RJ & Aging: Life Before Death Challenges (Mental Health, Finances, Declining Health)
Facilitated and Sponsored by the DC Peace Team

Date: March 16th. 7:00-8:30 pm EST
Location: ONLINE (Zoom link provided about 24 hrs. before the session)**
For questions contact Jamal Jones at agapemedia12@gmail.com or Heather Thompson at thompson_heather_m@yahoo.com

We will explore the broad and deep topic of aging through a restorative practice lens. Session 1 explored practical aspects of aging and passing which often are not ready to tackle. Session 2 will consider the challenges and complications of the aging process, particularly affecting family and friends i.e. health, money, rapid decline, slow decline, etc. Session 3 will explore family dynamics and managing conflict when members differ on how matters should be handled. Session 4 will explore forgiveness and grief. What does forgiving others and ourselves entail? How do we make space and manage grief?

Potential Objectives:
     1. Reflect on connections between aging, restorative practices, and connection
     2. Engage together in communicative practices  
     3. Share experiences of personal practices regarding aging
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This training is provided by the DC Peace Team, which empowers ordinary civilians to increasingly serve their communities particularly as nonviolent peacekeepers, and by extension as peacemakers and peacebuilders. The DC Peace Team lives this mission by deploying unarmed civilian protection and accompaniment units, providing training in various nonviolent skills, and facilitating dialogues and restorative justice approaches.
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Facilitator(s):

Jamal Jones (He/They/It) is a second-generation educator who earned their bachelor degree in Psychology and Psychoeducational Studies whilst at Howard University. Jamal's career focus has been on at-risk, juvenile, and special education students, specifically students with Emotional Behavior Disorders. While teaching in these alternative school settings, Jamal became a self-taught and trialed by fire in the skills presented. Jamal is currently finishing a Masters in Special Education and currently teaches adult learners at the Academy of Hope, DC.

Martha Cooper comes to the DC Peace Team with an extensive international background and keen interest in the non-violent resolution of conflict.  She finds restorative practice circles very powerful. These circles create space to share one’s story and discover healing. Her interest in conflicts around aging blossomed 10 years ago. She believes that restorative practice can help families with these conflicts. She earned an MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She has worked as a substitute teacher in local public schools and trained middle and high school students at Peace Summits for Fairfax County Public Schools.

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