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OLLI Gets a Facelift!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University is excited to announce a newly renovated expansion to the OLLI Suite.

Revitalizations:

  • Renovated and expanded restrooms
  • Repurposed library relocated in OLLI Club Room
  • OLLI Club Room kitchen made available to all OLLI participants
  • New Mah Jongg group starting soon

“The new additions are sure to make everyone happy,” said Michelle Girage, assistant dean. “We’ll have more space and a better layout to accommodate everyone’s interests.”

The OLLI Club Room is an exclusive members-only area of KSU Center and offers a multitude of activities and social events for people 50 and older. Make new friends, catch up with acquaintances, and enjoy scheduled activities each month. The room is open for member use Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and can be scheduled for evening use.

Member privileges:
• Free Coffee
• Free Computer with Internet Access
• Weekly Bridge
• Social Opportunities
• Access to OLLI Library
• 10% off OLLI Classes (exceptions apply)

“We look forward to seeing you in our new space! You’re sure to enjoy it,” Girage said.

For more information or to register, call 770-423-6765, visit ksuolli.com, or like us at facebook.com/ksuolli. To request a quarterly newsletter, please call Michelle Girage at 770-499-3340.

 

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Get Your Groove On! Celebrate with Year-Round OLLI Socials.

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Is it time for you get out and mix and mingle? If so, OLLI has you in mind with several upcoming socials planned throughout the year. These events are designed to provide an engaging evening of food, fun and entertainment. The galas feature live bands, dancing, competitions for prizes and more.

“Socials are a great time to reconnect with the OLLI family, but also to give back to the community we love so dearly,” said Michelle Girage, director of programs. “Even with all the fun, there is a sincere desire by all those involved in OLLI to think big and help those in need.”

Each event usually draws about 200 people, giving you the opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. All socials are held at KSU Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and must be paid in advance by registering online at ksuolli.com, calling (770) 423-6765, or in person.

Upcoming Socials:
• Monday, May 12 – Spring Social (Cinco de Mayo)
• Monday, August 4 – Summer Social (Football Fanatics)
• Monday, October 27 – Fall Social (Masquerade Ball)

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. To request a quarterly newsletter, please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

 

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Retire in Style with OLLI

Are you apprehensive about what you are retiring to? Fear not as your OLLI friends present an upcoming Retirement and Social Security planning class designed with you in mind.

“Things happen; things change. You must be prepared for anything,” said Ted Sanders, certified estate planner and class instructor. For the past 14 years, Sanders has been providing invaluable financial wisdom to OLLI students to help them expect the unexpected.

“My role is to try and be a good listener, understand their needs and wants, and to help them develop a strategy that allows them an opportunity to make the most of their retirement without having to worry about the day-to-day minutiae,” Sanders said.

The class will provide practical knowledge from an expert in the field by implementing easy to use strategies. This free, three-hour course will help you determine when to retire along with discussing what benefits you may be eligible for before retirement. Additionally, you will learn who’s covered for specific benefits. Common phrases will be analyzed and additional benefits such as Medicare will be touched on.

Upcoming Sessions @ KSU Center:

  • Monday, April 14 – 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 11 – 9 a.m. to noon

To attend, you must register at ksuolli.com or call 770-423-6765.

 

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Stay Healthy with OLLI: FREE Hearing Screening Offered

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Many of us are guilty of taking our health for granted. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) recognizes that and is glad to present a free hearing screening to those in need.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who’s a part of our OLLI community to come in and get their hearing checked,” Michelle Girage, program director, said, “We are proud to be able to host several health-related events like this one throughout the year.”

Attend the upcoming hearing screening on Friday, April 11, 9 am to noon at KSU Center,  3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw.

Each screening will take approximately 10 minutes per person. Otis A. Whitcomb, from Hear-Rite in Marietta, will be administering the procedures. He possesses a master’s degree in audiology, and is a Georgia Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser.

Registration is required for the FREE event and space is limited. For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com.

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Get Healthy! Fitness made easy with OLLI.

Health is the number one thing many people take for granted. Being healthy and physically fit is something anyone can do at any age. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is pleased to offer courses that boost your stamina and muscle tone without the risks of high impact exercise.

Bringing more than 10 years of fitness experience, Emily Berreth serves as OLLI’s instructor Gentle Yoga and Pilates Basic. According to Berreth, there are numerous benefits to taking the two classes including improved sleep, finding and developing unused muscles, and doing everything better with improved core strength.

The Gentle Yoga curriculum focuses more on utilizing the familiar postures to increase fitness and not the spiritual side of the discipline. Yoga has many benefits to seniors, including finding inner peace. Stretching and breathing techniques also are taught allowing students to find a sense of serenity in every environment.

Pilates Basics spotlights the routines that help build flexibility and long, lean muscles. Developing a strong core or center is essential to the exercises that ultimately improve a student’s coordination and balance. The Pilates method gets your mind in tune with your body and is used by professional athletes as well as seniors and children.

“Pilates allows you to learn about yourself and the way your body is capable of moving. It is so much fun to watch students as they discover things about themselves,” Berreth explained.
Upcoming Classes:

  • Pilates Basics – 4/14 – 6/23, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Gentle Yoga – 4/16 – 6/18, 7-8:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. To request a quarterly newsletter from OLLI, call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

 

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Turn Your Trash Into Ca$h: OLLI’s eBay classes help students profit from decluttering

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Do you have way too much stuff and nowhere to put it? Perhaps some of those never used items are valuable. We’ve all heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” If you’re looking for a new hobby or possibly a new career, eBay could be the perfect solution.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is excited to provide several different eBay classes to assist you. James Daniel, OLLI eBay instructor, said he started selling on eBay as a method to help his wife get rid of the items she had accumulated due to her “passion for shopping.” Daniel further explained, “After beginning to sell on eBay, it quickly became a huge success and started to demand more of my time. At that point, we decided to sell on eBay full time.”

