Health and Wellness Grant Programming

All programs listed below are brought to you with federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Virtual Adult Program - Should I Stay or Should I Go? - Decluttering, Rightsizing and Moving

Tuesday January 5, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Join Ellen Sullivan and Certified Senior Advisors and Seniors Real Estate Specialists, Erin DiCarlo and Lauren Watts for tips and tricks on home organization, de-cluttering, and deciding whether or not your current home meets your current and future needs. Also learn the best ways to move to a senior living community!

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Virtual Adult Program - Mindfulness: Simple Steps, No Cushion Required

Tuesday January 19, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

This program introduces mindfulness-based practices that support wellness and reduce stress. It presents a practical view of mindfulness and is designed to debunk common myths associated with meditation. This program will give you the opportunity to practice simple and doable mindfulness-based exercises, and you will leave with some simple practices that can be incorporated into everyday living. Some of the recent research on the benefits of these timeless practices to individuals and our society will also be highlighted. Presented by Paula Koppel, a registered nurse, geriatric nurse practitioner, and founder of Age Well Be Well.

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Virtual Adult Program - Immunity for a Lifetime

Thursday January 28, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

Ever wondered how to improve your immune system? Well, wonder no more. Join Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore’s Andrea Thompson for a program covering the components of the immune system and how this can be impacted by the foods we eat. Adequate nutrition is just one way to keep the immune system in tip top shape. This program will cover everything you need to know in order to ensure a healthy and vibrant immune system.

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Virtual Adult Program - Now’s the Time, Make Your Own Plan!

Tuesday February 2, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

It’s more important than ever to take charge of your health care decisions and make your own health care plan. Join Ellen DiPaola of Honoring Choices Massachusetts for an interactive program in which participants will review a simple step-by-step process to complete a free MA Health Care Proxy and MA Personal Directive (Living Will), using Honoring Choices’ Getting Started Tool Kit.* Participants will also receive a handy discussion guide, “5 Things to Talk About with Your Care Providers”, and will review three other MA care planning documents to update and add to your plan as your health needs change. Bring your questions and comments for a lively, interactive webinar!

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Virtual Adult Program - Cooking for 1 or 2 with Liz Barbour

Thursday February 11, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

One and two person households are the fastest growing segment of the population. It can be tricky when cooking for one (or even two) to make the most of your ingredients and your time. Join Chef Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast for this fun and delicious cooking demonstration. Liz will help you fill your pantry with quick cooking, small batch ingredients that will be cost effective, healthy, and easy to prepare. You’ll enjoy a discussion, cooking demonstration, and tasting of 2 delicious recipes you can prepare at home.

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Virtual Adult Program - Lessons from the Blue Zones

Thursday March 2, 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

This program presents the latest research on the physiology of aging and longevity enhancement by exploring four areas of the world where people live the longest (Blue Zones). Learn how specific lifestyle changes can biologically slow down the aging process. Explore the role of genetics in aging and how lifestyle choices affect the expression of our genes. Discover how to create a plan or “roadmap” that will incorporate this important research and protect your most important asset: your health and vitality. This program benefits all ages but is particularly important for folks at mid-life (age 50-75). Presented by Paula Koppel, a registered nurse, geriatric nurse practitioner, and founder of Age Well Be Well.

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