Northern Dutchess Hospital offers fall lineup of learning

Posted: 8/14/2019

Work on your memoir, reduce stress and explore end-of-life film portrayals during the Center for Healthy Aging’s Wellness Series this fall. The center offers no-cost, educational talks from 2-3:30 p.m. monthly on Mondays from September to November, in the cafeteria conference room of Northern Dutchess Hospital, 6511 Springbrook Ave. Advanced registration is required online at or by calling 845-876-4745 (TTY: 800-421-1220).

Fall Wellness Series programs:

Write Your Story: Memoir-Writing Workshop
Monday, Sept. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Roselee Blooston, local author
Learn how to give voice to thoughts, feelings and family stories through the written word. Using guided imagery and simple writing exercises, participants will discover how writing can serve as a powerful tool for comfort, connection, healing and self-expression. No prior experience necessary. Please bring a notebook or computer.

Conscious Living: Managing Stress from the Inside Out
Monday, Oct. 21, 2-3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Nancy Plumer, intuitive energy healer, spiritual counselor
What are the stressors in your life? Come learn and experience techniques and strategies for reducing stress and allowing more joy, ease and fun into your life. We will examine habitual ways of thinking and being – and work with the breath, mindfulness practices, simple stretches and laughter.

Death and Dying in Movies and Television
Monday, Nov. 11, 2-3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Panel Discussion featuring providers from Northern Dutchess and Sharon hospitals
During this talk, we’ll watch short TV and movie clips of death and dying scenes, then have an insightful panel discussion about how our perceptions of life’s final moments are shaped by what we see on the big screen. This event is sponsored by the palliative care teams at Northern Dutchess and Sharon hospitals.

Advance Care Planning: A Dual Perspective
Monday, Nov. 18, 2-3:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Levine, hospitalist, Northern Dutchess Hospital
A family caregiver and hospital physician, Dr. Elizabeth Levine will share her knowledge about advance care planning from these two unique perspectives. She brings her experience as her father’s caregiver as they navigated his dementia, and as a physician, who advises patients and families on their end-of-life decisions. She will cover the logistics as well as spiritual and emotional aspects of advance care planning.

To learn more about the Center for Healthy Aging, visit

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