Community Education

Our Community Education classes are FREE! Unless otherwise noted, register for these programs by calling 419-207-2563, leaving a name, contact information, and number of individuals attending. Or, feel free to email steven.baldridge@uhhospitals.org

Happy New Year.
"Healthy people do healthy things."
"Successful people get help and get started."
Are you ready to get healthy, get help, and get started?

January 29 - Exercise for Older Adults - Legs, Knees, Hips, Feet and Ankles
2019 is here. Are you ready to do something about your aching joints? Are you ready to do something about your general health? You know you should exercise but which exercises will help?
University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center’s Physical therapy assistants Justin Dew and David Bowling will present “Legs, Knees, Hips, Feet and Ankles” on Tuesday, January 29, 6 p.m. This free presentation will be held at UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 2163 Claremont Avenue in Ashland.
Our lower extremities are amazing machines that must be cared for properly. Dew and Bowling will teach you simple, home-based exercises as well as healthy lifestyle tips that are shown to slow the aging process. Meet us at 6:00 pm in the UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 2163 Claremont Avenue, Ashland.
This session is free but please register by calling 419-207-2563, or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org


January 31 - GO RED - Heart Health
When planning this session we asked our cardiologist, Dr. Guha, what specific topic he would like to cover. Without missing a beat he said “GO RED”. This man is passionate about heart health!
What is GO RED?
According to the American Heart Association “In 2004… cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red For Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.”
Join Dr. Guha Thursday, January 31 at 6:00 pm, 663 East Main Street in Ashland.
This session is free but please register by calling 419-207-2563, or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org


February 12 - Exercise for Older Adults - Shoulder, Elbows, Wrists, Hands & Fingers
2019 is here. Raise your hand if you are ready to do something about your aching joints? Are you ready to do something about your general health? You know you should exercise but which exercises will help?
University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center’s occupational therapist Alicia Gottfried and Keeley Shaw will present “Shoulder, Elbows, Wrists, Hands & Finger” on Tuesday, February 12, 6 p.m. This free presentation will be held at UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 2163 Claremont Avenue in Ashland.
Like any delicate machine our shoulder, elbows and hands must be cared for properly.
Gottfried and Shaw will teach you simple, home-based exercises as well as healthy lifestyle tips that are shown to slow the aging process.
Meet us at 6:00 pm in the UH Samaritan Rehabilitation Center, 2163 Claremont Avenue, Ashland.
This session is free but please register by calling 419-207-2563, or email Steven.Baldridge@UHhospitals.org


February 26 - Memory
Ask people what they fear most about getting older? Chances are one of the top fears will be a decline in memory. Tuesday, February 26 at 5:30 pm UH Samaritan’s Dr. Megan Oberhauser will answer many of our questions about maintaining a healthy memory. From common diseases that interfere with memory to strategies we can employ to keep our mental faculties in tip-top condition, this is one session you will not want to miss.
Join Dr. Oberhauser February 26, 5:30 pm (did you notice how I repeated that for you?) 663 east Main Street in Ashland. Registration for this free event is not required but I would appreciate it if you would let me know you are coming. Call 419-207-2563 or email to Steven.Baldridge@uhhospitals.org


March 12 -  Exercise for Older Adults - Necks, Backs, Posture & Relaxation
March 26 - TBD
April 9 -  Exercise for Older Adults - Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis 

Breathe easier by starting the year off right... get help to Stop Smoking
Libby Edwards, a respiratory therapist at UH Samaritan Medical Center, will be hosting smoking cessation classes several times a week at various locations in 2019.  Libby has personal experience with the struggle to quit smoking.  She smoked for 20 years, experimenting with tobacco at a young age.  Libby has been tobacco free for 6 years and would love the opportunity to assist you in attaining a tobacco free life.  In addition to smoking cigarettes, assistance is also available for oral and vaping nicotine addiction. 
Classes will be held every Monday at the Ashland Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center (527 East Liberty St.) in Ashland from 5pm-7pm.  Every Wednesday, Libby will host classes at UH Samaritan Medical Center (1025 Center Street) in the East Tower Conference Room (enter through the Emergency Room entrance, take the elevator to the lower level, turn right to the room at the end of the hallway on the right) from 6pm-7pm.  Additionally, each Thursday of the month, classes will be hosted at the UH Samaritan Kettering Building (546 North Union Street) in Loudonville from 5pm-7pm. These classes will be ongoing throughout the entire year and you may join at any time. Registration is appreciated, but not required.  One-on-one assistance is also available Monday-Friday by appointment at UH Samaritan Medical Center from 10am-4pm.
Please talk to your family doctor about which nicotine replacement is best for you and what your insurance will cover for cost of medication or nicotine replacement products.  Patches, gum and lozenges are also available without a prescription at most local drug stores. UH Samaritan Medical Center does not endorse any certain medication or nicotine replacement product.
For a sneak peek or to learn from home about smoking cessation, please join the UH Samaritan Medical Center Facebook group and follow Libby’s weekly Care About Your Air series.  Care About Your Air airs live every Friday at 3pm and is available for viewing on Facebook thereafter.If you have any questions, please call Libby at 419-207-2303.  For an appointment, call Central Scheduling at 419-281-0491.  Appointments are offered at no cost to the community.

THE COPD COFFEE CLUB
2ND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
JANUARY 8         Community resources at your finger tips.
FEBRUARY 12    Palliative care and what it means.
MARCH 12          Answers to questions you’ve never asked.
1 p.m.
The informal group setting provides a relaxed environment to share concerns and experiences for ongoing help, advice and support. Family members and caregivers are welcome to join us as well.
East Tower conference room, UH Samaritan Medical Center 1025 Center Street in Ashland.
For questions and registration call: 419-207-2453

HARMONICA CHOIR
JANUARY 2, JANUARY 16, 30, FEBRUARY 13, 27, MARCH 13, 27
3 p.m.
Can I strengthen my lungs to avoid future problems? Can I control my breathing? Is there any way to do breathing exercises that is not boring? Harmonica Choir is open to the public for those with COPD and interest in playing the harmonica.
UH Samaritan Medical pulmonary rehab room 1025 Center Street Ashland, Ohio 44805

S.H.O.W. (SAMARITAN HOSPITAL ORANGE WALKERS)
EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY 10 a.m. Participants receive a pedometer and walk with Respiratory Therapist supervision. Therapists monitor heart rate and SPO2 before and after walking as well as keep record of steps accomplished each time for goal setting and monthly progress report.
Open to anyone in the community that has COPD and would like to participate.
Kroc Center, East Main Street, Ashland, OH 44805 Meeting at Children’s home white barn parking lot.
Time and place subject to change! Please call for update before you join us.
For questions and registration call: 419-207-2453.