Senior Notes

Allergy and sinusitis lecture

Dr. Robert Pettis of Mission Hospital Laguna Beach will give a presentation on allergies and sinusitis from 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 25 at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St.

Pettis will discuss allergic rhinitis; common local allergens; ways to prevent/control allergen exposure in the home and local environment; treatment for allergies including homeopathic, herbal, and medical; and symptoms and treatments of sinusitis. Free. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.

Health directive discussion set

A free lecture by local attorney R. Lee Andersen will discuss Advance Health Care Directives and POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Susi Q Senior Center. Free. To register, call (949) 497-2441.

Basic computer assistance offered

A computer lab led by Marianna Spoelder will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday at the Susi Q Senior Center. The lab provides basic computer assistance for individuals who want to learn how to use a PC with a Microsoft XP Operating System. Includes the basics of word processing, email, digital photo and Internet. Cost is $10 per session.

Ballroom dancing classes held

Candi Davis will teach ballroom dancing from 2 to 3 p.m. every Monday at the Susi Q Senior Center, 380 Third St. Both singles and couples are welcome to participate. Cost is $5 per session.

To register, call (949) 497-2441.

Ping pong games at Susi Q

Seniors are welcome to participate in table top tennis, or ping pong, from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the multipurpose room. Bring your own paddle or use one of ours. Participants must wear non-skidding shoes. Free. To register, call (949) 497-2441.

Discussion groups to meet

The Susi Q Senior Center offers a variety of regular discussion groups:

Laguna Beach Freethinkers Discussion Group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every Friday. An open discussion group that emphasizes the positive aspects and advantages of open-mindedness. Discussion topics will be suggested by attendees. Free.

Braille Institute Monthly Support Meeting meets from 1 to 3 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. The Braille Institute offers a monthly support group for those suffering from some form of vision loss. The topic for June is "Getting fit and staying active." Free.

Coffee Talk, 10 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Mondays. A free support group led by Laguna residents and facilitator Kathleen Wenger, LMFT, and co-facilitator Debbie Seitz, MA. Participants will be offered a supportive atmosphere where frustrations, coping skills, and helping tips can be shared. Participants at the bi-weekly meeting will use the suggested topics as a starting point for discussions on issues of interest to all. Participants will offer emotional support, practical information and tips on how to cope. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.

Alzheimer's Caregiving group meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Participants will discuss how to recognize the early signs of Alzheimer's and dementia and share strategies with dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease. Facilitator is Vic Mazmanian, Alzheimer Assn. volunteer and support group leader. A fee is charged. For more information, call (949) 497-2441.

Medicare and insurance issues counseling, offered noon to 2:15 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month. The Council on Aging, Orange County HICAP Program, provides free one-on-one counseling and advocacy with Medicare and related insurance coverage in the Wellness Room at the Susi Q Senior Center. Call (949) 497-2441 for an appointment.

Sally's Fund offers transport

Laguna Beach seniors may obtain a ride to the Susi Q Senior Center for lunch or activities by calling Sally's Fund at (949) 715-1866. Those seeking rides should call ahead of time to make sure they can be accommodated. For all other services, such as transportation to doctor appointments, physical therapy, grocery shopping, and errands, call (949) 499-4100.

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