The Jesup Memorial Library is the site of a presentation on palliative care by Maureen Giffin of the Mount Desert Island Hospital on Jan. 20. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Program to focus on palliative care



BAR HARBOR — Maureen Giffin from the Mount Desert Island Hospital’s Palliative Care Program will present the second program in the Age By Design series at the Jesup Memorial Library on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1:30 p.m.

Giffin, a nurse practitioner, will share insights and information about the valuable role of palliative care for patients and families. Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families through the prevention and relief of physical, social and spiritual aspects of suffering. It’s provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and other specialists who work with other doctors on both an inpatient and outpatient basis to provide specialized medical care.

Age By Design is a set of programs and community discussions that will explore various facets of life for those 50 and older on Mount Desert Island. Age By Design is a joint collaboration of the Jesup Memorial Library, Island Connections, the YWCA Mount Desert Island and the Mount Desert Island YMCA.

The third Age By Design program will be on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 1:30 p.m. and will focus on exercise classes geared toward those 50 and older. The program includes these panelists: Cas Dowden, who teaches a YWCA class called “Strong Women,” which is designed to strengthen and increase muscle tone in women, improve bone health and reduce the risk of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis; Mark Schoon, senior director for wellness and aquatics at the YMCA, who teaches EnhanceFitness, a wellness program developed for older adults that focuses on strength, flexibility, balance and cardio endurance; and Susan Sassaman, who teaches a variety of free weekly exercise classes for older adults at any fitness level called “Graceful Aging,” which is affiliated with Healthy Acadia. The program will include a panel discussion and continue at the YWCA with a free session of EnhanceFitness.

Contact Doreen Willett at Island Connections at 288-4457 or Melinda Rice at the Jesup Memorial Library at 288-4245.

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