Weekly Feature

2018-10-18 / Editorial

University Express offers free classes for seniors

Bee Editorial

It’s back to school for Western New York seniors, as University Express, a series of 150 free academic classes for adults 55 years and older, kicks off the fall semester. Nearly 6,500 seniors attended classes during the spring semester, and more than 34,000 have participated in University Express since 2014.

Based on the popularity of the program and positive health benefits of lifelong learning, the Erie County Department of Senior Services, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, Excelsior Orthopaedics and Wegmans teamed up to offer another semester of free classes that cover nearly 100 different topics, including current affairs, science and medicine, wellness and history.

The University Express fall semester continues through Dec. 6 at convenient locations throughout Western New York including The GreenFields Continuing Care Community, 5959 Broadway, Lancaster. If continuing education interests you, explore one or more of the following scheduled classes:

• “Cuba: A Land in Transition” — With several governmental changes in the past decade, more Americans have taken the opportunity to travel to Cuba. Recently, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center began working collaboratively with scientists from the Centro de Inmunologia Molecular in Havana. Learn about what is happening on this island nation located just 90 miles south of Key West. The class will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22.

• “Medical Cannabis: An Alternative Approach to Neurologic Treatment” — Depending on who you talk to, medical marijuana is either the be-all and end-all for many medical issues, or it’s a dangerous and illegal drug with no place in medicine. Learn the historical facts on cannabis and how it’s being used in today’s medical community to treat patients for a variety of disorders including Parkinson’s disease. The class will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

• “What You Need to Know about Peripheral Vascular Disease” — Did you know that vascular disease affects millions and is one of the leading causes of disability and death among older adults? Join a vascular surgeon from UBMD Surgery for a candid conversation on preventing and treating vascular disease. The class will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

To register for a class, call The Green- Fields at 684-8400. To view a full list of courses and locations, visit www2.erie.gov.

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