Announcing Our Varied Spring Learning Presentations

Announcing Our Varied Spring Learning Presentations

March 9, 2020

We are excited to tell you about the five very varied educational presentations we have created—from a primer on cannabis sativa, more commonly known as marijuana, to a program offering insight on people living with dementia. We will offer these workshops this spring as part of our Glenmeadow Learning series.

“We have a mission to serve older adults throughout Greater Springfield, and our free Learning programs provide one avenue for enhancing lives by offering knowledge as well as the chance to meet new people and socialize,” says Anne Thomas, our president and CEO. “The Learning program also provides one example of how we operate as a socially accountable organization.”

We know that people value our Learning offerings, and we know you can’t wait for the programming to begin. We look forward to reading the kinds of colorful and favorable evaluations our participants provide to us. That feedback helps us enhance our offerings each year and helps us to know what you want!

The following are the spring Glenmeadow Learning program offerings.

Lives Well Lived: A Jewish Film Festival Screening
Friday, April 3
1:30 p.m.
Glenmeadow, 24 Tabor Crossing, Longmeadow

Lives Well Lived celebrates the wit, wisdom, and experiences of adults aged 75 to 100 years old. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life. These men and women open the vault on their journey into old age through family histories, personal triumphs and tragedies, loves, and losses—seeing the best and worst of humanity along the way. Their stories will make you laugh and perhaps cry, but, mostly, they will inspire you.

Presented in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

Marijuana, Pot, Weed: What You Need to Know About Cannabis
Tuesday, April 14
10 a.m. to noon
Storrowton Carriage House, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield

Now that the use of cannabis sativa—more commonly known as marijuana—is legal in Massachusetts, we’re hearing more about it, but for many, the drug remains a mystery. Our speakers, Lisa Black and Joey Ferritier, are from Insa in Easthampton, which grows and sells both medical marijuana and cannabis for general consumers. They will discuss the difference between the two, what CBD is, why people use marijuana, how it can be ingested as well as smoked, and the benefits and risks. You will also learn how the plant is cultivated at Insa.

Combatting Loneliness: A Fair for Volunteers and Those They Serve
Friday, May 8
10 a.m. to noon
Longmeadow Community House, 735 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow

Isolation is now said to be as serious a health risk for older adults as smoking is for people of all ages. We want to help seniors in Greater Springfield learn about their options for getting involved—and getting help. Come to our volunteer fair and meet the leaders of nonprofits that serve older adults and offer volunteer opportunities. Hear them speak about their missions, resources, and needs. Learn about how you might help these organizations, or how they might help you or someone you love. For a complete list of participating agencies, visit after April 1.

The Collector’s Apprentice: An Author Talk
Thursday, May 21
2 p.m.
Glenmeadow, 24 Tabor Crossing, Longmeadow

New York Times bestselling author B.A. Shapiro will read from her novel, The Collector’s Apprentice, about the lengths to which people will go to feed their obsessions. Set in Paris in 1922, the story centers on 19-year-old Paulien Mertens, who finds herself broke and alone. Everyone believes she stole millions in a sophisticated con game perpetrated by her then-
fiancé. To protect herself from the law and the wrath of those who lost everything, she creates a new identity and sets out to recover her father’s art collection, prove her innocence, and exact revenge. Presented in partnership with the Springfield JCC.

Erasing the Stigma: Developing Empathy for Those Living with Dementia
Thursday, June 18
10 a.m. to noon
Phillip H. Ryan Health Science Center, Room 222, 1 Denslow Road, East Longmeadow

When we encounter people who live with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, we often don’t understand their behavior. Learning what’s driving their actions can help us create more empathy, dignity, and respect. Laura Lavoie, Glenmeadow’s director of life enrichment, will educate community members on what it’s like to live with dementia, sharing tips and techniques on how to break down barriers and be more compassionate. Enhancing our dementia care services is a strategic focus for Glenmeadow.

Glenmeadow Learning programs are free and open to the public; because seating can be limited, registration is required by contacting Jazlyn Wanzo at For more information, or to register online, visit our Events page.

We have also developed and announced our spring, summer and fall Getaways trips, which begin in March and run through mid-October. The day trips and theater excursions include transportation, the performance ticket and a meal. Registration is ongoing. Sign-up is first-come, first-served. Visit our Events page or call 413-567-7800 for more information.

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