The Community Education Department at St. Elizabeth Hospital is offering a number of health-related presentations in the next few weeks.

The Loss and Grief Education and Support meeting will be held Thursday, July 11, July 18 and July 25 at the hospital’s Sister Vernola conference room.

The meetings, set from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., will be facilitated by the Grief Recovery Center to help residents through the grieving process.

Advanced registration is preferred and can be completed by calling (225) 621-2906.

A Total Joint Replacement Education Class is set for 9:30 a.m. Monday at the hospital’s Sister Linda conference room.

Anyone considering knee or hip replacement surgery is invited to attend.

Monthly classes are held to provide patients with an opportunity to meet others electing to have knee or hip replacement surgery and to meet the team of health professionals at St. Elizabeth Hospital who will guide them through each step of the process from pre-admission to rehabilitation.

Advanced registration is required and can be completed by calling (225) 621-2906.

Residents interested in learning more about services provided for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers are invited to attend the Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area Caregiver Network meeting at 10:30 a.m. July 2 at the hospital’s Sister Vernola conference room.

Advanced registration is preferred and can be completed by calling (225) 621-2906.

The hospital’s Thriving with Diabetes program set for Tuesday will discuss the benefits of T’ai Chi.

Andy Wikman, practitioner of T’ai Chi for more than 15 years, will host the program, set from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

T’ai Chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching that is known to reduce stress and anxiety, increase flexibility and balance, and improve many health conditions. Because T’ai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, it is generally safe for all ages and fitness levels.