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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield


Health and Wellness - Spring 2020

 

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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The Safe Use of Essential Oils                                  

Tuesday                                           HW201227         

11:00-12:00                      

Jan 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb 4

Instructor(s): Carol Halbert

This course will explore the history of essential oils and how essential oils can promote a healthy lifestyle by using them aromatically, topically and internally. Students will also explore the chemical-free products that can be homemade using essential oils and also cooking with essential oils. One class will be devoted to being fabulous over 50; and by popular demand, one class will cover the oils of the Bible.

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Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss                                       

Monday                                           HW201339         

11:30-12:30                      

Jan 13

Instructor(s): Angie Morriss

Tear Soup is a short video presentation of a "Universal and Timeless Story of Grief" and is based on the classic book of the same name. A group discussion will follow the video to include the story’s themes, lessons and valuable coping strategies, along with normal grief responses and ways to stay connected and honor our loved ones.

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How to Stop Emotional Eating in 3 Steps                                           

Wednesday                                     HW201211         

10:30-11:30                      

Jan 15

Instructor(s): Pamela Biasca Losada, MS

Do you want to recognize and turn the tables on emotional eating? Emotional eating leads to weight gain and poor health which leads to more stress which leads to more emotional eating, making it a vicious cycle. In this course, students will identify what it means to be an emotional eater, what causes emotional eating as well as what is needed to cope with emotions without using food.

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Safe Driving and Medical Conditions                                    

Thursday                                          HW201316         

10:00-11:00                      

Jan 16

Instructor(s): Rachel Bailey, RN

This course will introduce ways to ensure your safety before you hit the road! As experienced drivers age, changes in vision, reaction time, and/or medical conditions may cause them to drive less safely. Sometimes these changes happen so slowly that drivers may not even be aware that their skills have declined.

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Joint Pain and Knee Replacement Surgery                                        

Friday                                 HW201332         

10:00-11:00                      

Jan 31

Instructor(s): David Miller, MD

There is no doubt that knee pain is a common problem that many people are likely to face at some point. This course will cover common causes and treatment of joint pain and the new technologies in knee replacement surgery. Dr. Miller specializes in hip replacement and knee replacement surgery here in Richmond, but he is also an orthopedic specialist who offers much to share with anyone in pain. In this course, he will present information on the treatment of immediate or chronic problems, as well as discuss both non-surgical and surgical options for treatment of hip and knee problems. From simple exercise suggestions to physical therapy to hip and knee replacement surgery, remedies are available to ease pain and get people back where they need to be.

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The Truth About Hearing Loss, Hearing Aids and Tinnitus: Myths Debunked                                     

Thursday                                          HW201262         

2:00-3:00                           

Feb 6

Instructor(s): Debra Ogilvie

Over 20 myths about hearing loss, hearing aids and tinnitus will be addressed and answered. Students will get the facts, and additional questions can be answered at the end of class.

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Healthy Eating and How to Overcome the Challenges                                  

Wednesday                                     HW201337         

9:30-11:00                        

Feb 12

Instructor(s): Shelby Kinnaird

Do you try to eat healthy, but life always gets in the way? This course will identify common dietary challenges and offer suggestions for overcoming them. Topics to be covered include managing special diets (diabetes-friendly, heart-healthy, gluten-free, plant-based, etc.), eating on the go, and not having enough time (or desire) to cook. Bring the biggest challenges you face with regard to food and the class will brainstorm solutions!

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Hands Only CPR A                                        

Wednesday                                     HW201340         

2:00-3:30                           

Feb 12

Instructor(s): Fara-Elizabeth Jenkins

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs, is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Hands Only CPR increases survival by 20%. Students in this course will learn how to save a life using only their hands.

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Heart Rhythm Disorders                                            

Friday                                 HW201333         

10:00-11:00                      

Feb 14

Instructor(s): Saumil Shah, MD

This course will discuss the four types of heart rhythm disorders that affect everyday Americans, along with best treatment plans: Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB), Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT), Bradycardia (slow heart rate) and Ventricular Tachycardia (VT). With the latest advances in cardiac electrophysiology, essentially all heart rhythm disorders are amenable to treatment and many are permanently cured. Physicians utilize the latest tools and techniques and have performed hundreds of ablations and device surgeries to improve patients’ quality of life and extend their life expectancy.

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Active Bystanders in an Emergency                                      

Wednesday                                     HW201320         

9:00-11:00                        

Feb 19

Instructor(s): Jessica Robison

You are the help until help arrives. This course will teach participants how to be an active bystander in an emergency situation. This training provides everyone with the capability to act with purpose and save lives through learning how to effectively communicate with 911, evaluating scene safety, controlling bleeding, positioning victims and providing comfort. Students will also learn about the reactions they may experience during an emergency as an active bystander.

