Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Southern Maine, Portland

Taken from the fall 2006 class schedule. OLLI students are engaged this fall in the following service learning projects:

The Need – Portland Trails (a non-profit land trust and trail building organization) needs help creating educational guided tours of trails for adults and children. The self-guided walking tours produced by the class will be posted on their web site, www.trails.org

The Service Project – The class will work individually and in teams researching selected trails in the Portland Trails network. Content is dependant on the trail and may include historical points of interest, geology, natural history, flora and fauna, etc. By the end of class, students will have completed a compilation of their research and developed a written tour ready to be posted on the Portland Trails web site.

The Learning – In order to begin their research, OLLI students will learn about Portland Trails as an organization and the trails in its network. Class members will then select a trail or trails they would like to research, visit the trail to gather information, undertake research and prepare a written tour ready to be posted on the web site.

The Need – Right in the community there are people who need help to deal with life-limiting illness or that of a family member. As a hospice volunteer, members provide comfort, companionship, and a helping hand in a variety of ways.

The Project – Members will learn that hospice care is really about living life to the fullest right up to the end. In this project, they will learn about end-of-life care and what the Medicare Hospice benefit can provide for those with a life-limiting illness. They can also choose to become a vital part of the hospice team as a volunteer who helps to create an environment of hope and comfort.

The Learning – In eight two-hour sessions, participants will learn from professionals on the hospice team about: the history and philosophy of hospice, death, dying and bereavement, the medical aspects of hospice, the hospice family, effective communication, supporting the spiritual needs of the patient and family, and the rights and responsibilities of being a hospice volunteer. They can also choose to receive a certificate and become a volunteer with an additional five hours of training set up at their convenience.




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