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Lifelong Learning Membership

Your membership is important to us. Your participation in the classes and other events will contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our learning community and you as a lifelong learner!


A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance (https://www.ncoa.org/resources/program-summary-a-matter-of-balance/)


It is important for everyone nearing Medicare eligibility to obtain accurate information for coverage and delivery options, supplemental health insurance, Medicare health plans, and prescription drug coverage. Attention to these issues will help you avoid serious or costly problems.


This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.
Featured Courses


Lifelong Learning Membership

Your membership is important to us. Your participation in the classes and other events will contribute to the vibrancy and growth of our learning community and you as a lifelong learner!


A Matter of Balance is an 8-week structured group intervention that emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance (https://www.ncoa.org/resources/program-summary-a-matter-of-balance/)


It is important for everyone nearing Medicare eligibility to obtain accurate information for coverage and delivery options, supplemental health insurance, Medicare health plans, and prescription drug coverage. Attention to these issues will help you avoid serious or costly problems.


This program is a collaboration between the Lifelong Learning Program and the Pitt County Historical Society.

Courses

This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

The moderator will introduce various topics after which the floor will be open for discussion by all participants. Everyone is encouraged to seek supporting data in order to remain as objective as possible. Reading multiple sources on each subject will give everyone a broader view of the issues. Some topics may carry over from month to month. Share your ideas and learn from the opinions of others.


January 22, 2019 to May 28, 2019, Sheppard Memorial Library, Room B
We will explore and discuss the history and methods of soap making. Our class project will be to make a batch of unscented lye soap. On the second day, each participant will have a sample of soap to take home. Please wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed shoes. If you have goggles, please bring them. Soap making, like many skills, is fast becoming a dying art. This course is designed to help preserve it as part of our heritage.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Book group members are often women, but here's a group for men, though women are welcome. The focus is on non-fiction books of history and historical figures. Members will choose and discuss a different book every month. You will get the chance to make new friends and discuss interesting and stimulating topics.


February 11, 2019 to June 10, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church, Parlor Room
Beginning Origami (the art of Japanese paper folding) is for students with little or no experience. The first class will start with a brief history of this craft. Students will learn basic folding techniques, how to read diagrams, and follow (printed, verbal, and visual) instructions. There will be four sessions. The first week will be focused on basic skills needed to make simple folded paper objects. Each consecutive week will involve learning more challenging skills needed to make more complex products. Students will make a minimum of two origami objects per class, more if time allows. Solid color origami paper (7"x7") will be provided. Students may purchase fancier paper if desired. 7"x7"or larger origami paper is required. Mrs. Brooks taught art in the public schools for 30 years, and taught origami to numerous classes. She also taught origami to adult students in her home studio. This craft was always a favorite.



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Practical Communication Skills

This course can help you with clear speech, organizing your message effectively, being assertive instead of aggressive, listening effectively, and feeling comfortable speaking to a group.

Practical communication skills are those skills you need in everyday situations. Come join us for information, interaction, and practical skills that will help you navigate the everyday communication situations in your life.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Have you ever read a book and longed to have someone to talk to about it? Well, here is your chance to do just that! Join this Women's Book Group, choose what you want to read, and come together to discuss a different book each month. Being part of the group gives members the opportunity to make new friends and expand the scope of your reading.


February 12, 2019 to June 11, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church, Parlor Room
Although an hour drive from Greenville to the Aurora Fossil Museum you will travel 28 million years back in time. George Powell is a local amateur paleontologist, and will be leading this trip. On this trip, you will see fossil remains of creatures that lived in Eastern North Carolina including: whales, walrus, seals, sharks, stingrays, and fish.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Today's retiree's may find themselves having to consider other options in addition to Social Security, retirement plans, and personal savings to help meet financial needs. HECMs (Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, also called reverse mortgages) can, in the right circumstances and with the right borrower, offer both shorter-term (immediate need) and longer - term benefits and help close in the gaps.



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The Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield highlights the actresses 50 year career. This self guided tour will take you through over 5,000 square feet of costumes, movie posters, photographs, and accessories from Ava's many homes.



