MAC’s Virtual Winter Institute: Complete Class Schedule

It has been a long “COVID winter.” Are you ready for a change?
MAC’s 2021 Virtual Winter Institute offers a fun and exciting break from your (COVID) winter boredom – and you don’t even have to leave home!
Featuring 24 classes, the program is designed to entertain and to engage your brain! It’s an opportunity to gather together – virtually – with others who love learning.
ONLINE registration is now under way; classes begin in mid-January.
The exciting schedule of online classes will include “The Mystery of Amelia Earhart,” “The Life and Times of Harriett Tubman” and Football 101.” Participants also can learn how to “Get the Most from Your iPhone,” how to “Stay Connected and Safe on Facebook,” get some timely financial information, learn how to improve their brain and physical health, and much more!

The following is a complete list of classes, along with a description of the session and information on the presenter.

MAC’s 2021 Virtual Winter Institute
Class Descriptions – Week 1

“Healthy Living for your Brain & Body”
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 9-10 a.m.
Learn about current research and practical information on ways to help you age well. The program is organized to provide information about current research and practical strategies in four areas: Physical health, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity and social engagement.
Presented by Carol Zimmerman. As Director of Aging and Dementia Programs at MAC, Carol is dedicated to helping persons living alone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia to remain living independently at home, to improve the quality of their care, and to offer their caregivers support through respite services, educational workshops and support groups at MAC. Contact Carol to learn how to access these MAC services.

“Portrait of a 19th Century Eastern Shore Woman”
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
This class looks at the everyday lives of Eastern Shore women, using images, artifacts and first-hand documents which tell the untold story of Delmarva’s many women during the 19th century.
Presented by: Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Research at Salisbury University, and a retired professor of history at SU.

“Jump Start Your Morning with Stretch & Balance”
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
It’s time to start your mornings off right! This class is designed to revitalize your mind, body, and balance by preparing you for the long day ahead. This class focuses on maintaining and improving joint range of motion. Therapeutic movements to restore and improve posture and mind body awareness. This low-impact class focuses on releasing tension in your muscles, stretching, balance and tuning your body up so you can keep living your best life.
Presented by: Robby Chin is known for his enthusiasm and creativity as Wellness Coordinator for MAC’s Richard A. Henson Wellness Center gym. Backed by certifications that include certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and senior strength and conditioning specialist, Robby is passionate about helping gym members maintain and improve their level of fitness and independence, through both in-person and virtual classes at MAC, Monday-Friday. Robby urges: “Train smart, move with intent, learn every day and let’s do it together!” Call to explore these benefits available to persons age 50 and older.

“Never Met an Herb I Didn’t Like”
Tuesday, Jan. 12. 2-3 p.m.
Join Master Gardener Kathleen Garton to learn the best practices for success in growing and harvesting herbs.
Presented by Master Gardener Kathleen Garton. Garton has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, with a minor in Botany, from Kent State University; and a Master of Science Degree in Adult Primary Care from the University of Maryland. A Master Gardener since 2017, she has been a passionate gardener throughout most of her adult life. Garton currently tends the flower and vegetable gardens at her home in Crisfield.

“CreekWatchers of the Wicomico Environmental Trust”
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 9-10 a.m.
This class will offer an overview of Wicomico Environmental Trust’s mission, vision and some of the work the organization does in the community, followed by a look at WET’s largest program, Wicomico River Creekwatchers. Learn what this program does, why it’s important, and what the volunteers do in the field.
Presented by Susan Parker, whose professional career includes seven years as a clinical lab technician followed by 28 years as a journalist with The Daily Times. Her work as a reporter and editor included writing columns, editorials and news stories about various environmental issues, and fueled her interest in the environment. Following retirement from The Daily Times in January 2019, she joined the Wicomico Environmental Trust board of directors. A former CreekWatchers volunteer, Parker now serves as CreekWatchers coordinator and communications director.

“The Mystery of Amelia Earhart”
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Amelia Earhart’s last flight ended more than 80 years ago – yet a large percentage of the population knows her name and at least something about her. Who was she? How was she able to get the equipment and time to become such a skilled pilot? What had she accomplished as an aviatrix that had virtually all the world following the daily reports from her attempt to fly around the world? What is the official story of her last flight? Was she actually on a secret spy mission? What about the reports that continue to this day of the discovery of parts of her aircraft at places scattered across the Pacific? Speaker Mike Roberts will try to answer at least some of these questions.
Presented by: Mike Roberts graduated from Duke University with a major in History, and holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, with two tours of sea duty in the Mediterranean fleet, and Shore duty with the Naval Security Group in Washington. For more than 30 years, he practiced law in Washington, specializing in aviation and international law.
“Football 101”
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Take a shot at learning something new with a dive into the wonderful origin of one of America’s great team sports. The beauty is the simplicity. The physicality is world renowned. The game of football is unlike any other in modern times.
Presented by Coach Brendan Riley, who has been a history educator and head football coach at Parkside High School for more than 15 years. Originally from College Park, Riley played his football career at Salisbury University and eventually was able to coach at SU, while earning his master’s degree in education. He is married to Cindy Riley and they have two children, Kaydyn, 5, and Kael, 2.

