Programs help seniors build skills in everything from money matters to cooking to electronics

The fall session of Skillbuilders will kick off Sept. 8 with "Surviving and Thriving" by Ron Hills of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association.

He will discuss adjusting to life changes, such as grief, job, health and other circumstances that can require adaptions or re-evaluations.

Skillbuilders is a series of educational and support programs designed to assist those who are adapting to life changes due to the loss of a loved one or who are now the primary decision maker because of illness or limitations.

The programs are scheduled at 10 a.m. every Thursday from Sept. 8 through Nov. 17 in the gallery of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont. They are free and there is no registration. Individuals can attend all of the programs or just one.

Here's the lineup:

Sept. 15 — "Aging in Place: Helpful Hints & Tools to Help You In Your Home." Linda Crabb, of Douglas County VNA, will discuss how to keep a home safe as one ages. She will also demonstrate utensils and tools that assist in daily chores and living arrangements.

Sept. 22  — "Estate & Legal Matters." Cheryl Denton, attorney with Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird, will discuss legal questions concerning how to determine or maintain estate and/or personal property documents.

Sept. 29 — "Home Maintenance." Neil Gaskin, owner of Natural Breeze Remodeling, will give tips and pointers to keep homes in good repair.

Oct. 6 — "Gardening For Your Well Being." Jennifer Smith, horticulture agent with K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County will talk about how gardening provides a sense of well being and relaxation. She will also provide gardening tips.

Oct. 13 — "Car Care." Richard Haig, owner of Westside 66, will give tips and pointers on keeping your vehicle in good repair and running order.

Oct. 20 — "Managing Your Money." Barbara Braa, of Corner Bank, will provide information on managing budgets, retirement programs and other financial issues.

Oct. 27 — "Healthy Eating for One." Susan Krumm, nutritionist with K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County, will demonstrate how to cook healthy and flavorful meals for only one or two people. Come hungry because she will be serving samples of a variety of recipes.

• Nov. 3 — "Personal Safety & Home Security." Sgt. Gary Squires, of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department, will discuss personal safety and keeping homes secure. He will provide tips on how to feel safe no matter your age or circumstances.

• Nov. 10 —"Know Your Electronics." Want to know exactly what a Kindle or a Nook is? Be able to distinguish an iPad from an iPod, a Notebook from a Tablet? What do you mean my phone is a camera and why do I want it to do that? Come and find out what the new electronics are and can do.

Nov. 17 — "Celebration and Remembrance." As the holidays approach, memories and thoughts can be difficult. All attendees will receive a "memory box" and be invited to share memories of someone special.

Transportation may be arranged by calling the Douglas County Senior Services at 865-6925.

Skillbuilders is sponsored by the Senior Outreach Services of the Lawrence Public Library, the Douglas County VNA, and Douglas County Senior Services.

For more information, contact Pattie Johnston, of the library, at Lawrence Public, at 843-3833, Ext. 115, or Lori McSorley, of Douglas County VNA, at 843-3738.

Tagged: Skillbuilders, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Douglas County Senior Services

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