NCLL OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday & Thursday 9am - 1pm
What is the NCLL?
The Northern Center for Lifelong Learning (NCLL) is an organization that plans and offers informal educational programs and activities to enrich the daily lives of its members and others through mini-courses, regular programs, outdoor activities and social events. Member directed, self-supporting and nonprofit, it is affiliated with Northern Michigan University and the Road Scholar Elderhostel Institute Network.
When and how often are programs offered? More than twenty new courses are offered each term - summer/fall, winter, and spring. Both daytime and evening programs are available. For more information, see the following: Winter 2015/2016 Book, Calendar, and Winter 2015/2016 Registration and Waiver.
Who is eligible to join or attend programs? Membership and programs are open to anyone interested in pursuing intellectual, recreational, and/or social activities. More information
What are NCLL interest groups?
NCLL Memberships Makes great Gifts!
For just $30 you can purchase a gift membership for friends and loved ones to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, holiday and any special occasion! Send check and recipient name and contact information to the NCLL Office and an email greeting and registration information. Hardcopies of the Program Booklet with the registration form and calendar are available upon request.
Give the gift of learning!
A MATTER OF BALANCE:
A sudden fall can change our lives in a second and while we don’t like to talk or think about it, being proactive is more useful than avoiding the topic. Once upon a time we were younger, more agile, bones were stronger, vision was more acute and our balance was better as well as our recuperative powers. As we age our vestibular system changes, our ankles and legs become weaker, our reflexes are slower and medications and medical conditions make us more vulnerable. All this sets us up for falls and broken bones such as hip fractures, loss of independence, depression and a less active lifestyle.
Recently NCLL teamed up with UPCAP and SAIL to offer “A MATTER OF BALANCE” class. The program is an award winning, evidence based program developed by Boston University and adapted for community based small groups.
This was a free, eight session course full of sharing fears, falls people had experienced, ideas, exercises, tips, professional presentations from physical therapists, and things that can be done to make participants more aware and to prevent falls. It included how to make changes to reduce risks, exercises to increase strength, balance and flexibility.
Some NCLL participants were very impressed by the class and had only good things to say about it in their evaluations. This would include Ginger the yellow lab (see photo) descending from royalty, who also seemed pleased with the opportunity to be supportive. While some people were skeptical going into it, they found the program went beyond their expectations for useful and practical information, meaningful interaction with others in the class, and praise for the instructional material and instructors. One person even said “it was the best class they had ever taken.” Quite a compliment and NCLL is so pleased to have facilitated the program. We send great big thanks to Julie and Jesse at SAIL and to UPCAP for making the program possible.
If you would like to get additional information about falls, causes and prevention you can easily google the subject and locate many sites. In the meantime here are a few to explore:
NCLL Visits Bonifas Art Center
NCLL members carpooled to Escanaba to visit the Bonifas Art Center. The weather was beautiful and it felt like a true field/road trip. Everyone was in high spirits and we had a wonderful day. The Bonifas arranged for a presentation by Sharon Johnson, a local water color artist, instructor and Bonifas member. She gave an interesting demo on mixed media using crayons and water colors.
We then had a tour of the Michigan juried watercolor traveling exhibit which was phenomenal. Abstracts, portraits, landscapes; all truly inspiring, beautiful and what an opportunity for us, as this was the only location in the Upper Peninsula with an exhibit this year.
We also learned some history regarding the Bonifas and its Romanesque structure of golden Kasota stone. We had a tour of the auditorium and learned about the theater productions and other events that take place there. The Bonifas not only offers workshops, programs, and a place for artists to display their work, but also programs for youth and adults on theater, art projects for the schools, and programs for community residents. A big thank you to Pasqua, Corrinne and Sharon for providing us with such a great experience.
By now we had worked up an appetite so we stopped by the Swedish Pantry for a lunch and a look at all it has to offer from the floor to the ceiling. It’s hard to keep the eye from wandering over the sights and sounds of the clocks, tea cups, salt and pepper shakers, lights, jewelry, clothing, baked goods, etc. We also had a guest with us from Atlanta who was “impressed” with the uniqueness of the Pantry.
Some then went on to shop, tour the Sand Point Lighthouse and Museum or explore Escanaba. All in all everyone agreed it was a great trip and we should do it again!
Sally Olsen, Program Liaison