuring Teepa Snow

Learn techniques to improve communication, mutual understanding, and better manage distress in order to properly adapt our behavior to increase communication and quality of life for the person living with dementia.

January 9 from noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: 4 Steps to Pre-Planning Your Celebration of Life

A funeral is an important event for a grieving family, offering a sense of closure and enabling the healing process to begin. But why leave the celebration of one’s life to the last minute? Pre-planning your own or a loved one’s funeral can help ease the burden on family during a difficult time. Benefits to pre-planning include the ability to make financial arrangements early, making sure your/ your loved one’s final wishes will be followed, and creating a meaningful funeral that will offer comfort to your family during the grieving process. Join funeral experts from Dunbar Funeral Home as they share the 4 steps to get you started.

January 16 from noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Can Lifestyle Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?

If Alzheimer’s runs in your family, don’t fret – it is not inevitable that you will get the disease. Alzheimer’s is associated with genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect brain cells over time. Join senior expert, Cindy Johnson as she helps explain lifestyle choices that you can make to help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

January 21 from 11 – 3 pm, FREE COGNITIVE SCREENINGS

Every wonder, “Is my forgetfulness part of normal aging or is it more?” Johnsie Douglas, MEd, LPC, with Right at Home will be on hand to administer the Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam (SLUMS), a widely used and brief oral/written screening tool only, given to assist in determining a dementia diagnosis or provide a baseline of cognitive levels for your doctor. The exam will take about 15 minutes plus 5 minutes to review results. You will be given a copy of the results. RSVP at 803-888-7525 or email: [email protected]

January 23 from noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: South Carolina Assistive Technology Program

SCATP uses technology devises and services aimed to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities by collecting gently used medical equipment and distributing to those in need at no cost. From computers to devices intended to assist with ADLs, hearing, speech, vision, mobility, and vehicle modification and transportation, SCATP has much to offer for aging in place. Join Alli Upchurch to learn about these free services.

January 28 from 11 – 12 pm, Food and Fitness Lifestyle Changes for Healthful Longevity

During this seminar, Certified Fitness Trainer and healthy food promoter Stephanie DiMaggio will share her favorite tips and tricks for the new year. Her favorite authors will also be shared and discussed. Bring questions.

January 30 from noon – 1:30 pm,LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Protect Your Bones from FALLING Apart.

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year, and falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans? Although costly, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. In this seminar, senior fitness expert Derrick Bastian will share simple techniques to strengthen your bones and prevent falls from occurring. Also learn how to safely get you or your loved one up if a fall does occur.

January 31 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, Irmo Middle School Garden Art Project.

You and your loved are invited to join us with students from Irmo Middle School’s ACTION Team for an afternoon of fun. Students partner with Leeza’s Care Connection to learn about the impact of chronic illness on caregivers. The students are taking a field trip to LCC. Learn the value of art as therapy and paint rocks and flowers to begin a special outdoor garden at the center to enjoy all year long. Call Kena at 803-888-7525 or email [email protected]

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