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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Life Services - Summer 2019

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                   

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Workshop for LLI Instructors                                     

Wednesday                                      LS192077             


May 8

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!


Discovering Your Gifts and Your Life's Purpose                                

Monday                                              LS192084             


May 13, 20

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.


De-clutter, Downsize and Dispose of the Stuff                                 

Monday                                              LS192036             


May 13

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.


CIS of Chesterfield: Bringing Community into Schools                                  

Tuesday                                              LS192106             


May 14

Instructor(s): Ashley Hall

Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of students and families in-need in Chesterfield County? This course is for you! Students will learn how to get involved with students in-need through Chesterfield County Public Schools and Communities in Schools (CIS) of Chesterfield. There are many opportunities for people to invest in strengthening our community. Join us for a discussion that will focus on connecting your passion with students needs to make a difference in Chesterfield County and the Greater Richmond community!


Senior Living Community Options: Be Proactive Not Reactive!                                 

Monday                                              LS192097             


May 20

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.


Reignite Your Life!                                         

Monday                                              LS192133             


May 20, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8

Instructor(s): John Countryman

This course is about discovering creativity and meaning beyond midlife (that’s us!) and is based on the teachings of artist, author, and poet Julia Cameron. Get ready to reignite your sense of wonder, freedom, connection, purpose, honesty, humility, resilience, joy, motion, vitality, adventure, and faith!


Household Emergency Preparedness                                   

Wednesday                                      LS192050             


May 29

Instructor(s): Jessica Robison

This course will teach students how to prepare their homes and families using the three steps of emergency preparedness: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, and Stay Informed.


Alzheimer's Community Educators: Making a Difference                                            

Thursday                                            LS192138             


May 30

Instructor(s): Tina Thomas

If you would like to make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Dementia, this course is for you. Our goal is to increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia and enhance the quality of life of people living with the disorders. By becoming an Alzheimer's Association community educator, students will have the opportunity to spread knowledge about the disorder and provide people with resources, information, and support.


Overcoming Loneliness and Increasing Joy                                         

Monday                                              LS192085             


June 10

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!


SmartWater CSI                                               

Thursday                                            LS192137             


June 13

Instructor(s): Corporal Craig Eckrich

SmartWater CSI is a new anti-theft initiative brought to you by the Chesterfield County Police Department. SmartWater is a chemical solution that can be placed on any item and is undetectable except by special equipment only available to law enforcement. This way, if your items are marked and then stolen, police have a way to get your property back to you. Join this course to learn about this new solution!


Less is More: Making Your Home a Sanctuary                                   

Friday                                  LS192136             


June 21

Instructor(s): Stacey Jones and Shona Bracco

You have probably heard of the popular Netflix series called “Tidying Up” with Marie Kondo! It’s not only getting people talking about the quantity of the things they keep and store, it’s also drawing attention to the field of professional organizers and the minimalist movement. This course aims to ultimately help students achieve their organizing goals and inspire them on a journey to less clutter and more living! The instructors will share tips and tricks that organizers use to help others purge and place items in their homes that promote peace and order while reducing stress and frustration. This course will include samples of useful hacks and products that are out there.


Ten Life-Changing Habits                                            

Monday                                              LS192090             


June 24

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

Why does one day matter? Why does what you do today matter in the scheme of your whole life? Because our life is made up of days. Days like today. This course will provide students with an overview of ten life-changing habits.


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

Friday                                  LS192109             


June 28

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                                  

Monday                                              LS192094             


July 1

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.


We Honor Veterans                                      

Tuesday                                              LS192134             


July 9

Instructor(s): Teresa Brockwell

This course will discuss the "We Honor Veterans" program, how it was originated through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Students will learn how this program partners locally and throughout the country to focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment of our American Veterans facing end of life care. This course will also offer a special Veteran recognition for all the Veterans in attendance.


Using Feng Shui to Clear Clutter                                              

Wednesday                                      LS192111             


July 10

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

Clutter is a universal problem in our busy world. Clearing clutter can change your life, but can be difficult to do. There are so many decisions to make. And then, what do you do with all that stuff? Join feng shui practitioner and professional organizer, Debbie Bowie, to learn principles of feng shui to use as your guide to clearing clutter more easily. Feng shui is the art of arranging your space to enhance your life. You can enhance your life by clearing your clutter.


Mercy Mall of Virginia                                 

Wednesday                                      LS192135             


July 17

Instructor(s): Angie Lovero

Mercy Mall of Virginia is a FREE boutique where families and individuals can shop for clothing, shoes, housewares and baby items. They also offer a few food and toiletry items to each family during their appointment. Mercy Mall is not a monthly or regular “thrift store” experience but rather a place for those in crisis situations to get their immediate needs met. This course will help students learn the mission and vision of Mercy Mall and how they can use their gifts and talents to volunteer there if interested.


Patrolling Your Boundaries: The Art of the Difficult Conversation                                           

Monday                                              LS192095             


July 22, 29

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will discuss ways to effectively raise and resolve difficult issues. Students will learn effective ways to speak up, patrol their personal boundaries and resolve personal issues to gain more control of their 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.


Yin-Yang of Human Understanding: Faith and/or Science                                           

Monday                                              LS192098             


Aug 5

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will enable students to explore and discuss the roles of both faith and science in enhancing our human understanding of life.


Envision Your Future                                    

Monday                                              LS192127             


Aug 12

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.


Home Safety for Independent Living                                    

Monday                                              LS192013             


Aug 12

Instructor(s): Mike Spriegel

Students will have fun learning practical ways to make their homes safe for independent living. Topics include a humorous look at the challenges of aging along with a serious look at how those challenges affect senior safety. We will cover things such as fire and fall prevention, along with simple, quick and inexpensive fixes for common household hazards -- including gizmos, gadgets and doohickies available at most pharmacies and home improvement stores. Students will enjoy this interactive presentation and will have an opportunity to win a small door prize. Hand-outs include guides to free senior resources and a comprehensive home safety checklist. Students will leave with a few chuckles along with knowledge of how they and their elderly loved ones can live safely in their own homes for as long as possible.


End of Life Services: Not Your Grandparent's Funeral!                                  

Wednesday                                      LS192132             


Aug 14

Instructor(s): Susan Campbell

The world is changing all the time including funeral and memorial services. Learn about and discuss the interesting and innovative changes including the new approaches to end-of-life decisions like space burials, cremation jewelry and green cemeteries. Enjoy conversation and questions about one of society's most taboo subjects.


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.