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Understanding Hospice and Dispelling Myths                                  

Wednesday                                     HW201338         

11:30-12:30                      

Feb 19

Instructor(s): Patti Cox

This course will explain hospice care from how it originated to how hospice cares for the patient and entire family facing serious illness and end-of-life care. The following topics will be discussed: when the time is right for hospice, how to make a referral, the team approach to care, and how hospice care includes emotional, spiritual, social and bereavement support for the entire family. The many myths and misconceptions of hospice care will also be addressed.

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Blood Thinners and Trauma                                     

Thursday                                          HW201277         

10:00-11:00                      

Feb 20

Instructor(s): Rachel Bailey, RN

This course will present the delicate relationship between blood thinners and a traumatic experience. Did you know that trauma is the fifth leading cause of death in people over 65 years of age? This population constitutes 12.5% of the U.S. population but represents 28% of all injury fatalities, and people over 65 are less likely to be injured than young adults, but more likely to die as a result of injury. One third of all trauma health care expenditures go to care for people aged 65 and better.

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ADHD Solutions: Understanding the Nature of the Beast                                           

Wednesday                                     HW201322         

10:00-12:00                      

Feb 26

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

ADHD is a neurobiological disorder that affects a person's ability to focus, manage time, initiate and sustain action, and complete tasks. Students in this course will learn: how ADHD shows up, brain challenges that underlie ADHD, the AEC model for addressing ADHD with curiosity, understanding and acceptance, and what works to manage ADHD. This is a great informational course for people who either have ADHD or have family members with the disorder.

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My Aching Neck and Back: Doctor, Can You Help?                                         

Wednesday                                     HW201334         

09:00-10:00                      

March 4

Instructor(s): Ryan Gocke, MD

This course will focus on a variety of special procedures involving the spine. Some of these include: anterior cervical microdiscectomy with fusion, cervical disc replacement, cervical spine surgery, computer assisted robotic spine surgery, disc arthroplasty (replacement), epidural steroid injections, kyphoplasty, lumbar spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery.

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Brain Power Hour                                        

Wednesday                                     HW201251         

9:00-10:00                        

March 11, 18, 25

Instructor(s): Tina Thomas

Brain Power Hour aims to increase cognitive stimulation through education, brain games, and social activities. Just as physical exercise can help you keep your body strong, mental exercise can help your brain to work better and lower your risk of mental decline. Join this course for a fun and interactive way to flex your mental muscles.

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Being Mortal Documentary                                      

Thursday                                          HW201303         

1:30-3:00                           

March 12

Instructor(s): Patti Cox

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most? This course will provide a special screening of the nationally acclaimed FrontLine Documentary, "Being Mortal." This film follows Dr. Atul Gawande as he works with patients and their families as they face serious illness and end of life decisions. A group discussion will follow the film viewing. Students will learn how to improve communication about individual goals, values, and preferences, identify common barriers to effective conversations about end-of-life goals, describe the basic components of conversations that facilitate alignment of patient goals with the care they receive at the end of life, and identify at least two resources for advanced directive planning.

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Leaky Bladder                                 

Thursday                                          HW201315         

9:00-10:00                        

March 19

Instructor(s): Ramzi Aboujaoude, MD

Urinary incontinence, the loss of bladder control, is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when one coughs or sneezes to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong one cannot get to a toilet in time. Dr. Aboujaoude will talk about this issue and treatment options available. Please note: this class is for women.

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Fall Prevention                               

Thursday                                          HW201223         

10:00-11:00                      

March 19

Instructor(s): Rachel Bailey, RN

This course defines what is classified as a fall, discusses common injuries associated with falls, and educates students on preventative measures for falls.

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Tai Chi Demonstration and Overview                                   

Friday                                 HW201238         

11:30-12:30                      

March 20

Instructor(s): Damir Strmel

Tai Chi can be many things. It is a walking meditation; a means of understanding the range and limits of the body; an activity for the improvement of balance, mental focus, and breathing; a stress reducer; and, a beautiful art form. Join the LLI Tai Chi Intstructor for a brief overview of Tai Chi, as well as a demonstration from the continuing Tai Chi students.

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Common Illnesses and Diseases That Affect Average Americans                             

Thursday                                          HW201335         

09:00-10:00                      

March 26

Instructor(s): Amar Shah, MD

Dr. Shah will discuss common ailments such as shingles and viral illnesses in addition to provide diabetes education. This course will be open for dialogue and questions pertaining to primary care and internal medicine.

