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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Life Services - Summer 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                   

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De-clutter, Downsize and Dispose of the Stuff                                 

Monday                                              LS182036             


July 9

Instructor(s): Susan Campbell

Do you have a lot of stuff? Perhaps you plan on moving in the future or perhaps you just want to get rid of some of it. In this course, students will learn tips, suggestions, and planning for downsizing their lives. Simple ways to sort through the clutter, decide what to keep, plan for the next step, and dispose of what you don't want will also be presented.


Emergency and Disaster Preparedness                                 

Tuesday                                              LS182050             


Aug 7

Instructor(s): Jessica Robison

Students will learn how to prepare for emergencies and disasters by understanding the hazards that can affect Chesterfield County, what supplies are needed to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours following a disaster, how to communicate with others and how to stay connected to information relevant to the incident. This course will also present information about the Chesterfield County office of Emergency Management and the Chesterfield County CERT program.


VirginiaNavigator: Helping you Navigate Local Resources                                           

Thursday                                            LS182069             


May 10

Instructor(s): Bonnie Scimone

Finding local support services for older adults, people with disabilities, veterans, and their caregivers and families is as simple as a click of a mouse! Bonnie Scimone, Community Outreach Specialist for VirginiaNavigator, will demonstrate how to utilize its comprehensive family of websites featuring 26,000+ resources, more than 800 educational support articles, “Ask an Expert”, and much more. Students will learn how to find programs and information pertaining to: health and wellness, financial concerns, housing options, legal questions, transportation, caregiver support, benefits assistance, recreation opportunities, and so much more. A special focus will be given to Chesterfield County, too!


Workshop for LLI Instructors                                     

Wednesday                                      LS182077             


May 2

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston and Rachel Ramirez

This workshop will have two primary objectives: 1) To increase the connectivity and collegiality among LLI faculty; and 2) To share ideas about ways to improve the LLI experience for both faculty and students. Whether you are a first-time or experienced faculty member, our hope is that you will find something of value in this workshop. Members who are instructing/facilitating this session or plan to in a future session are invited and welcome!


Give Hope 2 Kids: A Honduran Adventure                                          

Tuesday                                              LS182080             


July 10

Instructor(s): Rachel Ramirez

This course will introduce students to Give Hope 2 Kids, a Children's Home located in Urraco, Honduras, Central America.  Rachel has traveled to Honduras seven summers to work with Give Hope 2 Kids and loves to share about the good work they are doing with anyone who will listen.  Topics covered will include: the Children's Homes, self-sustainability, the solar project, education and outreach.  Come ready to expand your knowledge of a little village in the beautiful mountains of Honduras! Feel free to read about the organization on their website: www.GiveHope2Kids.org.


Discovering Your "Gifts" and Your Life's Purpose                                           

Tuesday                                              LS182084             


June 26

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide an overview of why discovering one's gifts and life's purpose is important and how to go about it. The instructor will share how many people never realize their purpose, which turns out to be an important factor not only in providing a clear sense of direction and structure for one's life but also for avoiding and/or ameliorating the risks of dementia.


Increasing Your Willpower and Patience                                             

Tuesday                                              LS182095             


July 3

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide students with a variety of practical ideas, suggestions and techniques for increasing life's most precious resources: our patience and willpower.


Senior Living Options: Assisted Living Communities and More                                 

Wednesday                                      LS182097             


May 16

Instructor(s): Marc Friedlander, MBA CSA

Roughly 44 million Americans (one out of six) provide unpaid informal care each year to the older US population. Using a proactive approach, the class will discuss the many benefits an Assisted Living Community can provide, how the assisted living community can be a positive influence as an individual embarks on a new stage in his or her life and when is the right time to explore assisted living options. This class will also illustrate the differences between an Assisted Living Community and a Skilled Nursing Facility. There will be time for a Q & A Session as well.


Overcoming Loneliness and Increasing Joy                                         

Tuesday                                              LS182099             


July 10

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide students with a variety of practical ideas, suggestions and techniques for overcoming an increasingly common and debilitating phenomenon in our culture, loneliness, while simultaneously increasing their joy!


Protecting Your Boundaries: Assertiveness and the Difficult Conversation                                         

Tuesday                                              LS182102             


Aug 7, 14

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will discuss ways to effectively raise and resolve difficult issues. Students will learn and have the opportunity to apply or practice effective ways to be heard and effectively address many of the issues in their personal and/or professional lives. The first class will provide an overview and discussion, and the second class will be an opportunity to review the discoveries and discuss applications.


The 4-1-1 on 2-1-1 VIRGINIA                                      

Wednesday                                      LS182109             


June 20

Instructor(s): Altise M. Street

Would you like to know what 2-1-1 VIRGINIA does? Have you ever needed assistance but didn’t know where to call? If so, this course is for you!  Students will learn about the services of 2-1-1 VIRGINIA and find out how they assist our community.


