Second Semester 2019 – Brightmore University Series, Classes and Events

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Friday November 11 th, 2019
“Trends in Senior Physical Wellness
Presented by:  presented by Ryan Godfrey, PT, DPT, owner of Change the Game Performance Therapy in Wilmington, NC

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” –Thomas Edison

Brightmore University ended the Fall Semester with “Current Trends in Senior Physical Wellness”, presented by Ryan Godfrey, PT, DPT, owner of Change the Game Performance Therapy in Wilmington, NC. Ryan Godfrey used to work in hospitals and nursing homes, quickly realizing instead of helping others after the fact, he would rather be on the front line of education, so he changed his role as a physical therapist.

“What is Wellness?”…Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness; it is a dynamic process of change and growth. Ryan gave us information and stats to learn more about the state of our current healthcare system and its shortcomings in addressing physical wellness, which includes cardiac disease, obesity, diabetes, dementia, depression, orthopedic surgeries and the opioid epidemic. We learned all the risk factors of each and what we can do to play an active role as consumers, such as being focused more on the benefits of sleep, nutrition, hydration, exercise, cardio, strength training, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and water-based exercise. The end of the program focused on how healthcare providers are beginning to lead the paradigm shift for future wellness practices with some already using natural remedies, essential oils, and exercise as remedies instead of prescription medicines.

Even as we grow as seniors, the technology grows with us and there are so many avenues we can take to make sure we are getting enough activity such as wearable devices, fitness watches, Telehealth consultation online, and classes such as “Silver Sneakers”.

It’s up to us to take control of our physical and mental well-being, and this session gave us some great tips on how to slowly make the change.

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street

Friday November 8 th, 2019
Almost Everything Can Be Grown in a Container
Presented by: Brightmore University presented, “Krazy Containers”, 2nd in a two-part Horticulture Series with Jon Wooten, volunteer speaker for the New Hanover County NC Cooperative Extension & Arboretum. 

“No Yard, No Problem!”  Living in a senior community where your apartment may or may not have a porch presents many obstacles for residents who move in that love to garden and definitely have a “green thumb!”  This presentation educated the residents on how to successfully garden in containers of any size that work well on outside on porches or in front of sunny windowsills.  Jon went over container requirement, watering, drainage, soil use, and fertilization strategies.  Many think if their plants are not doing well or even die, it is probably because of the fertilizer or chemicals we put on them to nourish their growth when in reality the main cause of plants not doing well is because of too much water.  A plant thrives with damp, cool, moist soil.  Almost anything can be grown in a container.  There are no limits to shapes of containers as gardeners get very creative using pipes, old shoes, pails, bowls, and baskets to plant in, using this as an artistic outlet and create beautiful yard art.  We also learned that in the larger cities like New York, people are utilizing their rooftops as places to create a garden where they can grow vegetables and plants since they have little living space. Jon made us all realize even with little space or yard, we can still grow the beautiful plants we love and continue to use our “green thumbs.”

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street

Thursday,November 7,th, 2019
“Aging with Essential Oils”
Presented by:Sara Godfrey, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Essential Oils Educator

Brightmore University started our second semester with a very popular new way of aging healthily and naturally that we have been reading about in not only health articles, but also in senior living magazines – “Every Day Essential Oils”. Sara Godfrey, Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist, Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Essential Oils Educator, joined us to discuss how to live a more natural lifestyle and reduce your toxic load by using natural remedies.

Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants. Using essential oils for health reasons actually brings us back to our roots when there were no medications, and doctors had to use plants, trees, and the land to heal people who were sick and in pain. It is not a newly discovered way of thinking, but one we have to bring back to live a healthier, chemical-free life.
We discovered how many chemicals are being used in our daily lives – in your home and on your body: such as home cleaners, air fresheners, perfume, make-up, sunscreen, deodorant, etc. Sara educated us on how to use essential oils and plant based solutions safely to live your best life and feel good about the products we are using. For example, lavender is a natural antihistamine. It is calming, helps with sleeping and relaxation. Citrus oiIs such as lemon, lime, and grapefruit are the “energizing and uplifting” oils; Melaleuca (Tee Tree Oil) helps with skin conditions. Peppermint helps with pain, headaches and digestion issues; and Frankincense, known as “the King of Oils” helps with metabolism, brain health, pain relief, memory, wrinkles, age spots, as well as being an anti-inflammatory. So, as you can see, there is an essential oil for just about anything!

We learned so much we hope to have Sara back in our next Brightmore University series to learn more and make some of our own healthy lotions to take home!

Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street


Thursday,October 31,th, 2019
“October is the Month to Walk to Support a Healthy Heart!”
Presented by:Katie Monroe, NP with the Cardiology Division of Wilmington Health

Brightmore University ended the second semester with a presentation on “Preventing Heart Disease and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle” presented by Katie Monroe, NP with the Cardiology Division of Wilmington Health. Katie shared tips on preventing heart disease as we age and what we can do to promote a healthy lifestyle. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Risk factors for heart disease, some that are completely out of our control, include age, gender, race or ethnicity and family history. Katie thoroughly discussed the three main areas of heart disease: Arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm; Congestive Heart Failure, when your heart is not pumping enough blood for specific areas of the body; and Atrial Fibrillation, a heart rhythm disorder where your heart beats very fast. We discussed the signs, symptoms, risk factors, and what we can do to help prevent these heart issues – exercise being the most important. Residents ended the session with questions concerning medications they were taking, new surgeries and treatments they had heard about and making sure their lifestyle was on a healthy track with nutrition questions. With October focusing on Healthy Hearts, we thought one of the most important discussions we could have together is how to keep our hearts as we age as healthy as possible!
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street


