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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Life Services - Spring 2020

Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                   

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Workshop for LLI Instructors                                   

Wednesday                                     LS201077           


Jan 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!


Mobility Services in Chesterfield County                                           

Wednesday                                     LS201145           


Jan 8

Instructor(s): Frank Vance

Mobility Services is focused on improving existing transportation options and coordinating a community-wide transportation service network comprised of transportation providers to meet the community needs of Chesterfield County. Persons in need may include older adults (60+), people with disabilities, and low-income individuals without personal vehicles. This course will provide an overview of the services available as well as offer time for questions.


Increasing Your Self-Control and Building Good Habits                                

Monday                                           LS201084           


Jan 13

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide an overview of the often-hidden power of our habits (both good and bad) and how to build or strengthen good ones and eliminate ones that don't serve us well.


Joyful Voices Chorus                                   

Tuesday                                           LS201146           


Jan 14

Instructor(s): Mark Patterson

Come learn about Joyful Voices, a new community chorus for singers with Alzheimer's or Dementia and their caregivers. Students will learn how they can get involved in the chorus by singing, serving as a volunteer, or referring a friend or loved one.


Becoming an Optimist                                 

Thursday                                          LS201085           


Jan 23

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 an optimist.


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

Friday                                 LS201109           


Jan 24

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.


Elder Financial Abuse and Exploitation                                

Tuesday                                           LS201144           


Feb 4

Instructor(s): Bill Lightfoot

Elder Abuse is a crime in any form. Every senior has the Human Right to live out their years free of violence and fear of abuse. Take the time to learn the signs of abuse and how you can make a difference. Course topics will include elder abuse defined, who are the abusers, the types of abuse, financial abuse, and resources for help.


The Art of Assertiveness: Being Heard and Defending Your Boundaries                               

Thursday                                          LS201090           


Feb 6, 13

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide students with an overview of the art of assertiveness as well as an opportunity to learn how to effectively apply it. Students will learn how to defend their boundaries and be heard. They will also have an opportunity to practice and apply the new skills in class.


Rotary International 101: Community Development and Connecting the World                               

Wednesday                                     LS201143           


Feb 19

Instructor(s): Alexandria Ritchie

The course will focus on providing a detailed overview of Rotary International, an international service organization with over 1.1 million members and clubs worldwide. The content will include everything from basic Rotary information to service project highlights and even opportunities for students to become engaged in similar opportunities in the surrounding community. The session will also be interactive and engaging, giving students the chance to network and exchange ideas through an innovative brainstorming component. Various leaders within the organization will also be featured by sharing their stories and the ways in which their projects are making a sustainable impact on their communities. Rotary International provides service-oriented individuals with the chance to collaborate and engage in meaningful service to the world around us while creating a network of professionals with a focus on fellowship, mentoring, and sustainable community development solutions.


Thirteen Life-Changing Habits: The Baker's Dozen                                         

Monday                                           LS201091           


Feb 24

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide students with an overview of 13 life-changing habits that anybody can develop in order to increase their peace of mind and life satisfaction.


Discovering Your Life's Purpose: Lessons from the Second Mountain                                   

Monday                                           LS201094           


March 2, 9

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide both an overview of the potentially life-changing importance and challenges of discovering your gifts and life's purpose. It's never too late! Students will learn how to do go about this important process.


VirginiaNavigator: A Family of Websites                                            

Tuesday                                           LS201069           


March 3

Instructor(s): Bonnie Scimone

Finding local support services for seniors and caregivers is as simple as a click of a mouse! Bonnie Scimone, Community Outreach Specialist at VirginiaNavigator, will share information and demonstrate how to use SeniorNavigator, an online directory that lists 26,000+ resources that help older adults remain independent and supports family caregivers. Learn how to find information about health and aging issues, financial concerns, legal questions, caregiver support, housing and assisted living communities, and much more. Additionally, students will learn specific information on four key topics: fall prevention, chronic pain management, Medicare annual wellness visit and caregiver health.


De-clutter, Downsize and Dispose of the Stuff                                 

Monday                                           LS201036           


March 2 (Rescheduled from March 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.


Emotional Empowerment: Turn Negative Feelings into Great Allies                                       

Wednesday                                     LS201130           


March 11

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 an individual’s life. 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.


Improving All Relationships                                      

Monday                                           LS201095           


March 16, 23

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will both identify the most common obstacles to more satisfying relationships and enable participants to enhance the communication and other skills it takes to create them. Students will discover, and have the opportunity to apply or practice effective ways to improve EVERY relationship. The first class will provide an overview and discussion, and the second class will be an opportunity to review the discoveries and discuss applications.


Getting Things Done                                    

Tuesday                                           LS201128           


March 17

Instructor(s): Debbie Bowie

Getting things done is essential for any creative endeavor as well as keeping a job, keeping a home and keeping your life in order. This course will provide ways to capture tasks to do, strategies for initiating actions, and a new perspective on completion that will motivate you to finish tasks.


Senior Living Community Options: Be Proactive Not Reactive!                                 

Monday                                           LS201097           


March 23

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.


Beyond the Books: Other Resources at the Library                                        

Wednesday                                     LS201086           


April 1

Instructor(s): Cindy Arnold

Did you know the Chesterfield County Public Library offers many resources beyond books? Universal Class helps you fulfill your learning goals with access to online classes on a wide variety of topics from cake decorating to creative writing. Gale Legal Forms offers a variety of state specific legal documents on everything from wills and trusts to real estate. Come see what more the library has to offer!


Emergency Preparedness for Individuals and Households                                          

Wednesday                                     LS201050           


April 15

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


Overcoming Loneliness and Ageism                                     

Monday                                           LS201099           


April 20

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide an overview and a chance to identify and discuss the impact of ageism as well as the prevalence of loneliness in our current culture and ways to effectively overcome them.


Your Grandchild's Potential                                     

Monday                                           LS201101           


April 27

Instructor(s): Dr. Michael J. Wriston

This course will provide an overview of the most critical or impactful things that a grandparent can do to nurture the talents, confidence and ultimate success of their grandchildren.


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

Monday                                           LS201132           


April 27

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.