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Lifelong Learning Chesterfield

Health and Wellness - Spring 2017                   


Lifelong Learning Institute in Chesterfield                             

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Relaxation and Meditation                                        

Wednesday                                      HW171239         


Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26

Instructor(s): T Kulkarni

Medical studies have shown that relaxation and meditation is a simple, effective and proactive approach to improve health including sleep, immunity, heart health, and peace of mind. It can also reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Join this class to experience self-love, inner peace control, calm and contentment with a non-religious, silent, heart-centered meditation practice. Think you can't calm your mind?  This class will show you that you can! Students will reconnect with themselves to relax, restore and recharge.


Dementia and Memory Loss: Ways to Fight the Onset                                  

Thursday                                            HW171220         


Jan 5

Instructor(s): Dr. Robert White

Dr. Robert White, Neurologist with Neurological Associates, will be speaking on Dementia and Memory Loss. He will discuss the differences as well as prevention tips! This class will discuss ways to keep our brains healthy as we age.


Memory Tools                                 

Monday                                              HW171217         


Jan 9, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13

Instructor(s): Charles Barron

Register for this class to learn and practice a memory improvement tool. This tool uses phonetics of the English alphabet and associated numbers to remember and/or identify groups of numbers in a given sequence. This method is explained in class, and it is based on Mr. Harry Lorayne's publication entitled The Memory Book. Students will learn 10 "PEG WORDS" during the first classroom session and use these 10 words as the beginning point for remembering more than 1000 or more additional peg words to be used during memory practice activities. After practicing the numbers to peg words associations during five classroom meetings, students will be able to prepare various short (but silly) stories that allow them to identify any designated set of numbers in exact sequence. Please note: Students who took this class during the fall semester are welcome to register again to become even more efficient in remembering long, to very long number sequences. For this session, the class has been extended from 6 weeks to 8 weeks in order to introduce Mr. Lorayne's method for remembering names. Students who elect to purchase and read the book are welcome to use it during class meetings and to comment on any portion of the book that relates to material presented during the class.


Focus on Fresh: Seasonal Vegetables and How to Enjoy Them                                  

Tuesday                                              HW171242         


Jan 10

Instructor(s): Caroline Roessler, MS, RDN

This class focuses on fresh, seasonal produce during the winter and highlights health benefits, tips on picking, storing and different ways to enjoy them. You will leave with recipes and new ideas on how to increase your vegetable intake!


The Power of Whole Foods                                       

Friday                                  HW171241         


Jan 13, 20, 27

Instructor(s): Francine Kerber, MS, RD, CDE

This will be an energetic and engaging presentation teaching all about the benefits of specific whole foods! In this 3-part class you will learn about powerful phytochemicals, functional foods and why you want more of them. Let Francine show you how a great diet designed around your lifestyle can help prevent disease and restore health.


Robotic Surgery: the Latest in Surgical and Robotics Technologies                                          

Thursday                                            HW171249         


Jan 19

Instructor(s): Dr. Melissa Marinello

If you’ve been told you need surgery, you may have several options to consider. One minimally invasive option is da Vinci Surgery. Find out why many patients and surgeons choose da Vinci Surgery and learn about the clinical evidence supporting its use. The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than three million patients worldwide and represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Join Dr. Marinello as she tells you everything you wanted to know about robotic surgery, known for small incisions, less pain, quicker recovery time and less scarring.


Salt Soaks and Sugar Scrubs                                       

Wednesday                                      HW171248         


Jan 25

Instructor(s): Sandra Morton

Making your scrubs and soaks can provide a wonderful introduction to handcrafting bath and body products for your own personal use. The instructor in this class will demonstrate how to create a calming soak that can turn your tub into a soothing mineral bath. She will also demonstrate using exfoliating natural ingredients to create a scrub that leaves your skin feeling refreshed and renewed all over. Join this class to hear all about the benefits and process of making your own bath and body products!