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The Johnson County Beer, Wine and Shine Trail is the first of it's kind in North Carolina. On this trip, we will be given a guided tour and tasting at the Hinnant Family Vineyards, Broadslab Distillery, and Double Barley Brewing.



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Learn to use your computer and the Windows 10 operating system. This will be a basic course intended to acquaint you with taking care of your computer and learning to use all the features.


February 13-27, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

The people that work with TED Talks believe passionately that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. TED Talks is a website that lives by their slogan "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world". We will discuss a new topic each month. We will utilize TED Talks to listen to a speaker and then discuss the topic at hand.

Registration fee covers parking for the semester.


January 28, 2019 to April 22, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Biking is a great hobby and physical activity. Join our seasoned cyclist, Greg as we discover important pieces of information every bicyclist should know.


Thursday, April 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This course educates the audience on tips for preventing falls and fires using the Remembering When curriculum developed by the National Fire Protection Association. Each member will leave with printed handouts with the 16 tips that will be shared as well as a gift from NFPA.



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The 2018-2019 Pirate Read is Wiley Cash's novel The Last Ballad, and the author is coming to ECU in November to give a reading from the novel. His reading is free and open to the public



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The Lifelong Learning Program Special Events Committee with support from members of the Program Committee and Advisory Council, is excited to host this fall's special event, the Lifelong Learning Program Chili Cook Off.



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Chinese civilization is remarkable not only for its age (over 4,000 years) but also for its continuity and ability to absorb and transform change. There lived in China two men whose influence is central to Chinese civilization and to the East Asian cultures. Lao Tzu, a mystic hermit librarian, and Confucius, his contemporary, a teacher, and civil servant. We will study their teachings and the resulting cultural transformations. Their philosophies are different yet complementary. We will examine how these ideas continue on in relevance in the modern world.



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Writing creative non-fiction can be challenging. The word creative suggests a stretching of the truth or making an event even truer than originally thought or expressed.



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This course will consist of four sessions that will cover brain plasticity,or study of a physical process resulting in changes in our abilities; Glial Cells and Neurons, including the purposes they serve; Cognitive Changes in Aging, including normal and abnormal; and the importance of keeping your brain functioning at its highest level.



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Do you know when you're down South? What makes the South a distinct cultural region within the USA? Is southern food part of the answer? How is "being southern" similar for such diverse groups as African Americans and Jewish Americans? How has southern culture shaped the region's political history? Has southern distinctiveness almost faded away today? Are southerners the only group to whom "politically-correct" limitations on humor do not apply?



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We need more fresh produce in our diets to maximize our health. However, fresh produce is linked to any food borne illness outbreaks. In Fresh Produce 101, we'll explore the food safety risks around fresh produce an how to handle produce for the best results.



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This brief discussion will focus on the importance of hair in humans, including hair physiology and what roles hair plays.



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Fort Macon, nearly surrounded by water on the tip of Bogue Banks, was constructed after shore erosion overcame Fort Hampton in 1826. This five sided brick and stone fort has served as protection for both union and confederate troops, a coaling station for navy ships, and a federal prison.



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This demonstration style cooking class offers techniques on how to prepare quick, easy, inexpensive and healthy meals using Spice Bouquet rubs and seasonings. After the cooking demonstration, participants will enjoy a delicious meal.


Friday, March 1, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Want to know what the future, near and far, have in store for human development? Can we live forever? Will we travel to distant plants and solar systems?

Registration fee covers parking for the semester.



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If you want to write your memoirs and don't know where to start, this class is a good place to begin. We will provide ideas and tips to get you started writing stories.


February 7, 2019 to May 16, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church, Parlor Room
This class will be an introduction to Belly Dance (Middle Eastern Folk Dance) and will include a brief history. Belly dancing is an activity and an exercise class; muscle tone and flexibility will be improved.


January 23, 2019 to March 27, 2019, Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Aerobics Room
At Greenville's only Synagogue, Congregation Bayt Shalom, with Greenville's only Rabbi, Harley Karz-Wagman, explore Jewish customs and traditions.



