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Free program helps seniors navigate change while they age

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PRAIRIE DU ROCHER, Ill. – Learn to navigate change as you age through a free program on Feb. 22 at Prairie du Rocher Community Library hosted by University of Illinois Extension.

Change can be hard. Everyone is aging, and many changes happen along the way – physically, mentally, and financially – in about every aspect of our lives. Join Family Life Educator Robin Ridgley as she examines some of those changes and how to adopt a mindset that is more accepting of change that will result in improved well-being and possibly new opportunities.

Ridgley’s program priorities relate to social-emotional wellness, aging well, brain health, and family relationships. She connects with local partners and community members to provide educational programming and resources on healthy living throughout the lifespan.

“Major life changes or events can happen early on in adulthood, but many are experienced later in life,” said Ridgley. “Our program shares ways to cope with these changes to set individuals up for success with a positive mindset.”

The free program is Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Prairie du Rocher Community Library, 223 Market St., Prairie Du Rocher, IL 62277. To register, call Jane at (618) 284-4546.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Robin Ridgley at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

SOURCE: Robin Ridgley, family life educator,, (618) 993-3304

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