Mind & Body
Healthy Aging Conference
Take charge of your health, your security and perhaps even your longevity at the Healthy Aging Conference presented by the staff at Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital and other wellness professionals. It will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15 and 16, at the Grafton Inn in Grafton. Tuesday’s events will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday’s will end by 12 noon. “We are very excited to have assembled such a well-rounded and exceptional group of presenters,” said director of Rehabilitation and Wellness, Crystal Mansfield. “Our goal is to have participants leave feeling energized, with new knowledge and healthy living strategies.”
Speakers will include Dr. Jesper Brickley, on ‘Feeling Good Never Grows Old;’ investment advisor Mike Mandracchia of The Richards Group with ‘Financial Refresher: Strategies, Planning, Durable Power of Attorney, Goals;’ AARP’s Elliott Greenblott on fraud alerts and Dr. Robert Backus’s keynote address, ‘Staging a Graceful Exit.’ Other presentations will provide information about mental health, falls prevention, housing options, healthy eating and medication management. Attendees may also participate in individual massage therapy, Reiki and Zero Balancing sessions, and/or in group Yoga and Tai Chi classes, all of which are included in the cost for the two-day event: $225 for individuals and $360 for couples. For Tuesday only, the cost is $175.50. (The cost increases after September 15.) Registration forms are available at Grace Cottage or online a gracecottage.org/events. For details, call 802-365-3696.
Women’s Organizations to Host Statehouse Gubernatorial Candidate Forum
A Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on Women’s Issues will take place Thursday, September 22, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. This non-partisan event is presented by the Vermont Commission on Women (VCW), the League of Women Voters of Vermont, and Vermont Federation of Business and Professional Women. It will be moderated by Anne Galloway of vtdigger.org, an independent investigative news organization. The forum’s candidate questions were drawn from the public, organizations serving women and girls as part of VCW’s Advisory Council, and experts in fields such as child care, pay equity and health care. Visit women.vermont.gov or contact the Vermont Commission on Women at 800-881-1561 for more information.
Free Wellness Classes
Springfield Medical Care Systems’ (SMCS) Community Health Team is offering two free wellness programs. All members of the public are invited to participate. The six-week series, ‘Weight Loss and Wellness PLUS for Adults, starts Tuesday, September 6, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Designed to help adults looking to achieve a healthy weight, this three-hour program will explore a number of topics related to food and activity and provide opportunities to learn new skills for a healthy lifestyle. Hour one of the program will be dedicated to an educational topic with discussion and sharing, will move on to a half hour of a chair/standing activity routine and then wrap up with taste tasting of an easy, healthy recipe.
Create positive change and increase your enjoyment of life with the Wellness Recovery and Action Plan (WRAP), beginning Tuesday, September 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. Learn to effectively manage a variety of situations, including sadness, substance abuse, panic attacks, diabetes, arthritis or weight loss, and increase your health and well-being by developing your personal action plan. Light refreshments will be provided.
All classes are held at the Springfield Health Center, 100 River Street, Springfield. To register,contact Sarah Doyle at 802-886-8946 or [email protected] .
Learn how to build a resume that showcases your knowledge, skills and abilities, and is both attractive and persuasive to potential employers at a clinic to be held at Manchester Community Library. Participants will learn how to present themselves in a concise way. Learn what makes a good resume and identify the style appropriate for you to create an effective resume and cover letter, and receive individualized feedback and advice at this two-sesion workshop, Mondays, September 12 and 19, at 6 p.m. Russell Mills, a human resources consultant with expertise in management and career development, will facilitate. The resume clinic is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and space is limited; email [email protected] or call the Library at 802-362-2607 to reserve your spot. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center.