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Lunch & Active Aging with Michelle Collins, COPD Foundation of Maine

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Live Your Adventure is the theme for Active Aging Week 2015, a call to action to adults 50 and older to challenge themselves to break their routine and to try something really new. On September 30, as part of Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center’s 10th Active Aging Week program the Center’s weekly Lunch and Learn program will feature Michelle Collins, BSRT, RRT Maine’s Advocacy Captain for the COPD Foundation presenting a program titled “Breathe Strong and Live Your Adventure.

A friendly open discussion format with games and music will be used. As Michelle and luncheon guests talk about the following questions participants will develop strategies to help cope with the stress and anxiety that is experienced in our daily lives.

Am I breathing strong or strongly breathing?
Are my medications working for me or against me?
Where is the route of my difficulty stemming from?

Come to the Coastal Community Center’s (521 Main Street, Damariscotta) luncheon on September 30 and learn strategies and exercises that will calm the mind, reduce stress, improve each breath and that will enable you to live the life you want to live.

Suzan Michelle Collins holds a Bachelor’s Degree in respiratory therapy. She is a Registered Respiratory Therapist, as well as the State of Maine’s COPD Advocacy Captain for the COPD Foundation. Collins has worked in healthcare for over 25 years, specializing in the respiratory field for the last 12 of those years. She currently works at Lincoln Health here in Damariscotta as well as at Maine General Health in Augusta.

Her passions are patient education and advocacy. In her spare time Michelle plays with her golden retriever, collect seashells, sea glass, sand dollars and driftwood for the driftwood wreaths that she makes. She also walks trails throughout Maine and attends auctions with her husband.

Luncheon Reservations are required. Please call 563-1363 by noon on Monday, September 28 to make your luncheon reservation (entrée: pasta with butternut squash). $5.00 for those over 60; $6 for those under 60. Can’t make it to lunch? Community members are always welcome to attend the Center’s Wednesday Learn portion of the day’s Lunch and Learn program, which will begin at noon.

Before, during and after lunch Center visitors can also participate in and enjoy the following Wednesday programs:

TNT WHOLE BODY FITNESS: A fitness class that offers a total body workout. Fee: $5. Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m.

MORNING YOGA with Carol Krajnik: For your whole being, gentle movements calm the mind & relax the body. Fee: $15/class. Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m.

ON BALANCE: GETTING STRONGER-LIVING LONGER, Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Gentle exercises for strength, flexibility and balance with Robin Maginn for those who are a little bit timid or who haven’t exercised in a while. $4 per class. Sign-up and pay for lunch and the class is only $2.

Heart Healthy Blood Pressure Clinic with registered nurse Jini Lewis, Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. FREE!

If you’d like more information about these topics or Spectrum Generations or would like to schedule an interview with Michelle Collins please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at

The public is invited to call the Agency’s Consumer Helpline at 1-800-639-1553 for more details; or to join the Spectrum Generations Volunteer Corps. The agency’s website is located at: