Senior classes available at SCAN

AARP’s Driver Safety Program is the nation’s largest refresher course to help drivers 50 and older drive safely longer. This specialized program allows participating seniors to tune up their driving skills while also potentially getting an insurance discount. The AARP Smart Driver Course will be taught in two four-hour sessions, March 23 and 24, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP members/$20 for non-members and includes refreshments.

It’s possible to live well with diabetes – learn how at a Diabetes Management Workshop at the SCAN Health & Wellness Center. On Tuesday, March 22, Health Educator Mary Arevalo will share how to live well with diabetes, how to create a meal plan, how to add activity to your life and how to manage your medications. Each class is from 9:30 a.m. – 12 .

Seventy five percent of seniors 70 years old have some balance impairment. Having a strong sense of balance is crucial in preventing falls in older adults. Attend a  free balance screenings on Wednesday, March 23, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The screenings are available to those 55 and older who have had a recent stroke, fall, or surgery. They will be conducted by Amy M. Griffin, MS, PT – President & Lead Physical Therapist for Equilibrium.

Seniors with certain medical issues can be more likely to fall. A free educational workshop: “Medical Issues on Falls” on Thursday, March 24 from 10 – 11 a.m. Join workshop leader Dr. James Helmer, Geriatrician at Ventura County Medical Center and Palliative Care Physician as he discusses the effects of medical issues that can contribute to fall risk.

Song circles are a wonderful place to find your own voice, and enjoy the healing benefits of music. Playing and listening to music benefits both mental and physical health. Seniors 55+ and their caregivers are welcome to join a free Senior Song Circle Tuesday afternoons from 3 – 5:30 p.m. on April 12, May 10 and June 7. Singing and playing music keep your brain healthy, improve sleep quality, reduce depression and boosts the immune system.

The SCAN Health & Wellness Center is located at 6633 Telephone Road. To register , and for more information please call 658-0365.

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