Posture and How it Affects Your Pelvic Floor                                    

Thursday                                            HW171134         


Jan 26

Instructor(s): Mary Anne Snavely

Slouching or poor posture leads to muscles imbalances, which in turn changes our spine and pelvis alignment and causes organs to anatomically be out of alignment. Come hear Mary Anne discuss how this misalignment caused from muscle imbalances from our slouching or poor posture leads to weakness in the pelvis.


See Tracks? Think Train!                                              

Monday                                              HW171247         


Jan 30

Instructor(s): Kimberly Rideout

The program will answer the following questions: Is it legal to walk down the railroad tracks? What will you do if you stall on the tracks? How do you stop a train if there is an emergency along the railroad track or your vehicle is stalled at a crossing? Where does Virginia rank in collisions, deaths and injuries around railroad tracks and trains? Operation Lifesaver's (OLI) mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way. Learn more at http://www.oli.org.


Good Grief: Living with Grief Now and for the Future                                   

Tuesday                                              HW171240         


Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Instructor(s): Les Schaffer and Alice Waller

Loss is an inevitable and natural part of life, and grief is a natural part of the healing process. Grief is a multi-faceted response to loss. Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, spiritual and philosophical dimensions. This course provides a relaxed and supportive arena that may help participants move past the barriers to grief and grieving. Students will begin with family and personal reminiscences to recreate their known world. Using stories, mini-lectures, humor, art and other experiential activities, participants can then begin to create their own map of the grief terrain they may have to cover. Students will learn to assess one’s personal grief resources, and to explore differing grieving styles. Each of us will take a different route, traveling at his or her own unique pace. The instructors hope that each student will leave this course with a personal toolkit of grief tools and resources.


Bacteria and Gut Health                                              

Tuesday                                              HW171243         


Feb 7

Instructor(s): Caroline Roessler, MS, RDN

Have you been hearing about bacteria and its effect on your gut health? Are you confused as to what is “good” or “bad” bacteria? Then join Caroline as she provides an overview of bacteria and gut health, and highlights some great whole food sources of probiotics!


Back and Spine Pain Treatments: "Oh, My Aching Back"                                              

Thursday                                            HW171244         


Feb 9

Instructor(s): Dr. Joshua Herzog

Dr. Joshua Herzog from OrthoVirginia will be presenting on back and spine pain treatments. Dr. Herzog is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the spine and sports medicine and has served three combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. To learn more about Dr. Herzog before his class please visit his website at www.spinezog.com.


Why Didn't Someone Tell Me?                                

Wednesday                                      HW171152         


Feb 15

Instructor(s): Mary Anne Snavely

This will be an informative awareness seminar designed to educate women of pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) and how it affects your health. What causes women’s organs to fall out? Are you at risk? Common complaints women ignore are urine leakage, constipation, diarrhea, painful intercourse, vaginal and pelvic pain, back pain, daily use of pads and even adult diapers. Most consider these changes to their daily behavior normal as we age or from childbirth. Most women hide their symptoms and do not talk about them because they are embarrassed. Come and hear about behaviors we practice daily that we can easily change that will help to make a difference. Learn about Pelvic Health System’s comprehensive pelvic floor training program that educates and teaches you how to take care of your pelvic health.


Simple Strategies with Sara for Sitting, Standing, Bending and Walking                                               

Thursday                                            HW171228         


Feb 16

Instructor(s): Sara Sommers

How can I sit, stand, bend and walk with more freedom, less tension and less pain? Am I stuck with painful joints and an achy back every time I bend over? Is there a way to move to feel better? Can I walk with less stress? Our brains are wonderfully adaptable as are our bodies. We can unravel habits of tension and stiffness with strategic thinking and body awareness. Come to this enlivening class where Alexander Technique Teacher, Sara Sommers, will engage our minds and bodies as we examine simple strategies for sitting, standing, bending, and walking.


