IN-PERSON CLASSES ON THURSDAYS – 10 AM to 3 PM:
Located at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church 3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.
Take a look at the classes and think about joining us. Ready to register now? CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM.
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Sessions
Behavioral Economics with Shai Robkin
The course introduces students to key concepts designed to help people and organizations make better decisions and avoid common pitfalls that result from instinctive human behaviors. While classical economic theory assumes that people make rational decisions, weighing costs and benefits in order to optimize the likelihood of achieving desired outcomes, behavioral economists start by asking how humans actually behave in the real world. The course covers basic theories of evolutionary psychology, automatic vs. controlled thinking, heuristics (simple procedures that people use unconsciously to reach decisions on difficult questions), prospect theory and inaccurate perceptions of risk, the role of chance, public policy and choice architecture, and when and when not to trust experts.
Shai (pronounced “Shy”) Robkin works with small and mid-size business executives to leverage the power of behavioral economics. A serial entrepreneur, Shai, together with his wife Judy, opened in 1981 Israel’s first combination bookstore/coffee shop. They returned to Atlanta in 1984 to care for aging parents, using the proceeds from the sale of the Israeli store to acquire Vernon, a manufacturer and distributor of library supplies. He also served as the executive director of Conexx, the America Israel Business Connector, and currently focuses on business consulting and education,.
Misinformation: How to recognize it, what to do with it and how to talk about it. – Lead by Peggy Palmiter
Using materials provided by the New Literacy Project we will tackle these difficult questions and potentially conflictual conversations. The series on Misinformation and How to talk about it was developed in consultation with Senior Planet from AARP. Senior Planet and AARP “harnesses technology to change the way we age.” A great partner for Lifespan and our work to get you all connected.
We will review material from the News Literacy Project in class and for homework. Here is an example from their most recent program.
“To help you build on this session, check out this interactive infographic “Eight Tips to Google Like a Pro.” We partnered with disinformation research expert Cindy Otis — author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News — to help you improve your search results to zero in on what you’re looking for more quickly and gain the skills to determine the original source of specific claims, quotes, photos and videos.”
11:15 AM to 12:15 PM Sessions
Let Me Tell You About My Country
Our Lifespan members come from a variety of backgrounds, countries and professions. We will hear from a select group of our members about their knowledge and experience. Hear about WWII and Germany. Hear about Hungary. Maybe you want to know more about Argentina. Even our Lifespan participants who may not come from another country often came from another part of this country. What is it like to be an aging professional? What was Atlanta like 40 years ago? These topics and more.
Try some Chair Yoga!
Susan Hills, Lifespan’s own bookkeeper is also a certified yoga instructor. She offered to give us a taste of a chair yoga class so you could all try something a little different.
Chair 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 try it out!
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM – Lunch
We are thrilled the Chef Bob will be able to cook for us. The pandemic will determine if we have lunches or buffet. Let’s pray for buffet. We already know he’s a great chef. The charge for lunch will be $12. OR BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION.
Rev. Julie Wright and the clergy from Peachtree Road United Methodist Church will offer devotional comments during lunch. We thank them for their pastoral care of our Lifespan Family and we look forward to having this spiritual time.
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – Afternoon Sessions
Celebrate your Story – Kerry Thomas
“Celebrate your Story” with a small group of your peers!
The workshop will be conducted in two parts:
Writing: A separate life stage theme will be covered each week
Sharing: A time for reminiscing and (optional) storytelling with other group members
Story themes will be structured around the chronological life stages, including:
- Childhood • Adolescence/Young Adult • Adult Years – Work & Parenting • Special Memories & Traditions • Late Life – Retirement/Reinvention years • Life Summary – Proudest Moments; Challenges Overcome; Wisdom to pass on, etc.
“Your Life Story is a gift, and it should be treated as such.” – Emily V. Gordon
Line Dancing – Rose Haven – Back in person!!
I know that most of you have been waiting for Rose to come back with line dancing in person. Yay! It’s finally here!! Come and join in with all of your favorite dancing friends.
Technology for Older Adults – Master those devices!! – Peggy Palmiter
This class explores how to make technology work for you rather than being its slave. We will start off with some Zoom tutorials for anyone who needs them to participate in our virtual session (or any other sessions you still want to join). Then we will explore whatever topics of interest to the class. And we will learn apps, tricks and tips to make your technology life easier.