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 winter. These programs, which offer help with Medicare choices, advice on nutrition for seniors, living with 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.”
Jan. 25 – Fab Friday Health Education Series – Food As Medicine for Older Adults- Current Research in the Treatment and Prevention of Disease – The presentation by Hannah Anderson, resident dietician at UNC Asheville’s Dining Services, will be followed by Q&A. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Feb. 1, 8, 15 – Living with Dementia: Life After a Diagnosis – This series of workshops, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of WNC, will feature area experts on dementia. 9-11 a.m. in Room 207.
Feb. 7 – Advance Care Planning Workshop – This workshop, featuring a panel of medical and legal professionals, 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 https://olliasheville.com/special-programs#advance-care-planning to see legal forms and background discussion. 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Feb. 8 – Fab Friday Health Education Series – Solo Agers – Geropsychologist Meridith Miller, formerly of the National Council on Aging, will discuss challenges and coping strategies for older adults living alone, and then answer questions. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
Feb, 8 – 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.
Feb.22 – Fab Friday Health Education Series – Palliative Care and Hospice Care: Definitions, Differences and Benefits – Dr. Aditi Sethi-Brown, M.D., assistant medical director at the CarePartners/Mission Solace Center, will discuss the definitions and differences between hospice and palliative care, and provide perspectives on end-of-life care. 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. in the Manheimer Room.
For more information, visit olliasheville.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 828.251.6140.