Health and Wellness, Language Skills and Social Security: What’s Coming Up at the Senior Center

Stay home and stay healthy, and improve your English, with free online seminars from the Rockville Senior Center in January.

Register with the course number at Learn about 60-plus programs, courses, activities and services at or by calling 240-314-8800. See the “Adults 60+” recreation guide at for more.

Activities are held 1-2 p.m., except where noted.

Medical Management of Chronic Pain: Interventional vs. Noninterventional
Discuss the options and variations in care of chronic pain syndromes, ranging from injection therapeutics, use of physical modalities to integrative medicine methods to minimally invasive surgeries. Presented virtually by Dr. M. Massumi of Massumi Associates, Pain Management and Rehabilitation.

Register with course #20997. Wednesday, Jan. 12.

Better Breathers Club
Facilitated by an American Lung Association instructor, Kerri Donnelly, director of business development/community relations for Collingwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. The club meets virtually on the third Thursday of each month, from Jan. 20-March 17, and features presentations on a variety of topics, including how lung disease affects the lungs, breathing techniques, exercise, talking with your doctor, medication and other treatment options.

Register with course #21062.

Ask A Nurse Q & A: Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because it may show no symptoms and increase the risk for heart disease, heart failure and stroke. Covers the basics and beyond, with blood pressure questions answered, led virtually by a registered nurse. Presented by Adventist HealthCare.

Register with course #21005. Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research
Covers four areas of lifestyle habits associated with healthy aging and designed for individuals of any age looking for information and hands-on tools to incorporate recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Presented virtually by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Register with course #21004. 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19.|

Your Heart, Your Life Series, Session 4: Help Your Heart, Control Your Blood Pressure
An evidence-based virtual NIH program with lessons providing information to understand, build skills, assess and set goals for healthy lifestyle changes.

Register with course #21008. Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Stress Reduction/Meditation
This virtual class offers the tools to focus, relax and come to a more peaceful sense of being, with time for both meditation and discussion. Presented by Betty Figlure.

Register with course #20996. Mondays, Jan. 10-March 21. $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers.

Improve Your English

Virtual online classes include reading, speaking, listening and pronunciation for seniors whose first language is not English. New students must schedule an English skills assessment before registering. Email program coordinator Amoke Alakoye at to schedule an evaluation.

Returning students should register for the class recommended by their teacher. Courses are held 10 a.m.-noon on their respective days. $20 for members, $27 for nonmembers.

  • Basic English: Register with course #21012. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 10-March 16.
  • Beginning/High Beginning English: Register with course #21013. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 11-March 17.
  • Intermediate English: Register with course #21014. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 11-March 17.
  • Advanced English: Register with course #21015 Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 10-March 16.|

English Conversation Virtual Classes

Speak more confidently about everyday topics. $14 for members, $18 for nonmembers.

  • Beginning Conversation: Let’s Talk: Register with course #21017. 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 10-March 14.
  • Advanced Conversation: More Talk: Register with course #21016. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12-March 16.

Social Security
Join Diana Varela, a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration, for a virtual two-part program on Social Security. Both are 10-11:30 a.m.

  • Already receiving Social Security benefits: Register with course #21612. Wednesday, Jan. 12.
  • Not receiving Social Security benefits: Register with course #21729. Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Rockville Housing
Resident Services Programs Supervisor Stephanie Moore will provide a virtual overview of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, established in 1974 to better respond to the county’s need for affordable housing, its locations in Rockville and the programs it offers.

Register with course #21238. 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 27.

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