Tuesday, July 9th, 2019 at 3:00 PM
“Lumina During the Wars:” 1905 – 1973, An Illustrated Presentation
Presented by: Elaine Henson, Historian of Send Me A Post Card Presentations

This presentation begins when Lumina Pavilion was built in 1905 by the Tidewater Power Company at Wrightsville Beach’s southern end.  Dozens of postcards and photographs take us on a journey from 1905-1973 illustrating the trolley, who brought passengers from downtown Wilmington and the ballroom with music by some of the top orchestras of the day that played there.  We see Lumina through the years of World War II, World War II and the Vietnam War along with some of the veterans who served our country.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Monday, July 8th

Thursday, July 11th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Book Review & Signing:  Author Series Part 3
“Revisiting Lumina”:
Presented by: Mary Flinn, Author
Join us as the author, a native North Carolinian from Greensboro, who loves the beaches and islands, reviews her historical novel, just released on April 1st.  Be transported to the summer of 1928 to Wrightsville Beach where tourists, middle-class folks, and aristocrats alike are dancing the night away at the beachfront pavilion where they are falling in love—not only with each other but with the grand ballroom itself. Told in alternating sequences between modern-day friends and the newly discovered change, Lumina becomes magic for anyone on the dance floor from eight until midnight.  Kip and Syivie are swept away until they realize that people are not always what they seem.  Despite Lumina’s magic, they discover some secret undercurrents that pull them across the threshold to adulthood.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street 
RSVP BY: Wednesday, July 10th                   

Wednesday, July 24th 2019 at 2:00 PM
“Shell Collecting Methods”: Techniques From A Global Shell Collector & Expert
Presented by: Everette Long, Retired Army Colonel and Professional Shell Collector
There’s so much more to collecting shells than simply walking on the beach.  Join us as a world traveler and avid shell collector shares information on the different collection techniques including walking, diving, and snorkeling as well as some of his incredible collection from a lifetime of collecting.  We’ll learn about an upcoming national shell show in Wilmington that takes place in August and possible discount opportunities for those interested in attending.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street

RSVP BY: Monday, July 22nd


Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
“The Importance of Healthcare Advocacy”: Getting the Most!
Presented by: Ellen Abisch, RN, President of Health Advocate Services

“Join us for tips to get the most from your doctor’s visits and health insurance.  Patient roles have changed. Learn the steps to take to use healthcare and health insurance effectively for better health, and cost control.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP BY: Monday, June 10th

Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Book Review & Signing:  Author Series Part 2
“Will Wilmington Be Declared a WWII City?”: What’s Involved and What It Would Mean!
Presented by: Ret. Capt. Wilbur Jones, Military Historian & Author
Come hear this internationally recognized WWII authority, who originated this idea as he shares info on the work
he did to get the President’s signature, it’s progress through approval channels, and what this means now and for the future of our city!  Mr. Jones, the author of numerous WWII books will also share info on them and sign copies.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2298 South Forty-First Street

RSVP BY: Monday, June 17th 

Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 6:00 – 9:00 PM
5th Annual “Salute to the Troops Concert & Dance”: A FREE Pre-4th of July Event!
Presented by: Brightmore & Co-Sponsor, Wilmington Funeral & Cremation

Join us for The Andrew Thielen Big Band of Myrtle Beach’s Big Band, Jazz & Patriotic favorites performed under a big tent adjacent to our front portico, a FREE Picnic-style buffet in our dining room with inside and outside seating—complete with desserts and non-alcoholic beverages, plus more!  Proceeds from adult beverages and raffle ticket sales benefit The Wilmington Parkinson’s & Lewy Body Support Group through The Parkinson’s Association of the Carolina’s.  This is a Don’t Miss event!!
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South Forty-First Street
RSVP: BY: Friday, June 21st     


Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 2:30 PM
Book Review & Signing: Author Series Part 1
“Random Destiny”: How the Vietnam War Draft Shaped a Generation

Presented by: Wes Abney, Author, Retired Attorney, College Instructor

Join us to hear actual stories of lives that were altered by the draft including not only those who were drafted, but also those who made major changes to their lives to avoid going to war…such as attending college, choosing careers with deferments, leaving the country, became conscientious objectors, and some who went to prison.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South 41st Street
RSVP: BY Tuesday, May 7th

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at 2:00 PM
“Rock Your Swing” Golf Clinic: Bringing Your Inner Song To Your Game!
Presented by:  Hunter Watkins, Former Pro, Marine Park Golf Course, Brooklyn, NY
Dyker Beach Golf Course, Brooklyn, NY

Join us and learn to make your golf swing a series of unfolding sequential events, just like music.
Find out how to think rhythm and tempo and bring your own inner song into your game.  A veteran hard-core Punk Rocker turned Golf Pro, Hunter has devised a teaching tool, the Swing Song, which will show you the musical component in your swing.  Not musical? If you listen to music, you qualify!
Location:  The Brightmore Campus Fountain & Pond Area, 2298 South 41st Street

RSVP: By Friday, May 10th 

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 at 3:30 PM
“Battle of the Cues Goes Global”: A Korean BBQ Beef Demonstration and Tasting
Presented by:  3 Generations of a Food Loving Family Including a 10 year-old Qualifying Junior Chef, her Sole, Korea-born Mother, and Retired Chef Grandmother!

LA Times recently wrote that “The Best BBQ in the World is Korean BBQ” but what about NC’s claim to fame. Come learn to prepare and taste Korean Bar-B-Cue and another Korean favorite…..Scallion pancakes, a great Hush Puppy substitute and you can decide.
Location: Brightmore Independent Living, 2324 South 41st Street
RSVP: BY Friday, May 17th