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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Elder Week

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Tuesday-Thursday, March 10-12, 2020

We will be delighted to have you join us for the 37th Annual ElderWeek on our Marple Campus in Media for three days of special mini-classes! Just $110 for all three days, or $100 for two days, which includes eight workshops in three days, continental breakfast and tempting lunches at the “ElderWeek Café.” Most classes and activities will take place in the STEM Center, which is conveniently located next to the parking lots and is easily accessible for all of our students.

Online registration for Elder Week is not available. Please call 610-359-5025 to register and pay.

Daily Schedule

Tuesday through Thursday

8-8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast, STEM Center
8:45-10:15 a.m. Workshop I
10:30 a.m.-noon Workshop II
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:40-1:20 p.m. Entertainment
1:30-3 p.m. Workshop III

It's Party Time! Thursday

1-2 p.m. Be our guest at a special graduation party– filled with surprises–after lunch on Thursday. Plan to spend a half hour or so celebrating with: Refreshments! Door Prizes!

Tuesday, March 10

Workshop I
8:45-10:15 a.m.

Medicare 101 (2892)
David Soslow
This workshop explains the basics of Medicare A, B, C, and D. It explains Medicare Terminology such as Copays, Coinsurance, Deductibles, Enrollment Periods, Penalties, Medigap, and Supplemental Plans.

Anyone Can Draw Session I (2895)
Anne Leith
Study contours, space, composition and shading, using a variety of media that may include graphite, pen and ink, charcoal and pastels. Includes still life, landscapes and portraits. This multi-session workshop requires registration during the 10:30 a.m. session, as well.

Clever Tools to Simplify your Life (2896)
Annie Killbride
Identify what a keepsake is and what can be let go. Learn basic principles of time management and how to control your time. This workshop will run again at 10:30.

How I Want to Feel (2897)
Joanna M. Carmichael
Tips for staying healthy presented by Surrey Services for Seniors.

Harriet Tubman (2978)
Dr. Daisy Century
The Harriet Tubman performance takes the audience on a journey through the life of this most revered Conductor of the Underground Railroad, from her childhood to the time she became a spy, scout and nurse for the Union Army. History will come alive and unfold right in front of your eyes!

Paint Your Mug (2950)
Meg Thompson
Have fun as you paint your own mug! Finished products will be delivered to the College by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

Delco Sports Legends (2899)
Bill McLaughlin
Danny Murtaugh and Mickey Vernon are two of Delaware County's baseball standouts. Join author Bill McLaughlin as he discusses their history and roles they played in the post-war era of the 1950s.

Chair Yoga (2900)
Mary Hagenbach
Benefits include improved flexibility, muscle strength, increasing bone density through resistance exercises, and stress and tension management.

Classic Short Stories Session I (2901)
John Dalton
Class discussion will be facilitated using the process of Shared Inquiry common to Great Books. We will explore: Cynthia Ozick, The Shawl; Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World; Anton Chekhov, The Lady with the Dog; D.H. Lawrence, The Rocking-Horse Winner; Katherine Anne Porter, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall; and Tillie Olsen, I Stand Here Ironing. This multi-session workshop requires registration on each of the three days.

Workshop II
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Landscape Design (2902)
Bob Seeley
Participants will learn how to measure an area, design process, plant selection, installation.

Clever Tools to Simplify Your Life (2951)
Annie Kilbride
Repeat of Workshop I, please only register for one.

Paint Your Own Garden Stakes (2903)
Meg Thompson
We’ll paint a set of three ceramic garden stakes…. perfect to mark your garden, decorate a potted plant or jazz up your cheese tray! Finished products will be delivered to the College by 1 p.m., Thursday, March 12.

Outsmart the Scammers (2904)
Brendan Murphy
Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. Learn how to spot the red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter and some resources you can turn to.

Spring in the Delaware Valley (2905)
Tom Reeves
Join the class in the exploration of birds, flowers, and butterflies, which make their homes right here in the Delaware Valley!

Anyone Can Draw–Session II (2906)
Anne Leith
Continuation of Session I. This multi-session workshop requires registration during the 8:45 a.m. session, as well.

Handmade Cards (2907)
Pam Stone
Participants in this class will make three different instructor-designed greeting cards using stamps and ink, various paper cutting tools, and assorted embellishments.

