Better Breathers Support Group offered

Adventist Health Sonora offers a support group for people with chronic lung disease including asthma, COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

The American Lung Association’s Better Breathers’ Club meets at 12:30 p.m. every other month at the Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic at 19747 Greenley Road in Sonora. Meeting on the second Wednesday, every other month, the remaining dates for 2018 are March 14, May 9, July 11, Sept. 12 and Nov. 14.

The Better Breathers support group is free and offers patient-centered and community-based education and support for anyone living with chronic lung disease along with their family, friends and caregivers. The Better Breathers Club aims to:

• Improve quality of life

• Provide disease-specific education

• Help patients and families understand basic concepts and techniques for pulmonary self-care and coping skills

• Educate patients and families on the care and treatments for chronic lung diseases

For more information, call (209) 536-3726.

Freedom From Smoking Class Begins in February

Adventist Health Sonora will offer the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking course beginning Feb. 6.

Classes will meet from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each Tuesday and one Thursday for seven weeks at Pulmonary Rehabilitation, 19747 Greenley Road in Sonora.

According to the American Lung Association, studies have shown that individuals who participate in Freedom From Smoking learn to address the physical, mental and social aspects of their addiction and are six times more likely to be smoke-free one year later than those who quit on their own.

The seven-week course costs $125 and is covered by most insurance plans. For those without insurance or whose insurance does not cover the class, scholarships and discounts are available.

For more information or to register, call (209) 536-3726.

Support offered
for the visually impaired

A support group for people who are visually impaired meets on the first Tuesday of the month in the multipurpose room at Sonora Hills, 19601 Greenley Road in Sonora.

Meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon and are open to anyone with a visual impairment, caregivers and those who may wish to help those in need.

The purpose of the support group is to discuss the challenges of vision loss, share and offer solutions to independent living concerns, and to provide caring support and encouragement as well as helpful information and education.

For more information, call Bob or Carol Rogers at (209) 532-2373.

Weight Loss Surgery Support Group

Adventist Health Sonora offers a monthly Weight Loss Surgery Support Group developed for individuals who have had bariatric surgery or who are considering the procedure. Friends and family are also invited to attend.

The group meets once per month to provide ongoing support, encouragement and education to succeed in lifestyle changes after surgery. Discussions and topics include diet, exercise and social support in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Guest speakers are invited to speak on a variety of topics.

The Weight Loss Surgery Support Group meets the from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on third Wednesday of every month at the Live Well Be Well Center’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Conference Room, 19747 Greenley Road, across from Sonora Elementary School, in Sonora.

For more information and to reserve a seat, call (209) 536-5041.

Ombudsman Program training begins Jan. 23

The Mother Lode Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is looking for volunteers.

Program volunteers assist with monitoring the quality of care, identifying and resolving problems, and respond to complaints received on behalf of residents in long-term and residential care facilities in Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, and Tuolumne counties.

Volunteer advocates should be comfortable with assisting in conflict resolution, have excellent communication, organizational and computer skills, and the ability to be objective and independent during investigations. The monthly time commitment is about 15 flexible hours.

A free, state-mandated, 36-hour training to become certified by the California Department of Aging will begin Jan. 23. Mileage reimbursement is available for those traveling from Amador and Mariposa counties upon completion of training and certification.

To register or for more information, call (209) 532-7632.

Attorneys join legal advocacy program
for older adults

The Legal Advocacy for Seniors program provided by the Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities recently got a boost from a new partnership.

Dambacher, Trujillo & Associates has partnered with Catholic Charities to help provide legal advocacy for people 60 and older for free. Typical cases include simple wills, powers of attorney, contractor issues, debt recovery, utilities disputes and more. Referral and resources are also available.

Attorneys who will represent the law office include Gary Dambacher, Tim Trujillo, Frank Russell and Carrie McKernan.

Program hours are 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Appointments are recommended by calling (209) 532-7632.

The Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities is at 88 Bradford Ave., in downtown Sonora.