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West Linn Adult Community Center invites all to attend free discussions on issues seniors must address. Topics include everything from preventing falls to downsizing.

SUBMITTED PHOTOS  - Jennifer Fifer, social services liaison with Home Instead, will lead the health information discussions held the fourth Thursday of each month at the WLACC. The talks begin at 11 a.m. and are free to all.

Harmony Clayton, territory manager with HealthNet, will co-host and co-sponsor the monthly health talks with Home Instead.

The West Linn Adult Community Center recently started a series of informative talks on topics seniors deal with in everyday life — or will encounter in the future.

The presentations take place on the fourth Thursday of each month, starting at 11 a.m., and are led by Jennifer Fifer, a social services liaison at Home Instead. Jennifer was born and raised in West Linn, so she really knows our community.

The presentations are co-hosted and co-sponsored by Harmony Clayton, territory manager of HealthNet, who will be bringing refreshments and cookies to the events.

Both of the women say they are eager to meet everyone and help facilitate discussions around these important topics. What better way to start learning about what to know and, more importantly, what to do!

The first session was all about recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and what to do if you should experience one. It covered many things we all should know, including the fact that stroke is the third largest killer in the United States and the leading cause of disabilities among adults (and also young people) in the country. Someone may die every 3.3 minutes from a stroke.

Of course, we cannot prevent a stroke. Yet, we can recognize the signs when it happens, and potentially save a life of a co-worker, your dance partner, a partner at the card table or anyone else.

Nadine Simonsen, who attended the presentation, raved about what a great class it was and what valuable information she learned.

Future installments in the series include:

¦ April 26 — Fall Prevention: What causes falls and how can they be avoided?

¦ May 24 — Arthritis: A review of Arthritis as an umbrella term. The different forms of arthritis, the varying symptoms, causes and treatments available.

¦ June 28 — The Aging Process: A head-to-toe look at the body and what happens as we age. Discussion will be about the natural age progression versus progression due to disease and illness.

¦ July 26 — The Breaking Point: Downsizing and Clearing out Clutter. "Breaking" as in heartbreaking when we have to downsize because we no longer want to clean all these empty unused rooms, are tired of taking care of big yards, and no longer want to put up all those Christmas lights each year. Downsizing can be very overwhelming, so here is an opportunity to learn how to cope with it.

¦ Aug. 23 — Caregiver Stress: Review roots and causes for stress when providing care for another person. Are you taking care of yourself? How do you do that when you are taking care of another person? Being a caregiver can be enormously stressful. Learn how to manage so you have the strength and courage to keep going.

¦ Sept. 27 — Caregiving 101: A basic review of essential caregiving techniques — proper handwashing, gloving, transfers, hygiene practices and assistance with the activities of daily living. Learn how to reduce safety hazards and provide care.

¦ Oct. 25- Diabetes: What is glucose and blood sugar and why do we care? How does your pancreas work and what causes diabetes?

All of these interesting and worthwhile topics are being discussed at the WLACC. Presentations are free and open to all, but please RSVP at the front desk so we can arrange seating for all.

The menu this week calls for chicken pot pie, potatoes Lyonnaise, peas and strawberry mousse on Friday, April 13; beef stroganoff on egg noodles with vegetable medley and Red Velvet cupcakes on Monday, April 16; and tomato soup, turkey sandwiches and brownies on Wednesday, April 18. Cost is $5 per person.

The WLACC is located at 1180 Rosemont Road in West Linn. Call 503-557-4704 for more information.

Mieke Wiegman is a volunteer at the WLACC and volunteer editor of itsr bi-monthly newsletter.

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