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Classes on keeping healthy and on your feet, QPR training and help with Medicare begin this week in Newberg

Providence Newberg Medical Center and a local church will be busy places over the next month as they prepare to host a trio of classes.

The goal of an upcoming class at Providence Newberg Medical Center is to get seniors "Staying Healthy and on Your Feet."

The class, set for 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at Friendsview Retirement Community, 1301 Fulton St., features experts from Providence on addressing how to prevent falls.

"Even a single fall increases your risk of falling again and can lead to a loss of independence," a release from PNMC said. "However, falls do not always come with aging. There are many things you can do to reduce your chance of falling. With the right tools, you can take steps to stay as healthy as possible and on your feet."

Those attending the free event should bring along a list of their medications (if they take any), including dosages and over the counter drugs, so a Providence pharmacist can conduct a medication review after the class.

For more information or to register, visit www.providence.org/classes or call 503-574-6595 or 1-800-562-8964.

How to help someone contemplating suicide or suffering from depression

The medical center will also sponsor a pair of classes titled "QPR Training: Ask a Question, Save a Life," from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 or 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Newberg Nazarene Church, 23177 Old Yamhill Road.

"Have you ever wondered what to say or how to start a conversation with someone in your life who is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts?" a press release from the medical center said. "This is a class designed for all of us to learn how to help our friends and loved ones (no matter what their age) get connected to the help they need."

The instructor is Michelle Shelton, a clinical psychologist and professor at George Fox University in behavioral studies and psychology. She has more than 10 years of experience working in mental health as a therapist, leader, trainer, educator and researchers, the release said.

Reservations are requested by calling 503-537-1549.

Medicare questions?

Finally, the medical center will hold "Medicare 101" classes for folks contemplating working past 65 years old.

The classes will be presented by Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) and will teach attendees about Medicare A, B, C, D and Medicare supplements; Medicare options, benefits, costs and financial assistance; sign-up options and avoiding late enrollment penalties, and more.

The classes are slated for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 25) and 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 4 in the Dundee/Sherwood classrooms at PNMC, 1001 Providence Drive.

For more information or to make reservations, call 503-893-6848 or visit www.providenceoregon.org/medicare101.


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