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Vermiculture or worm farming has many benefits. It is very inexpensive, uses recycled ingredients and helps you grow healthy plants and vegetables. Worm castings or waste is a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer and soil conditioner. Worms can eat and break down many times their weight in organic materials like apple and banana peels, kitchen waste, and egg shells. Worm bins take up little space and can be kept in or outdoors year round. When properly maintained, they do not smell. In this course, you will learn how to create your own worm farm.


Friday, April 12, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
In 2018, the NC Durable Power of Attorney statute was significantly modified and updated. The course will detail why a Durable Power of Attorney is such an important legal document and discuss the 2018 changes to the law and how/whether they affect those with an existing Durable Power of Attorney. 



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This course will discuss investment strategies and current market commentary.



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Have you ever been curious about how to reduce the number of animal products you're consuming, but not quite sure how? Perhaps you grew up eating meat, dairy, and other animal products and haven't changed many of your recipes or eating habits because this is what you have always known and loved?



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Caring for a family member or close friend is one of the most important roles you'll play. It may be as simple as driving your loved one to doctors' appointments or to get groceries, leading to more complex tasks, such as preparing meals or handling finances.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
In this workshop we will explore how to use up the scraps left over from other sewing jobs. Bring your sewing machine, iron, scissors, rotary cutter, mat, and of course, your scraps.


April 24, 2019 to May 8, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Join Rudy, our seasoned traveler as he discusses different types of cameras and photography equipment, including proper use.



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This interest group is designated as one of our members only groups. If you are interested in joining this group, please be sure to add a Lifelong Learning Membership to your cart.

Put your stories into words and share your life experiences with other class members. What you remember will no doubt trigger memories in others. Write a different story for each session and read it to the class for their feedback.


February 4, 2019 to May 13, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church, Parlor Room
Of necessity, early settlers gardened. In addition to growing food, sources of drink, medicine, preservatives, dye sources, and fibers, colonials grew "for pretty".



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The Virtual Dementia Tour is a hands-on exercise that allows participants to experience what it would be like to live with dementia.


Friday, May 10, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This course will review the legislative process at the grassroots level. You vote and have the right to educate your elected officials on the issues important to you and the community. We will review the preparation of your advocacy plan, the research needed, the communication process, meeting with your representatives, the importance of personal contact, preparing correspondence, and coordination of advocacy activities with other groups. A very important part of advocacy is educating your representative regarding the goals of your issues. Big Political Action Committee (PAC) money can influence the legislation, but local grassroots advocacy can also impact your local representative. Your vote does count, and through a coordinated advocacy plan, you can influence legislation.



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Modern Board Gaming has come a long way since the days of Monopoly, Life, and Candy Land. There are multitudes of different board games and game types available for all kinds of people. In this class, we will explore the different types of Modern Board games, where to find them locally and on-line, and how to play.



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Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, was founded in India 2,500 years ago. As Buddhism has spread and developed, it has taken on a different form influenced by diverse cultures but remains fundamentally the same. Dr. Robert Bunger will discuss the Buddhist personal spiritual path, saints and male and female Buddhas as inspirations.



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"In this Century the world seems to be very small and people can reach each other in a matter of minutes but at the same time culturally they are very far away. In order to live in harmony and peace with each other, we should know each other's culture and their way of life. We should know about our differences, and similarities, our life values, family life and whatever is important and significant to each culture. For this purpose, we chose representatives of eight cultures (Afghanistan, Bosnia, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, India, Pakistan and Sudan) to come and talk about their cultures and the participants will ask questions. "



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Lifelong Learning is partnering with Ronald McDonald House of Eastern NC to bring service opportunities to Lifelong Learning Members, that can be completed with peers.

Examples of volunteer tasks might be arts and crafts with family members staying at the Ronald McDonald House, Preparing a meal for a night or desserts for a week, or around the facility beautification. Please contact our office for additional information on upcoming service opportunities.



