Special Classes

AARP Classes (Winter/Spring 2021)

Registration is required for AARP programs and classes. Please contact Tracy Browand at 703-248-5020 or email tbrowand@fallschurchva.gov to register. 

Six Pillars of Brain Health

It’s never too late to take charge of your brain health! In this interactive session, you will learn about the six pillars of a brain-healthy lifestyle, share your brainboosting activities, and be inspired by others. This session is a good overview for anyone interested in improving their brain health and will provide you with actionable steps you can take along with resources to learn more.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 10am-11am
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 

Protect Yourself from Fraud and Identity Theft

Con artists don’t care how hard you worked. They steal billions from Americans like you every year. We’re fighting back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. In this session, we will share an inside look at how scammers think and how to safeguard yourself and your family against identity theft and fraud.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 10am-11am
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 

Social Security: Understanding Your Benefits

Social Security is one of the most successful and effective social insurance programs in our nation’s history. In this session, we will explain the facets of Social Security (retirement, survivors, and disability benefits), discuss the options for when to claim your retirement benefits, and cover implications of working while collecting benefits. This session is a good overview for anyone interested in Social Security, and is especially useful for people considering their retirement benefit claiming options.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 10am-11am
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 

Medicare 101: Understanding your Benefits

Are you eligible to enroll in Medicare but don’t know where to start? This hour long session will give you an overview of the different parts of Medicare, coverage and costs, and your choices of Medicare plans. This session is a good overview for anyone interested in Medicare and will provide you with resources and tools to learn more.

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 10am-11am
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 

Marymount Programs (Winter/Spring 2021)

Registration is required for Marymount programs and classes. Please contact Tracy Browand at 703-248-5020 or email tbrowand@fallschurchva.gov to register.

Novel Freedoms

How do early African American novels address the horrors of slavery and racism while simultaneously imagining what black freedom might look like? We will read and discuss two novels over three sessions (see schedule below), learning as well about each author’s biography, historical, social, and political contexts, and the ways each writer works within and employs various literary traditions and genres. The novels below are available online at Amazon or at local bookstores or can be checked out at our local library with your library card. For checking out books, please contact tbrowand@fallschurchva.gov for more information.

  • Session Information
    • Session One (Thursday, January 21, Noon-2pm): Hannah Crafts, The Bondwoman’s Narrative
    • Session Two (Thursday, January 28, Noon-2pm): Discussion of biographical, historical and cultural contexts
    • Session Three (Thursday, February 4, Noon-2pm): Frank J. Webb, The Garies and Their Friends
  • Date and Time: Thursdays - January 21, January 28, and February 4 - from Noon to 2pm
  • Instructor: Dr. Eric Norton, PhD, Associate, Professor of Literature and Languages
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 
  • Fees: Free
  • Section: 261024 A

Effective Use of Your iPhone

This session is designed for seniors who have an iPhone and want to know more about how to use it effectively and securely, whether for communication, playing games, or the many free apps that allow them to use the phone to support their health, welfare, safety, and leisure. Students must use their own phones (fairly current) and be prepared to use Internet resources to identify, search, and download apps. The session will also cover iPhone settings to ensure your safety and security.

  • Date and Time: Thursdays - February 4, February 11, February 18 - from 10am to Noon. 
  • Instructor: Diane Murphy, PhD
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 
  • Fees: Free
  • Section: 261022 A

Health Care Law and the Future of Medicare

We will discuss the current trends in the Medicare Program, proposed changes that may be expected, and future directions. Mr. Lavanty teaches Healthcare Policy in Marymount University’s Masters in Healthcare Management Program and is the author of the book, “The Political the Waters of Conflicting Policy”.

  • Date and Time: Thursdays - March 18, March 25, and April 1 - from 10am to Noon
  • Instructor: Mr. Don Lavanty
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration) 
  • Fees: Free
  • Section: 261023 A

Fairfax County Wellness Programs

Registration is required for Wellness programs. Contact Dianne Duke at 703-324-7721 or Dianne.duke@fairfaxcounty.gov to register. 

Diabetes Self- Management Workshop

Join us for this dynamic and informative 6-week workshop series that addresses the needs of individuals with Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. Learn about: Healthy blood sugar levels; Meal Planning; Staying Active; Managing Stress; Healthy Eating; and how to support others managing Diabetes. The class meets weekly for 2 hours. Led by two Certified Instructors. 

  • Date and Time: Wednesdays, January 20 - February 24, from 1:30pm to 3:30 pm
  • Platform: Zoom (participants will be given link after registration)
  • Fees: Free

Chronic Disease Self- Management Workshop

Do you have Arthritis, High Blood Pressure, or Chronic Pain? Join us for this informative 6-week workshop series that addresses effective symptom management. Learn about: Managing pain and fatigue; Getting better sleep; Staying Active; Managing Stress; Healthy Eating; and how to give support to others. Class meets weekly for 1 hour. 

  • Date and Time: Thursdays, January 28 - March 4, from 11am to Noon
  • Platform: Phone (audio call)
  • Fees: Free