Be Red Cross Ready for Disasters                                            

Tuesday                                              LS182114             


June 5

Instructor(s): Stephen Moore

This course will provide students with disaster preparedness information to help prepare for disasters ahead of time to save time, money, and potentially lives.


Creating Your Legacy                                    

Wednesday                                      LS182116             


Aug 1

Instructor(s): Martha J. Frickert

How do you wish to be remembered? It doesn't require newsworthy acts of valor, wealth, or fame. Instead, thoughtful, intentional planning along with creative follow through are key components. Explore the meaning of legacy and begin to actively create how you wish to be remembered. Learn fresh and innovative ideas for building your legacy with those special little ones in your life. Bring your ideas to share in this fun, thought-provoking session. Learn that it's never too late. You CAN craft your own legacy!


From Cluttered to Clear in Just One Year                                             

Tuesday                                              LS182118              *$17


May 29, June 5

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

The idea of clearing clutter throughout your entire home is probably overwhelming, but it can be done! Join Debbie Bowie, Certified Professional Organizer®, for this two session class designed to motivate and arm you with what you need to know to begin to clear clutter and create good feng shui in every room in your house. You’ll learn key clutter clearing tips and feng shui principles that you can immediately apply to transform your home into a place where you and your family will thrive. The author’s book, From Cluttered to Clear in Just One Year: Your Room-by-Room Home Makeover, can optionally be purchased through LLI during Open Registration only, and payment is due at registration.


Becoming an Optimist                                  

Tuesday                                              LS182119             


July 17

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will help students discover the difference between an “optimist” and a “pessimist”, the advantages of optimism and effective strategies for becoming one.


Overcoming Adversity                                 

Tuesday                                              LS182120             


Aug 21

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will help students overcome and even leverage adversity by learning practical things that we can all do to work through and even grow from life's inevitable adversities.


Being Mortal: What Matters in the End                                

Tuesday                                              LS182121              *$9


June 12, 19

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will be based on the book, "Being Mortal," by bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande and will provide students with the opportunity to discuss and reflect on what matters in the end either for themselves or their loved ones. Some end-of-life issues and concerns that people reflect on will be presented. Purchase of the book through LLI is optional, and payment is due at registration.


SwimRVA: Accessible Aquatics for All                                   

Monday                                              LS182122             


May 21

Instructor(s): Scott Bennett

SwimRVA is a nonprofit whose mission is to elevate swimming in the Richmond region making water safety and aquatic fitness more accessible to all.  This course will present the background of how SwimRVA got to 50% of the population knowing how to swim, their mission and goals as an organization and what the community can do to help educate and share ways to improve the Richmond region making it a safer, heathier and more vibrant community.


Recycling and More: Be Wise, Revitalize                                             

Tuesday                                              LS182123             


May 8

Instructor(s): Pamela Y. Cooper

In this course, students will learn the importance of keeping their community clean and beautiful. Working together to enhance the beauty of our neighborhoods is easy. This course offers revitalization tips, clean-up programs, tips for curb appeal, code awareness, ways to be a good neighbor, and how to celebrate our success.


Assisting Cancer Survivors in Our Community                                   

Friday                                  LS182124             


June 8

Instructor(s): Regina Taggart

In the U.S., it is predicted that one in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. This is an unsettling statistic. Many do not think of the legal and financial challenges that follow a cancer diagnosis. Join a representative from CancerLINC for a discussion about the ways we can help family members and friends in our community deal with those challenges and ease the burden of cancer.


Eyeglass Recycling with the Lions Clubs                                               

Wednesday                                      LS182125             


July 11

Instructor(s): Wayne Moyer

Have you ever wondered how Lions Clubs recycle your old eyeglasses? Many of us drop our old eyeglasses into a Lions Club donation box, but what happens to them after the Club picks them up? This course will show how those donations help those in need with vision challenges and the process the clubs use to make them serviceable again. There will also be a brief history of Lions Clubs, the largest service organization in the world, and an opportunity for students to help others with vision issues in the future.


Becoming a Dementia Friend                                    

Monday                                              LS182126             


July 30

Instructor(s): Melissa Andrews

Dementia often starts with short-term memory loss, but it can also affect the way that people think, speak and do things. People with dementia can become confused and find it difficult to communicate, as they can't remember the words they want to use. They can also have difficulties planning. Dementia also affects people's moods and motivations. This can happen if the disease affects the part of the brain that controls emotions; but even if this does not happen, people with dementia can feel sad, frightened, frustrated or angry about what is happening to them. With a helping hand, people living with dementia can still enjoy their hobbies, have good relationships with partners and friends and live independently for a long time. Dementia Friends USA is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Developed by the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom, the Dementia Friends initiative is underway in the USA. By helping everyone in a community understand what dementia is and how it affects people, each of us can make a difference for people touched by dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who learns about what it's like to live with dementia and then turns that understanding into action. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends program to visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts. Anyone of any age can be a Dementia Friend, and we all have a part to play in creating dementia friendly communities! Join this course to learn more.


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.