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Senior Fun & Wellness This Wednesday

By Staff | May 17, 2011

Wednesday will be a fun day for seniors as they learn something new and enjoy the company of others.

The 24th Annual Senior Fun & Wellness Day is being held at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. Workshops are scheduled throughout the day and there will be two keynote speakers.

Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with a continental breakfast and coffee. Vendor booths are open from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. and screenings are available: blood pressure screening, blood sugar screening, bone density screening, and balance and strength screenings.

Seniors receive the official welcome at 8:45 a.m., followed by morning keynote “Memory Lane” with Del and Caroline Begalka. Workshop sessions are at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

At noon a roast beef dinner will be served in the Cafeteria/Student Center. Afternoon keynote speaker is radio personality Rhonda Wedeking. Door prizes and closing comments round out the day at 2 p.m.

Keynote Speakers

Del and Caroline Begalka have been providing music and entertainment for several decades. Their programs feature old time favorites along with anecdotes and stories. Their programs are geared toward those who remember the great music of years ago, thus their name Memory Lane.

Rhonda Wedeking comes into many area homes each morning over the radio. She is Program Director and morning announcer on KICD-FM in Spencer. She has been with the radio station for the past 30 years. Rhonda has stories to share about her years in radio and some of the favorite celebrities she has met over the years.

Workshop Sessions

“Make Your Garden Look Like an Expert’s Garden” will be presented by Kevin Fehr, Landscape and Turfgrass instructor at Iowa Lakes Community College. He will help seniors identify the perfect location, the best plant varieties and the best way to prepare a garden site.

“Avoid Scams” Darrin Adams, Emmetsburg Police Department, will offer key tips on how to keep you and your money safe. He will talk about the latest trends on how scammers are victimizing local families.

“God Saved This Place For Us” with Alan Oppedal from Ruthven. An author, Alan Oppedal will share his insight into why small town Iowa is the perfect place to live.

“Therapeutic Benefits of Aromatherapy” with Mollie Veldboom. Learn how the powerful aromas of essential oils affect your mood and feelings through your sense of smell.

Turning Over a New Leaf” with Nathan Clark. This library director for Emmetsburg and Ruthven has a great deal of knowledge about tea, a beverage that manifests itself in many forms. Learn how tea can be a part of a healthy lifestyle.

“What” Not Homemade?” Cindy Kassel, registered dietitian at Palo Alto County health System, offers handy tips for using prepared, store-bought ingredients to make ‘homemade’ dishes.

“Asian Wonders Travel to Southeast Asia” with Rosemary Matthews. She will take seniors on a trip to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Hong Kong.

“Jazz Up Your Junk” Laura Blanchet and Ardelle Conner, antique dealers, and co-owners of Mainstreet Memories Mall, offer hints on how to ‘repurpose’ vintage keepsakes in your household. They will also provide tips on downsizing through gifting, selling, donating and auctioning.

“Hats Off to Women’s Health” Candy Bisenius talks about the “hat” you are wearing today that may be the very hat that could decrease you chances of surviving breast cancer.

“Get Smart with Technology” Bob Seigel is a retired technology director who will give tips on staying connected with friends and family while out and about.

“What’s New at the Library? Technology and Lots More” Nathan Clark has a second session in the classroom telling about the new and exciting features offered at the library.

“Osteoporosis, The Silent Killer” will be presented by Dr. Paul Matthews and Melissa Hospelhorn, radiology director. Good bone health is essential to your livelihood in your senior years.

“Let Someone Else Plan Your Vacation Get-away” with Kevin Tlam and Brandon Hansen. Exciting trips from Nashville to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg to Mexico, offered as organized trips.

“Splashing Into Wellness” will be discussed by Johnathan Jordan, swim coach at Iowa Lakes Community College. He will talk about aquatic exercises.

“The Healing Touch of Massage” with Valarie Wegener. She will teach seniors massage skills which can be used for health benefit of yourself and loved ones.

“Clear a Path for You Safety at Home” with Sue Joynt. This session offers safety tips and simple changes to improve your home live-ability.

“What’s the Fuss Over Vitamin D?” Dr. Frank Veltri will explain the multi-benefits of this important vitamin.

“Find Financial Security in Your Retirement Years” Tony Elbert will talk about reaping the benefits and making money last throughout your lifetime.

Seniors are asked to park in the main, northeast parking lot and enter the college through north entrance #3. The registration fee includes all workshop sessions, continental breakfast, dinner and dessert.