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Senior Association - Brain Improvement Classes

Brain Improvement Classes

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Italian Conversation
Vieni a parlare in Italiano!
Meet for coffee and practice Italian conversation. Facilitated by Anna Nicolosi, a native Italian speaker. This is a continuation of a previous group and happily accepts new members!
Ongoing, Mondays, 11 a.m. – Noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd, NW.  
Cost: Free.  
 
French
Intermediate French
Colette Drake, a native French speaker educated at the Sorbonne, will teach an intermediate course in French language. Ms. Drake has been a teacher in the United States in both Latin and French at the Washington International School, the Foreign Service Institute and the World Bank. Information regarding the textbook will be provided at the first class. 
Eight Weeks, Mondays, January 13 – March 3, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd, NW.
Cost: $25. 
 
Intermediate Advanced French
Meet for French conversation, grammar and literature to maintain your French speaking skills and enjoy culture together. Colette Drake, a native French speaker, is the facilitator.
Eight Weeks, Mondays, January 13 – March 3, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd, NW.
Cost: $25. 

 
Understanding Computers: A four-week lecture series
Session One: The Internet and Your Computer–How do they work?
Session Two: Email, Browsing and Searching
Session Three: Security–Protecting Your Information
Session Four: Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Go to all of them or just a few. Price is $10 per session or $30 for the series for SSA members/$15 or $45 for non-members.
Amy Rothberg holds a B.A. in computer science from Queens College of CUNY and an M.S. in technology management from American University.
Meets Mondays starting February 3 –February 24, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd, NW.  
 
 
Advanced Classic Literature
This classic literature class will start with a classic, Shakespeare’s King Lear, and then class members will design a reading schedule that best fits the group. Instructor Laura Salatto, M.A., will offer many suggestions at the first class and she looks forward to sharing her love and passion of literature with you!  Laura Salatto recently retired after teaching high school Advanced Placement (AP) English for 32 years in the Montgomery County Public School system. She earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Maryland. She currently teaches American Literature and AP Language and Composition in a local home-school network. She also volunteers to drive a Meals-on-Wheels route.
The class will be held on Wednesdays, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., February 5 – March 26, Sibley Main Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.
Cost: $25 for 8-week session. 

 
Move, Learn, Create: A Dance Class
The class will include ballet and modern dance movements, and may also include Broadway jazz and social dances such as the waltz and tango.  The class is designed to meet the needs of people  with a wide range of physical abilities, including those who use walkers and wheelchairs.  No dance experience is required, and family, friends and caregivers are also welcome.  Meets Wednesdays, January 15—March 19, 11 a.m.—noon, Silbey Renaissance Building, Conference Room 1, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW.  
Cost:  $120.  

 
Managing Stress
Improve your health, happiness and quality of life by learning various stress management techniques, such as mindfulness meditation and breathing, body scan, walking meditation and gentle stretching. Understand the wide variety of causes and effects of stress. Learn a variety of techniques and what works best for you. Also, learn how to tap into your inner strength to become more mindful and oriented in the present in different aspects of your life. To experience the benefits of the class, participants are encouraged to make a personal commitment to practicing the techniques at home. This commitment can be a challenging one and may encourage a lifestyle change.
Albert Zara is a former medical/mechanical engineer with an intense avocation for teaching/facilitating Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas for 15 years. After overcoming his personal anxiety issues, Al embarked along a path of attending MBSR-teaching classes at the Omega Institute in NY, taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D.,from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Al increased his expertise in MBSR by attending advanced training at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
Two 6-week sessions are offered. Choose which dates are best for you.
Thursdays, January 16 – February 20, Noon – 1 p.m.
Second 6-week session will begin Thursday, February 27 – April 3, also Noon – 1 p.m. Location: Medical Building, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 4.
No cost. Suggested donation: $55. 
 
 

Meditation & Mindfulness
The Mindful Living Club at Sibley offers four opportunities for Senior Association members, hospital staff, patients and visitors, to learn and practice mindfulness-based stress-reduction techniques in a group setting. Drop-ins and all levels, including beginners, are welcome. No cost. Suggested donation: $50-$75 for 8 weeks.

All donations may be made payable to the Sibley Foundation. Please earmark your donation by noting the word "Mindfulness" on your check or on the envelope with your donation inside. Registration is required.

The opportunities are as follows:

Meditation and Mindfulness – Ongoing Community Sites
Facilitated by Ashley Nunn
  • Tuesdays, Ongoing, 11 a.m. – Noon. Location: Sibley Medical Building, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 4, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW.
  • Wednesdays, Ongoing, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Location: Sibley Medical Building, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 5, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW.
Attendees will practice together for 20-30 minutes and will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share
their experiences with other attendees.
 