Boasting more than 300 million members, eBay’s user-friendly service allows you to sell as a hobby with the potential of growing it into a lucrative business.

“People wanting to get rid of items around the house, retirees looking for a second career, small business owners searching for new markets, entrepreneurs wanting to start a new business, and anyone seeking an additional source of income would benefit from selling on eBay,” Daniel said.

Upcoming OLLI eBay Courses:

  • Sourcing Products for eBay – March 27. Most of Daniel’s students are beginners who quickly find that eBay selling is easier than expected. His oldest student has been a 92-year-old gentleman who wanted to sell his prized collection of  antiques. 

Whether you’re a novice or someone desiring a new line of work, the possibilities are truly endless with eBay!

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. To request a quarterly newsletter, please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

 

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Facebook Me! Get Connected with OLLI’s Facebook Basics Course

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Have you heard the phrases “Facebooking,” “posting on someone’s wall,” or “being tagged in a photo?” Are you searching for a more efficient way to become connected with your friends and family or reconnect with past acquaintances? Are your  children and grandchildren communicating solely through their computer and phone? If so, then Facebook is for you!

As the world’s predominant social media website, Facebook now has more than one billion users. The free service has also seen a 46% increase of members in the 50+ age group since 2012.

“Regardless of what may be the hot social media portal of any given year, social networking has become a core part of our daily lives – and Facebook is currently leading the pack,” stated Michelle Girage, program director.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) would like to invite you to join us for a course to learn the proper way to  Facebook. If you’re apprehensive about the social media world, fear not, as our Facebook Basics class is sure to help you
successfully navigate the site. Lynne Mock, OLLI instructor, will share her expertise by teaching you how to set up an account, accept friends, block intruders, add photos, and stay current by messaging friends and family.

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Puzzled by Retirement? OLLI helps you put all the pieces together.

Individuals age 50 and older account for an increasing percentage of the U.S. population. Projections show that the older population will more than double by 2050. Time is money, and now is the time to start preparing so you can enjoy a long and meaningful retirement.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is here to help you navigate through our complex world with courses created to assist in the fundamentals of surviving financially.

Our Solving the Retirement Puzzle class will proivde you valuable information about IRAs, basic strategies for effective investing, RMDs, annuities and managing risk. Possessing more than 30 years of experience, instructor Ted Sanders has been providing financial wisdom to OLLI students to help them expect the unexpected.

“People have a tendency to react to events and base decisions on how bad or good things are,” Sanders explained. “They procrastinate when making important financial decisions. What they don’t realize is that once the event happens, it’s too late. Older adults should start to think long term and plan ahead.”

The course will also explore how to avoid common and costly mistakes made before and during retirement. The next class is being offered on Wednesday, March 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at KSU Center. Students are encouraged to bring their spouse or sibling at no additional cost.

 

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. To request a quarterly newsletter,  please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

Get Plugged In: Become computer savvy with OLLI

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As technology moves at the speed of light, it’s easy to  become frustrated by falling  behind the times. Luckily,  you have the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) to  the rescue! Join us for several  courses covering computers  and technology that will assist you in staying up to date.

Computer knowledge is the top trait that most employers look for. Even if you’re not working or looking for a job, increasing your comfort level with computers will help enhance your life.

Upcoming Technology Courses:
Internet and Email Savvy – March 5 & 6 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) – Learn to communicate effectively by discovering useful websites and gaining insight into free email, software and photo-sharing space.

Windows 7 – Level 1 – March 17 & 18
(9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) – Discover the new Windows features, learn how to save and name files, create your own personal desktop, screen saver and work environment.

Both classes are instructed by Lynne Mock and qualify as two of the five courses needed to earn “OLLI Scholar” status and receive a certificate.

Designed for students age 50+, OLLI courses allow you to join your peers and learn at your own pace in a friendly and comfortable environment.

The OLLI computer lab is limited to 12 students, making it easy for instructors to provide support. While you may not have had the opportunity to experience computers during your formative years, it’s never too late to get started!
 

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Conquer Your Fears: OLLI Instructor Boasts 200+ Graduates

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For many of us, fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. Longtime Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) instructor Lynne Mock states that fear of technology and using new equipment is the preeminent challenge of her students aged 50 and older. Serving OLLI since 2000, Mock is dedicated to reassuring her pupils of everything they are capable of and helping them conquer their fears.

“I take what they already know and demonstrate to them that it’s (computers) not much different from the knowledge they already have,” Mock explained. “I show them it isn’t magic, bells and whistles, but just another step in their lives.”

Mock leads a wide variety of computer courses implementing the KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) method. She says her goal is to present the curriculum in a basic simple format that makes learning fun and non-threatening. “I always tell my students, ‘I don’t know of a single car that cranked itself up and went out and caused a wreck.’ Knowing how to use the computer properly can make the difference in keeping you safe on the Internet and on the computer,” Mock said.

Recognizing her student’s lack of familiarity with computers and technology, Mock spearheaded the OLLI Scholar Certificate. She designed the program to consist of five foundational courses with the goal of becoming more computer proficient. Students completing all five courses within one year are awarded a certificate and crowned an OLLI Scholar. To date, OLLI has seen more than 200 graduates of this program.

“She’s very patient with her students and has helped pave the way for many of them to re-enter the workforce,” said Michelle Girage, program director. “Additionally, she has alleviated students’ apprehension of social media allowing them to become more connected with family and friends.”

For more information or to register, call (770) 423-6765 or visit ksuolli.com. To request a quarterly newsletter, please call Michelle Girage at (770) 499-3340.

(Source: OLLI)