Jennifer Hissam has been named by Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) as campus administrator of Highland Path, 1925 Norfolk Ave. She will oversee operations and staff providing housing, support and care services for up to 150 older adults in independent living, living and memory care apartments. Hissam has worked in the senior living sector for more than 20 years. She previously served with PHS from 2000 until 2010, initially as director of social services and later as resident services director at PHS communities in Eden Prairie and Chanhassen. Most recently, she served as executive director of health and housing for an assisted living and memory care provider in Plymouth. Highland Path, formerly the Pillars of Highland Park, was acquired by PHS in 2021. PHS took over management of the campus in June of this year.
Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul will offer the popular “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” class from 1-2:30 p.m. on Thursdays, October 20-December 1, via Zoom (no class on November 24). Participants will learn self-care behavior including increased exercise, relaxation and medical check-ups; emotional management to reduce guilt, anger and depression; building self-confidence to cope with care-giving demands; and identifying public resources. The series will be taught by JFS senior services supervisor Bonnie Jaffe and PEARLS Counselor Tara Burns. The class is free, with a maximum of 10 people, so early registration is advised. To register, contact Jaffe at 651-497-8248 or email@example.com, or Burns at 763-300-3146 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Paul Neighborhoods ACT on Alzheimer’s is now Dementia Friends Twin Cities. Zoom meetings are being held from noon-1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. The meetings are being held to share information and support others. To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/yhd3p2ue.
The Minnesota Highway Safety Center will offer a 55+ Driver Discount refresher course from noon-4 p.m. Thursday, October 13, at the Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West Saint Paul. The full eight-hour course will be offered from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, October 26-27, at the center. Those age 55 and older who complete the course and take the refresher every three years can save up to 10 percent on their auto insurance. The cost is $24 for the refresher and $28 for the full course. For information or to register, visit driverdiscountprogram.com or call 1-888-234-1294.
A Passport to TPAC is being offered to Mendota Heights residents from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, October 13, at the Thompson Park Activity Center, 1200 Stassen Lane, West Saint Paul. There will be a light lunch, tour of the facility, and chance to learn about its programs for adults 55 and older. To register, call 651-255-1140 or visit tinyurl.com/y4urj3se.
Act Two, a new facilitated men’s discussion group focusing on navigating through midlife, will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, October 30, at Jewish Family Service of Saint Paul, 1633 W. Seventh St. The October’s topic will be “When I’m Sixty-Four (with apologies to Sir Paul McCartney).” Facilitator Stan Lapidos retired two years ago after a 45-year career in the field of aging and health care. Register by contacting Anne Myers at email@example.com or 651-359-7775. Act Two is free and open to all, but donations are appreciated at jfssp.org/donate.