Hi everyone,

Happy Easter! I’m very excited to be sharing some wonderful programs and opportunities for seniors.

In my email, I recently received a most welcome note from Robert Hays, who is with Collabria Care, at 414 Jefferson St., Napa.

Robert wanted us to be especially aware of two outstanding programs coming up. First is Caregiver 101, taking place at Collabria Care on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Robert said, “This is an excellent introduction to care giving involving hands-on practice.” For example, safe and different efficient techniques for bathing, dressing, transfers and mobility are demonstrated. Although this program is open to everyone, professionals can receive continuing education units for attending. Make reservations at 258-9087 ext. 272.

The second program is the Community Conversation Series 2017 – Sleep: The Key Element to Your Well-Being, on May 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m. featuring sleep expert Michael Mason, M.D. This workshop will address an issue that is so important to patients and their caregivers: sleep! Kal Edwards is the coordinator for this series of forums.

The program will discuss the fact that as we age our sleeping patterns change. Learn how quality rest leads to good health and longevity, how sleep is a reset for your brain and body, how to get a full night’s rest, solutions for insomnia, snoring and restlessness. Come to the forum and renew your relationship with sleep. Call 258-9087 ext. 272 for reservations. This is a free community event. Make reservations early, as they fill up rapidly.

These both sounded fascinating, so I asked for more.

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A Grief Support Group (ongoing) a weekly drop-in support group for adults who have lost a loved one meets on Thursdays, 4–5:30 p.m. at Collabria. It is free of charge.

Learning to Live with Loss, an eight-week support group is for any adult who has experienced the death of a family member or friend and focuses on education and support. Attending the entire series is strongly recommended and pre-registration is required. The next Monday group meets at 3-4:30 p.m., June 12 through July 31. A Wednesday group meets 6:30–8 p.m., June 14 through July 31. To register, please contact Janeen Fabulae at 707-258-9080.

Ongoing caregiver support groups are offered in partnership with Redwood Caregiver Resource Center and the Alzheimer’s Association at Collabria Care in Napa on the first Thursday of each month, 1-3 p.m. and the third Wednesday of each month, 5:30-4:30 p.m. In St. Helena, groups meet at Rianda House, 1475 Main St., on the first Thursday of every month, 3-4:30 p.m., and the third Thursday of every month, 3-4:30 p.m.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Early-Stage Caregivers. This three-part series provides practical answers to the questions that arise in the early stage. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you can do to cope with the changes that come with an early stage diagnosis. Meetings are on Thursdays, May 18, 25 and June 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This is a free community event, co-sponsored with the Alzheimer’s Association. Please reserve early to assure your place: 707-573-2110. Refreshments are served.

Mind Boosters is an ongoing social program for people who are concerned about their memory or are in the early stages of memory loss and want to be proactive in maintaining their brain health. It meets on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Preregistration required: 258-9087 ext. 272.

Well, folks, that about wraps it up. Please share with your friends any of these ideas you think might be of interest to them. I can’t say enough about Collabria Care. They do so much for us seniors. Thank you, Robert, for all this wonderful information. We’ll visit again, soon, as I want to share with my readers the brand new Upvalley village that is to open this summer.

Stay happy, and share your joy.

I enjoyed the many emails this week. It’s always a pleasure. bettyrrhodes@sbcglobal.net.

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