Sunday, April 16, 2017

Be Smart About Your Heart

Dr. van Buren
Dr. Daniel van Buren, a popular speaker for Western Mountains Senior College’s To Your Health series, returns to present “Be Smart About Your Heart” – an overview of the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This program (rescheduled from February) takes place on Thursday, April 27, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. Dr. van Buren said, “In the United States and most developed countries, CVD is and will remain the leading cause of death in men and women. CVD includes coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease.”

“However,” he added, “It is well known that early intervention through primary prevention can greatly reduce the incidence of the development of CVD as well as many of the other factors associated with it. The reduction of multiple risk factors, through therapeutic lifestyle changes and drug therapies of proven benefit, can have a clear role in the primary prevention of CVD.” He will discuss the major risk factors that can be modified including hypertension, high cholesterol, exercise/physical activity, weight loss, daily use of alcohol, avoiding or stopping smoking, and the question of aspirin for prevention.

Dr. van Buren is Director of Cardiovascular Medicine at the New England Heart Institute at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, New Hampshire. He is board certified in internal medicine, adult echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular disease. A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he completed his internal medicine and cardiology training in Brooklyn, New York, and resides in Bethel.

To Your Health is sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College as a community service with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and MSAD#44/Continuing Education. The program is free and open to the public. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft, 824-2053.

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Changes to Tech Help Offerings at Telstar

When school resumes after April vacation Tech Help at Telstar will only be offered on Tuesday afternoons.  But be sure to call the Adult Ed office before you come (824-2136 ext. 1340). Spring is a busy time for students and your helper may not be available.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Monday, April 10, 2017

Correction: "Take a Hike" Postponed

We have just learned that due to the unavailability of McLaughlin Auditorium Lynne Zimmerman's Down Home Maine presentation has been postponed.  Once we have a new date we will let you know.

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

On Arthritis

At To Your Health on April 6, Christopher P. FitzMorris, D.O., M.P.A. introduced the causes and symptoms of arthritis to an interested group. There are several types of arthritis, but Dr. FitzMorris concentrated on osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type, resulting mostly from wear and tear or injury. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints, which may be worse first thing in the morning or after sitting for awhile. Anti-inflammatories can help, but for severe arthritic pain, you should see your physician. Injections and drugs can relieve the symptoms.

More debilitating is rheumatoid arthritis, which usually presents between the ages of 30 and 50. Diagnosis and treatment by a physician are required.  While the causes of rheumatoid arthritis are still under investigation, there are drugs which can alter the disease, not just treat the symptoms.

Whatever kind of arthritis you may have, take control of the situation! Discuss self-management strategies with your primary care provider. Research credible sites, such as the Arthritis Foundation (www.arthritis.org).  Manage your weight. Eat a healthy diet. Remain active as much as possible. If you are not active, begin a gentle exercise program, remembering that small increments provide the most benefit.  Use assistive devices (cane or walker) when necessary.  And perhaps most important, form a support team of your medical professional, your friends, and family.  But remember, you are the captain!

To Your Health team members shown with speaker:  Linda McDonough, Judy Whitman, Jan Stowell, Dr. Christopher FitzMorris, Donna Coe and Rosabelle Tifft.

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Someone's Had a Birthday!

On Thursday, April 6 members of the drawing and painting class presented Suzanne Taylor with flowers and a cake in honor of her 80th birthday.  For many years now Suzanne has facilitated both this and the creative writing class.  Thanks, Suzanne!      photo Karen Mills


Sunday, April 2, 2017

The "What's New?" Tab

We now have a “What’s New?” tab at the top of the blog. As new information becomes available, we'll announce it in this new tab. For example, two Brown Bag Lunch discussions have recently been planned, and they’ve been added to the Public Events listings. But you wouldn’t know about these new events unless we announced them somewhere. That’s where the new tab comes in. Whenever you click on “What’s New?” you’ll see the latest updates. It’s up at the top between the “Home” and “Membership/Registration Form” tabs. Give it a try! (To get back here click on the "Home" tab.)
 
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Takeaways from “Ask the Pharmacist”

On Thursday, March 23 two local pharmacists, Scott Fraser, RPh and Retief Orffer, RPh spoke at To Your Health’s “Ask the Pharmacist” presentation. More than 30 people attended. Following are several points that they made:

  • A varied diet will supply most necessary vitamins and minerals, and it is better to get them from food. It is difficult to get enough Vitamin D and calcium, so supplementing these is beneficial. But avoid megadoses!
  • Ask your doctor for a printout of all the medications you are on and take this to your pharmacist. Your doctor and your pharmacist commonly discuss issues of drug interaction, but your pharmacist is not usually notified when you are taken off a drug. This list will keep him or her up to date. 
  • When you visit your doctor, take a list of questions so you don’t forget. Bring a friend or family member with you - two sets of ears are better than one. Ask how long you will be on a medication, if you are starting at the lowest dose, and if there is a lower-priced generic equivalent available.
  • Your pharmacist is the only health care professional you can see and speak with without an appointment!

Scott Fraser and Retief Orffer offered three handouts - “Patient Guide for Food and Drug Interactions,” “Vitamins and Minerals” and “How to Interact with Your Pharmacist.” If you were unable to attend, copies are available in the Adult Education office at Telstar High School.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

April Events

Thursday, April 6
To Your Health: What You Need to Know About Arthritis
Christopher P. FitzMorris, D.O., M.P.A. will introduce different types of arthritis, their causes and symptoms; treatment options including activity limits, relief of symptoms, disease treatment and/or surgical options. Free and open to the public. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft, 824-2053.

