As the new year gets under way, Carroll Lutheran Village hopes to connect with older adults in Carroll County, to let them know about classes and resources available to the public, according to Lisa Albin, director of church and public relations.
"We have a program called the Lifelong Learning Series and all the programs offered under that purview are open not only to [Carroll Lutheran Village] residents, but to older adults in the greater community," Albin said. "There are a wide variety of course offerings to choose from, many involve physical activity ... and then there's some intellectual offerings as well."
Many of the programs offered in the Lifelong Learning Series are free, according to Carroll Lutheran Village Wellness Director Lynn Glaeser, such as the five week long Making Sense of the Civil War program.
"Participants are asked to read three books and then participate in five discussions which are led by a scholar, a different scholar each time," Glaeser said. "There's a lot of interest in this topic because of where we live, so much of the history of the area is Civil War history."
Making Sense of the Civil War will meet every two weeks from Jan. 9 until Feb. 24 at Carroll Lutheran Village, with the final March 8 meeting taking place at Carroll Community College. Glaeser said that while most programs require registration a week prior to the first class, those interested in this program should call 443-605-1070 to inquire about joining in mid-stream.
Another free program will be Cardio Pulmonary Rehab on the Go, a five week interactive education course on heart and lung health, according to Carroll Lutheran Village Wellness Nurse Melissa Batten.
"We're having the cardiac [rehabilitation] nurses and the pulmonary [rehabilitation] nurses from Carroll Hospital Center come and cover four different topics: balance and fall prevention; flexibility and strength; medication and stress reduction," she said. "The people that come and commit to this program will do a very simple fitness test, some balance and some stretching and some coordination, and then at the end of the four weeks, we'll re-evaluate and have them do the same fitness testing."
Cardio Pulmonary Rehab on the Go will run from Jan. 21 until Feb. 25, according to Batten and will be succeeded by similar programs on diabetes and wound care later in the year. Older adults from the great community can also attend related exercise classes such as Chair yoga and Beginning Swimming for Older Adults.
"[Our classes] center around a holistic approach to health, that's what our Lifelong Learning Series program is about, looking at the whole person," Batten said. "Exercise is a component, that's why we promote these programs."
Other Lifelong Learning Series programs will include a course on the history of National Parks, a drawing and painting class and a comparative religion program looking at Judaism.
According to Glaeser, some programs, such as the Zumba exercise class, will require a fee that goes to pay an outside instructor for their time.
The Lifelong Learning Series programs are listed in brochures found at the community partners of Carroll Lutheran Village, such as Carroll Hospital Center and the Carroll County Public Library, as well as online at
, under the "wellness" heading, according to Albin.
Registration for any course is available by calling the Carroll Lutheran Village Wellness Center at 443-605-1070, with payment by cash or check accepted, according to Glaeser, who said those interested by also call to request a brochure.
According to Albin, Carroll Lutheran Village began their Lifelong Learning Series approximately a year ago and has seen modest growth in participation by members of the public, a trend she said she hopes will grow this year.
"We're approaching a year on this new Lifelong Learning Series opportunity and it really is meant to provide an opportunity for older adults in our community to come together in a learning environment among peers," Albin said. "We're just trying to provide opportunity for older adults to improve their health, their mental well being, to educate themselves on topics of interest."