Free Talk: Being positive can enhance your health

Melody Matheny Orpen, RN, Community Health Coordinator from Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, will present a free interactive workshop on how being positive can actually enhance our health Monday, June 29, 1 p.m., Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace. Advance registration is required by calling 203-256-3166.

Nurse Orpen will cover which health benefits can be gained, how to be positive, and the role of music therapy in being positive.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress, greater resistance to the common cold, better psychological and physical well-being, reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.”

The Mayo Clinic’s website goes on to say “It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables people to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on the body. It’s also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles – they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess”.

The Senior Center is handicapped accessible. Fairfield residents qualify for transportation services. To request transportation, call a few days ahead to 203-256-3168 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Center serves a lunch for $2. A reservation for lunch is required three business days in advance by calling 203-256-3118 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Senior Center website may be found by going to:

Once in the website, look on the right hand side for newsletters. Click on newsletters and you will find the last year’s newsletters which contain our programs and services. A Facebook page is also maintained and provides the most up to date information in addition to fun photos of members and activities.

Members who provide email addresses also receive a weekly e mail with the activities for the upcoming week, free of charge. To become a member, just stop into the Center on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am. To 3:30 p.m. and ask at the front desk for an application. Membership is currently free of charge. Complete both sides of the free application and deposit it in the green box at the front. In about 4 weeks you will receive a key fob for use when you sign in to the Center.

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