Physical Balance is Vital - November 4 at Grace Hall
Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support’s community education series, “Living Long on Lopez,” will feature a special program on Physical Balance Saturday, November 4, 1:30pm at Grace Hall.  All are welcome.

Good physical balance is vital in preventing everyday injuries, in improving and maintaining everyday physical activities, and in supporting mental clarity as well as lessening anxiety.  This presentation will offer a panel discussion and demonstrations of practical exercises to improve and maintain balance.  While our sense of equilibrium tends to diminish with age, anyone at any stage of life can benefit from help with good body balance.

It is widely accepted that “fear of falling” and/or “fear of pain” can be as debilitating as the actual occurrence, and can lead to isolation and even depression. We also now know that balance is a learned skill that can be aided by simple regular exercises to improve body awareness.  The “mind-body pathway” contains structural connections that can enhance or negatively influence physical function, overall health, and well being. Recent research has validated the benefits of acupuncture, Tai Chi, yoga, therapeutic massage, chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, and strength training for increasing strength, flexibility, endurance, and equilibrium.

Here on Lopez Island, we are fortunate to have multiple modalities available to enhance physical balance. The following practitioners will talk about aspects of their discipline that focus on improving and maintaining balance, answer questions, and provide suggestions for simple at-home or in-class exercises:  Kim Foley (physical therapy); Nikyta Palmisani (Yoga); Susie Teague (neurological integration); Terry Marshall (Tai Chi); Heidi Strong (fitness balance training); and Gayle Isbell (chiropractic, neurofeedback, restorative exercises).

Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support’s community education series, “Living Long on Lopez,” was developed to inform our community about a variety of topics related to assisting residents and families who are dealing with injury, illness, or loss.  These programs offer opportunities for learning practical information and for obtaining answers to your questions from “people in the know.”

For more information on our “Living Long on Lopez” programs, please contact the Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support office, 468-4446,


Tickets on Sale for Jingle Bell Dinner
It’s getting to be that time of year – glittery decorations, holiday sweaters, and of course the Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support Jingle Bell Dinner.

Please join us at the ninth annual Jingle Bell Dinner Saturday, November 25, 6pm at the Lopez Community Center.

Experience elegant food and wine by Haven.  Beautiful centerpieces created by Elizabeth Landrum.  Exciting gifts and experiences at the Silent Auction. And back by popular demand, our own Mamatamba.

Tickets are $70, available exclusively at Paper Scissors on the Rock.  Proceeds from the Jingle Bell Dinner will benefit Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support. 

“The Jingle Bell Dinner is our major fundraiser for the year,” said co-chair Fons Wynen.  “We hope to attract a lot of Lopezians who are in a festive and of course a very generous mood.”

“We plan to sell out again this year,” said Tom Ruggles, co-chair of the Jingle Bell Dinner.  “Get your tickets early.”

For twenty years, Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support has provided hospice and home support services and resources to the Lopez community experiencing illness, injury, and/or loss.  All services are free of charge.  

For more information contact Lynne Keeley at 468-4446,





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