Lourie Center Celebrates Older Americans Month

Each May, the Lourie Center joins the nation in a celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.

Participating in activities that promote mental and physical wellness, offering your wisdom and experience to the next generation, seeking the mentorship of someone with more life experience than you—those are just a few examples of what being engaged can mean. No matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to start. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age! The Lourie Center offers an ongoing schedule of fitness, educational, creative classes and events for older adults. The following events are scheduled for May and are free, unless noted, and open to the public.

Thursday May 3, 11 am -12:30 pm- Lunchtime Lecture “Healthful Eating and Non-Meat Potluck Luncheon” Stacey Besser, Field Educator, Ethical Choices Program.
An introduction to the link between animal products and disease, food choices recommended by nutritionists and organizations (American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, World Health Organization, etc.) Exploration of how modern farming and agricultural practices contribute to present-day health concerns and plant-based food options. Non-meat “BBQ spareribs” will be provided along with wheat sandwich rolls. Bring a healthy side dish, dessert, or beverage.

Thursday May 3, 2-3:30 pm Spiritual Cinema Circle: “The Perfect Game” The Perfect Game” is a comedy based on a true story, about a group of boys from Monterrey, Mexico who became the first non-U.S. team to win the Little League World Series-105 minutes. Many inspirational films are made every year but never get into the theaters. Spiritual Cinema Circle is uplifting stories from independent filmmakers that inspire love and compassion and connect us with the world. Led by Joseph Whiting. All are welcome!

Thursday May 3, 12:30-5pm, AARP Smart Driver: A Driver Safety Course for Older Adults
This Driver Safety refresher course will bring you up to speed on changes to roads and cars. Update driving skills and your knowledge of road hazards. This course is packed with useful information that you can use immediately. Pre-registration required. $ 15 AARP MEMBER, $20 NON MEMBERS. BRING CHECK OR CASH TO CLASS.

Tuesday May 8, 10 am-11:30 am “Introduction Class: Tai Chi for Fall Prevention and Balance”

Come experience an ancient martial art as a contemporary healing art. The program (TCF) is designed to improve mobility, stamina, and muscular strength, improve flexibility and balance. TCF is an exercise that involves low-impact and slow, controlled breath and movements. Progress will be documented and students are expected to attend all classes. Joseph Whiting, MS, a board certified instructor will lead the classes. First class is free. Full program requires monthly membership plus $15 fee.

Thursday May 10- Lecture “Are You Good To Go: Your End of Life Healthcare Options” with Doug Rice, Choices and Compassion.
Learn about the importance of Advance Directives, Healthcare Power of Attorney and Living Will, Interfacing with the medical community, end of life options.

Thursday May 17- Lunchtime Lecture “How to Save on Common Expenses: What Companies DO NOT Want You to Know” with Matthew Murray, Expense Specialist With NSBS (National Senior Benefit Services).
A discussion on how companies such as TV/Internet Providers, Insurance, and Phone companies try to gain advantage of consumers, common things overlooked when purchasing, and tips and tricks on how to save thousands of dollars a year. He will also teach how to efficiently read and understand important documents. *Lunch will be provided to those who register.

Thursday May 24- Lunchtime Lecture “How to Support Loved Ones Who Have Dementia” with Debbie Bouknight, Director of Activities at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care.
It can be difficult to know what to do for your loved ones suffering from dementia or other conditions. Debbie Bouknight will discuss compassionate care. Sponsored by Atria Senior Living; Lunch will be provided to those who register.

Thursday May 31- Lunchtime Lecture “Fall Risk Reduction” with FOX Rehab Regional Director Jenelle Tinsman.
How to prevent falls in the home and out in public. *Lunch is provided to the first 25 who register.

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The Lourie Center provides opportunities for adults over 50 to remain physically fit, socially engaged, intellectually stimulated, and independent.

For more information or to register for an event, call 803-779-1971 or visit the web site at www.louriecentersc.com.