Electives, Lifestyles


Are you ready for the new hurricane season? Yes, you've seen the list of supplies you need to have on hand. But what about possible evacuation if necessary? Where to go? How far? Whom to stay with? Hear speakers from the Emergency Management departments of Tampa and Hillsborough County. Feel at ease knowing you have all the information needed to prepare your individual plan and figure the best options for you.
OLLI members bring experience, wisdom and humor to the aging process. And there is no better place to discuss the choices seniors face than in this course with fellow travelers. Explore the realms of family, finances, housing, health, marriage, cohabitation, intimacy, spirituality and more as you try to imagine a future which could be radically different from the present. Consider your future while sitting safely in the present along with thoughtful contemporaries.

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Anyone can learn the ins and outs of basket weaving and have fun doing it. Become familiar with these terms: twining, three-rod-wale, spokes and weavers, reed gauge, locking coils, crimping and more. You will start weaving on an 11-spoke base that is already assembled to get familiar with handling reed. Then you can progress to a 12-spoke creation. You will start and finish at least one basket. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting wet, or a swimsuit if you want to weave in the pool.
If you've always wanted to be the perfect host or hostess for a party in your home or your favorite restaurant, look no more. This course emphasizes practical arrangements and etiquette for parties you've always imagined: afternoon teas, wine tastings and more. Bring your own ideas and requests. You will be ready to present a short plan for your upcoming perfect party.
People often express the desire to have some control over the conditions of their end stage of life. But laws can make these decisions confusing and difficult. Learn about the pertinent Florida laws and to what degree they permit people to take control of their end of life experience. We will discuss current state of Florida forms, including advance directives, designation of a healthcare surrogate and living wills. There will be an opportunity to practice your important "Conversations" with your family and physicians.
Reboot your mental computer and restart refreshed and at peace in this one day, five-hour workshop. Through guided meditation and self-hypnosis exercises, learn simple techniques to quiet your mind, relax your body and eliminate stress. You will learn how to develop your own style of meditation to apply mindfulness in your everyday activities. Practice mindful walking, mindful eating and mindful listening. Sharon Stoll's harp music will accompany our mindful journey. Bring your own lunch.
This course presents a fun, concise overview of the financial markets. We will discuss the history and basics of investing, tax and estate planning and the fundamentals of managing your own investment portfolio. Learn about the forces that influence market direction while challenging conventional Wall Street wisdom. Update your understanding of tax and estate laws in order to help you prepare for April 15th. Learn ways to protect and preserve your wealth for you and your beneficiaries. No specific financial products are discussed or sold.
You've heard about the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and meditation -- now it's time to do it! The gentle poses you will practice are specifically designed to stretch muscles, strengthen bones and bring flexibility to the joints. Yoga helps improve body posture, ease of movement and balance. Mindfulness and meditation help relieve stress, relax the body and quiet the mind. Get ready to improve your health while also having fun.
No dieting, minimal exercise. Too good to be true? No! Learn how to be even healthier than you were in your 30s and 40s. Discover which diets can adversely affect your health. Hear which herbs, spices and foods can help battle inflammation and deal with blood pressure and hormonal issues. Understand how to incorporate a minimal amount of exercise into your lifestyle. You will be able to invent a healthy eating plan for yourself even if you lead a busy life, thus looking and feeling better than ever.
Practice makes perfect! Or at least, better. With some lecture and sample hands, keep playing the style of bridge that you may have learned in the beginning OLLI class or elsewhere. Study more principles of this popular game. Master conventions such as Stayman, Blackwood, negative doubles and transfers. There's plenty of time for questions--and plenty of answers will be forthcoming.
Is poker gambling? Does it keep your brain agile? Can you really make money playing a game like Texas Hold'em? Learn how to read other players and tell when someone is lying -- and not just at the poker table. Practice basic skills and the psychology of the game. Discover how to apply the principles of poker to negotiations and decision-making in "real life." Poker is not all about luck!

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Are you reluctant or even afraid to stand up and speak in front of a group? Learn to speak like a pro using mind mapping technology and storytelling. You may not even need your notes. Practice crafting your speech with stories and then deliver it informally to a group that you can be sure will be on your side.
Explore and discuss the paranormal while keeping at least one foot firmly planted on the ground. Participate in exercises in numerology, past life regression, psychometry and remote viewing. Realize your natural abilities in these areas and apply them to your everyday life. Learn to trust and use these abilities, taking the myths and mystery out of the paranormal.
This beginner to intermediate course offers a set of 17 gentle movements that exercise the whole physiology including the tendons, joints, connective tissue and internal organs. These movements help the mind return to stillness, clarity and wisdom and the body to become balanced, relaxed and healthy. Tai Chi is suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Participants should wear sneakers or athletic shoes and comfortable clothing that permits movement.
Not a day goes by when we don't hear or read about a new way to maintain our health or a promising trial of new drugs or familiar vitamins. It's time to review the latest research about how to stay healthy as we age. Put your focus on physical and cognitive health, the benefits of staying active, and the role of strong relationships. Highlight the impact of ageist stereotypes and the importance of tuning them out.