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Forever Learning Institute

Personal Development

Understanding Societal Conditioning


with Deborah Dwyer

Calendar Mar 1, 2021 at 11 am, runs for 10 weeks

Gain a greater understanding of the existing unconscious beliefs and patterns that have created the structures of racism in our society. Explore the historical roots that shape perceptions and lead us away from a true regard for ourselves and for all people. Increase awareness, effectiveness, and compassion to better play a part in a healing solution for our community.

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Issues in Aging
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Issues in Aging


with Kirsten Sharpe

This will be a seminar course with a different speaker/expert each week to assist students with a variety of issues we all face as we enter the third age of our lives. Students must register for the entire series at a single class fee. Speakers will include (not necessarily in this order):

  • Kirsten Sharpe, The Realtor for Seniors, Managing Broker & Owner of Sharpe Realty - Overwhelmed by the Thought of Moving: Where to Start and What to Expect.
  • Luis Zapata, Vice President, Financial Wellness, 1st Source Bank - What is identity theft, how it happens, how to prevent it, and what to do if it happens to you.
  • Patty Piechocki, Program Specialist, Institute for Excellence in Memory Care - Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia 101.
  • Beth Hlabse, Mental Health Counselor, Cornerstone Family Therapy – Re-envisioning Emotional Well-being and Connection: Identifying and Overcoming Loneliness, Depression, & Anxiety.
  • Paul Eash, Elder Care Attorney - POA, Guardianship and other elder law topics.
  • Cyndy Searfoss, Foundation for Hospice – Hospice 101: what you need to know about Hospice and Palliative Care.
  • Shauna Luthringer, Palmer Funeral Home - Funeral pre-planning and how that provides guidance, and peace of mind, to your family.
  • Cat Ludwig, Registered Dietician – How food and nutrition affect your life.
  • Patti Vandergrift, Always Best Care Senior Services – In-home care: what is it, when do you need it, and how to pay for it.
  • Leah Schrock, REAL Services - Caregiving: how to care for others while caring for yourself.

Legal Opportunities and Issues for Those 60 and Better


with Douglas Germann, Sr., JD

Calendar Mar 3, 2021 at 12 pm, runs for 6 weeks

COVID brings us a shiver: our loved ones could be here today, gone next week. Is their Will and POA up to date? Is ours? This course is directed by you: What are you facing? Your questions are our course outline. You might ask about:

  • The crisis of paying for long-term care and nursing homes
  • Guardians and POAs
  • Alzheimer's and dementia
  • The long-term care labyrinth
  • Medicaid
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • How to choose the right nursing home or assisted living
  • End of Life conversations and choices What help is there in our community?
  • Living Wills, DNR, POST, and other advance directives
  • How to be an Executor
  • How to be a POA

Special note: For the first class, we will be showing an excerpt from a film called Consider the Conversation, about how we are treated by our medical system and our culture as we approach death, and what is the best way to get the amount and kind of care we want.

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Dream Group
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Dream Group


with Ruth Andrews

Dreams are messages from God. Explore your dreams and share with others in a confidential setting. Weekly themes include how dreams change over a lifetime, dream interpretation, dream work, recurring dreams, lucid dreaming, dreams as muse and dreams as transition agent.

Walking in Nature


with Rev. Marianne Chalstrom

Calendar Apr 8, 2021 at 2 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Explore and experience the spiritual and health benefits of being outside in nature. Sharpen observation skills for being present. Note: this is NOT an art class; simple line or note-taking practice support observation and experience of being in nature. This course is an opportunity to explore the renewing and restorative gifts of being outside in nature, experiencing what poets, philosophers and the wise of many generations have known and neuroscience is just now confirming: nature restores and heals. A reading list will also be included. Simple materials:

  • Pen or pencil
  • pocket sketchbook about postcard size
  • Small pocket note pad to jot observations
  • Color pencils or small watercolor palette

Other optional materials will be discussed 1st session. First meeting: Little Flower gazebo and grounds, later meetings at Cobus Creek Park, CR 8 Elkhart Co

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