ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
Advance care planning (ACP) is a process designed to assess your personal beliefs, values, and health care goals so that you can make important decisions with more comfort and ease. This free seminar will provide an overview of the ACP process, basic tools to help define your own health care choices, and communication tips you can use to help start the conversation with your loved ones. This free program is presented by Teressa Vaughn, Sharp HospiceCare on Tuesday, January 10, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Peninsula Family YMCA, 4390 Valeta St., San Diego. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
GAIT AND BALANCE DISORDERS IN OLDER ADULTS
Gait and balance disorders can contribute to falls, and life–altering injury, especially in older adults. Learn about gait and balance disorders and their associated treatment from Justine Bono Foltz, a Sharp affiliated Geriatric Nurse Practitioner from the Sharp Senior Health Center. Wednesday, January 18 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA: COMMUNICATION AND UNDERSTANDING
Learn new techniques for effectively communicating with a person experiencing memory loss, managing challenging behavior and personality changes and practices for self-care from Amy Abrams, Education Manager, Alzheimer’s San Diego on Monday, January 23, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Point Loma/Hervey Branch Library, 3701 Voltaire St., San Diego. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
THE AGING PROCESS: WHAT IS NORMAL AND WHAT IS NOT
Understand the physical, social and emotional changes in aging adults. Explore signs of normal vs. abnormal aging. Discuss successful ways of staying physically, emotionally and socially active with Martha Ranon, Director of Education and Outreach for Southern Caregiver Resource Center on Tuesday, January 24, 1 to 2 p.m. at the All Souls Episcopal Church, 1475 Catalina Blvd, San Diego. Registration is required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at www.sharp.com
HICAP INSURANCE COUNSELING
Receive free information about Medicare, HMO’s supplement insurance or long-term care insurance from trained volunteer counselors of HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program). Choose the date best for you. Wednesday, January 4, Wednesday, January 11 or January 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Sharp Senior Health Center, 4320 Genesee Ave. #104, San Diego. Appointment required. Call HICAP at 1-800-434-0222 or 858-565-8772.
FREE BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS
Sharp Senior Resource Center’s Registered Nurse offers free blood pressure checks. No appointments necessary. Public is welcome.
Peninsula Family YMCA, 4390 Valeta, San Diego, Tuesday, January 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, 2128 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego, Tuesday, January 9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Dr., San Diego, Monday, January 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER INFORMATION & REFERRAL
The Sharp Memorial Senior Resource Center staff is trained to help seniors and their families connect with other services. Do you need a Vial of Life? Do you need an Advance Directive for Health Care form? Do you need information on caregiving, exercise or health? Call the Senior Resource Center at 858-939-4790.