Glenmeadow is a source for education

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Note: Glenmeadow is a retirement community—or life plan community—in Longmeadow. I partner with the marketing team to plan and promote educational events for older adults in the region, and I also write blogs for Glenmeadow about programs and services, staff, and residents. The below is a blog, which also lives on the Glenmeadow website, that offers an overview of the fall slate of Glenmeadow Learning programs. Take a look as there might be one you’d like to attend!

We suspect you have been keeping yourself busy in these past few months. At the same time, we hope you will be pleased to learn that we have a full slate of educational and travel programs ready to unveil for the fall, winter, and spring!

Through our education program, Glenmeadow Learning, we will offer three programs beginning on September 4 at venues in Greater Springfield. Our three topics are politics, technology, and the environment. Through our travel program, Glenmeadow Getaways, we’ll have over a dozen options to take in the theater along with a trip to Egypt in July 2020.

Please read all about it, in this blog and a blog we will post tomorrow, and when you see what you like, be sure to register as our programs are first-come, first-served, and they are popular and do fill up!

Glenmeadow Learning

Our Glenmeadow Learning classes are offered free throughout the region and cover a variety of topics that are sure to expand your horizons. Our Learning program is one way in which we fulfill our mission to serve older adults in Greater Springfield by enhancing their knowledge.

The following are our three fall programs:

Both Sides of the Aisle:
A Conversation about America’s Two-Party System

Storrowton Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield

The American political system has always been dominated by two parties, but rarely have our politics felt so contentious. Americans are increasingly divided by their loyalties, and a growing number seem to identify as neither Democrats nor Republicans. In the face of daily scandals and policy gridlock in Washington, what does the future hold? Our experts discuss the dynamics of our political system and the path forward.

Moderator: Rob Genest, op-ed editor, the Springfield Republican. Panelists: Donald
Robinson, Professor Emeritus of Government, Smith College; Samuel VanSant Stoddard,
Assistant Professor of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross; Ron Chimelis, op-ed writer, the Republican; and Matt Szafranski, editor/founder, Western Mass Politics & Insight.

Get Tech-Savvy:
An IT Primer for Older Adults

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 10 a.m.–noon
West Springfield Public Library, 200 Park Street, West Springfield

Today’s technology makes it possible for us to connect with friends and loved ones who are far away through apps on our computers, tablets, and even our telephones. Several Western Mass IT professionals will offer an overview of how these tools work. Participants will then break into groups for a demonstration of programs that can find you a ride, allow you to video chat with family, or play games. Please bring a smart phone, laptop, or tablet.

Our leaders will include: Derek Allard, owner of Tunnel 7, which offers digital design and marketing services; and Patrick Lostaglia, Glenmeadow’s network administrator.

Environmental Responsibility:
Taking Steps to Protect Our Planet

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19 10 a.m. –noon
Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam

Tornadoes, fires, hurricanes, floods— all signs that our planet is in revolt. Environmentalist Terra Missildine will speak about how her mission to protect the Earth began and why it’s important for everyone to commit to doing so. She will also outline what individuals, organizations, and legislators can do to begin to bring about positive change and environmental healing. Terra will offer samples of earth-friendly products.

While in an early iteration of a sustainable living program at UMass Amherst, Terra Missildine founded the first eco-friendly cleaning company in Western Mass. She also supports sustainability by growing organic food to feed her family of three.

Glenmeadow Learning programs are free and open to the public, but space is limited, and reservations are required. For more information or to enroll, contact us at 413-567-7800 or Or visit our Events page.


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