Facilitated by Al Zara
  • Thursdays, two 6-week sessions offered. January 16 – February 20, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Second 6-week session will begin Thursday, February 27 – April 3, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Location: Sibley Medical Building, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 4, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW.
Attendees will practice sitting techniques and learn how to bring mindfulness more fully into their lives. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences with other attendees. Drop-ins and all levels, including beginners, are welcome. No cost. Suggested donation: $50-$75 for 6 weeks. All donations should be made payable to the Sibley Foundation. Please earmark your donation by noting the word "Mindfulness" on your check or on the envelope with your donation inside. Registration is required. 
 
About Meditation and Mindfulness: The clinical effects of meditation and mindfulness practices are well documented. Mounting research shows that numerous and almost immediate benefits to one’s physical and emotional state occur from just practicing simple meditation techniques on a regular basis. 
Meditation and Mindfulness practices have been linked to the following results, from as few as four days of daily
practice:
Increased alertness
Boost to the immune system
Improved quality of sleep
Decrease in emotional reactivity
Decrease in stressful thoughts
Relaxation of the mind and body
Increased awareness of surroundings
Increased sense of well-being
Decreased feelings of loneliness
Support for the grieving process


Bookmarks
Love to read? Come join our lively discussion of everything from novels to biographies to memoirs. Book Marks meets on the second Tuesday of each month, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medical Building, 2nd floor, Conference Room 4. Please note: In March, Bookmarks will be held in Main Hospital, Private Dining Room 3. All are welcome. Bring your ideas for titles you’re eager to read. Coffee and cookies served.
 
  • January 14: Sweet Tooth: A Novel by Ian McEwan The year is 1972, and the Cold War is still going strong. Serena, a Cambridge graduate and lover of novels, is recruited by MI5, England’s legendary intelligence agency, to infiltrate the literary circle
of a young writer whose politics may not align with those of the government. As Serena begins to fall in love with the writer, the question is, how long can she stay undercover? A New York Times Notable Book.
 
  • February 11: Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 by Lynne Olson
The debate over American intervention in World War II was a bitter clash of larger-than-life personalities that divided the nation. At the center: President Roosevelt, who championed the interventionist cause, and aviator Charles Lindbergh, spokesman for the country’s isolationists. As FDR struggled to gain public support for aid to England, Lindbergh saw his heroic image discredited and his marriage to Anne Morrow Lindbergh thrown into turmoil. The conflict, FDR noted, was "a dirty fight," rife with intrigue and chicanery.
 
  • March 11: A Woman’s Civil War: A Diary With Reminiscences of the War by Cornelia Peake McDonald 
The fascinating real-life diary ofevents in Civil War-torn Winchester, Virginia. The entries reveal a woman’s lonely struggle in the midst of chaos to provide safety and shelter for herself and her children. Whether she is describing a Union soldier’s theft of her Christmas cakes, the discovery of a human foot in her garden, or the death of her infant daughter, McDonald’s story is human and compelling.

 
Knitwits
Join fellow knitting-lovers the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month, 1 p.m.—4 p.m. in Sibley Main Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd, NW. Facilitated by Mimi Mihalchik.
Cost: Free. 

 
Feldenkrias: Mind – Body Connection
Teacher Peggi Honig aims to help reduce pain or limitations in movement, to improve physical function and to promote general well-being by increasing students’ awareness of themselves and by expanding students’ movement repertoire (R. Strauch) by using the Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement ® method. January 9 – March 20, 11 a.m. –Noon, Ballet Petite, 4701 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD.
Cost: $150. 

 
Tai Chi
The ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi uses gentle flowing movements to reduce the stress of a busy lifestyle and improve health.  Tai Chi is often described as "meditation in motion," because it promotes serenity through gentle movements, connecting the mind and body.  Research has shown that Tai Chi practice improves stress  management while increasing flexibility, strength, agility, and balance.  Practiced for millennia in the Far East, Tai Chi is now practiced widely in the West as well.
Wednesdays, January 29 through April 16, Noon – 1 p.m., Tai Chi veterans welcome to register late. Beginners would benefit from starting at the beginning of a class. Ballet Petite, 4701 Sangamore Rd, Bethesda, MD.
Cost: $125

 
Club Memory Presents Pictures in a Box: An Arts and Memory Project
When: Every first Friday of the month, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Medical Building, Conference Room 5
Why: To support people diagnosed with Alzheimers/Dementia and their care partners by creating memory cards.
What: In the 1.5 hour session, participants will use sensory memories to describe the feelings, who, what, where, when
and why of old photographs. There will be help to mount photos and create text.
Facilitated by Erin Brindle, ATR-BC, LPC, art therapist, involved in the Pictures in a Box project. She has worked at
Sibley Memorial Hospital for eight years leading art therapy and movement groups.
Cost: Free. 
 
 
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