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Good morning, dear readers.

My daughter, Susan, traveled from Monmouth, Oregon to visit and to help clean out my garage. She is a trooper. Last time, it was son, Greg and his wife, Denise, who got stuck with the job. Daughter, Judy Schindler helps make it possible for me to have a garage.

Yes, you are right. I have great kids. Son, Steve, lives in Southern California, so escapes the Cleaning of the Garage.

Susan is the wife of Western Oregon University President, Rex Fuller. They are a great team. Son-in-law, Rex is working diligently to help make WOU the best university that it can be. I’m very proud of them both.

Ok, let’s talk about a couple of new programs that will be taking place soon at Collabria Care. You may remember it as Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services at 414 South Jefferson St., Napa. The website is www.collabriacare.org

I’m always pleased when I receive an email from Robbie Hayes, marketing and communications manager, telling us about new programs. Today we have two new programs:

— Learning to Live with Loss

This eight-week grief support group is designed to ease the pain of those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, no matter how recent. The group provides a safe environment where feelings and experiences can be shared. Therapist Janeen Fabulae MFT, provides support, guidance and materials for participants. It’s recommended that you attend all of the sessions.

Monday afternoons 3-4:30 p.m.: March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 9, 16, 23.

Thursday evenings 6:30-8 p.m. March 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 12, 19, 26.

This is a free community service, however RSVPs are requested. To RSVP, please contact Janeen Fabulae at 707-258-9080 or jfabulae@collabriacare.org

— Living Well with Parkinson’s

This is a practical, hands-on workshop for those with Parkinson’s disease, their caretakers, families, and friends.

Topics include:

May 31: Strategies to reduce common movement disorders

June 7: Techniques to help you stay positive

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June 14: Identifying and relieving sleep disturbances

June 21: Addressing nutritional concerns

June 28: Optimizing your brain heath.

These free community workshops are open to all, but registration is required. RSVP to 707-258-9087 ext. 272 or www.healthedcoordinator

Thank you, Robbie, for this very helpful information.

Next week, we’ll be talking about the benefits and how-to’s of gardening for seniors.

May your days be full of joy, with a capital J.

Until next time, be happy.

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