Lifespan Academy Winter Session 2020

See what's happening this winter.

Great Decisions

Foreign Service Association

French for Fun

Learn a Litte French

On The Road Again

Historic Highways

Tai Chi

Healthier you

Your Creative Side

See what you can create!

Line Dancing

And they keep on dancing

Atlanta Theatre to Go

Holiday Musical 

TOAST classes

Apple, Android and Apps

Ukulele Group

Become a Strummer


Learn and Play

Adaptive Yoga

Come Unwind in the afternoon

Hand and Foot

Great Game

Winter Session 2020
Join us for our next session of Lifespan Academy!

We will be at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church
3180 Peachtree Road, NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Classes are from 10:15 am to 3:00 pm
Lunch is from 12:30 to 1:30 and is an additional $10

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10:00 am to 11:00 am

French For Fun- Nayera Salam

French for Fun … You all enjoyed this class so much during the Fall Session that we decided to bring Nayera back this winter.   She is using dialogues, songs and videos to continue to help you learn to speak French.   We will have our class page on the website with all of the material Nayera uses so you can practice between classes.


Great DecisionsRay Nixon

Ray is back to lead our Great Decisions discussions.  Here are the topics that the Foreign Service Association says are on tap for Great Decisions 2020. The book is $25.  Please add the cost of the book on your registration form under payment.

  • Climate Change and the Global Order: by Ronald Bee
  • India and Pakistan: by Barbara Crossette
  • Red Sea Security: by David Shinn
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: by Ronald Weitzer
  • China’s Road into Latin America: by Margaret Myers
  • U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle: by Michael Shifter & Bruno Binetti
  • The Philippines and the U.S.: by Julio Amador and Deryk Matthew N. Baladjay
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data: by Susan Ariel Aaronson

Tai Chi – Tina Rasheed

Our own Tina Rasheed will again be leading us in Tai Chi.  Tina has a 26-year career as a public health researcher at the Morehouse School of Medicine and has applied her mission as a martial artist to bridge the health disparity gap by teaching self-applied health enhancement techniques such as Qigong and Tai Chi as a strategy to promote health and prevent disease.   Tai Chi is a gentle exercise program that is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Derived from the martial arts, Tai Chi is composed of slow, deliberate movements composed of mental focus, deep breathing, and stretching which enhance physical health and emotional well-being.

11:15 am to 12:15 pm

On The Road Again – Richard Botters

Richard is bringing us a new series called “On the Road Again.”  He will be talking about the historical highways in the United States, spending the first two weeks on the Lincoln Highway.  Don’t look for information on the big cities, as you can learn all about them lots of other places.  In this series Richard will be talking about things that are on the back roads and off the beaten path.  And you can look forward to Route 66, as well as the Blueridge Parkway in future weeks.  You won’t want to miss this one.

Your Creative Side

In case you want a break from history and dancing, we are offering something a bit different this session.  We promised you light and entertaining activities this winter, so here is a chance to get creative.

  • Remember those wonderful cards that Merrily made and we had at our auction?  Well, you can make those for yourself at our card making session.
  • Want to make a ceramic creation?  Well, we don’t have the kiln to fire them from scratch, but we will take pre-made ceramic pieces and learn to paint them.
  • How about clay jewelry and glass sun catchers?  How about Photo Bookmarks?

Robin Andrews-Smith will join us and we will make our own sand sculptures.
A unique fun creative yet relaxing experience.
No artistic talent needed…just YOU, your hands, and your imagination.
Supplies provided will open a new space for you to engage your senses and have fun expressing yourself.   The opportunities are endless..

Line Dancing- Rose Haven and Nancy Anthony 

Nancy and Rose are teaming up this session to be sure you have everything you could wish from your Line Dancing experience.  Come and experience line dancing adjusted just for you—low impact and low risk, but lots and lots of fun.

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM – January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020

Atlanta Theatre to Go Performance

We are hosting a performance of Atlanta Theatre to Go’s Holiday musical – Bread and Butter.  And Lifespan’s Michelle Bright will be singing the lead!  Click here to get all the details.


1:30 pm to 3:00 pm – Delayed Start on January 9th until 2 pm

TOAST- Teaching Older Adults Smart Technology  

Our New TOAST Classes:
Through our TOAST program we have been able to increase the options available for technology services at Lifespan, thanks in part to the addition of the services of Gene Rubel to our program.  Welcome Gene.  During the Academy session we will be offering both device specific content, as well as information about popular mobile applications that work the same regardless of your operating system.  Here is the schedule for the Winter 2020 Session:

Come no matter what your operating system.  We will have two classes when we are talking specifically about devices.

January 9th (starting at 2 pm) and 16th – Device Specific Classes:  iPad/ iPhone: Peggy , Android: Gene

January 23rd – Free Clinic:  Any Device, Any Question

January 30th and February 6th – Mobile Apps:  Facebook/ Instagram/ Games/ Navigation/

February 13th and February 20th – Photos:  Taking, editing and managing your photos

February 27th – Device Specific Classes:  iPad/ iPhone: Peggy , Android: Gene

Ukulele Group

Come join our wonderful ukulele group!  Anyone can join in, even if you are just beginning—or haven’t even begun yet!  Our group has enjoyed playing together at academy, but also participating in other events when they get the chance to play.  And they were wonderful to help us sing along at our Fall Gathering in November.  These boots are made for walking, and you too can be a strummer!

Adaptive Yoga – Susan Hills

Let our own Susan show you the benefits of Yoga.  Susan will adapt her class to your particular strengths and physical challenges.  But you will be moving.  Yoga is a great way for older adults who may struggle with balance and flexibility to get the health benefits that come with regular yoga practice.  Yoga is an excellent way to stretch muscles, improve joint stability, reduce stress, and improve circulation.  Yoga can also help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and build strength and balance. Come and do Yoga for your afternoon wind down.


Hand and Foot

Come out and play our canasta card game Hand and Foot! Let’s see who will be the hand and who will be the foot!  It’s an easy game to learn and bunches of fun.  If you want to have a relaxing and crazy card-playing afternoon, come and join in hand and foot.



Come and join the group and play along. By the Way, this group does play the Japanese version of Mahjong.  They think it’s a lot of fun.  Don’t know how?  Want to learn?  Folks are more than willing to teach.