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“Sleeping well as you age” subject of the December Senior Education Workshop

We all look forward to a good night’s sleep as it gives our body the chance to restore its energy levels. Adequate sleep is essential to good health and quality of life. That said, why do so many seniors have a hard time getting to sleep…and staying asleep? What affects getting a good night’s sleep and how can a chronic lack of sleep affect your mental and physical health?

Issues related to sleep and aging are the subject for the December 12, 2016 Senior Education Workshop offered by Southern New Hampshire Services at the Nashua Senior Activity Center.

The free workshop will be presented by Stephanie Wolf-Rosenblum, MD, Vice President of Development and External Affairs for Southern New Hampshire Health.

Topics covered in the workshop will include normal sleep patterns, body clocks and changes that occur with aging; the effects of diet, exercise and schedules on the quality sleep; sleep disorders that may interfere with the quality of sleep, such as sleep apnea, restless legs and narcolepsy; causes of insomnia; how acute chronic sleep deprivation can affect your health; and tips for getting the most out of your night’s sleep.

The workshop begins at 1:00pm. The Senior Activity Center is located at 70 Temple St., Nashua.

Advance registration for the workshop is strongly advised. Please call Beth Todgham, Nashua community coordinator for Southern New Hampshire Services at (603) 889-3440 x 132 for more information.

Workshop participants can come early to enjoy lunch offered by St. Joseph Community Services (Meals on Wheels) in the cafeteria at the Nashua Senior Activity Center. A $2 donation is requested for diners age 60 and over; the price is slightly higher for those under 60. Pre-registration for lunch is required. Call Steve, SJCS site manager, at 882-2106 to reserve your lunch. Lunch is served at 11:45am.

Dr. Wolf-Rosenblum held the position of Chief Medical Officer for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center from 2003 - 2015, Medical Director of Foundation Medical Partners from 1996 - 2003, and Chief of Staff from 2001 - 2002. A graduate of Brown University and Yale University School of Medicine, she completed training in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. She is board certified in four areas of medicine internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. Dr. Wolf-Rosenblum also holds a master's degree in Medical Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University.

The workshop is one of a series of free programs offered monthly by Southern New Hampshire Services. The workshops provide area residents with information on resources available in the community as they age. Past programs have been filmed by Nashua’ Education Channel and broadcast locally on Comcast Channel 99. They can be viewed on-line at http://nashua.ezstream.com.

ServiceLink Resource Center, the Nashua Public Library, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services provide additional support for the workshops.

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