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MaineHealth Learning Resource Center

Healthy Aging

Effective Communication Strategies


with Peter Baker, LCSW, Program Director with the Alzheimer's Association

Calendar Oct 19, 2017 at 4 pm

In this class, designed for caregivers of people living with Alzheimer’s disease, you will learn that communication is about much more than just talking and listening. It is also about attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language.

As people with Alzheimer’s diesase lose their ability to communicate with words, their caregivers need new ways to connect with them.

Join us to explore communication, learn about the verbal and behavioral messages given by someone with Alzheimer’s, and learn about ways to connect and communicate throughout each stage of the disease.

Know the 10 Signs
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Know the 10 Signs


with Mark Pechenik, Manager of Community Engagement & Outreach at the Alzheimer's Association

Calendar Sep 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

What is normal age-related memory loss and what are the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease has warning signs that are important for you to know. If you or someone you know is having memory loss or changes in behavior, it’s time to learn the facts.

Early detection of Alzheimer’s gives you the chance to plan for the future and explore treatment options.

Mindful Eating: The Am I Hungry? Program


with Erica Bartlett

Calendar Sep 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Transform the way you think about food.

Join us for this interactive and engaging 8-week mindful eating program. You will learn how to tune into your natural instincts to manage your eating in a mindful, healthy way – without restrictive diets or obsessing over every bite.

During the program you will learn to: Use hunger and fullness to guide your eating Eat the foods you love without overeating or feeling guilty Balance eating for nourishment with eating for enjoyment Resolve mindless and emotional eating Some reading is required.

The workbook and book, Eat What You Love and Love What You Eat are included in tuition.

Full Course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction PM


with Mary Bitterauf, BS, CHES, CHWC

Calendar Sep 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm, runs for 9 weeks

The 9-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program is designed to help you cope more effectively with both long and short term stressors.

Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, MBSR has been scientifically proven to enhance the ability to manage and reduce pain levels, improve focus, resilience and the capacity to recover more quickly from challenging life events.

Taught by approved and certified teacher of MBSR, instruction involves mindful meditation practices, discussion, gentle stretching and yoga (appropriate for all ability levels).

In addition to the 8 Wednesday classes, an all-day retreat takes place Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9am to 3pm 

For those who registered after Sept. 6, participation is required at the Intro/Orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:00-7:30pm.

For more information on the class and requirements, visit:


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