Educational Activities

Caregiver Support Group

Each month we conduct a support group for those who are caregivers of someone with Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia. This support group is a great opportunity for caregivers to get together and discuss some of the daily issues and challenges that they face.

Meeting Time

This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m.

This group is certified by the Alzheimer's Association. Please share this information with anyone that you know that might benefit from these meetings.

This month our meeting will be Tuesday, September 5th at 9 a.m.

Grief Support Group

The grief of losing someone that you love cannot be known until you are placed in that situation. Everyone experiences grief in their own way. There is no right or wrong in grieving. We have a Grief Support Group that meets the second Tuesday of each month.

Group Purpose

Our group is designed to bring people together who share a common experience – the loss of a loved one. Whether it has been 2 months or 5 years, the pain of loss can still be very intense. If you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, please join us for a strictly confidential meeting to share feelings and offer support.

Meeting Time

The meeting this month is on Tuesday, September 12th at 10 a.m.

Parkinson's Support Group

Parkinson's Disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that involves the malfunction of vital nerve cells in the brain. Many people experience tremors, slowness of movement, rigidity and postural instability. It is important to find the right physician and treatment plan for each person. A good exercise and nutrition plan is also very beneficial. Support Groups can provide a place to share similar experiences and tips for living with the disease.  With the help of the National Parkinson's Foundation and Vanderbilt University Medical Center and we have started a Parkinson's Support Group for those who are dealing with the disease. This is for those with Parkinson's and their families and caregivers. We will be meeting the 1st Friday of each month at 10 am. Our August support group will be on Friday, September 1st at 10 am.

Parkinson's Exercise Program

Parkinson's Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that causes slowness of voluntary movement, including walking or rolling over in bed. LSVT BIG is a research-based exercise approach that will teach people with PD how to avoid inactivity and keep movements alive during everyday activities. The treatment incorporates big amplitude movements to slow the progression of PD and improve function. People who participate in the program have greatly delayed further progression and symptoms and can maintain mobility for up to 10 years after completing the program. Kate Lewis, physical therapist with Benchmark Physical Therapy in Hermitage, will be at the Center for a program on this new exercise program and its benefits on Friday, September 8th at 10 am.

Fall Prevention/Knowing your Meds
Many times when senior citizens fall, it is due to their medications. How can this be prevented? We will have a pharmacy intern speaking at the Center on Friday, September 29th at 1030 on this topic and other medication related issues. This will be very helpful and informative program.

Flu Shot Clinic
It's that time of year again. It's time for Flu Shots. Gibbs Pharmacy will be at the Center on Tuesday, September 26th from 9 to 1130 am giving flu shots. Medicare will be covering the cost for their members again this year. Be sure to bring your insurance card with you. No appt is necessary.

Cyber Threats, Computer Viruses, and Malware
If you have a computer, tablet, iPad, smart phone or any type of technical equipment, you are at risk of having some of your personal information compromised. There are many warning signs and precautions that you can be aware of that may lessen the risk. Christopher Andrews, Information Systems Director wit the Wilson County Sheriff's Office, will be at the Center on Tuesday, September 5th at 1 pm to discuss statistics on current CyberThreats to include viruses and malware. He will discuss who these "cyber actors" are and how they get your information or destroy your computer.

Senior Legal Talk with J. Barry
Most people don't want to go to the nursing home if there is a way to prevent it. For those people who still have time to plan ahead, it is important to choose the right pre-planning strategy for long term care needs. This includes creative financial strategies that can be used to protect assets while receiving quality care. If someone doesn't have time to plan ahead, then it is important for them to know the secret to choosing the right health care providers as well as accessing gvmt programs to help with the financial expense of care. Local Elder Law attorney J. Barry will be at the center on Wednesday, September 20th at 1 with some great advice.