Sing That Tune (2908)
Mary Hagenbach
Stop singing in the shower and come learn from a true professional. Singers will be separated by voices and come together to sing a Broadway song or two ... maybe even share your song at the end of our week! This is offered three times you do NOT have to register for all three but you may.

Micro Mosaic Pendants (2909)
Leanne Purkins
Working with tiny tiles and sparkly beads, you will create a unique pendant. No experience necessary.

Workshop III
1:30-3 p.m.

Broadway Dance (2910)
Bridget Flood
Let's dance! Learn modified choreography to Broadway favorites like Chorus Line, Chicago, and Hairspray. Class starts with a warm-up and ends with a cool down. No experience necessary, just be ready to have fun!

Fabric Wreath (2911)
Judy McCleary and others: Bethel Township Preservation Society
Learn how to make a fabric wreath using fabric, styrofoam, sequin pins and ribbon.

Memory and Preservation (2965)
Gloria Hoffner
The latest research based information will be shared on what is being done to diagnosis dementia and what steps everyone can take to help prevent cognitive decline and once diagnosed with dementia how to ease symptoms.

Fun With Flowers (2913)
Leona Swiacki
Wondering what to do with the flowers you buy? Learn how to choose, prepare and care for flowers. Be creative! Design your own arrangement to take home or give as a gift. This workshop will run again on Thursday, please only register for one.

Five Money Questions for Women (2914)
Brendan Murphy
Women face unique financial circumstances. A strong financial strategy is vital. Ensure that your financial strategy fits your lifestyle and needs. During this presentation, we explore five critical money questions for women.

AHA Family & Friends CPR Course (2915) Delaware County Community College Faculty Interested in learning how to save a life? Perform CPR and AED on an adult or child, perform CPR on an infant, and even learn a skill that will help you clear a mild or severe airway blockage of an adult, child, and infant. This workshop will run again on Thursday, please only register for one.

Educational Trivia (2980)
Dr. Daisy Century
Always wanted to be a Jeopardy contestant? Well, here is your chance. A fun way to buzz in when you know or don't know the correct answer. Questions from all facets of life. Team building, friendship building, a learning experience and big laughs. Finger on the buzzer—The first question is...

Lost and Found: Finding a Joyful Life After Loss (2981)
Ellen Monsees
Learn about myths and realities of grief, and gain insights and tips for creating a new life that is joyful, centered, and fulfilling

Wednesday, March 11

Workshop I
8:45-10:15 a.m.

Mary Todd Lincoln-Kentucky Belle & First Lady of the Union (2916)
Pat Jordan
Come hear about the extraordinary life of Mary Todd Lincoln. Mary’s story is one of a fascinating, complex woman caught up in a difficult time and place in our nation’s history.

Classic Short Stories (2917)
John Dalton
Continuation of Session I–Tuesday. This multi-session workshop requires registration on each of the two days.

Architectural Style: Late 1600s through WW II (2918)
Glenn Johnson and others, Bethel Township Preservation Society
Join us for an overview of architectural style focusing on Bethel Township Delaware County, a farming bedroom community founded in 1683. Although a small community, many architectural styles can be found in buildings spanning the centuries. These various styles are discussed with photos to show their unique architectural characteristics.

Delco Sports Legends (2919)
Bob McLaughlin
Repeat of Workshop I–Tuesday. please only register for one. What I Want to Do (2920) Kathy Henderson Opportunities for socializing and finding meaning and purpose, presented to you by Surrey Services for Seniors.

Experiential Art (2921)
Anne Leith
Discover the coolest new trend in art, where the viewer actually interacts with the work through touch, sound and smell, and becoming part of the installation.

Making a Move? Real Estate Options (2922)
Tim Scepansky
Check out your next phase in life! Learn about resources and housing options to consider, and help put true priorities in order.

Time Matters: A Women's Outlook on Retirement (2923)
Brendan Murphy
Share perspectives on financial concerns facing women who are getting ready for or have recently transitioned to retirement. Discuss: retirement income strategies, including perspectives around Social Security, withdrawal and reliance rates. It also addresses how to prepare for the unexpected, including market and inflation risks, and the rising cost of health care and long term care.

