Age By Design: Palliative Care Discussion

Date: Sat. 20 Jan, 2018 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

Join Maureen Giffin from the Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Palliative Care Program for the second program in the Age By Design series, on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Age By Design is a set of programs and community discussions that will explore various facets of life for those 50 and older on Mount Desert Island. Age By Design is a joint collaboration by the Jesup Memorial Library, Island Connections, the YWCA Mount Desert Island and the Mount Desert Island YMCA. Giffin, a nurse practitioner, will share insights and information about the valuable role of palliative care for patients and families. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families through the prevention and relief of physical, social and spiritual aspects of suffering. It's provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work with other doctors on both an inpatient and outpatient basis to provide specialized medical care.   The third Age By Design program is on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. and will focus on exercise classes geared toward those 50 and older. The panelists for the program include: Cas Dowden, who teaches a class called Strong Women at the YWCA, which is designed to strengthen and increase muscle tone in women, improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis; Mark Schoon, Senior Director for Wellness & Aquatics at the YMCA, who teaches EnhanceFitness, which is an evidence-based wellness program developed for older adults by experts that focuses on strength, flexibility, balance and cardio endurance; and Susan Sassaman, who teaches a variety of free weekly exercise classes for older adults at any fitness level called Graceful Aging affiliated with Healthy Acadia. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Jesup with the panel discussion, and continues at the YWCA with a free session of EnhanceFitness. For more information on any of these programs, contact Doreen Willett at Island Connections at 207-288-4457 or Melinda Rice at the Jesup Memorial Library at 207-288-4245.    

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