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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Rianda House is closed, although we are now providing virtual classes, conferences calls, and one-on-one chats to keep participants safe and connected. All classes are FREE, offered via “Zoom” video conferencing, and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling or emailing: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

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Rianda House Classes

All classes are FREE, offered via “Zoom” video conferencing, and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling or emailing: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Balance and Stretch - ZOOM Edition | Kris Coryell
Join Instructor, Kris Coryell, PhD, as she leads this energizing exercise class designed to increase activity, strength and confidence levels and decrease the potential for falling. Mondays, 10:30 am.

Caregiver Support Group | Collabria Care
Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 3:00 – 4:00 pm via Zoom. For more information or to register, contact Jill Wood at [email protected].

Current Events - ZOOM Edition | Lorne & Marilyn Glaim
Explore relevant topics and discuss current events in a casual and respectful discussion group. Facilitated by retired history professors, Lorne and Marilyn Glaim. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Mondays, November 9 and 23, 1:00 pm.

Dancing Crane Tai Chi - ZOOM Edition | Joan Comendant (Senior Exercise Trainer)
This class is specially designed for beginners who are new to Tai Chi. Each class will repeat the same movements, making it an ideal class to drop into anytime. Classes will meet on Tuesdays at 11:30 am. This is a live Zoom course, so you will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer to participate.

NEW Embodied Ease | Marla Tofle, Somatic Coaching & Healing
Join this playful, enlivening and restorative class using movement, breath and sound to reconnect us with the engine of our well-being: pulsation. Embodiment practices support immune system function, as well as improve our body's inherent resiliency and ability to relax amid stress. This is a drop-in class, open to all abilities. Fridays, November 6 - December 18, 10:30 am. NOTE: No Class on Friday, November 27. Please contact Elizabeth for an information sheet on how to prepare for the class.

Gents and a Cuppa Joe - Zoom Edition | Carroll Cotton, Facilitator
Calling all gents! Come share “A Cuppa Joe,” swap stories and experiences with friends and neighbors. Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 am. Call Carroll Cotten for details: (707) 967-9845.

Imagery and Poetry | Dr. Lisa Hinz
Poetry is often inspired by imagery. Figures, structures, or other forms frequently inspire the metaphorical connections that underlie poetry. In this Zoom workshop, “Imagery and Poetry,” we will choose images from magazines, old calendars or personal photos to create a collage that will be the foundation for a poem. No artistic or poetic experience is required to enjoy this class. We will let our imaginations be free and play with words inspired by our intuitively created collage images. Join us for creative fun! Fridays, November 6 and 13 from 1:00 -2:30 pm.

Kuan Li - Zoom Edition | Joan Comendant, certified Tai Chi instructor
Kuan Li is a Tai Chi form that unites the body, mind and spirit with energetic kung fu stances. Beginners welcome. Try this form of Tai Chi and talk to Joan about her other Tai Chi classes to find the right match for you. Mondays and Fridays at 12:30 pm.

Memoirist and Creative Writers - ZOOM Edition | Ana Manwaring, Educator and Author
Join this lively writing community. No matter your writing experience, from idea to well-published author, you’re welcome to share your voice as we write, read and offer feedback in a workshop setting. Each week writing topics and assignments are suggested, but not required. Some workshop participants write poetry, some write fiction, others write essays or songs. Working together in a positive and encouraging atmosphere, we learn our craft and become the storytellers we want to be to leave an enduring legacy for our families and community. This ongoing class meets for six weeks, on Thursdays, October 15 - November 19, 2-4 pm.

NEW Mind Boosters & Brain Fitness | Veronna Ladd, Collabria Care
We have combined both programs for people who are concerned about their memory or are in the early stages of memory loss and want to be proactive in maintaining their brain health. Why Attend? It’s FUN! and You LEARN! 2nd and 4th Thursdays, November 12 only, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. To register, contact Veronna Ladd, (707) 258-9087 or[email protected].

One on One Virtual Walking Group | Elizabeth Bruno
Tailored for older adults with beginning-to-intermediate fitness levels. This virtual class invites you to lace up your walking shoes and get out and walk. The class will start Fridays at 10:00 am via Zoom - we meet together as a group for 5 minutes for a little friendly encouragement, then out we go on our own walk. Walks are weather permitting. Call Elizabeth to log in your steps or miles.

PWR!Moves for Parkinson’s - ZOOM Edition | Joan Comendant (Certified PWR!Moves & Senior Exercise Trainer)
This course is designed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor or balance issues to help increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and posture. Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

NEW Readers’ Theater Group | Dianne Fraser and Carol Gruetzner
Join a fun and lively group of individuals who enjoy reading through scripts together each week. No memorization necessary. Tuesdays, 3:00 pm. To join a future production of the Rianda House Readers' Theater, contact Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno at (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Strength Training | Kathy Carrick
Enhance muscle strength and tone - all levels welcome. A $5 donation, per workout, suggested. Class held via Zoom, call Elizabeth for video conferencing link. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 am.

NEW Talking to Your Doctor In-service | Rebecca Dexter, Home Care Services Adventist Health
Doctors’ appointments can be confusing and stressful especially if you aren’t feeling well. Good communication between you and your healthcare providers is so important, and this can be challenging to accomplish in a short visit. Learn tips for talking to your doctor and getting the most out of each visit. Thursday, November 19, 10:30 am Contact: Elizabeth (707)963-8555, ext. 103 for the Zoom link.

Techno Tuesday - ZOOM Training and Cell Phone 101 | Rianda House Volunteer
Are you getting the most out of your cell phone, tablet or iPad? Unlock the power of your digital devices to allow you to receive important resource alerts from the County, City and CalFire. Receive one-on-one instruction for how to maximize the applications and services on your cell phone or use ZOOM video conference software from a tech-savvy tutor. Appointments available on Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm. Call Elizabeth at (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 to set up an appointment to get technology instruction by phone.

