FOOD FOR THOUGHT SERIES at the John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health

Join us on one or all TUESDAYS from 12:30 -2 p.m. for a variety of topics at the John J. Gerlach Center for Senior Health. Sessions are FREE for AdvantAge members and $5 for non-members. Call (614) 566.4225 to leave your registration information.

AdvantAge membership is offered to those 50 years of age an older and is just $15 annually for an individual or $20 for a couple living at the same address. Membership is FREE to OhioHealth volunteers, retirees, and current associates aged 50 and over.

NEW: Sensitive Planning Conversations Tips on talking with — or listening to — your adult children regarding your long term care and estate planning. Other sensitive planning topics that lead to family conversations will also be discussed. 
Tuesday, April 1; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Dr. Lena Winkler and Team, Wexner Heritage

NEW: Senior Explorer ClubJoin us to find out more about this branch of the Columbus Explorer Club which provides ‘unique “adventures” for the 55+ crowd. Possible adventures range from trying something that’s new to you for an afternoon to taking trips and much in between.
Tuesday, April 8; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Michele Rapp, Explorer-in-Chief

NEW: The Psychology of ScamsFrom this Better Business Bureau expert, learn more about persuasion tactics that con artists use to defraud their victims and the basic tools investors can use to defend against fraud. Anyone can become a victim  of consumer fraud.
Tuesday, April 15; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Joan Coughlin, VP of Marketing and Public
Relations, BBB

NEW: Captain PhillipsJoin us as we screen and discuss this 2013 award-winning movie starring Tom Hanks, based on the 2009 true story of the first hijacking in over 200 years of an American cargo ship.
Tuesday, April 22; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Metabolic SyndromeThis under-diagnosed condition is found in those with several conditions occurring together (high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar readings, excess fat in the midsection). Learn more about how to prevent, delay, or manage it.
Tuesday, April 29; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Linda Ross, RN, OhioHealth Community Partnerships

NEW: Caring for a Difficult Family Member Discuss circumstances which can provoke “difficult” behaviors, and learn techniques for dealing with these behaviors.
Tuesday, May 6; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Paula Taliaferro, Central Ohio Area Agency on


What’s Your Eye-Q?Join us as we discuss common conditions affecting the older eye, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, as well as dry eyes and allergies. We will chat about current findings and treatments.
Tuesday, May 13; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Stephanie Koscher, Prevent Blindness Ohio

NEW: Can’t We Just Resolve This?Differences of opinion can cause problems at home, in the community, at work, and in social situations. Learn how to use mediation and mediation techniques to resolve disputes.
Tuesday, May 20; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
David Cohen, Central Ohio Professional Education Committee

No Food for Thought Lecture on Tuesday, May 27Due to the Memorial Day holiday.

Senior SleepLearn about common changes with sleep patterns and tips for improving your ‘sleep hygiene’ and sleep quality. We will broadly cover common sleep disorders also.
Tuesday, June 3; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Michele Stokes, PhD, MS, Gerlach Center
Call (614) 566.4225 to register.

NEW: Mr. Holland’s OpusThis film follows the 30-year career of Glenn Holland, a frustrated composer who becomes a high school music and band teacher while working on his ‘opus.’  Starring Richard Dreyfuss, this film was nominated for many awards. Discussion will follow.
Tuesday, June 10; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Universal Design Learn about home modifications that make every day living easier for all ages. A range of possibilities -- from easy and inexpensive to more in-depth projects will be discussed by this home remodeling expert.
Tuesday, June 17; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Dave Fox, Central Ohio Professional Education

Oh, My Aching Back!Oh My Aching… a Map to Maneuver the Aches and Pains of Aging Hit the road to managing arthritis. Learn about types, symptoms and treatment. Offers suggestions on meeting the challenges of chronic pain.
Tuesday, June 24; 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Janet Kohn, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging