• MIND MATTERS: Those concerned about memory can take proactive steps toward keeping their brain fit and healthy into their later years with Mind Matters, a weekly class at the Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. A new semester runs Jan. 12 to April 5, with meetings 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday. The class will focus on memory techniques and keeping the brain stimulated through readings, discussions, physical exercise and meditation, as well as social time with the group. Call (504) 897-0143 for more information.
  • STOP SMOKING: The Smoking Cessation Trust can help Louisiana smokers who wish to stop smoking in 2016. An estimated 24 percent of the state’s adult population lights up, well above the national average of 18.1 percent. Louisiana residents who began smoking cigarettes before Sept. 1, 1988, and who are approved for inclusion in the trust program receive free services that include: cessation medications (such as Zyban and Chantix), nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patch, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray), individual/ group cessation counseling, telephone quit-line support, and/or intensive cessation support services. For more information or to sign up for the Smoking Cessation Trust, visit www.smokefreela.org or call (504) 529-5665 or toll free (855) 259-6346.
  • MEDICARE BASICS: Christy Levy will give a presentation on the ABCs of Medicare at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. To make a reservation, call (504) 561-4127, or visit peopleshealth.com/wellness. This event is free and open to the public.
  • TRIM AND REDUCE: Westbank Community Ministries invites anyone interested to attend a new wellness program called “Start to Trim And Reduce,” sponsored by The McFarland Institute. The program begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 12, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 2525 Apollo Ave., Harvey. It meets every Tuesday for 13 weeks, with a different emphasis each week. Topics include decreasing the risk for heart disease, understanding and managing high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, communicating with your health care provider and more. For more information, see www.westbankcm.org. Also, low-impact aerobics classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the church. Call 368-2525 for information.
  • FITNESS 101: Susan Kappelman will lead a fitness program at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the West Jeff Fitness Center, 175 Hector Ave., Terrytown. To make a reservation, call (504) 561-4127, or visit peopleshealth.com/wellness. This event is free and open to the public.
  • MEDICARE BASICS: Christy Levy will give a presentation on the ABCs of Medicare at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 13, at the Lapalco Learning center, 3909 Lapalco Blvd., Suite 203, Harvey. To make a reservation, call (504) 561-4127, or visit peopleshealth.com/wellness. This event is free and open to the public.