“Mind Games”
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2-3 p.m.
It’s important to stay mentally active! “Mind games” will feature fun activities that can help improve your memory and mental agility.
Presented by Kylee Gabler, care navigator for the Savvy Caregiver and Care Watch programs in collaboration with Life Bridges program at MAC. The Savvy program provides caregivers with the skills, knowledge, outlook and confidence needed to be effective in their caregiving role. Care Watch seeks to identify people with dementia who are living alone, and to connect them with critical services.

“Introduction to Tai Ji Quan: Movement for Better Balance”
Thursday, Jan. 14, 9-10 a.m.
This evidence-based fall prevention program offered through the Oregon Research Institute, takes eight traditional Tai Chi forms commonly used in martial arts training and morphs them into a unique flow of movements aimed at reducing the risk of falls. This series of movements has been shown to improve lower limb strength, sensory integration, stability, and global cognitive function as well as reduce the risk of falls in community dwelling older adults by nearly 60 percent, and up to 67 percent in people with Parkinson’s disease.
Presented by: Mike Hedlesky brings 15+ years of fitness experience and a passion for using research-based exercise methods to help others live the highest possible quality of life. He has been a certified Tai Ji Quan instructor since 2013, and has trained in numerous other evidence-based programs such as Stepping On, Walk with Ease, and Enhance Fitness. He has been a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2008. Hedlesky works as the Outreach Coordinator for MAC.

“A Convenient Place for a Town: The Early Days of Salisbury”
Thursday, Jan. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Nestled between two prongs of a river and a cranberry bog in the center of the Delmarva wilderness, Salisbury perhaps did not show much promise in its development in the first half of the 19th century. Yet its industrious people made the most of its waterways, natural resources, and post roads and cleared the way for the growth that would come in the age of steam. In this “prequel” to the upcoming Association for Lifelong Learning (ALL) course on “Salisbury in the Civil War,” Phil Hesser will explore the first years of a place that boosters saw as “commodiously situated for trade and navigation” and will explore with the group two early accounts of the place that would become the Crossroads of Delmarva.
Presented by: Phil Hesser has taught in the U.S. and Africa and served as protection and education officer with the UNHCR and program director with the Academy for Educational Development, Washington, D.C. He has continued his work in education as an Adjunct Professor of History at Salisbury University. Pursuing his interests at the intersection of landscape, life & livelihood in Delmarva and on the Bay, he wrote “What a River Says: Exploring the Blackwater River and Refuge” (Cambridge: Friends of Blackwater, 2014) and in 2021 will publish “The Old Home Is Not There: The Native Land of Harriet Tubman” (Arcadia Publishing) with co-author Charlie Ewers.

“Condition Your Body: Enhance Fitness”
Thursday, Jan. 14, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
This evidence-based class is proven to condition your body and reduce the risk of falls. This class incorporates all aspects of physical fitness; cardio, upper body, lower body strength, flexibility, and balance. Enjoy a full hour of fun, dynamic, cardiovascular exercises, strength training, muscle building, and balance enhancing movement.
Presented by: Robby Chin is known for his enthusiasm and creativity as Wellness Coordinator for MAC’s Richard A. Henson Wellness Center gym. Backed by certifications that include certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor, and senior strength and conditioning specialist, Robby is passionate about helping gym members maintain and improve their level of fitness and independence, through both in-person and virtual classes at MAC, Monday-Friday. He urges: “Train smart, move with intent, learn every day and let’s do it together!” Call to explore these benefits available to persons age 50 and older.

“How to Get the Most from Your iPhone”
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2-3 p.m.
Learn about the original basic iPhone/iPad app that can be used to benefit seniors in their everyday lives.
Presented by: Janet Parke loves technology! Fondly known as “The Gadget Lady” at MAC, she excels at finding new ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Having trouble reading the paper? Opening a jar? Using utensils due to tremors? Hearing your loved ones? Janet can identify a unique tool to assist you with almost anything you need. Parke serves as the trainer and Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) telephone evaluator for the Caregiver Resource Center at MAC, and is available for personal appointments upon request.

MAC’s 2021 Virtual Winter Institute
Class descriptions – Week 2

“How Kindness Grows”
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9-10 am.
Salisbury’s official Kindness Ambassador will talk about the journey of kindness starting as a bracelet, how things have evolved and how kindness has spread from person to person, and group to group, and now is embedded in our community as a real initiative.
Presented by: Salisbury’s official Kindness Ambassador Grace Murdock

“It’s About Time: Reading Flash Fiction”
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The best “flash fiction” – super short stories – can crystalize a moment or offer a panoramic tour through history. This single-session course will focus on a sampling of compact stories – each under three pages – that explore how we navigate our way through time and memory. Discussion topics will include “How Fiction Came Up Short,” “Freezing the Moment,” and “Flash Forward.” Readings will be provided via e-mail.
Presented by: Nancy Hesser, Ph.D., has taught literature in the U.S., Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mali. She lives with her husband and canine companions in the salt marshes of Dorchester County. Her short story courses for continuing education programs on the Eastern Shore have focused on American regionalism, food in fiction, African literature, the Roaring 20s, and literary cityscapes, among other subjects.

