Spectrum Health hospitals offer free classes

Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals will be sponsoring three fall sessions, beginning with “Internet Safety” Sept. 18, in Big Rapids, and Sept. 19, in Reed City. This is part of Spectrum Health’s overall Healthy Communities initiative, Helping the Whole You. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS, REED CITY — Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City hospitals are sponsoring three fall sessions of their Helping the Whole You series, beginning with “Internet Safety” Sept. 18, in Big Rapids, and Sept. 19, in Reed City.

The free classes are held from noon to 1 p.m., and a free lunch is provided.

Topics include internet safety, “nutrition as we age” and dealing with dementia. The content of the monthly seminars is the same in both communities.

In September, trooper Brian Lucha with the Michigan State Police will educate attendees about an array of internet safety topics, including:

  • Danger signs and the grooming process of predators;
  • Giving out personal information;
  • Consequences of posting material online; and
  • Websites and apps to avoid.

Space is limited. Those interested can register at spectrumhealth.org/htwy or call (231) 592-4204.

The October sessions, Oct. 16, in Big Rapids, and Oct. 17, in Reed City, will feature Bailey Parmelee, a registered dietitian, addressing “Nutrition as We Age.”

Parmelee will discuss the role nutrition plays in peoples’ lives as they age.

“Dealing with Dementia” will be the November session, Nov. 20, in Big Rapids, and Nov. 21, in Reed City. Denise Tinkham, a social worker from Reed City Hospital’s rehabilitation and nursing center, will discuss types of dementia, early signs of dementia and offer tips on caring for someone with dementia.

The classes are held at Michigan Works offices in both communities: 14330 Northland Drive., Big Rapids and in Reed City at 240 E. Church St.

Helping the Whole You is part of Spectrum Health’s overall Healthy Communities initiative and is based on needs identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by the area hospitals.

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