Electives, Lifestyles


This free, hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of shaping your idea into a class suitable for any adult audience. Focus will be on course development, preparation and delivery. Understand how adults learn and what OLLI-USF resources are available to you. Learn how to prepare presentations, manage groups and get your ideas across in an entertaining yet effective manner. Practice and feedback sessions will help you gain confidence and improve your course. Bring ideas for what you might teach.

Deepen your knowledge of these topics: the origination of stock options and how institutional investors fit them into their portfolios, technical and fundamental analysis, and how economists use economic models to try to project market movements. This course is a sequel to Economics of Modern Investing, but that is not a prerequisite. No specific financial products are discussed or sold.
Balance, connect and harmonize the hemispheres of the brain with this gentle technique that uses different hand positions and that can improve memory. It's a proven way to increase brain capacity, focus, and concentration. You will be able to feel relaxed, yet alert. Please bring a mat to lie on, as we will be outside.
In this chair-assisted yoga class, learn to align gentle movements with your breath, aiding flexibility, balance, stress relief and relaxation. Participants will become familiar with poses and simple stretches that can be incorporated into daily life. The course includes breathing and meditation techniques that support all areas of the body and contribute to a better night's sleep. All yoga equipment will be provided.
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.
Your only limitations on discovering Tampa Bay are the amount of time you have and the money you want to spend. This course will cover museums, attractions, restaurants, theaters, parks, and yearly events, including the large nearby attractions such as Busch Gardens. We will tour a local attraction.
Learn how to play the exciting game of Mah Jongg, a game of Chinese origin with American National Mah Jongg League Inc. rules. Learn how the game is played and achieve proficiency in the basics. Four players play at each game. Two additional players rotate between playing in turn and observing. Mah Jongg is a game which teaches players how to overcome rigid thinking by changing the goal in the midst of play. We'll provide you a 2017 National Mah Jongg League card in large print.
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.

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Make writer's block a thing of the past and activate the creative side of your brain in this workshop that combines Laughter Yoga and writing. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced writer, experience the benefits Laughter Yoga brings to your writing?.and your health! Each class will start with a short session of Laughter Yoga followed by free writing based on prompts. You will have the opportunity to share your writing (not required). Let your creativity flow!

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The uncertain economy makes it challenging for the retired investor to generate needed income. Today's markets present challenges--interest rate and credit risks in particular--that should be considered when evaluating investments. We will discuss the realities of investing for retirement income in a low interest rate world and how the current economic environment can affect investments. This workshop will educate investors, not sell investment products.
Move beyond the skills you developed in the OLLI beginning mountain dulcimer course. Explore several pieces of music in depth, master new songs and learn new techniques in a fun, relaxed environment. Once registered, you will receive information on purchasing music for the course (approximately $10-15). Prerequisite: Completion of beginning OLLI course or experience playing the mountain dulcimer.
Resiliency, also known as adaptive coping, is a skill associated with higher quality of life and longevity in seniors. Because it is a skill and not a static personality trait, it can be strengthened like a muscle. And like the muscles that help reach physical goals, resilience can help you achieve your goals for well-being. Discuss the research on resilience and discover another key to satisfaction in those "golden years."
We continue our journey into the light of consciousness as we explore deeper states of mind, concentrating on unraveling and letting go of pre-programmed patterns and behaviors on the pathway to uncovering peace of mind. Self-Hypnosis techniques will be utilized to enhance meditation and healing. Sharon Stoll, Certified Harp Practitioner, will play and share insights on therapeutic music and meditation.

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Explore past conditioning and the unconscious barriers that limit us from being fully present and at peace in this advanced course. We will bring awareness to ego attachment, which can be the cause of unnecessary suffering, anger, sadness and fear. Ongoing students can develop their own style of self-hypnotherapy and mindfulness. Sharon Stoll, Certified Harp Practitioner will play at each class meeting and share insights on therapeutic music and meditation.
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.
Combine the advantages of physical and mental fitness exercises to produce exceptional fun and enhanced health. Both instructors have worked with older adults for many years. They are experts on how to age successfully. They will demonstrate the exercises and you will enjoy practicing them!
FDR signed the Social Security Act in 1935. LBJ's Great Society created Medicare and Medicaid. Follow the history of these now-complicated laws and regulations. See how they are administered. Examine eligibility requirements for Supplemental Security Income and review retirement, disability and widows' benefits. Hear the latest information on Medicare, the various Medicare programs, and proposals relative to their expansion.
Want to play a greater role in your own healthcare? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations for and against a number of routine testing procedures including the controversial use of PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) to screen for prostate cancer. Discover the process which is followed in developing evidence-based recommendations for various cancers and major chronic diseases, and make up your own mind!
Stop and smell the grapes! Enhance your wine-tasting experience, revive the classic tradition of toasting and gain tips for organizing parties. Priscilla's "the right way to easy wine enjoyment" concept combines etiquette with wine basics. Join us for an interactive, practical and fun wine experience, including an insider wine purchasing tip to save you money. Then practice what you've learned as we finish with a single bottle wine tasting and light hors d'oeuvres.
Come to a peaceful, comfortable studio where you will learn to integrate yoga into your wellness routine. We will build on your past yoga experience by addressing your individual questions and incorporating your goals into the overall program. Our focus will be on standing posture and moving from one posture to another. Stretch, breathe and meditate your way to increased health!