Fire Safety                                         

Monday                                              HW171207         


Feb 27

Instructor(s): Kimberly Rideout

Come out to hear various ways you can protect yourself and your family from fire emergencies. Kimberly Rideout, Fire and Life Safety Educator from Chesterfield Fire and EMS will offer life saving tips you and your family can use to prevent fires.


Ankle Health, Injuries and Arthritis                                       

Thursday                                            HW171245         


March 2

Instructor(s): Dr. Peter White

Are you an avid walker, runner, golfer, tennis player, or exercise enthusiast? Keeping your ankles healthy and strong are important for all types of activities. Come join Dr. Peter White, fellowship-trained Foot and Ankle surgeon with OrthoVirginia, as he discusses ankle health, injuries, arthritis, and treatments.


The Transition into Menopause and What to Expect (Women Only)                                      

Friday                                  HW171246         


March 3

Instructor(s): Dr. Alynn Alexander

Dr. Alynn Alexander from Richmond Women's Specialists will be discussing the transition into menopause, painful intercourse and vaginal dryness. What to expect and how to cope. She will also be available to answer any "embarrassing" questions that you may have!


Essential Oils for a Healthy and Happy Lifestyle                                              

Tuesday                                              HW171227         


March 7, 14, 21, 28

Instructor(s): Carol Halbert

This class will explore the history of essential oils and how essential oils can promote a healthy lifestyle by using them aromatically, topically and internally. We 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.


Home Design and Technology Solutions                                              

Wednesday                                      HW171224         


March 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructor(s): Nicole Williams

This course will cover all aspects of home accessibility and task modification to promote continued independent living. As more and more Americans experience the aging process, they may find that aspects of their home that used to suit them are no longer accessible or functional and simple tasks now require more effort and time. Studies show that most Americans desire to remain in their homes for a lifetime rather than face relocation in their later years and that by modifying the living space or activities prolongs the ability to remain at home independently. ADAPT: Accessible Design and Aging in Place Technologies classes will address simple to complex accessibility solutions for existing homes, finding funding for home accessibility options, and new technology solutions that facilitate independence and improve both safety and connection to others.


Balance and Exercise                                    

Thursday                                            HW171193         


March 23

Instructor(s): Mary Anne Snavely

Come hear Mary Anne Snavely, Director of Rehabilitation at the Female Pelvic Medicine Institute of Virginia, talk about how to improve your balance through exercise.


Palliative and Hospice Care: Part 2                                         

Thursday                                            HW171221         


April 20

Instructor(s): Anna Kutcher, NP and Dr. David Buxton

Please join Dr. David Buxton and Anna Kutcher, NP from the Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Palliative Care team as they present on Palliative Care. Who can benefit from Palliative Care? This class will discuss palliative care venues and how this specialty compliments most other specialties and internal medicine. There will be ample time for Q & A.


Advance Care Planning                                

Friday                                  HW171222         


April 21

Instructor(s): Sarah Rohrer, LCSW and Dr. David Buxton

This class will discuss Honoring Choices Virginia's mission to get people to start working on their advance medical directives. It will cover the VA Advance Directive (medical power of attorney) in detail. Students will have the opportunity to complete these documents during the session or take them home to further discuss with family and/or appointees.


The Aging Pelvis: New Solutions for Old Problems                                         

Tuesday                                              HW171198         


April 25

Instructor(s): Dr. Nathan Guerette and Mary Anne Snavely

Has your body changed as you’ve aged? Come hear Dr. Nathan Guerette and Mary Anne Snavely discuss the natural aging process in women and the changes that occur to women and their bodies as they age. They will also discuss what options are available to help keep control of your quality of life.


Maintain Your Memory                                               

Friday                                  HW171235         


April 28

Instructor(s): Robert Maxwell MA, CCC-SLP

In this course, students will participate in an easy to follow and interactive review of how the brain works and how we create memories. The majority of the course will be focused on functional and realistic steps we can all take to help maintain our memory and overall cognitive functioning. Topics, such as diet, exercise, behavioral choices and cognitive activities will also be reviewed.


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.