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March 16, 2015
The Transition Network presents Robin Getman
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Carondelet Center, St. Catherine University
1890 Randolph Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105

If you had the ability – with very little personal investment – to improve your overall health and well-being, would you?  Research indicates that only 8-15 percent of your happiness is circumstantial; the remainder is learned behavior.  This session will expand your personal awareness and provide you tools and techniques with which you can increase your overall happiness. 

Robin Getman, co-founder of InterACT Group, Quality Service Professionals, has a broad background in dramatic and improvisational theater, stand-up comedy, as well as training and management.  Robin’s presentations are entertaining, informative and inspirational with a gift for injecting humor to reinforce a powerful message.

Sponsored by The Transition Network, Twin Cities ChapterDownload the flyer.

March 25, 2015
Book Launch for "We Know How This Ends: Living While Dying"
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
O’Shaughnessy Educational Center Auditorium
2115 Summit Avenue
St Paul, MN 55105

We Know How This Ends, forthcoming April 1 from the University of Minnesota Press, details discoveries by authors Bruce H. Kramer and Cathy Wurzer as they embarked on a journalistic project to document Kramer's struggle with ALS.

Cost is free with registration.  More details.

March 26, 2015
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church
6100 Normandale Road
Edina, MN

This 6-week small-group education program (Thursdays, March 26 - April 30, 2015) is designed to help you with a wealth of self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. You will learn to reduce stress, improve your self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase your ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. This program is facilitated by volunteers who have gone through training and preparation through the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. Register by calling Mary Cordell at 952-929-1697 x28.  Download the flyer.

March 26, 2015
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Caregiver Support Group
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Wilder Center
451 Lexington Parkway North
St Paul, MN 55104

Wilder Center is creating an LGBTQ-specfic Caregiver Support Group that is multi-cultural, cross-class, and intergenerational. We will meet monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month and our first meeting is March 26.  Download the flyer.

March 27, 2015
The Price of Healing: Diversity Issues in Wellness, Health and Healthcare
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room (120)
University of Minnesota, West Bank Mpls Campus
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

The United States spends the greatest amount of GDP on health care per capita among the “most advanced” countries yet ranks 46th in the world regarding “most efficient” healthcare (Bloomberg, 2013).

This conversation examines health care research and treatment disparities while also exploring cultural knowledge and practices that communities use to maintain health.

One’s view about health can be influenced by race, ethnicity, sexuality, socio-economic status, gender, spirituality and other factors. How do our cultural lenses and experiences affect how we think about health and health care? Historically, how have health care professionals and providers delivered treatment to diverse individuals and groups? What groups have been considered “normative” for research about disease prevention and treatment? What can be learned from various cultures that may improve health and wellness in the U.S.?

The cost is free and more information is available on their website.

April 7, 2015
Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
5071 Eden Avenue
Edina, MN

This 8-week program (Tuesdays, April 7 - May 26, 2015) can help you improve your quality of life and increase your independence.  Contact Martha Anderson at the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness at 952-929-1697 x 46.  Download the flyer.

April 15, 2015
Better Choices, Better Health
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France Ave South
Edina, MN
Shalom Room on the Lower Level

This course (Wednesdays, April 15 - May 20, 2015) increases confidence and skills in managing care for yourself. It is designed to build skills in identifying issues, setting goals, solving problems, communicating, working with care providers, and finding out where to go for more information. Our volunteers have gone through 32 hours of training and preparation with the MN Dept. of Health or the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. To register, call Martha Andersen at 952-929-1697 x 46.  Download the flyer.

April 16, 2015
Memory Movements: Designed for people with mild memory loss
1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church
6100 Normandale Blvd.
Edina, MN

This 4-session class (Thursdays, April 16 - May 7, 2015) is designed for those with mild memory loss along with a partner, friend, or famiy member. Instructor Brian Kuebler has experience teaching this enhanced class within other community programs that serve those with memory loss. He is known for his gentle spirit and has a strong following of participants in the class.  Contact Martha Anderson at the Normandale Center for Healing and Wholeness at 952-929-1697 x46.  Download the flyer.

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