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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Life Services - Fall 2018

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                   

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Workshop for LLI Instructors                                     

Wednesday                                      LS183077             


Sept 5

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston and Carri Pandolfe

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!


The Art of Assertiveness                                             

Tuesday                                              LS183084             


Sept 11, 18

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

Have you often wondered what the key is to protecting your personal boundaries and resolving life's many issues? This course will provide students with an overview of the philosophy, skills and techniques of assertiveness in the first class, followed by an opportunity to practice and apply them in person in the second class.


Becoming a Dementia Friend                                    

Tuesday                                              LS183126             


Sept 11

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.


De-clutter, Downsize and Dispose of the Stuff                                 

Wednesday                                      LS183036             


Sept 19

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.


Recycling and More: Be Wise, Revitalize                                             

Thursday                                            LS183123             


Sept 20

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.


Be the Good Neighbor!                                               

Friday                                  LS183129             


Sept 21

Instructor(s): Carl Schlaudt

We all have different expectations of our neighbors, and being a good neighbor helps make Chesterfield’s neighborhoods great places to live. Students will learn how to positively affect their neighborhoods by being a good neighbor. Learn simple, practical, and affordable ways to make an immediate positive impact. These proven tools can improve neighbor relationships, build community, and add value.


Getting Things Done                                     

Friday                                  LS183128             


Sept 28

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

Getting things done is essential for keeping a job, keeping a home, and keeping your life in order. How good are you at remembering what you need to do, initiating action, and completing tasks? Remembering, initiating and engaging in, and completing tasks are three separate challenges that will be explored in this course. Students will learn ways to capture tasks to do, strategies for initiating action, and a new perspective on completion that will motivate them to finish tasks.


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

Friday                                  LS183109             


Oct 5

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.


Becoming an Optimist                                  

Tuesday                                              LS183085             


Oct 16

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.


Assisting Cancer Survivors in Our Community                                   

Friday                                  LS183124             


Oct 19

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.


Be Red Cross Ready for Disasters                                            

Tuesday                                              LS183114             


Oct 23

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.


What Makes a Personality: The “Big Five” Traits                                             

Wednesday                                      LS183131             


Oct 24

Instructor(s): Robert Wadsworth

Numerous theories of human personality have been proposed over the past century, and many of them have been mystifying in their abstraction and complexity. Fortunately, perhaps the most accessible and practical personality theory is also the best-researched: the Five-Factor Theory. Students will learn the five broad personality traits, how they were identified, the facets which comprise them, and characteristics of individuals scoring high and low on each trait. This is not a self-help class, but rather a general introduction to a way of thinking about one's personality. There is, however, a free, open-source, reliable and valid online personality inventory based on the Five-Factor model that students can take on their own if interested.


Emotional Empowerment: Turn Negative Feelings into Great Allies                                      

Monday                                              LS183130             


Oct 29

Instructor(s): Pamela Biasca Losada

This course will focus on the key components of the empowered language of emotions. Negative feelings, if not addressed properly, can have a very negative effect on individual’s lives. The emotional empowered approach will allow students to see negative feelings under a new light and learn how to use them in their favor to improve their overall quality of life in all areas.


Introduction to Feng Shui: Arranging Your Space to Enhance Your Life                                  

Tuesday                                              LS183111             


Oct 30

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

Did you know you could improve your life by making changes in the environments in which you live and work? Feng Shui is the study of how to arrange space to enhance life. Students are invited to join a professional organizer and Feng Shui practitioner for an introduction to this ancient Chinese art that has the potential to change their lives. Key principles of Feng Shui and solutions to common problems in both home and office will be reviewed. Students should come ready to begin a journey into a fascinating, fun and fulfilling way to improve their lives!


Chesterfield County Public Library Guide                                           

Wednesday                                      LS183086             


Oct 31

Instructor(s): Cindy Arnold

This course will provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions at the library. Students will learn how to access their accounts online, request a book, register for a program, and reserve a meeting room. Students are encouraged to bring a list of questions and leave with the answers needed to make the most of their own library experience.


Winning the War Against Paper                                              

Wednesday                                      LS183105             


Oct 31

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

Paper is unrelenting. It just keeps pouring in, cluttering up our homes and offices. It is the most difficult organizing challenge that we face in our daily lives. Paper clutter can shut down even the best organizers. In this course, students will learn what makes paper management so challenging, strategies for clearing paper clutter and daily paper management. What papers to keep and what can be pitched as well as habits that will make it possible to prevent future paper clutter nightmares will also be discussed.


VirginiaNavigator: Providing Direction for Caregivers and Seniors                                          

Thursday                                            LS183069             


Nov 1

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.


Envision Your Future                                    

Monday                                              LS183127             


Nov 5

Instructor(s): Linda Rubin

This course will provide an enriching, uplifting time for each student to create a vision board that is thought-provoking and fun to make. The instructor will guide students as they create a visual representation of what they want their future to hold. Students should bring plenty of magazines and newspapers to cut up for images to glue on their instructor-provided Vision Boards.


Senior Living Community Options: Be Proactive Not Reactive!                                 

Tuesday                                              LS183097             


Nov 13

Instructor(s): Marc Friedlander, MBA CSA

Roughly 44 million Americans (one out of six) provide unpaid informal care each year to the older U.S. population. Using a proactive approach, this course will discuss the many benefits an Assisted Living Community can provide, how an 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. Students will learn the differences between an Assisted Living Community and a Skilled Nursing Facility. There will be time for a Q & A session at the end.


Home Health and Hospice: Everything You Need to Know!                                        

Monday                                              LS183081             


Nov 19

Instructor(s): Kristen Kern

This interactive and easy to understand course will discuss everything one needs to know about Home Health and Hospice. Whether caring for a loved one during an illness or being pro-active before a scheduled surgery, it is important to understand the services available to assist in the recovery at home. What services are provided? Who qualifies? How much does it cost? How long does it last? How is it set up? What should be considered when choosing a provider? Are there resources available to help in the search? These questions and more will be answered.


Enhancing Your Resiliency                                         

Tuesday                                              LS183090             


Nov 20

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course is designed to enable participants to discover, or expand, a wide variety of ways (30+) in which they can enhance their personal resiliency. Students will be given a wide variety of practical suggestions and strategies.


Overcoming Loneliness and Increasing Joy                                         

Tuesday                                              LS183094             


Nov 27

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide students with a variety of practical ideas, suggestions and techniques for overcoming loneliness and adversity while simultaneously increasing joy!


Increasing Your Patience                                            

Tuesday                                              LS183095             


Dec 4

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will help students realize the root causes of impatience and provide techniques for becoming more patient people.


Emergency Preparedness and EMS Passport                                      

Wednesday                                      LS183050             


Dec 5

Instructor(s): Jessica Robison and Millie Bishop

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, the Chesterfield County CERT program, Yellow Dot program and File for Life.


Writing Your Life's Story: It's an Art                                       

Tuesday                                              LS183098             


Dec 11, 18

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

Students will discover a structured approach for writing their life's story in this class. They will also have the option of writing one for a loved one. The first session will explain the process and have time for questions, and the second session will give students a chance to share and improve their stories.


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.