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Join Tamyra Jovel, the Family Caregiver Resource Specialist at Mid East Commission Area Agency on Aging as you view an eye opening film on Alzheimer's disease. An hour long film will be followed by discussion and conversation with those in attendance.



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There are no costumes, makeup, special lighting, or movement. For the audience it is like listening to a story on the radio. Like radio drama, much is left to the listener's imagination.


Thursday, April 11, 2019, College of Nursing, Health Science Building Room 1150
This course is a brief overview of the evolutionary history of the universe. It is meant to introduce participants to information available today that was not readily available to our generation during our school-age years. It is information our grandchildren are learning in their biology, geology, astronomy, and anthropology classes.



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The name Cajun is a corruption of the word Acadian. Cajuns are the descendants of French-speaking Acadians. Several thousand French-speaking refugees from the region of Acadie (now Nova Scotia, Canada) made their way to Louisiana after being expelled in 1755 by the newly ascendant British, and sent penniless from their home territory. 


Thursday, April 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Do you have an interest in learning to cook recipes from other cultures? In this course, we will make both an Afghan and Bosnian dish.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019, St. James United Methodist Church, Kitchen
Do you often see or hear a bird and wish you knew what it is or could identify it by name? This course will help you learn more about our feathered friends.


Monday, February 25, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
In Fall 2017, EbzB Productions is bringing Ian Finley's two-man play called Native to ECU and the Greenville/Eastern North Carolina community. Finley's play dramatizes the collaboration between North Carolina playwright Paul Green (author of The Lost Colony) and African American novelist Richard Wright to adapt Wright's novel Native Son for Broadway.



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Many people have seen a Mountain Dulcimer during a vacation to the Appalachian Mountains, they may even have one displayed on the wall or discretely stored under a bed, but many are unaware of the ancestry of this uniquely American folk instrument. In addition to exploring the dulcimer's history and how it moved from being a regional to a national instrument, the course will discuss the people involved in its development and demonstrate the music traditionally played on the Mountain Dulcimer.


Friday, February 22, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
The heart and circulatory system both have complex functions. This course will start with the basic; the parts of the heart and how they work including structure and function; and the circulatory system. Once we better understand the heart, we will discuss the importance of heart health, unique features of the heart, and heart diseases and their effects.


May 7-28, 2019, ECU Heart Institute
Holistic, Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Health: The What and Why. Perhaps you've heard of some of these practices or know someone who has experienced them and have questions but didn't know who to ask.


Monday, March 4, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Normal aging or dementia? In this course we will explore the natural brain changes that occur in older adults and compare them for changes that occur with types of dementia.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
According to Mehmet Oz, M.D., "Energy Medicine is the next big frontier of Medicine."
So join us if you'd like to learn proven ways to increase vitality, enhance health, boost joy and send healing to areas of your body using easy practices everyone can do in a few minutes a day. It's fun, it's easy, and there's nothing to buy.


April 4-18, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Decorating for the holidays can be fun and exciting, and having handmade decorations adds to the enjoyment. This course will help you make no-sew bunnies for Easter; no-sew spiders, and ghost and pumpkin garland for Halloween, felt Christmas trees for Christmas. These projects also make great gifts.


Saturday, March 23, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This four-session course will be a mini course in cultural anthropology.


April 5, 2019 to May 3, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Intermediate Origami (the art of Japanese paper folding) is ideal for students that have taken a beginning origami course, or have some experience with paper folding. The first class will briefly review folding techniques and reading diagrams and starting the first project.


February 19, 2019 to March 5, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This is a short course for those who want a quick, easy and fun introduction to the Italian language and culture. If you are traveling to Italy soon or just want to find out if Italian is for you, then this is the course.


February 14, 2019 to March 28, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
For over 3,000 years, since Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Jews have often called themselves
the "ever dying people." Philosopher Simon Rawidowicz wrote, just after the Holocaust,
that an "ever-dying people" means an "ever resilient people."


