Positive Aging Contrary to what we read and hear, aging is not a disease, a set of conditions, or an inevitable descent into frailty and dependence. And while there are physical and physiological changes and challenges that come with age, a satisfying longevity is possible if you are health conscious and body aware. This narrated performance, which includes literature, poetry, music, and science, will explore aging through an interdisciplinary lens. The performance will be educational, entertaining, and just what the doctor ordered! Cast and crew include: Marty America, Candace Barrett, Robert Bell, Raye Birk, Dan Newton, and Dr. Jon Hallberg.
Longevity In the second half of life, many of us begin to consider how we might stretch or lengthen our lives. And while genetics does play a role, it’s not the only factor to influence health and longevity. Recent research points to how genes may be altered by how we live, and how we live is impacted by where we spend time and with whom. Maintaining well-being means modifying one’s environment in order to increase physical activity, develop supportive relationships, and nurture a significant sense of life purpose. In this session, you’ll explore lessons from communities designed to nurture well-being, and learn practical steps you can take to live more fully.
Resilience How do life balance, meaningful connections, and joy contribute to resilience? In this session you’ll survey the elements of a resilient life and discover how resilience helps us to stay whole and bounce back from life’s predictable changes and unexpected challenges.
Purpose Most people hunger to know that their lives have meaning and that their reason for being has purpose. Whether consciously or unconsciously, your purpose is the motivating force behind everything you do. Purpose is the inward intent that drives your outward action. When your sense of purpose is clear, and you live in accord with that purpose, you tap into a powerful source of energy and potential that can guide your choices for the ensuing stages of your life. In this session, you’ll dig deep into questions such as: What is purpose? What are the benefits of living a purposeful life? How do you know if you are “living on purpose?”
This course is part of a series. Take all four courses ($475) or individual courses ($140). Tuition includes meals. No discounts. To learn more, visit Encore Transitions: The Series.
Dr. Henry Emmons, MD, University of Iowa, is a psychiatrist who practices with Partners in Resilience and the developer of Resilience Training, an integrative program that treats depression. His books include Staying Sharp: 9 Keys for a Youthful Brain through Modern Science and Ageless Wisdom (with Dr. David Alter; Touchstone, 2015), The Chemistry of Joy Workbook (New Harbinger, 2012), The Chemistry of Calm (Touchstone, 2010), and The Chemistry of Joy (Fireside, 2005).
Dr. Jon Hallberg, MD, University of Minnesota, is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University, where he also is medical director of the Mill City Clinic. Since 2003 Hallberg has been a regular analyst for All Things Considered on Minnesota Public Radio, and in 2009 he created Hippocrates Café, a series of live performances that explore health care topics using professional actors and musicians.
Barbara Hoese, MBC, University of St. Thomas; CPCC, Coaches Training Institute, is a certified life and executive coach and president of Pentecore Coaching. She has given presentations for organizations such as the University of Minnesota, the American Academy of Neurology, TCF Bank, and Medtronic, and led workshops for the Community Makeover Project in conjunction with Blue Zones and AARP.
Joel Spoonheim, MUPL, University of Minnesota, is the director of health promotion for HealthPartners, where he is responsible for product innovations and operations. He has worked for health care companies, city governments, and nonprofits, and is a former founding staff member and executive director of Healthways Blue Zones Project, a program that promotes healthy environments.