Educational

Educational and Informational Programs

JOHN F. KENNEDY’S ASSISSINATION
Join our presenter, Bev Sadowski, as she shares her knowledge on the assassination of JFK.  She has lectured throughout the local area to a myriad of groups, including Baldwin Wallace Institute for Learning in Retirement and libraries in both Cuyahoga and Medina Counties.  Bev earned a BA in History and Psychology and an MA in Education from Baldwin Wallace University. She taught in the Berea City Schools until her retirement in 2014.
Separate registration of each of these fascinating six week programs.

JFK: Evidence of a Medical Cover-Up
Mondays                             February 24-March 30                    10:00-11:30am                   Six week session
The medical evidence provides virtually irrefutable confirmation of a conspiracy and massive cover-up in the assassination of JFK. This class will focus on that aspect of this tragic event and present information from eyewitnesses at Parkland Hospital, Bethesda Naval Hospital (where the autopsy was performed), along with facts from the extensive work and writings of an Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) member. Information will be presented via PowerPoint, film, and reports from first-hand interviews of eyewitnesses.
Instructor:  Bev Sadowski
Fees: 
Members                                     $40
Non-Member/Residents              $45
Non-Member/Non-Residents      $55
Clever Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp as You Age
Wednesday        March 4               10:00am               Free
If you’re worried about “losing it” as you grow older, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your mind healthy. Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. There are everyday health habits that can help slow (or reverse) an aging brain. This program will teach you tips on how to keep your brain active. The techniques you will learn will be simple and fun. Registration required.

Vision Loss Solutions: Getting Around When You Can No Longer Drive
Wednesday        March 11            1:00pm                 Free
Gloria Conway from the National Federation of the Blind will discuss travel options for individuals with vision loss and Personal safety while moving around at home and in the community with vision loss. Participants will gain understanding of how vision loss affects mobility, Orientation and mobility instruction, what it is, when it is needed, and how to obtain the service, the white cane, how and why it is used and deciding when it is necessary, community transportation services for seniors and citizens with disabilities and ride share programs such as Uber, Lyft, and Go Go Grandparents. Be sure not to miss this great program! Registration required.
 
MUSIC EDUCATION CLASS
Join Dr. Keller, as he shares his life-long interest in all kinds of music, from Bach, to Rock to Country.  Dr. Keller has lectured at Baldwin-Wallace University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, Lorain County Community College and various senior centers and libraries. 

“The Music of Frank Sinatra”
Thursday                             March 12                             10:00am           
This presentation covers biographical information about “Old Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra from his humble beginnings through the 1990’s.  He was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  We will hear 11 of his most famous recorded songs.
Instructor:  Dr. Joel S. Keller
Fees: 
Members                                     $10
Non-Member/Residents              $12
Non-Member/Non-Residents      $16

Good Sleep as a Part of Health
Wednesday        March 18            1:00pm                 Free
Having trouble getting your Zzzz's? Join the Cleveland Clinic for a discussion about the importance of getting a good night's sleep. Caregivers will share their thoughts on methods that individuals commonly use to fall asleep and provide insight into alternative solutions that may help you sleep more soundly through the nights. Registration required. 

Eating for a Healthy Mind
Wednesday, March 25   10:00am               Free
Eating well is vital for people of all ages, but did you know what you eat directly affects your brain? This program discusses how daily food choices can make an important difference in your health, how you look, how you feel, how you think, and how you age. Learn the best foods to eat to keep your mind healthy! Presented by Jennifer Nance of Kemper House. Registration required. 

Bringing Universal Design Home
Monday, February 24     1:00pm                 Free
Discover how to bring the seven principles of Universal Design to your home. Universal design, also called barrier-free design, focuses on making the house safe and accessible for everyone, regardless of age, physical ability, or stature. A representative from Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio will give clear examples on having a Universal Design Home. Registration is required.

NOPEC Presentation
Thursday, March 26        6:00pm                 Free
The Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council is the largest governmental retail aggregator in the nation that works cooperatively to achieve lower energy costs for its customers. NOPEC has over 200 communities in 13 Northeast Ohio counties, including Strongsville and surrounding cities. A representative from NOPEC will be hosting an informational session on the services provided by NOPEC, energy saving tips and answering questions about gas and electric bills. This is a great opportunity to learn how to reduce your utility expenses and ask questions regarding gas and electric services. Registration required.   
 
Presenter:  Tony Ramos, Community Outreach Manager.
 
Social Security Updates
Thursday             April 2nd                              1:00pm                 Free
If you have questions about Social Security retirement, spouses, or survivor benefits, then this information session is for you. Brandon Smith, Public Affairs Specialist from the Social Security Administration will provide clear and concise information regarding the various Social Security benefit programs available. Registration required.

Welcome to Medicare
Thursday, April 2nd         6:00pm                 Free
The Ohio Department of Insurance Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) and partner organizations will be holding a “Welcome to Medicare” event for Ohioans who will soon turn 65 years old to learn about Medicare. The two-hour event will feature a panel of experts from OSHIIP and other partner organizations who will discuss enrollment matters, patient rights, preventative services and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign-up to become an OSHIIP volunteer. OSHIIP was founded in 1992 to provide Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information and   one-on-one insurance counseling. The program is funded in part by the state and by a grant from CMS. OSHIIP offers an array of services that are also used for persons with disabilities and for non-seniors. No registration required.
 
Stay at Home
Wednesday        April 22nd                            1:00pm                 Free
As we age the function of our house change. Sometimes devices need to be added to aid in your safety so that your house can still work for you. A representative from Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio will discuss tips, tricks, and resources to increase the safety and accessibility of your home so that you can enjoy it more as you age.  Registration required.

AARP Driver Safety
Tuesday, April 28th         5:00-9:00pm
Instructor:           Mike Kolesar
Take this opportunity to review your driving skills, habits, and knowledge of rules of the road. Local driving problems, safety tips, changes in driving laws and rules are discussed.  The course also emphasizes how to adjust your driving in   response to age related physical changes and    declining perceptual skills. Registration required.
Fees:
AARP Members                                $15
Non-AARP Members     $20
 

Computer One-on-One Instruction 

Do you need help using your personal computer, laptop, iPad, smart phone, digital camera, or   other technical device?  We can help you get    oriented to new equipment or using a particular software package like Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. If so, contact the Senior Center to schedule a One-on-One. Come for an hour or for a longer period or arrange multiple sessions. Our instructors have a broad range of experience and can help you. We’ll discuss your needs on the phone before scheduling an appointment.
Fees for one hour session (minimum one hour)
Member - $5
Non-Member/Resident - $7
Non-Member/Non Resident - $11
 

The Computer Lab is Looking for Instructors

Like to help others? Have an inquisitive mind? Use electronic devices like a desktop computer, a laptop computer, a tablet, or a smartphone?    Consider joining the Computer Lab instructor team. They help members use their electronic   devices and software applications.  This is not a professional team.  It is Senior Center members that have acquired a level of skill on some of these devices and software and want to help other members use and enjoy theirs. Not sure you have the knowledge or skills to do this?   We will team you up with another instructor until you are   comfortable doing it alone. If you are interested in helping with this service, contact Kathy Sazima RN at 440-580-3277.