Zoom to the Future | Rianda House Instructors
Sign-up to join this new class introducing you to the basics, ins and outs, tips and tricks of using Zoom. Each class will cover the basics of using this technology tool to connect you with your family, friends and to new learning opportunities. Taught by the Rianda House team on Mondays, at 2:00 pm, November 2 and 16. Attend once to get a jump start or weekly to build skills. Pre-registration required.

Zoom Video Tutorials | Rianda House Virtual Classroom
Series of four videos that provide a quick start guide walking you through getting started with Zoom, including the essential steps of setting up your account, joining a meeting, an overview of the meeting controls and more. You can view these anytime - online here.

Virtual Classes From Our Partners

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class | Innovative Health Solutions/Choice in Aging
Low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routines include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level. This program will be held twice a week, for 8 weeks. Join us from the comfort of your home on Zoom! Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 16 - November 5,1:00 - 2:00 pm. It is easy to attend! Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/9120293474, Meeting ID: 912 029 3474 (Link & Meeting ID same for all classes).

NEW Caregiver Dementia Education | Collabria Care
Dementia Education for Caregivers is a special series for care partners with loved ones who have moderate to advanced Alzheimer’s disease, or related dementia. Join us and learn techniques to manage stress, set personal goals, communicate constructively, and seek solutions or assistance. This series is provided as a free community service however, pre-registration is required - online here or by calling (707) 258.9080.

NEW Disaster Preparedness Training | LISTOS California
You are Invited to a 15-minute or 1-hour long training, available 5 days a week, to learn the basic preparedness steps. Each participant will receive a $10 e-gift card, a Go Bag and a Disaster Ready Guide in either English and Spanish. Visit https://www.srcharities.org/prepare/ for a full schedule or contact Nathan Gifenbaum to register: [email protected].

NEW Drum & Songs | Charlie Toledo, Suscol Intertribal Council
Participants can share their songs and sounds and learn new ones. Suscol Intertribal Council began offering weekly classes online in the Spring of 2020, and we have found them to be successful at bringing people together during ever-changing circumstances. All classes are open to the public and free of charge. Wednesdays, 4:00 pm. Contact [email protected] to register.

NEW Food Smarts Nutrition Education | Innovative Health Solutions / Choice in Aging
Join this weekly class meeting via Zoom on Wednesdays, at 12:30 pm. It is easy to attend! Just use this Choice in Aging Zoom link (for all classes):https://zoom.us/j/9120293474. Meeting ID: 912 029 3474.

NEW Living with Early Stage Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer’s Association
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease may be life changing and lead to many questions. Join this three-part program to learn what to expect, how to build a care team or to plan for the future. Registration is required. Attend all three. Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and 11, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. To Register: tinyurl.com/EarlyLWAFall2020.

NEW Staying Healthy! Connecting with Community in a Shut-In World | Xavia Hendriksz, Mentis
After many months of shelter-at-home, many of us find ourselves feeling more anxious, depressed, angry and directionless. Good news, you can express your concerns and sense of loss in this free, new, drop-in virtual discussion group offered on Zoom for adults 60+. Drop in once, or come as often as you like. Mondays, September 14 - 28, 2:00 - 3:00 pm. To register call: Xavia Hendriksz (707) 299-1885.

Unbiased Medicare Information Sessions | HICAP, Frank Nelson
HICAP offers unbiased technical expertise on Medicare in a series of Zoom meetings throughout the month of September. HICAP has the answers as the truly unbiased source for technical help and advocacy. Medicare Annual Choices and Changes, Thursday, November 12, 11 am. You can register  by calling: (707) 526-4108. Registration required.

Support Group for LGBT Seniors | Ian Stanley, LGBT Connection
Join us on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (October 6 and 20) from 10:30-11:30 am via Zoom. We’ll gather together to share how we’re doing and what we’re experiencing in these “interesting” times. Contact Ian Stanley at online - collabriacare.org/event/understanding-suicide-grief-loss-2020

2nd Annual Virtual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium for Veterans, First Responders, and Caregivers
The symposium focuses on the connection between Parkinson’s Disease, military service, first responders and the frequency in which medical professionals are seeing veterans and first responders diagnosed with PD. Virtual attendees will be provided with information as well as resources available to help them live their best lives with Parkinson’s Disease. Click on - this link - to be automatically connected to the symposium!

Support Groups

  • ALZConnected®:  Living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone with the disease may make you feel alone. ALZConnected®, powered by the Alzheimer's Association, is a free online community where everyone affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia can safely share their concerns and get advice.
  • Support Group for Caregivers of Folks with Memory Loss | Collabria Care
    Online support group, providing compassion and resources for individuals caring for loved ones with memory loss. For more details call: Jill Wood, MSW with Collabria Care at (707) 258-9087, ext. 277.

Online Offerings

7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults | SilverSneakers
Watch this video from SilverSneakers for this follow-along yoga workout for older adults. Build strength, improve flexibility and boost balance with 7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults.

Daily Meditation | SilverSneakers
Watch this video from SilverSneakers for an easy 5-minute meditation you can do every day. Close your eyes and follow along! Your Daily SilverSneakers Meditation.

Strength and Balance | SilverSneakers
Boost your energy and get the blood flowing with bodyweight exercises, skill drills and a relaxing final stretch. Class available –  online.

Coloring Pages | Van Gough Museum
Free coloring pages of famous paintings -  online here.

Lesson of the Day | New York Times
Short lesson featuring current events articles - online here.

Monthly Archive of The Wrinkle

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