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5 0 + F E AT URE D E V E N T Health Fair FRIDAY, March 22 / 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Learn how to reduce your risk of various diseases and increase your sense of well-being. Assessments and screenings include blood pressure checks, cognition and memory techniques, fall prevention, sleep evaluation, nutrition, medication review, fitness education, ask the doctor and more. WHERE: Felicia Mahood Senior Center, 11338 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles INFO: (800) 516-5323 it begins with UCLA Health System 50 -Plus is a free program offering educational lectures, a walking program, information on community and health resources, membership amenities, a free community flu shot clinic, and special events. To sign up as a member, call (800) 516-5323. Senior Scholars Spring Session Fall Prevention Strategies Sensory Changes as We Age The Senior Scholars Program allows persons 50 years and older to attend regular-session undergraduate courses as auditors. Choose from hundreds of classes each quarter and learn from UCLA’s most distinguished professors, while enjoying an intergenerational experience with bright undergraduate students. Enrollment deadline for spring is February 15. (Spring quarter begins March 27). Course fee: $150. TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 / 2:00 to 3:30 pm TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 / 2:30 to 4:00 pm Learn some simple strategies that can help you or your loved one avoid falling. UCLA geriatrician Rafael De Oliveira, M.D., will also focus on home-based exercises that can improve mobility and balance and are effective for better sleep and mood. We experience changes in hearing, vision, taste and smell as we age. Learn how to adapt to these changes, strategies to maximize our involvement with family and friends and ways of maintaining good health and social interactions. WHERE: Westside Family YMCA, 11311 La Grange Ave., Los Angeles TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 WHERE: Sunrise Assisted Living of Santa Monica, 1312 15th Street, Santa Monica TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Neuropathy Update WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 / 7:00 to 8:30 pm TUESDAY, MARCH 12 / 10:00 to 11:30 am Melita Petrossian, M.D., UCLA neurologist, will discuss the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, possible causes, treatment options, including medication and non-medication options, and prognosis. She will also address “frequently asked questions” of newly diagnosed patients and their family. Tina Lin, M.D., UCLA neurologist, will give an overview of neuropathy, including causes, diagnosis and treatment options. WHERE: Locations vary on UCLA campus. INFO: or call (310) 794-0679 Memory Training Course Learn practical memory-enhancing techniques in this four-week, two-hours-each-week course. The program is designed for people with mild memory concerns and not for those with any form of dementia. Morning, evening and Saturday courses available. Cost: $50. Exercise: The Magic Pill WHERE: Conference Room 3-G370, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, 1250 16th Street, Santa Monica TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 / 2:30 to 4:00 pm Living with Chronic Pain and Illness WHERE: Locations vary. INFO: (310) 794-0680 or Learn the many benefits of exercise throughout life for physical, psychological and cognitive well-being and fitness. Tips and strategies for staying motivated with a safe and effective exercise program will also be discussed. WHERE: Sunrise Assisted Living of Santa Monica, 1312 15th Street, Santa Monica TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 FIND MORE ONLINE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 / 1:00 to 2:30 pm If left untreated, chronic pain may become a “syndrome” affecting one’s work productivity, relationships and mood. In this seminar, you will learn about the power of the mind in chronic pain and illness, how to use techniques to lessen pain, ways in which you can improve your quality of life and how to communicate more effectively. WHERE: Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 WHERE: Santa Monica Family YMCA, 1332 6th Street, Santa Monica TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 Varicose Veins 2013 Update THURSDAY, MARCH 14 / 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Cheryl Hoffman, M.D., UCLA interventional radiologist, will discuss the latest treatment options for varicose veins. WHERE: OASIS lecture room, Macy’s 3rd floor, 10730 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 Skin Changes in Older Adults TUESDAY, MARCH 19 / 2:30 to 4:00 pm Learn what skin changes occur as we age. This seminar will focus on causes, diagnosis and treatments. WHERE: Sunrise Assisted Living of Santa Monica, 1312 15th Street, Santa Monica TO RSVP: (800) 516-5323 Vital Signs Winter 2013 Vol. 57 15