News Release

August 18, 2006

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Celebrate Health Programs: September 2006

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Celebrate Health at the University of Connecticut Health Center encompasses two free membership programs, Celebrate Women and Celebrate Aging, that provide valuable health and wellness information for targeted audiences in the community. A variety of educational programs are being offered in September.

The Wellness Lecture Series at Seabury: Join us at the Seabury Retirement Community for a “healthy” lecture intended to promote successful aging led by Patrick Coll, M.D., UConn Center on Aging. This month's lecture will explore the topic of high blood pressure. The lecture series is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held Friday, September 1, from 11 a.m. to noon at Seabury, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield. The talk is free and open to the public. To register or for further information, call the Seabury Retirement Community at 860-243-6071.

Healthy Aging: You can't stop aging, but you can learn how to stay healthy in the process. Yazeed Maghaydah, M.D., UConn Center on Aging, will discuss how to prevent serious illnesses and give advice on key components of good health at every age. The talk will take place on Wednesday, September 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. at The Gables at Farmington, 20 Devonwood Drive.

The Talks at Covenant Village of Cromwell: Join us once a month for an informative talk at Covenant Village of Cromwell. This month Chris Kaminski, Celebrate Aging Program Coordinator, will lead a special presentation intended to inform residents and members of the community about the Celebrate Aging membership program. The talk will be held on Thursday, September 7, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at Covenant Village of Cromwell, Commons Building, 52 Missionary Road.

Long-Term Care Insurance – Plan Today for Tomorrow’s Care: This lecture will give you an overview of the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care that can help you plan for future nursing home and home care needs. Marcia Bernstein, licensed long-term care insurance agent, will also discuss the differences between insurance companies; policy terminology; potential pitfalls and drawbacks; and qualifications for coverage. This seminar is not affiliated with, or sponsored by, the Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care or the State of Connecticut. No insurance sales or solicitation will be allowed. The talk will be held Monday, September 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center and can also be viewed live via web cast at

Spirituality, Dreams and Good Health: Dreams continuously send messages of guidance, support and advice. By paying attention to your inner dream life, you can learn how to decipher the tips your unconscious is constantly providing. The Rev. Kathleen Kiley will discuss how to decode the meaning of dream symbols; identify healing remedies; and learn the language of your soul. Easy-to-use tools are offered throughout this lively seminar to awaken the ageless wisdom within. The talk will be held on Thursday, September 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles St., Glastonbury.

Good Health, Good Life: A key ingredient for good health and successful aging is personalized medical care. Chris Kaminski, Celebrate Aging Program Coordinator, will discuss the services and programs that are available at the UConn Health Center that strengthen the mind and body and empower you to be an active and informed self-advocate for your health. The talk will be held on Tuesday, September 19, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Ellington Senior Center, 16 Church Street, Center Plaza.

An Evening with the President of the American Cancer Society – Advances in Cancer: How We Are Winning the War: Carolyn Runowicz, M.D., director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer, UConn Health Center, and president of the American Cancer Society, will discuss new therapies, vaccines, cancer prevention, and new chemo-preventive strategies. The talk will be held Thursday, September 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center.

An Introduction to Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy that is used to treat pain and many other medical conditions. During this informative presentation, you will learn about the major benefits and common conditions treated with acupuncture, the potential for risks or side effects, how to choose an acupuncturist, and much more. Eric Secor, N.D., Center for Integrative Immunology and Vaccine Research, UConn Health Center, will also demonstrate the application and use of acupuncture needles. The talk will be held on Tuesday, September 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road.

Pandemic Without Panic – Flu Watch 2006: Millions of people get the flu each year. For otherwise healthy individuals, it means temporarily feeling achy and miserable. But according to the National Institutes of Health, flu can be life-threatening in older adults and in people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, as well as heart, lung, or kidney diseases. Janet McElhaney, M.D., associate professor of medicine, UConn Center on Aging and the Center for Immunotherapy, will discuss the different types of flu that are prevalent today, how the immune system is boosted by the flu vaccine, and how you can participate in a flu study and receive your vaccine free. The talk will be held on Thursday, September 28, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Henry Low Learning Center at the UConn Health Center.

Registration for these programs is required. The programs are free unless otherwise noted. Call 800-535-6232 or 860-679-7692. For more information, visit the Celebrate Health web site:

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