Dedicated to helping people thrive in life’s “second half,” the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville is presenting a full calendar of health workshops this fall. These programs, which range from help with Medicare choices and advice on maintaining good vision, to issues like Alzheimer’s disease and the need for end-of-life planning, are all free and open to members of OLLI and non-members alike. All events take place in UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.
“A great deal of the literature on aging still focuses on decline,” says OLLI Executive Director Catherine Frank. “Here at OLLI, we encourage a practical approach to health for adults as they age that acknowledges that change happens and also celebrates practices that lead to longer, healthier lives. We want everyone to feel welcome and encouraged to participate in these conversations and to see OLLI as part of the infrastructure for successful aging in our community.”
Sept. 28 – Fab Friday Health Education Series – Why Are U.S. Prescription Drugs More Expensive than in Other Countries? Can That Be Changed? The presentation by Michael Dickson, University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy distinguished professor emeritus, will be followed by Q&A. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Oct. 12 – Fab Friday Health Education Series – Your Precious Eyesight: Strategies to Preserve, Protect and Enhance – This presentation by optometrist Dr. Eric Bryant of Envision Eyecare in Asheville, will be followed by Q&A. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Oct. 15, 22, 29 – Navigating a Dementia Diagnosis – This series of workshops, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of WNC and led by Denise Young, program manager of the association’s WNC chapter, will feature area experts on dementia. 2-4 p.m. in Room 206.
Oct. 18 – Advance Care Planning Workshop – This workshop, featuring a panel of medical and legal experts, is designed help people think through end-of-life medical treatment decisions in advance, and enable those who are ready to come away with legally executed, notarized documents – the Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Will. To get a head start, visit the OLLI website where there are links to legal forms and background discussion. 7-9 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Oct. 26 – Fab Friday Health Education Series – Medicine for Old Age; Staying Healthy While Preparing to Die – This presentation by Dr. David Mouw, M.D., Ph.D. geriatrician, retired from MAHEC family practice residency program, is followed by Q&A. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Oct. 26 – New to Medicare Class – This session, featuring volunteers from the N.C. Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, will provide information on how Medicare works, how to obtain benefits, and more. It is presented in partnership with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, and to reserve space in this workshop, go to coabc.org. 2-4 p.m. in Room 206.
For more information, visit olliasheville.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 828.251.6140.