News Release

August 25, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Celebrate Aging Programs: September and October

Farmington, Conn. – An introductory class to the benefits of yoga, breathing and meditation as well as a workshop on personal goals and health lectures on foot care and aging, are among the programs available to men and women this fall through Celebrate Aging, a new program of the UConn Health Center, designed to promote successful aging.

“Like Celebrate Women, Celebrate Aging offers members a variety of free and low-cost programs to enhance the body, mind and spirit. We will focus on health issues as well as recreational topics designed for men and women who are retired, and those who are nearing retirement age,” explained Diane Bennett, the director.

Here’s a look at the programs this fall:

Yoga: Wellness and Wisdom for Body, Mind and Spirit: A seven-week, beginner-level session will introduce key concepts of yoga, meditation and breathing. Special emphasis will be placed on joint safety, balance, yoga for healthy backs, and more. The class will be taught by Margaret Kirschner, a certified Kripalu Yoga instructor, on Wednesday mornings, starting on September 15, from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room of the UConn Health Center (use main hospital entrance.) There is a $60 fee for the series.

Life Options Series: This five-week workshop is appropriate for retirees, or people approaching retirement, who want to establish goals, or “life options,” to help fulfill their needs for creativity, wisdom, integrity – and fun. Life Options will be led by Judy Bourgeois and Steve Buttner. The program will run on Thursday evenings, starting on September 16, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

Care of Aging Feet: Sam Berkowitz, D.P.M., an orthopedic foot surgeon with the UConn Health Center, will review the basics of foot health for older citizens, explaining how our feet change as we age and how to best care for our feet. Dr. Berkowitz’s presentation will be held on Tuesday, September 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance).

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia is a common problem that affects most men as they age. Urologist John Taylor, M.D., will explain the symptoms of BPH, as well as current medical and surgical treatments, and today’s best research. Dr. Taylor’s presentation will be held on Tuesday, October 26, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room (use main hospital entrance.)

For more information, call the Health Center at 860-679-4900 or 866-837-7737. To learn more about the UConn Center on Aging, visit

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