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Hip Pain: Treatments and the Latest Technological Advancements                                       

Friday                                 HW201336         

10:00-11:00                      

March 27

Instructor(s): Miles Birmingham, MD

Dr. Birmingham will discuss the latest advancements in robotic hip replacement surgery (MAKO). He will also answer any general hip pain questions.

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Fire Safety                                       

Monday                                           HW201282         

12:30-1:30                        

March 30

Instructor(s): Kimberly Rideout

What are some ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe? Should you have a Home Fire Escape Plan? Are smoke alarms important? What other information does your fire department want you to know to keep you and your loved ones safe? Students will learn that fire extinguishers are one element of a fire response plan, but the primary element is a safe escape. Every household should have a home fire escape plan and working smoke alarms.

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A Healthy Brain: The Tips and Tricks                                    

Wednesday                                     HW201328         

2:30-3:30                           

April 1, 15, 29

Instructor(s): Amanda Griffith

Did you know that there are many risk factors and lifestyle changes that affect your cognitive thinking? Join this course to discover many tips and tricks for keeping one of our most vital organs functioning at its optimum level: THE BRAIN! This course will give special attention to our brains while offering a discussion of in-depth ways to prolong, delay, and possibly prevent the onset of dementia. Course topics will include: 1) Signs of Normal Aging vs. Dementia plus Brain Boosting Activities; 2) Healthy Foods for the Brain; and 3) Intro to Music and Art for the Brain.

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Hearing Loss and Aids: An Overview and What's New                                  

Thursday                                          HW201287         

11:30-12:30                      

April 2

Instructor(s): Debra Ogilvie

Take the time to learn about hearing, hearing loss, and what's new in the technology world to help improve our hearing. A lot has changed since our Dad's hearing aids! Did you know they can be rechargeable now?! Information about Assistive Devices and hearing protection units will also be provided. There will be time for questions and answers as well.

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Pet Therapy in the Hospital                                      

Thursday                                          HW201324         

10:00-11:00                      

April 16

Instructor(s): Rachel Bailey, RN

Come meet CJW Medical Center's Pet Therapy dogs, Wiggles and Whitney, along with their puppy in training, Elise. This course will discuss the benefits of pet therapy when patients are in the hospital. Bring lots of hugs!

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Joy of Meditation                                         

Mon, Tues, Wed                                           HW201264         

9:00-10:00                        

April 20, 21, 22

Instructor(s): T Kulkarni

Meditation is a simple technique for wellbeing. Come learn the technique and strengthen yourself. All levels are welcome. Local, free groups are available in the area, and information will be shared with students in this introductory course. There are free resources available in the HeartsApp and on the following websites: www.heartfulnessmagazine.com and www.heartfulnessva.org/.

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Foot Health: Prevention of Sports Injuries for the Active Senior                              

Tuesday                                           HW201180         

10:30-12:00                      

April 21

Instructor(s): Sagar Shah, DPM

May is Foot Health Awareness Month. Get one step ahead by learning how you can prevent common sports injuries of the feet so you can stay active as you age. Learn about common ailments that affect your feet such as generalized foot pain, heel pain, muscle cramps, bunions, hammertoes, bone spurs, foot and leg swelling, arthritic foot pain, numbness and tingling, and how to treat them. Also learn how proper warm-ups, stretching and flexibility exercises can help prevent injuries; how low impact exercises help you maintain a healthy body weight; how to prevent falls; what to do if you injure your foot; what proper athletic shoes are and what can happen when you wear the wrong shoes.

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Hands Only CPR B                                        

Wednesday                                     HW201341         

9:00-10:30                        

April 22

Instructor(s): Fara-Elizabeth Jenkins

Please register for only one session (A or B) to allow all students a chance to participate. Cardiac arrest, an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs, is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 EMS-assessed out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States. When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving CPR from someone nearby. According to the American Heart Association, about 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival. Hands Only CPR increases survival by 20%. Students in this course will learn how to save a life using only their hands.

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Skin Cancer: Prevention and Treatment Plans                                 

Friday                                 HW201285         

10:00-11:00                      

May 1

Instructor(s): Dr. Robert Schmidt

Skin cancer is by far the most common kind of cancer, and the head and neck are the most frequently affected areas of the body. The goals of skin cancer treatment are to remove the cancer and then restore the affected area so that ideally the scars are imperceptible. This course will cover basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma cancer along with prevention and treatment plans.

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About Fees
Your Lifelong Learning Institute membership gives you access to all of LLI classes and trips, most without any additional costs. There are some classes and trips which require additional fees. Where there are additional fees, those fees must be paid at the time of registration. Fees can be paid by check, cash or credit card. If paying by check, please clearly indicate the classes and trips being covered.