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Registrations are now being accepted for the March 29 to May 3 session of Senior College at the Hutchinson Center on Route 3 in Belfast. Among the new courses being offered Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is “Good Health 101: The Seven Dimensions of Wellness.” In the course, attendees will hear proven facts about taking care of oneself from a team of professional instructors, including physicians, therapists, and social workers.

These professionals will talk about the seven dimensions of wellness — medical, nutritional, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and cognitive — highlighting what is practical and sensible each step of the way.

The five sessions to be held at the Hutchinson Center will focus on:

  • medical wellness with Dr. Deb Peabody, family practice; Dr. Kent Clark, emergency medicine and director of medical affairs; and Dr. David Crofoot, general surgeon, all of WCGH;
  • nutritional wellness and diet with Dr. Dennis DeSilvey, cardiologist at WCGH; and John Bagnulo, MPH and Ph.D, naturalist and nutritionist;
  • emotional wellness with Dr. Jodie Hermann, internal medicine and director of hospitalist service at WCGH; and Judith Simpson, certified instructor in mindfulness based stress reduction;
  • social and spiritual wellness with Kathleen DeSilvey, geriatric pastoral care specialist; Margie Spencer-Smith, licensed clinical social worker at WCGH; and the Rev. Charles Erb, retired minister, and
  • cognitive health and wellness with Dr. James Stevenson, neurologist; and Dr. Deb Peabody, family practice and medical director for Waldo County Home Health and Hospice, both of WCGH. Dr. Peabody will help fit all the wellness pieces together.

The fourth session of the course, a discussion of a safe, intelligent exercise program, will be held at the Waldo County YMCA and will be taught by Tamara Blades, the Y’s fitness director, and Dr. Owen Nelson, orthopedic surgeon at Waldo County General Hospital.

To take this course, along with others being offered during the spring term, you must be a member of Senior College and at least 50 years old. The annual membership to join Senior College is $25. The fee for your first course per semester is $30 and $25 for each additional course.

To become a member and/or to register for a course by mail, send your check payable to Senior College, along with a completed registration form to: Senior College, UMaine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave., Belfast, ME 04915. If you do not have a form, just include a note with your check indicating that it is for membership or registration or both, and give the name of the course you wish to take. Or stop by the Hutchinson Center on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to enroll at the Senior College office.

Registrations are accepted on a space-available basis through the first day of classes on March 29. However, some of the courses fill up quickly, so organizers advise that it’s best to get your registration in as soon as possible.