February 13-27, 2019, Congregation Bayt Shalom
Everyone wants a healthy brain! Cognitive decline is one of the most feared consequences of aging, but it is not necessarily inevitable.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Lake Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most beautiful resources in North Carolina. The lake is located near the center of Hyde County, just west of the Outer Banks.


Friday, May 17, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Conversations about personal values and goals of care are the best way to ensure that your family and loved ones know what's most important to you should they ever have to represent your preferences for you. These conversations can be challenging to start. Now there's a tool that helps makes this more comfortable and can even be fun, a game called "Hello."*


April 16-23, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Take control of your medication, starting with this class. As we continue to increase the number of prescription medications on the market and the number we consume, there can be increases in medication errors, and side effects can potentially be life-threatening.



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The QAR Conservation Lab in Greenville, N.C. has opened its doors for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the exciting work being done at our facility! We conserve, document, and investigate the artifacts recovered from the shipwreck identified as the pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019, Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab
Join us for a private wine tasting where we will learn proper tasting techniques as well as what makes a great wine.


Friday, March 22, 2019, Firefly Wine Shop
The Lifelong Learning Program and SpringShire Retirement Community are excited to offer a trip to the 2018 North Carolina State Fair. Transportation via motor coach and admission to the fair are included in your registration price. Attendees are responsible for ride tickets and/or concessions. The motorcoach will depart Greenville at 8:00am and will return at approximately 4:00pm.



Join Dr. Margaret D. Bauer, ECU Professor and Rives Chair of Southern Literature and recipient of the 2017 North Carolina Award for Literature, as she discusses Elaine Neil Orr's Swimming Between Worlds.


Thursday, March 14, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Technology companies have finally discovered that senior citizens are an under served market. Too many seniors are hesitant to try technology assisting devices; fearful they will not understand how the device functions and what it does.


Wednesday, March 6, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Well, they're not really lost. Dr. Mercer has many of them on his bookshelf. They are,
however, not very well known.


Thursday, March 28, 2019, Cypress Glen Retirement Community, Auditorium
Through commissioned portraits, famous works of art, political cartoons, and feature-length films, learn how Marie Antoinette is a very misunderstood historical figure. This
presentation will discuss how these misconceptions have come to be ingrained in the
public's perception of her.


Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
The "divided" years after the German invasion of France in 1940 will be explored with
excerpts from the documentary La France Divise.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
Is this one of the most turbulent and divisive periods in American history? The media and social scientists are inclined to say "yes". However, the intellectually keen observer of American politics Jon Meacham has offered a more cautionary view.


March 20-27, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
With over 16 acres of gardens, the Tryon Palace gardens are some of most known gardens in state of North Carolina. Designed by Morley Williams, who assisted with restorations of gardens at both Mount Vernon and Stratford Hall, the gardens are designed in the Colonial Revival style that was widely popular in the mid-20th century. Stroll through the gardens at your own pace and admire the spring blooms.


Tuesday, April 30, 2019, Immanuel Baptist Church - TRIP DEPARTURE
Upcycling, or the method of recycling something into an object of higher value, is becoming quite the trend. The website Pinterest is a great resource for such projects.


Saturday, February 23, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
French poet, novelist, and dramatist Victor Hugo's life story, with spectacular shifts in status and fortune, is in some ways not so different from that of his Les Misrables hero, Jean Valjean.


Thursday, April 25, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H
This interactive presentation will include information about the latest in dementia care, types and progression of dementia, and answer your question, "What is Alzheimer's and what is dementia?" Attend to become a more empowered caregiver to help both the person with dementia and yourself.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019, ECU Heart Institute
Have you and your family talked about the transfer of your non-titled property after you die? Estate planning discussions often focus on land, houses, cars and money. Too often, non-titled property, such as family heirlooms and keepsakes, don't get discussed. For many people, these items have more meaning and are more important than titled property.


Tuesday, March 5, 2019, Pitt County Agriculture Center
The twentieth century American philosopher Alfred North Whitehead described all philosophy as footnotes to Plato. Why was Plato so important, even now?


Monday, April 29, 2019, Self Help Center, 100H