Senior Leaders Greenville builds awareness of the essential role of seniors in the community and the critical issues they face, empowering participants to become active players seeking better lives for seniors in Greenville, the Upstate, and beyond.
The collective wisdom and experience of Senior Leaders Greenville participants will be a powerful voice of advocacy for seniors, resulting in better choices for aging well, to the benefit of all seniors and the greater community.
The program will run from August through May. During nine day-long
sessions, in a variety of locations around the Greenville County, senior adult participants
will meet with community leaders, activists and politicians to gain a broad
view and in-depth look at Greenville's history, people and institutions. Particular attention will be paid to how they
affect, and are affected by, the growing senior population.
speakers, group activities, simulations and exercises, approximately 40 seniors will be exposed to a broad view of our community and then immersed
in the details of subjects that are particularly relevant to the older
population. As participants see the
varying opportunities and challenges that the senior population is faced with,
they will be encouraged to bring their unique talents, wisdom and skills to
advocacy, collaborations, solutions and implementation of ideas that will
benefit our senior population.
Guided by the
long-term State's Plan on Aging, participants will address a different topic
each session. Proposed topics
- Physical/Psychological Impacts of Aging
- Social Services
- Legal and Financial Issues
- What do I do now?
participants must be at least 55 years old and submit an application form, due June 1, 2017. Tuition for the program will be $350. Scholarships are available. Approximately 40 seniors will be accepted.
Funding for the
program will be provided by tuition payments and the
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman. A Steering Committee made up of OLLI members
and other community representatives, with a variety of expertise and
experience, will determine the course curriculum and presenters. The program will be administered by OLLI
Chair: Susan Cyr
Vice Chair: Dick Poremba
Alumni Chair: Carroll Luck
OLLI Staff Representative: Nancy Kennedy