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Learn Something New in 2019

Take time to learn something new at the Senior Center

Whoever said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks has never met the seniors in Fayette County. The Lexington Senior Center hosts a myriad  of activities and services that citizens of Fayette County are able to utilize.

To be eligible to use the Senior Center:

  • Age 60 and older, or spouse of a person that is 60 or older
  • Fayette County resident
  • Independent, meaning:
  • Physically able to participate in programs and activities without supervision or assistance
  • Oriented to time and place
  • *If you are not independent, you must be accompanied by a caregiver or friend at all times.

 

Here is a sampling of classes you can take in 2019:

ART

Mondays, Jan 7 – Feb 18 at 9 am.

Beginning Hand Building with Amelia Stamps: Learn the basics of coil, pinch & slab building. No experience necessary.

 

Mondays, Jan 7 – Feb 18 at 11:30 am.

Beginning Wheel Throwing with Amelia Stamps:  Learn the basics of throwing on the pottery wheel and glazing pieces. No experience needed.

 

Wednesdays, Jan 9 – Feb 20 at noon.

Ceramics with Barb Steinrock: Ceramic pieces, paints and kiln time are provided. An instructor is available to assist you with your projects.

 

Tuesdays, Jan 8 – Feb 19 at noon.

China Painting with Betsy Packard: Paint on china!  We provide paint, kiln time and your first china piece.

 

Fridays, Jan 11 – Feb 22 at noon.

Italian Majolica Ware with Amelia Stamps:  Painting with stains on white opaque food safe glaze. Prior piece painting experience preferred. Some clay work involved.

 

Thursdays, Jan 10 – Feb 21 at 10 am.

Glass Mosaic Tile with Patricia Lawrence: Create a decorative art piece using glass tiles! No experience needed.

 

SEWING

Wednesdays, Jan 9 – Feb 20 at 12:30 pm.

Beginning Sewing with Debbie Orr: This is for the TRUE beginner! Learn about the machine and the basics of sewing!

 

SUPPORT

Wednesdays, Jan 9 – Feb 20 at 10:30 am.

Eat.Weigh.Move. with Carey Highland: This interactive weight loss support group and workshop is packed with information so you can be successful in your weight loss journey!

 

Aging Support Group returns January 24 at 10 am in the conference room.

 

ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS

There are help tips to giving care to your loved one from the Alzheimer’s Association.

Early Stage of helping the person with Dementia and/or Alzheimer’s live well:

  • Encourage physical activities. Studies show,  regular physical activity may play a role in living better with the disease. Choose activities that you both can participate in.
  • Maintain a balanced diet. Make meals that are low in fat and high in vegetables.
  • Create a daily routine that will promote quality sleep and engagement with others.
  • Identify stressful situations. Try to avoid unnecessary stress and confusion
  • Work together. Find what helps the other relax.

Of course, don’t forget about yourself. Even though you are taking care of someone, you can’t forget to take care of yourself first. Without you at your healthiest, your loved one can’t thrive. Here are a few tips to take care of yourself:

  • Carve out a time for yourself. Get a friends or family to spend time with your loved one while you’re away.
  • Build a support network.
  • Ask for and accept help.
  • Do not to take things personally. Symptoms of the disease can cause an individual to forget commitments. This is not a reflection of their character.
  • Stay healthy.
  • Stay engaged. Continue to be involved in activities that are important to you.
  • Allow yourself to laugh and have fun.

The key point for any caretaker is to find support and surround yourself by supportive people. Find a local support group. Taking care of someone can cause stress and be emotional, but the best thing for anyone to do is to get help and know how to properly take care of someone with Alzheimer’s and/or Dementia.

 

EVENTS

January 2

Lexington Senior Center reopens after holiday break

 

January 8

“Device Advice” at Eastside Library

 

January 14

Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Café

 

January 25

Bundle Up with Bourbon & Blues at Limestone Hall.

 

January 31

UK Women’s basketball halftime performance by Senior Center PrimeTime Dancers at Memorial Coliseum.


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