Anxiety vs. Depression vs. Dementia (2924)
Dillon Reeves
We all know someone who might have one or perhaps all three of the above-named diagnosis. This presentation is designed to help caregivers, family members and friends be better prepared to help someone who may be experiencing some of these symptoms.

Workshop II
10:30 a.m.-Noon

How to Create a Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden (2926)
Bob Seeley
What plants and locations are best.

Sing That Tune (2927)
Mary Hagenbach
Stop singing in the shower and come learn from a true professional. Singers will be separated by voices and come together to sing a Broadway song or two ... maybe even share your song at the end of our week! This is offered three times. You do NOT have to register for all three but you may. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 7 To register by phone, call 610-359-5025.

Retirement: Making Your Money Last (2928) Brendan Murphy
Have you retired recently? Are you planning to retire soon? This presentation discusses ideas to help build a reasonable and sustainable strategy for managing income and expenses during retirement. We'll explore how to address key concerns such as inflation, health care expenses and market volatility as well as ways to prepare for things that may not go as expected.

Memory Keeping and Memory Sharing: Leaving a Legacy (2930)
Beth McCarrick and others, Bethel Township Preservation Society
What do you want to leave behind? Learn how to document your treasures and see examples of what others have done.

Pop Art: from Warhol to Today (2931)
Anne Leith
Explore the trajectory of what is known as Pop Art. This is an art style that is even more popular today. We will look at the key players from the 1960s and the latest trends.

Chair Yoga (2932)
Rebecca Damia
Benefits include improved flexibility, muscle strength, increasing bone density through resistance exercises, and stress and tension management.

Verdi's Otello–Session I (2933)
Barbara Crea Shannon
Verdi's Otello is an operatic presentation of the Shakespeare play. You will watch the movie directed by Franco Zeffirelli and share discussion. It features Placido Domingo as Otello and Katia Ricciarelli as Desdemona. Requires registration in each of the two sessions.

Intro to Tai Chi and Qigong (2934)
Andy Buechner
Learn how to use the slow, soft, flowing movements of Taiji to open the joints, strengthen the muscles, and reduce tension. Qigong focuses on body balance, structure and breathing, and releasing tension in the muscles and joints. Space is limited to 12 and will run again on Thursday.

Springtime Paper Wreath (2935)
Pam Stone
Participants in this class will make a colorful springtime-themed wreath using a wreath ring, paper strips, ribbon, and assorted handcrafted decorations and embellishments.

School Tax Straight Talk (2960)
Frank Agovino
There seems to always be changes in our school taxes and no one explains them to us. Join this workshop to clear up the confusion.

Workshop III
1:30-3 p.m.

Verdi's Otello–Session II (2937)
Barb Crea Shannon
Continuation of Session I. This workshop requires registration in each of the two sessions.

What on Earth is Land Art? (2938)
Anne Leith
A look at artists who use nature as their subject, in unusual ways. Understanding Social Media (2940) Jackie Credo What is social media? Join this conversation and learn what social media is, why is it here to stay, and how you can get going!

Meditation (2941)
Rebecca Damia
Meditation helps us deal with stress and anxiety while learning coping skills to cultivate patience to feel more at peace and calm in body, mind, and spirit. Everyone is welcome.

Broadway Dance (2942)
Bridget Flood
Let's dance! Learn modified choreography to Broadway favorites like Chorus Line, Chicago, and Hairspray. Class starts with a warm-up and ends with a cool down. No experience necessary, just be ready to have fun!

Fun With Flowers (2943)
Leona Swiacki
Repeat of Tuesday’s workshop, please only register for one.

Clothing in the Late 1600s (2944)
Judy McCleary and others: Bethel Township Preservation Society
In the late 1600s Southeastern Pennsylvania was populated by Quakers. See what a Quaker farmer and his wife would have worn for everyday clothing. Receive patterns to make 16 inch dolls and their clothing.

RSVP Volunteer Opportunities–Join the Kindness Movement! (2987)
Jacqui Baxter
RSVP empowers volunteers to improve the education and wellness of vulnerable populations in our local communities. Learn about RSVP’s programs and the wide range of volunteer opportunities available.

Thomas Garrett and the Underground Railroad (2946)
Bob Seeley
From his home and business in Wilmington, Garrett helped over 2700 freedom seekers in their self-liberating journeys, collaborating with such other celebrated figures as Harriet Tubman, and William Still. Thomas Garrett was born in Upper Darby, Pa.

