The North Suburban YMCA’s popular adult education series offers a plethora of monthly virtual programs on topics related to physical, mental, and financial health. Programming is free and open to the public. One of the highlights of the February offers is the programming of the racial unit, which will be held on February 8th together with RAIN (Racial Awareness in the North Shore). and on February 24th, a talk, hosted with the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute, will provide tips on how to keep bones healthy and strong.

“I love the fact that our YMCA has been able to think outside of the box and outside of our doors with virtual programming so people can participate from anywhere,” commented Karen Brownlee, adult programs coordinator at North Suburban YMCA. “Through the adult education series, we can touch so many facets of people’s lives and have a positive effect on their ability to live better and learn for life.”

Y’s Adult Education Series, including the Caregiver Support Group, Senior Brain Games, and Social Club, was provided in part through a recent grant from the Northbrook Women’s Club. To enroll in a program, contact Karen Brownlee at [email protected]

North Suburban YMCA February Adult Education Series Schedule

• Anxiety and stress management: Monday, February 1st, 2:00 pm

Are you or someone you love dealing with everyday anxiety or is it an anxiety disorder? Maureen Rafa, a certified psychiatric nurse, will help you understand the difference and discuss different ways to manage stress and anxiety. Maureen works as the elder care coordinator for the law firms of Stephen Sutera, PC, an elder law attorney.

• Estate Planning 101: Wednesday, February 3, 9:15 am

Legacy lawyer Matt Margolis will speak about the importance of estate planning and explain what to include in the planning process and how trusts and other tools can be used to protect loved ones.

• Tax Efficient Retirement Income: Thursday, February 4, 11:00 AM

Some of the biggest concerns for retirees are maintaining a certain lifestyle and surviving income and / or health costs in retirement. Other concerns include market volatility, the impact of taxes on retirement, and the timing of social security and long-term care benefits. Discuss in detail with Wei Zhang, a Certified Financial Educator® at a national 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, the typical spending order and planning options to minimize the tax impact in retirement.

• How to talk about the race: Monday, February 8th at 7:00 pm

This event is hosted by North Suburban YMCA and RAIN (Racial Awareness in the North Shore). RAIN member Van Gilmer will introduce the topic of discussions about races. Participants will be divided into smaller groups led by RAIN members to build skills in navigating race conversations.

• Monthly meditation: Tuesday, February 9th, 11:15 am

The second part of a six-part series of guided meditation with Dr. Paul Nevin, a PhD in clinical psychology and a Mayo Clinic-trained wellness coach.

• Heart Health Nutrition: Wednesday, February 10th, 12:00 PM

Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach and YMCA Personal Trainer Anna Harris will share helpful insights and guide you through strategies that will help improve cardiovascular health.

• Self-care strategies: Monday, February 15, 2:30 pm

Patti Conway, RN, discusses simple strategies for self-care practices to improve your well-being while focusing on your hands.

• Healthy bones and osteoporosis: Wednesday, February 24th, 7:00 pm

Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, will discuss what to do to keep your bones healthy and strong.

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