“Staying Connected & Safe on Facebook”
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 12;30-1:30 p.m.
Staying connected with friends and family is important, but especially durng a pandemic. Learn how to use Facebook for staying connected – and safe. The class will include tips on posting photos and videos.
Presented by: Victoria Kent is Marketing Officer for the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, and a social media guru

“10 Warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other Dementias”
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2-3 p.m.
Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. The one-hour program covers:
• Typical age-related changes
• Common warning signs of Alzheimer’s
• How to approach someone about memory concerns
• Early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process|
Presented by Carol Zimmerman. As Director of Aging and Dementia Programs at MAC, Carol is dedicated to helping persons living alone with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia to remain living independently at home, to improve the quality of their care, and to offer their caregivers support through respite services, educational workshops and support groups at MAC. Contact Carol to learn how to access these MAC services.

“Managing Taxes for Retirees in a New Year”
Wednesday Jan. 20, 9-10 a.m.
Certified Financial Planner Eric Johnston will examine various tax issues related to retirees. He will discuss how Social Security benefits are taxed, Medicare premiums, RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions), charitable giving and other tax-related items. Also covered will be updates for 2021 and a look at potential upcoming changes.
Presented by: Eric Johnston is a certified financial planner and president of InFocus Financial Advisors in Salisbury.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 10:30-11:30 am
“The Life and Times of Harriett Tubman”
This class will follow the journey of Harriett Tubman from slavery to freedom.
Presented by: Dr. Clara Small is an author and retired professor of history at Salisbury University

“3-in-1 Meal Making “
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Does cooking different meals every single day sound like a drag? If so, this class is for you! Learn how to cook once, but get 3 meals during the 3-In-1 Meal Making class. During the class, you will learn how to prepare one main protein, and turn it into 3 totally different meals using staples that most people already have lying around their kitchen. This skill will help you save time, and also avoid boredom with meals!
Presented by: Registered Dietitian Alyson Hickman

“History of the Westside of Wicomico County”
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m.
This class will take a look at the history and growth of the Westside of the county, from the first settlements, how and when so many towns and churches sprang up, and on to how that area looks today.
Presented by: Sylvia Bradley is a retired Salisbury University history instructor, and is director of the Westside Historical Society.

“Myths (or Maybe Not) of the Vietnam War”
Thursday Jan 21, 9-10 a.m.
Although it’s not widely known, President Obama issued a 2012 proclamation declaring the years of 2012 through 2025 a period of Commemoration of the 5oth Anniversary of the Vietnam War. The history of America’s involvement in Vietnam is as controversial today as the war itself was during the 1960s. This presentation will focus on some of these controversies.
Presented by: Dr. Harry Basehart is professor emeritus of political science at Salisbury University

“Setting the Table at the White House”
Thursday, Jan. 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
There is no more intriguing story than that of the White House, the emblem of the United States. How it came to be, how it grew and developed as the people grew and developed. And that growth included the beauty, taste, and enormous value that came to the new House by way of invaluable, rare items and artistic gems from heads of state, as well as purchases by our own wise citizens who had benefited by riches accrued from their own investments in the new nation. The great White House Collection is world renowned, and much of it is seen at dinners, parties, and grand special events. The images in this power point presentation provide a bit of the American saga as it enlarged the New World.
Presented by: World traveler and scholar Eleanor Mulligan of Salisbury

Thursday, Jan. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
“The Lighter Side of Downsizing”
A practical presentation on the do’s and don’ts, when to, where to start, how to be successful with and financial considerations of downsizing. Whether considering moving or to just declutter … the thought of downsizing can be daunting. With years of experience, the Mommés will surely add some humor along with a successful roadmap to help you lighten your load and have you moving in the right direction.
Presented by: Andrew & Kathleen Mommé, Realtors with Coldwell Banker Realty, and licensed in Maryland and Delaware. Their designations include: Senior Real Estate Specialists, Pricing Strategy Advisors, Accredited Buyers Representatives

“Building a Home for Your Coastal Bird Tourists”
Thursday, Jan. 21, 2-3 p.m.
Pine will be used to build a new 2021 home for backyard bird friends! Bird house kits will be available to the first 20 registered participants. Kits can be picked up at MAC weekdays from Jan. 14 to 20, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Presented by: Retired career and technology educator Mike Shealey

1 Comment

  1. Carol Steffy on January 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Looking forward to this program it sounds so interesting I’m hooked already thank you