Laughter is the Best Medicine

Are you feeling anxious, agitated, tired, irritable, depressed, angry, or sad? All of the above? Okay, you seem a little stressed . . .

The symptoms of stress can affect both your physical and mental health and have a real impact on how you think, feel, and act. Learning to see the signs of stress and having clear strategies for limiting its effects can help you to live a much healthier, happier life.

Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life is a 4-week class designed to help you minimize the emotional and physical effects of stress and create a more peaceful approach to your current challenges. Taught by Marge Kaiser, this highly-rated class will teach participants how to overcome stress through humor, relaxation, self-care, and group support.

The free class, hosted by Connecting Point, begins April 5th and meets every Thursday through April 26th. It’s open to all Nevada County residents who need some support, strategies, and a good laugh.

Details:

What: Practicing Peace: Stress Management for Life

When: Thursdays, April 5th through 26th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Where: Connecting Point

208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley

Cost: Free! Space is limited. Call Karen at 274-5601 to register or register online here.

Connecting Point offers free caregiver training to community-members. All classes are free for Nevada County residents. The slate of classes includes practical training in caregiving skills, such as lifting and transferring, universal precautions, and dementia care as well as self-care classes for caregivers.

Get on the Move!

We all know that transportation is essential for independence. In a rural community like ours, getting around can be a challenge, especially for those of us who don’t drive. Lack of transportation limits our opportunities for education, employment, healthcare, and social contact. But there are options out there, and we want to help you connect with them.

Connecting Point recently received funding from Caltrans to help folks in Eastern and Western Nevada County better understand their transportation options and learn how to use them to get On the Move. Our new transportation navigator, Daniela Fernandez, has been riding the routes, talking to community members, and learning all there is to know about our local transit options. Her goal is to share all of this knowledge to demystify our bus systems and help people gain experience and confidence using public transportation.

If you are interested in travel training or public transit education, please get in touch with Daniela by phone at 530-274-5601 or by email at danielaf@connectingpoint.org.

Go DEEP on Diabetes

Tap into your strengths and take charge of your diabetes with DEEP, the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program.

DEEP is an evidence-based program for people with diabetes or pre-diabetes and their caregivers. This high-energy, hands-on workshop includes activities, demonstrations, role play, and games in a fun and supportive environment. Gain a better understanding of how diabetes impacts your overall health and learn about new tools and strategies to help you take control of your diabetes.

The free, six-week course includes:

Week 1: Understanding the Human Body
Week 2: Risk Factors
Week 3: Self-Monitoring
Week 4: Exercise
Week 5: Health Management through Meal Planning
Week 6: Living with Diabetes- Medications, Mobilizing Friends & Family

DEEP is offered through a partnership between Dignity Health, the Nevada County Public Health Department, and Connecting Point. For more information, call Karen Bellanti at 530-274-5601.

To register, call Karen Bellanti at 530-274-5601 or register online here.

Details

What: DEEP Workshop
When: Thursdays, February 15 through March 22, 1:00-3:00 pm (please plan to attend all six classes)
Where: Connecting Point, 208 Sutton Way, Grass Valley (link)
Cost: Free!