Summit County Government

Posted on: December 30, 2016

Community Center Helps Summit Age Gracefully

Photo of senior citizens taking a yoga class.

The Community & Senior Center is offering a year-long series of events focused on living a fulfilling, healthy and active life after 55

Contact:

Lorie Williams, Community & Senior Center Manager

970-668-2945, lorie.williams@summitcountyco.gov


SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Community & Senior Center is ushering in the New Year with an information-packed series of events, discussions and presentations to help Summit’s 55-plus population live fulfilling, healthy and active lives. The “Aging Gracefully” series will span all of 2017, with educational sessions scheduled at least once per month.

“There’s no question that our bodies and minds undergo real changes as we get older, but there are plenty of ways to take the bull by the horns and make the most of your golden years,” Community & Senior Center Manager Lorie Williams said. “In this event series, we’ll cover a broad range of health and wellness topics, including strategies you can implement immediately or use to plan ahead for the future.”

The Aging Gracefully series will feature authors, health care providers, senior services providers and other experts from a variety of fields. Subjects include Medicare basics, mental health support programs, caregiver training, healthy cooking, avoiding scams that target seniors and managing chronic health issues, among others. Most events are free, and all will take place at the center, located on the Summit County Commons campus at 0083 Nancy’s Pl. in Frisco.

The series kicks off with three events in January:

  • 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9: Navigating the Maze of Senior Living: Long-term solutions for changing care needs. Learn what you can do to combat Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s expert and published author Megan Carnarius, RN, NHA, LMT, will discuss memory care at the Monday Night Dinner. Copies of her book, “A Deeper Perspective on Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias: Practical Tools with Spiritual Insights,” will be available for sale. Make dinner reservations ($12) by calling 970-668-2944, or just come for the presentation at 7 p.m. (no charge).
  • 5:30-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11: Being Mortal. Summit County Senior Services and the Alpine Area Agency on Aging will host a free screening and discussion of the PBS program, “Being Mortal,” which delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film follows surgeon Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. After the screening, take part in a guided conversation on the topic. Dinner is included at no charge. Reserve a spot by calling Amanda Rens-Moon at 970-468-0295, ext. 117, by Jan. 4.
  • 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25: Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction. Those who have had surgery and anesthesia recently may have experienced transient post-operative cognitive dysfunction. This syndrome affects about 30 percent of people ages 35-59 and over 40 percent of people over 60. Find out what it is, whether you may be risk and what you can do to help decrease your risk. Presented by Carolyn G. Holland, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). Other CRNAs will attend the presentation to answer questions and address concerns about receiving anesthesia.


Future events in the series will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information, visit www.SummitCountyCO.gov/Seniors or call 970-668-2940.


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