Class Synopsis

  1. Hydration – How to maintain adequate fluid levels in our bodies. Danger of dehydration, symptoms of dehydration, reasons the elderly are more vulnerable to dehydration, techniques for maintaining an adequate balance of body fluid, the relationship of incontinence to dehydration.
  2. Food Choices for Healthy Aging – We explore dietary guidelines and food choices. Discuss the concepts of: Proportionality – food categories, recommended number of daily servings from each category, proper serving sizes; Moderation – moderation in salt, alcohol, sugars, fat and cholesterol; &Variety.
  3. You Are What You Eat—Food as Preventative Medicine – How food choices can reduce risks of major illnesses and complications of major illnesses as well as influence how one feels on a day-to-day basis.
  4. Food Safety – Part 1 – How we can keep ourselves healthier through food safety practices: shopping, transporting food, storage of ingredients.
  5. Food Safety – Part 2 – How we can keep ourselves healthier through food safety practices: cooking and preparing food, serving, storage of leftovers.
  6. Healthy Low-Cost Eating – Part 1 – How to adjust eating and shopping habits to save money, while incorporating recommendations from the Food Choices for Healthy Aging and Food as Preventative Medicine lessons: Ways to create healthy, low-cost meals and snacks and how to read food labels.
  7. Healthy Low-Cost Eating – Part 2 –Participation in a grocery store tour to learn more about making healthy, low-cost food selections and to practice reading food labels.
  8. Reducing Risks of Getting Short-Term Illnesses – Techniques for reducing the risks of contracting potentially dangerous short-term illnesses such as influenza, pneumonia, and colds.
  9. Reducing Accidental Falls – Part 1 – Modifying environmental risk factors.
  10. Reducing Accidental Falls – Part 2 – Modifying personal risk factors.
  11. Avoiding Consumer Fraud on the Phone and at the Door – Reduce the risk of being victimized by fraudulent telemarketing and door-to-door consumer scams.
  12. Reducing Risks of Crime – Ways to reduce the risk that you will become a crime victim.
  13. Strategies for Making Ends Meet: Cutting Costs – Learn ways to live better within your budget – techniques to cut daily living costs and get more for what you pay.
  14. Strategies for Making Ends Meet: Using Programs and Other Money-Saving Options – Learn about the wide variety of programs available to save money and enhance your quality of life.
  15. Productivity and Aging – Opportunities available for an older person who wishes to become more productive.