News Release

May 23, 2005

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Aging Programs: June 2005

Farmington, Conn. – Celebrate Aging, a free membership program for men and women, age 40 and older, is designed to address the many issues of aging in a positive way and is offering several educational programs in June.

Options for Older Adults – Aging in Place: This workshop will focus on seniors who choose to live at home or those individuals thinking about retirement who want to remain in their current home. We will focus on issues like home and property maintenance, the value of a thorough home assessment and what home modifications are required to provide a safe, comfortable environment. The speaker will be Gene Burch from Home Management Services. The program will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

Do You Smell What I Smell?: The sweet smell of spring flowers, the taste of freshly baked cookies and the salty scent of sea air: it’s hard to imagine life without our senses of smell and taste. However, an estimated two million Americans have some sort of taste and smell disorder which can put them at risk for other health problems. The presentation, led by Norman Mann, M.D., will address the causes and treatment of taste and smell disorders. It will be held on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

Skin Cancer Protection and Prevention: This lecture, by Upendra Hegde, M.D., with the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UConn Health Center, will focus on sun protection, skin cancer prevention and other skin care issues for older adults. The session will be held on Friday, June 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Gables, 20 Devonwood Drive, Farmington. The seminar is open to the public.

Men’s Night Out: This program will take place during National Men’s Health Week, June 13 – 19, and will focus on issues facing men of all ages. Recognizing and preventing men’s health problems is not just a man’s issue. It impacts wives, mothers, daughters and sisters, too. Topics will cover information on prostate cancer, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), birth control for men, sexual performance over age 40 and much more! Speakers for the event will be Dr. Peter Albertsen and Dr. John Taylor with the Division of Urology at the UConn Health Center. The program will be held on Tuesday, June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Keller Auditorium of the UConn Health Center.

Your Right to Make Health Care Decisions: This presentation will focus on how you can prepare instructions to guide your loved ones, physicians and other healthcare providers about your healthcare wishes if you are unable to make or communicate your treatment decisions. Learn about your legal right as a patient to refuse treatment and about Connecticut laws that govern living wills and other types of advance directives. Barbara Blechner, an expert in health law and ethics in UConn’s Dept. of Community Medicine, will lead the discussion on Wednesday, June 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Farmington Senior Center, 321 New Britain Avenue, Farmington. The seminar is open to the public.

What’s New in Refractive Surgery?: Jeanine Suchecki, M.D. and William Ehlers, M.D., will educate you on common vision problems that can be corrected by laser eye surgery. They will talk about the pros and cons of the procedure along with the healing time and success rates. Our experts can diagnose whether laser eye surgery is right for you! The talk will be held on Thursday, June 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Onyiuke Dining Room at the UConn Health Center.

Summer Dining Series: Start the summer off right by joining us for dinner and a tasty, light presentation over dessert at the award-winning Seasons Restaurant at the Avon Old Farms Hotel, Avon. We have arranged for a special meal that is sure to please any palate! The series kicks off on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. with a delicious three course dinner followed by author Barbara Hance giving us a taste of her new book “Don’t Buy Green Bananas…A Humorous Journey Through the Puzzling World of Aging.”

Our Dining Series continues on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. with another delicious dinner prepared just for you by the Season’s chef followed by an overview of how to “Create a Life You Love” presented by motivational speaker, Beverly Sastri. The cost of each dinner, which includes the presentation, is $23.50 including tax and gratuity. Cash or check will be accepted at the series. Make your reservation before June 14th.

Registration for these seminars is required as seating is limited. For more information or to register, call Celebrate Aging at 860-679-4900, toll free at 1-866-837-7737 or register by email at

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