Thursday, April 6; 4:30-6:00 pm; West Parish Congregational Church

Tuesday, April 11
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Food Security
Presenters include people from our community who are involved in programs to improve local access to healthy food at affordable prices (sometimes no-cost). Bring a bag lunch and help us explore:
· What are the challenges faced in our communities?
· What’s already happening to address current needs?
· What new initiatives might be possible?
Free and open to the public. FMI and to RSVP: nancydavis.bethel@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 11; 12:15-1:30 pm; Bethel Inn Library

Wednesday, April 19 - postponed
Down Home Maine: Take a Hike: From Wildflower Walks to Kilimanjaro 


Monday, April 24
Estate Planning (Part 2) - Trusts
Join elder law attorney Martha McLean for a follow-up discussion of basic estate planning and the use of trusts in particular. Attorney McLean will explain the differences between trusts and wills and which device is best suited to a particular purpose. This seminar is suitable for anyone interested in creating or updating an estate plan, and wondering whether a trust is the right vehicle to do so. Free and open to the public, but registration is required: (
207) 824-2136 ext. 1340.
Monday, April 24; 4:00-5:30; Telstar High School Lecture Hall

Thursday, April 27
To Your Health: Be Smart About Your Hear
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Dr. Daniel van Buren, Board Certified Cardiologist, returns for his fifth visit to talk about heart disease. He will give an overview of the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease including: treatment of cardiovascular disease before it develops; risk reduction through therapeutic lifestyle changes; and drug therapies of proven benefit. Free and open to the public. FMI: Rosabelle Tifft, 824-2053.
Thursday, April 27; 4:30-6:00; West Parish Congregational Church


The following events are not sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, but may be of interest to our members.

Beginning Tuesday, April 4
Gardening Training Course
For course description and application, visit gardenersgrowinghealthycommunities.org and click on the Training page. FMI contact Barbara Murphy at bmurphy1454@gmail.com or 207-890-1626.
Tuesdays, April 4-May 23; 5:30-8:00 pm; Mahoosuc Land Trust Office, North Road, Bethel


Thursday, April 6
She's the Top Dog Project
Sally Manikian will present stories, quotes and more from 15 women dog mushers while exploring women's presence in racing. Sponsored by Shelburne Trails Club.
Thursday, April 6; 7:00 pm (refreshments at 6:30); Shelburne Town Hall, Shelburne, NH

Wednesday, April 19
Iconic Places: Wildflowers of the White Mountains
Georgia Murray will share her expertise and insights on the impact of climate change on the bloom periods of wildflowers. Sponsored by the Mahoosuc Land Trust.  FMI: http://www.mahoosuc.org/
Wednesday, April 19; 7:00 pm; McLaughlin Auditorium, Gould Academy, Bethel

Wednesday, April 26
Community Supper

Free community supper the last Wednesday of the month. All are welcome.

Wednesday, April 26; 4:30 - 6:00 pm; Bethel Alliance Church, 251 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Brown Bag Lunch Discussion on Food Security

The next in the series of Brown Bag Lunch discussions will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 12:15-1:30 pm in the Bethel Inn Library. The topic is Food Security, which has been headlined as an international crisis, but is not always obvious to us on the local scene. Because we thought it was worthy of serious attention, our Bethel Area Age-Friendly Community Initiative decided early on that it should be added to the list of livability factors designated by AARP and the World Health Organization. We hope the April 11th event will provide a way to start the discussion.

Participating in the session will be people from our community who are involved in programs to improve local access to healthy food at affordable prices (sometimes no-cost). They can always use help! There are also simple programs in other communities that may offer ways we can coordinate local efforts. Help us explore:
· What are the challenges faced in our communities?
· What’s already happening to address current needs?
· What new initiatives might be possible?
 
Sponsored by Western Mountains Senior College, this event is free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch and join the discussion. FMI and to RSVP: nancydavis.bethel@gmail.com or 381-1110.


For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college

To Your Health Program on Arthritis

Christopher P. FitzMorris, D.O., M.P.A., will address “What You Need to Know about Arthritis: An Introduction,” on Thursday, April 6, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at the West Parish Congregational Church. This program is in response to many requests from audience members at past programs.

Christopher P. FitzMorris, D.O., M.P.A.
Dr. FitzMorris will discuss different types of arthritis, their causes and symptoms. In addition to an overview of how arthritis affects the patient, he will offer self-help techniques and introduce treatment options, including activity limits, relief of symptoms, disease treatment and/or surgical option. His goal is to leave the audience with a comfortable understanding of arthritis in general and how it might impact them or their friends and families.

Dr. FitzMorris received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York. He held a year’s internship at Peninsula Hospital Center, Far Rockaway, New York, and post-graduate training in general surgery at both Peninsula Hospital Center and St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, New York. He went on to take additional post-graduate training in orthopedic surgery at Peninsula Hospital Center, and Cabrini Medical Center, New York, New York. While there he served as Chief Resident receiving extensive experience in all aspects of general orthopedics. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and a member of the Surgical Associates at Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, New Hampshire.

The program is sponsored as a community service by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center, MSAD#44/Continuing Education, and Androscoggin Valley Hospital. The public is invited and admission is free. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, call Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.



For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college