Senior Moment – January 2009

Jacque Shideler talks about physical activity and her “Walk Everyday Live Longer” (WELL) program.

Senior Moment is a monthly television program that discusses current issues related to the retirement-aged population in Yavapai County, and it is sponsored by the Division of Lifelong Learning at Yavapai College.


Introductory Video from University of Arkansas OLLI

Here’s an introductory video from the OLLI at UofA that is very well put together. It might make sense for us to put together a similar video. What do you think?

“The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, OLLI, at the University of Arkansas is a program designed to provide educational programs to people 50 and over just for the joy of learning. The program was established in 2007 and made possible by a grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The primary purpose is to provide educational experiences, peer led learning environments, and a social network to people 50 and over. Visit for more information. ”

Americorps Vista Technology Update

VISTA Technology Update

Alex Finnarn, VISTA member

Hello! You may know me from the last newsletter as the “handsome” new VISTA volunteer working jointly for OLLI and SCORE. In addition to being handsome, I was brought in to help make your classes more effective through the use of various technologies. I know that some of you may not have a positive view towards computers and using the internet and that they have no place in OLLI. I think that technology can greatly enhance your classes. For example, wouldn’t it be nice if you could review a PowerPoint presentation or map your facilitator showed in class anytime you wanted? Or have your facilitator put an article online for you to read at your leisure and discuss during the next class? Or what if someone with limited mobility could remotely interact with a class through a web camera and a speakerphone?

All of these possibilities can be accomplished now with current technologies. However, the first step to achieving any of these goals is to ask OLLI members what they want from technology by surveying them. So, don’t be surprised if you see me in your class during the early weeks of the upcoming session. I’ll be there to simply get your ideas and suggestions about how you are currently using technology and what you’d like to see used in the future. I’m here to help OLLI find the best technologies available for them to use. More importantly, I’m here to serve you in implementing technologies that you are comfortable using.

I encourage you to send me your opinions about anything related to technology and OLLI, whether they are positive or negative viewpoints. My email address is, and I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Submitted by Alex Finnarn

Carmen Live at the Met

The Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House

Another great day at the opera! It started off with a group of OLLI members enjoying the trip to Phoenix. Before we knew it, we were at Arrowhead Center Mall and the theater. It was packed and most of us sat way up, but no matter where we sat our view was perfect.

Yannick Nezet-Seguin played Carmen and Roberto Alagna played Don Jose. Their chemistry, voices, acting, and Yannick’s dancing had everyone in the audience applauding along with the audience at the Met. Being a New Yorker, I have attended many operas at the Met. Yet, you can never see the facial expressions or the most intimate staging in person as well as you can on the screen.

Rene Fleming interviewed the performers as they left the stage, and we got a chance to see how the staging was broken down and reassembled. We also witnessed what only Hollywood could do: the understudy for Escamillo being called at 10AM to perform at 1PM as a replacement for Maurisz Kwiecien as the toreador, allowing him to make his Met début, but on short notice. He was wonderful!

After lunch at Miracle Mile Deli (Pastrami to die for – thanks Tricia) we headed home. What an exciting day for all of us!

Submitted by Louise Schloss

Ride-Share Program


Carpolling is Fun!

The Ride-Share Task Force has been formed and met recently to discuss responsibilities and next steps. It was decided to concentrate on three main areas: rides on a regular basis for individuals no longer able or who choose not to drive; carpool groups to address lack of available parking; emergency “need a ride” situation (car in shop, bad weather, etc.) The members are looking into resources available through other organizations and software that could support the matching process. The Task Force is also looking into insurance and liability questions, an issue several people commented on in the surveys that were handed out in the OLLI classes during the last session. Also discussed were ways to identify those who need rides.

Watch for more information in upcoming OLLI newsletters. If you have ideas or information to share, please contact: Diane McIntyre at 443-8547,; or Sharon Walsh at 237-9354,

Submitted by Sharon Walsh and Diane McIntyre

Food, Frolic and Fun

Food, Frolic, and Fun

Marge and Murray Rubin having a blast

Perhaps it’s all those additional years (some more than others) of experience, but when it comes to enjoying ourselves, we OLLIites know how it’s done.

To avoid the holiday rush, our end-of-the-year festivities were held on the first day of December. The venue – the Cottonwood/Clarkdale room at the Prescott Resort – suited perfectly. Parking spaces were plentiful and mostly close to the entrance, and the room allowed us to be near enough to each other for lots of socialization without banging elbows with those at the next table.

Our evening began with a no-host bar and plenty of mingling in addition to hors-d’oeuvres. Nice to have the opportunity to meet some with whom we have not yet shared classes, but also to relax and delve a bit deeper with some we’ve known for a while. There was lots of bantering and laughter, just a general festive prequel to December’s activities.The party atmosphere was encouraged by unique and lovely decorations throughout the room which we all admired while peering hopefully at the gift table, laden with gaily wrapped door prize surprises.

But first and foremost was the promised dinner. The Resort staff was on hand to serve us as we moved through the buffet line, attempting to choose from among the variety of selections. My theory is that all those decisions overtax the mental abilities, so it’s best to have some of each.The serving went quickly and efficiently and the food was beyond plentiful: mountains (well, small hills anyway) of the stuff: varied and delicious, to boot.

Fully sated after the final touch of dessert (more choices), we thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment. As we sat back with a collective sigh, in came a troupe of ladies numbering about 20: the Song of the Pines contingent of the Sweet Adelines. Holiday attired to a fare-thee-well, the singers wowed us with their impressive barbershop harmonies as they sang their way through old favorites and interesting not-so-well-known tunes. Our enjoyment of the performance was enhanced by cute quips and stories delivered by the 90-something member of the group as a preface to some of the numbers. The group’s professionalism was matched by their enthusiasm. Our bunch responded in kind as smiles of pleasure were sported all around.

To top off the evening, Marge and her elves (otherwise known as Marge Rubin, Phyllis Rogers and other recruited social committee members and assistants) sprang into action to deliver door prizes. The springing was occasionally beyond what might be expected of usually more circumspect folks, adding even more to the hilarity of Marge’s comments about the gifts and the gifted (or is it the giftees?). We heard lots of oohs and ahs when the nicest prizes were announced, followed of course by yelps of delight from the winners and groans of disappointment from those whose numbers didn’t come up. I believe there was even a shouted offer to share the weekend stay for two at The Resort. Discretion does not allow us to reveal if the offer was accepted, nor who were the principals in the interchange.

All good things must come to an end; in this case, we were astounded and pleased when the evening culminated in the softest, loveliest, most perfect snowfall ever as we were departing. How in the world did the social committee pull that off?

Submitted by Rita Wuehrmann

Editorial Comment: many members have raved over December’s holiday party. If you missed it, we hope you will put it in your calendar for this December!