Inter Valley Health Plan sponsors free online health classes for older adults

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POMONA – Inter Valley Health Plan sponsors free online health and wellness classes for adults 55 and over.

Learn how to “Get Your Affairs in Order: Documents You Need in Place” Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 10-11:30 a.m. Get organized for the New Year and learn about the most important documents you need to have in place. Communicate your wishes to lessen anxiety for your loved ones.

Or attend “Wills versus Trusts: Which do you Need?” Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with Jason Gaudy of Gaudy Law in Upland as he discusses these two documents, which document you need, the updates you need to know and how to avoid probate costs.

The class “Incontinence: Causes and Cures” is held Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. Incontinence can be inconvenient and embarrassing. Learn about the causes of and treatments for of incontinence.

“Control Your Diabetes and Enjoy the Holidays Again” meets Thursday, Nov. 5, from 1-2:30 p.m. Do you feel deprived during the holiday season? Does your blood sugar get out of control? Learn how to enjoy the holidays and keep your blood sugar down.

Attend “Friday Fitness: Benefits of Exercise” Friday, Nov. 6, from 10-10:30 a.m. Exercise can reduce our stress and weight, build stronger bones, improve our brain health and quality of life. Learn easy ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Be ready to sample some easy exercises.

“Protect Yourself from Disease and Illness” meets Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10-11:30 a.m. It’s flu season and with the ongoing pandemic we are exposed to a double whammy. Learn how you can protect yourself from illness. Class discusses how to boost your immune system, reduce germ exposure, effective masks, whether to use gloves and more.

Try a “Trivia Game: Test Your Knowledge of Rock & Roll” Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for this fun, easy game that will challenge your memory to recall trivia about the good old days of rock and roll music.  Invite friends and family to join in.

Learn to make “Smoothies: Are they Really Healthy?” Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. Smoothies can be a great way to get your daily recommended fruits and veggies or are they? The truth is that smoothies can be full of hidden sugar and fat. Learn the myths and facts about smoothies and to make a more informed decision. Recipes for vitamin-packed healthy smoothies are included.

Take a class in “Stress Reduction” Wednesday, Nov. 11, 1-2:30 p.m. These uncertain times are stressful as it is, and the holidays are typically also filled with stress. Learn ways to lower or eliminate the stress in your life.

Join “Game Time: Scattergories No. 3” Thursday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join us for this easy-to-play game that makes you use your brain. Great for brain health and lots of fun. Invite your friends and family for some friendly competition.

Try “Healthy Cooking for One or Two People” Friday, Nov. 13, from 10-11:30 a.m. Why cook for just one or two people? Because it’s necessary for good health. Learn how to make it worth your while to cook meals for one or two people. Nutritious and delicious recipes included.

Attend “Caregivers: Setting Healthy Boundaries” Friday, Nov. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Caring for your parent, spouse or grandchildren can take its toll on you. Darlene Merkler guides caretakers how to set boundaries. Boundries help everyone care for each other in a positive and healthy way.

“Coping with Celebrating the Holidays” meets Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 1-2:30 p.m. Celebrating the holidays while on quarantine, after the loss of a loved one or caring for a loved one with dementia, are only some of the situations that will cause stress and anxiety during the holidays. Darlene Merkler will explore ways to make the holidays easier and less stressful for everyone.

Join “Game Time: Name that Slogan!” Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 10-11:30 a.m. Join us for this easy-to-play game that requires you to use your brain. Match the slogan with the product or vice versa. Invite your friends and family for some trivia fun.

“Fight Inflammation: Eat Your Way to Health” meets Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. Chronic inflammation is thought to be the cause of a host of medical conditions from arthritis to cancer to dementia. Learn which foods may help reduce inflammation in your body. Recipes are available.

Take in the “Master Gardener Series: California Native Plants” Thursday, Nov. 19, from 1-2:30 p.m. A certified master gardener reviews plants best suited for our California climate that are water-wise and heat tolerant. Learn how to propagate, plant and care for them to keep your garden fresh and beautiful year-round.

Try “Air-Frying: Healthy Alternative or Not?” Friday, Nov. 20, from 10-11:30 a.m. We know that deep-fried foods aren’t healthy – but what about air-fried food? Learn how air-frying works and if it is a healthy alternative. We will also review the newest cooking appliances, how they work and if they are worth the cost and time.

The class “Juicing: Is it Healthy?” is held Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. Is juicing a healthy way to get your required daily fruits and vegetables? We’ll review the process of juicing and how to juice the healthy way. Vitamin-packed juicing recipes will be available.

Attend “Make Holiday Food Gifts” Friday, Dec. 4, 10-11:30 a.m. Avoid the stores and stay safe. Learn how to make food gifts to give your friends, family and neighbors for the holidays. Be creative and make them a gift to remember. Recipes and directions for gift-wrapping are included.

Reservations are required to get the login code. To register or to see the schedule of free classes, visit http://ivhp.com/vitality or call 800-886-4471 or TTY 711 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Submitted by Inter Valley Health Plan.