Memory Improvement and Preservation (2965)
Gloria Hoffner
Students will learn some basic mnemonic techniques to help increase and strengthen their memory, as well as the latest science on maintaining a healthy brain for a lifetime.

Thursday, March 12

Workshop I
8:45-10:15 a.m.

Introduction to Aging Services (2947)
Maria Bonita
COSA presents the wide range of services available to you and how to access benefits and entitlements. Learn to locate resources through the Internet, health fairs, senior expos and senior centers, and discuss new initiatives for the aging population.

Collage Picture Frame (2948)
Meg Thompson
Get ready to cut, clip and glue! We’ll create a unique one of a kind collage frame to hold a 4 x 6 picture! Just bring your creativity!

Watercolor–Session I (2949)
Anne Leith
You can do it! This workshop, designed for beginners, will cover brush handling, color mixing, and composition, with step-by-step demonstration. This multi-session workshop requires registration during the 10:30 a.m. session, as well.

Estate Planning–Who Needs It? (2952)
Learn about the proper way to plan your estate so that your loved ones will receive their inheritance according to your wishes.

Where I Want to Live (2953)
Mindy Mozenter
Downsizing, housing options and services made available for you from Community Outreach Home Care Services, Surrey Services for Seniors.

AHA Family & Friends CPR Course (2954)
Anne Leith
Repeat of Tuesday’s workshop, please only register for one.

Bringing Your Body to a State of Balance and Wellness (2955)
Kathe Schad
Discover how you can slow the aging process, increase blood and lymph circulation, breathing capabilities, and more. All massage techniques can be done by you, on yourself.

Chair Yoga (2956)
Mary Hagenbach
Benefits include improved flexibility, muscle strength, increasing bone density through resistance exercises, and stress and tension management.

Protect Yourself in Act Two–Your Second Career (2957)
Marc Jaffe
Are you considering starting your own business or becoming a consultant after early retirement? This session will help you answer questions about (I) preventing claims against your business, (II) whether to incorporate, (III) protecting your assets and (IV) transferring the business to your children with minimal taxes.

Workshop II
10:30 a.m.-Noon

Your House Has a History (2958)
Judy McCleary and others, Bethel Township Preservation Society
Have you ever wondered who lived in your old house prior to you? If you live in a new house, have you wondered if your property was part of a larger estate or farm? Now is your chance to find out! Review maps of Pennsylvania that go back to the Penn land grant. Find out when your township/ borough was established.

Watercolor–Session II (2959)
Anne Leith
Continuation of Session I. This multi-session workshop requires registration during the 8:45 a.m. session, as well. THURSDAY, MARCH 12.

Choice by Choice: Living Life with Intention and Joy (2983)
Ellen Monsees
You make choices every moment that determine who you are and who you become. The PPF Method® of decision making will help create your most centered and fulfilling life.

Intro to Tai Chi and Qigong (2962)
Andy Buechner
Repeat of Workshop II–Wednesday. please only register for one. Space is limited to 12.

Glass Candleholders (2963)
Meg Thompson
Let’s get creative! We’ll use enamel paint to create unique glass candleholders—stripes, polka dots, flowers, holiday theme or even paint a monogram to make your own custom glass votive candleholder.

Sing That Tune (2964)
Mary Hagenbach
Stop singing in the shower and come learn from a true professional. Singers will be separated by voices and come together to sing a Broadway song or two ... maybe even share your song at the end of our week! This is offered three times you do NOT have to register for all three but you may.

Facebook (2966)
Jackie Credo
Don't worry, we are going to help you get it right with Facebook! You want to be able to view and share without taking a picture of your foot. We can help you.

Best Ways to Manage Stress (2967)
Tony Longobardi
Stress is the body’s reaction to changes in our lives. You will learn and experience Present Time Awareness, Mindfulness, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, and Progressive Muscle Relaxation to manage daily stress, relax, and sleep better.

Don’t Leave a Mess for Your Heirs (2968)
Marc Jaffe
Proper planning for disability or death is important for you and for your family. This session will attempt to provide an overview of estate and disability planning and will include some practical suggestions on how to avoid leaving a mess for your heirs