September 6, 13, and 27 from 11:30 am – noon, SPECIAL WELLNESS SERIES: Beginner Tai Chi

Tai chi is a mind-body practice known for treating or preventing many health problems. And the best part is you can get started even if you aren’t in the best of health or in good shape. Tai chi is a low impact, slow-motion exercise. As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention on your bodily sensations. The movements are never forced, the muscles are relaxed, and the joints are not fully extended or bent. Tai chi can even be easily adapted for chairs.


September 10 from 1 – 2:30 pm, VIDEO VIEWING: The Senior Gems – Your Guide to Supporting Family Members with Dementia featuring Teepa Snow

Learn about the Senior Gems that Teepa Snow often refers to in our other videos. This family-centered video provides an overview of the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as techniques that make a difference.


September 12 from noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: VA Aid & Attendance Benefits

Find out if the VA’s Aid and Attendance pension program could benefit you or your loved one when County VA Director Edward Lundeen, joins takes part in the discussion. Attendees will learn who is eligible for these pension services, what service and disability requirements are necessary, and what you should know about the application process.


September 17 from 11 – 3 pm, FREE COGNITIVE SCREENINGS

Every wonder, “Is my forgetfulness part of normal aging or is it more?” Johnsie Douglas, MEd, LPCwill 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 min. plus 5 min. to review results. You will be given a copy of the results. RSVP at 803-888-7525 or email: [email protected]


September 19 from noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Medicare. Do YOU Have the Right Coverage?

This Medicare seminar will help you understand the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Learn about other types of Medicare coverage, including special needs plans and Part D. The Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug Plan Annual Election Period which runs from October 15 to December 7, is almost here so now’s the time to get educated on Medicare.


September 21 from 11 am – noon, HOW TO MAKE YOUR SMARTPHONE WORK FOR YOU

Staying connected is important. But do you ever feel like your smartphone is too smart? Would you like to learn how to use your phone to receive emails or how to take and edit photos on your smartphone? Maybe you would like to video chat with a long distance relative or grandkid or learn how to use GPS mapping to help you get around town easier. Bring your questions and learn how to get the most out of your phone.



This mystery food dates back thousands of years. It’s considered miraculous, because it is a Prebiotic and used as food by the Probiotics that live in your intestine. Probiotics are natural beneficial bacteria that depend on Prebiotics for growth and survival. It’s known to control blood pressure, reduce levels of LDL (BAD) cholesterol, and enhance your immunity. When sprouted, it has nearly twice as much antioxidant activity. This food does not need water to activate its sprouting but is able to sprout on its own. Do you think you know what this food is? Join Certified Fitness Trainer and healthy food promoter Stephanie DiMaggio to discuss this wonder food.


September 26 from noon – 1:30 pm, LUNCH ‘N LEARN: Challenging Behaviors with Dementia

Managing unpredictable and problematic behaviors can be frustrating and stress invoking for those caring for someone living with dementia. It can be hard to remember that as caregivers, how we respond to the situation can make all the difference. Join us and learn how to disrupt the disruptive behaviors.


Leeza’s Care Connection is at the Michael J. and Mary Meech Mungo Home at 201 St. Andrews Road, Columbia. For more information call 803-888-7525 or visit