Programs offered by HES

Alzheimer's 101

Description: This is a 1 hour program that talks about the difference in dementia and Alzheimer's.  It will give insight into the 10 signs and symptoms associated with dementia.  What you can do if you experience any of the symptoms.  What are the benefits from early detection.  The program will give a general overview of lifestyle changes in helping with brain health.  This class meets the fourth Thursday every month from noon to one. This course was developed by the Kansas State University and the Alzheimer's Association

Cost: $10

Boost Your Brain and Memory

Description: The class uses a whole-person approach that helps you form new habits to live a healthier lifestyle, remember things better, be more organized, pay closer attention and regulate your emotions. Each participant will receive a workbook including memory exercises, tips on nutrition and exercise, and summaries of evidence-based research on brain health. Developed by Mather's Life Institute

Cost: $35

Child Care Training Workshops

Description: Missouri's "Building Better Child Care" program helps to improve childcare quality via research-based educational workshops that focus on developmentally appropriate strategies for getting along with children and arranging learning environments. The programs are funded by a Team Nutrition grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and are offered at no charge. Participants can earn 2 clock hours of training credit for each session attended.

Cost: $5

Grand Families

Description: The program will provide families and professionals with information and skills to strengthen families' relationships, interactions and communications. Topics included may range from parenting and relationship building to financial and legal issues. The goals of this program include: increased awareness of where to find specialized resources for relative caregivers, increased understanding of the legal aspects regarding caregiving for relatives, and improved caregiver-child relationships.  In addition to direct education for relative caregivers and professionals, MU Extension continues its efforts through a local support group. 

Cost: free

Matter of Balance

Description: Matter of Balance is a program to help older adults to learn more about fall prevention strategies, create a personal plans to carry out fall prevention strategies, and make/maintain changes in their daily lives which help reduce the fear of falling.  This program consist of 8 - 2 hour sessions.  

Cost: free

My Health, My Choices

The My Health, My Choices is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP).  The program is a community-based program which assists participants in maintaining quality of life when faced with chronic medical conditions. The CDSMP is provided in two and a half hour sessions, once a week for six weeks, in community settings (e.g., senior centers, churches, libraries). People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom deal with chronic diseases themselves. Subjects covered include:

1) techniques to deal with problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation,

2) appropriate exercise for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility, and endurance,

3) appropriate use of medications,

4) communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals,

5) nutrition 

6) how to evaluate new treatments.

Classes are highly participative, where mutual support and success build the participants’ confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain active and fulfilling lives.

Cost: free

Taking Care of You

Description: Taking Care of You  is a multi-session program offering practical strategies and experiences to help you deal with the stress in your life. Managing life’s challenges in a healthy way allows you to take better care of yourself and your overall health. 
Each week you will explore topics through small group discussion, self-reflection and activities. You will consider ways to:
  Take better care of all aspects of your health — body, mind and spirit 
  Become more aware of the mind-body connection and how to use this  awareness for better health 
  Respond versus react to the stress in your life 
  Discover opportunities in life’s challenges 
  Develop habits that can lead to a healthier you 
  Find ways to bring more joy into your life 
  Simplify your life 
  Live more in the moment 

Cost: $20

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate

Description: This is a 1 hour class that discusses the six key factors critical for successful property decisions.  It will discuss the non-titled items a person accumulates during a lifetime.  

Cost: $15