Pathways to Health: April 6

Breastfeeding support group meets

The Columbia Gorge Breastfeeding Coalition has formed a mother-to-mother support group to offer a place to turn during this important time. The group is facilitated by a certified lactation consultant who listens and guides the discussion.

The group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. at Riverside Church (Fourth and State streets) on the following Wednesdays: April 10 and 24. For more information, call Jennifer McCauley at 541-387-6344 or Ellen Mallon at 541-387-7131.

‘Mastery of Aging Well’ class series offered

Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles campus, is offering a series of classes on aging. The OSU “Mastery of Aging Well” course will be offered in a five-session series; each one consisting of a 45-minute online training followed by an hour question Q&A period with a local expert on the topic. Each will also provide information on local resources and take-home activities.

The cost is $10 per session (scholarships may be available; contact OSU Open Campus Coordinator Dani Annala at 541-386-3343). To register, call 541-308-8211 or visit; be sure to identify which course(s) you wish to attend.

Upcoming subjects include April 18, Memory Difficulties; April 25, Depression in later life: An overview of depression and aging; and May 2, Medication Jeopardy: The risks attached to taking medications and how age influences risk.

Tips on ‘Raising a Child with Down Syndrome’

Swindells’ Resource Center is offering a free class on parenting a child with Down Syndrome. It will be held April 25 at Pine Grove School, 2405 Eastside Road, beginning at 6 p.m.

“Raising a Child with Down Syndrome: Building a Foundation for a Great Life” is a free event, but registration is required: call 541-387-5720 or visit More information may be found here:

Learn to be a hospice volunteer

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital will hold a training session for hospice volunteers on May 3, 4, 10 and 11. The training offers a practical understanding of end-of-life issues and hospice care.

Volunteers can choose to serve in a number of different ways that make a tremendous difference in the lives of patients. To register or to learn more, call 541-387-1152.

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