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2013 Conference Program

Life Re-Imagined: New Approaches to Positive Aging
February 10-12, 2013
Hosted by Fielding Graduate University at
The Center for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, Los Angeles

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AT THE OMNI HOTEL
REGISTRATION OPENS AT 4:00 PM  AT THE OMNI
5:00 PM – WELCOME RECEPTION
6:00PM-7:00PM – KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Wendy Lustbader, MSW,
will discuss her latest book “The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older.” She has written and spoken about kindness and nurture a positive attitude towards whatever life brings. 

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT THE CENTER FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Bus departs from Omni Hotel to the center at 7:45am sharp. Breakfast and lunch provided at the conference site.
8:00AM-4:00 PM – CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

8:00-8:45 AM - CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
MUSIC WITH CHRISTINE STEVENS
Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA holds masters degrees in both social work and music therapy.

8:45 AM -9:00 AM – COMMUNITY MEETING AND INTRODUCTION TO CONFERENCE


9:00 AM-10:15AM –PLENARY SPEAKER: DR. BRIAN DE VRIES
Dr. Brian de Vries, a professor at San Francisco State University, has done extensive works on the aging experiences among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender adults. He will be talking about the role of resilience from the perspective of growing up in an era of discrimination and harassment.

10:15AM -10:30AM – CONFERENCE BREAK

10:30 AM-12:00 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WELLNESS:

Secrets of the World's Oldest People: How to Live Past 100. L. Stephen Coles
Explore the secrets of long-lived people, the influence of environment and lifestyle vs. parental and sibling longevity on successful aging.  Should you take vitamins and supplements for a long, healthy life?

Longevity Through Yoga. Julie Carmen and Denise Kaufman
Practice “slow” yoga and how yoga can be a “moving meditation.”   The importance of movement in staying lively will also be addressed.  No yoga experience required! Be ready to relax and move.

COMMUNITY:
Conversations on Positive Aging - The Healing Power of Social Connection. Mary Ellen Hoeh and Quince Affolter
An interactive presentation on a community-based, volunteer-staffed initiative that brings older adults together to discuss topics that are most important to them.

CREATIVITY:
Say 'Yes' to Tango: A Conversation about Creative Aging. Lola Fraknoi
Ideas you can use to serve the coming wave of retirees with creative resources in your community.


Reclaim your Passion and Transform your Life: How Boomers are Creating the ‘Age of the Heart-Based Entrepreneur.’ Eileen Morgan
Recent literature regarding late adult development and late life entrepreneurship. Participants will learn a structured process to think about and act upon their creative urges and individual passions.

LIFE TRANSITIONS:
Triple R Workshop--Refocus, Reinvent, Rebuild! Jude Olson
This workshop focuses on developing a vision of what you want your life to look like going forward, creating a plan for making your vision a reality, and  learning how to integrate self-renewal/self-nurturing ideas into your daily life.

Growing Through Life’s Narrow Spots:  Healing on Purpose. Ruth Bachman and Connie Goldman
Gain a new perspective on how to manage your response to change; learn techniques to harness the power of choosing to embrace change and leave the workshop empowered to choose your attitude and action in response to external events.

12:00pm-1:00 PM – LUNCH, TOPIC TABLE DISCUSSIONS IN COURTYARD (including: Sustainability; Housing; LGBTQ aging issues; Life Planning; Social Entrepreneurship; Creative Expressions)

1:00 PM-2:30PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WELLNESS:
Energizing the Chakras through Kundalini Yoga and Circle Dancing. Evelyn Torton Beck and Valerie Malhotra Bentz
Explore principles of kundalini yoga and sacred circle dance, that combine yoga and dance while focusing on opening the heart and voice centers. These practices awaken the mind/body, activate feelings of joy and being alive, stimulate creativity, and move toward integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Trauma, Transmission, and Successful Aging in Genocide Survivors and Descendants. Zieva Dauber Konvisser, Dr. Nikola Alenkin, Dr. Connie S. Corley.
Explore responses to traumatic experiences, learn about resilience in survivors of genocide and, explore the impact of creativity on healing and transformation in survivors and their descendants.

COMMUNITY:
Community, Learning and Service:  An Expanded Vision for the Sage-ing Guild. Gary Carlson and Charlotte Carlson
Learn how the Sage-ing program helps create meaning in the second half of life by providing a psycho-spiritual focus for thinking and action.

CREATIVITY:
Save My Place:  A Performance Piece on Dying. Dori Gillam
Be entertained and touched by the performance.  Engage in discussion from their own experiences or research of the amazing learnings that unfold by attending to the dying.

Memory Calls:  Conjuring "The Vast Structure of Recollection" through Creative Expression. Fred Mandell
Incorporating memorabilia and artifacts from the family. “Memory Calls” evokes a powerful narrative of family and social history.  “Memory Calls” engages the memory, storytelling, myth creation, heroism, loss, family, and aging.

 LIFE TRANSITIONS:
Over the Rainbow: Applying Career Models to Purpose and Passion in Third Age. Cathy Severson
Learn about the Donald Super career identity model and the John Holland Hexagon of personality/environmental typology.  Engage in your own personal discovery and receive tools to apply these models to retirement life planning and personal development in Third Age. 
 

2:30 PM -2:45 PM CONFERENCE BREAK

2:45 PM-4:15 PM – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WELLNESS:
Conscious Caregiving: A Perspective on the Human Experience of Caring. Dr. Connie S. Corley and Joan Englander
Explore emotional and spiritual dynamics involved in caregiving. become familiar with concepts of social exchange, mindfulness, gratitude, compassion, positive aging, and conscious caregiving.

CREATIVITY:
The Art of Aging. Richard and Alice Matzkin
Earn a sense of the power graphic arts can have to explore aging on a non-cerebral level.

COMMUNITY:

EngAGE across Generations. Maureen Kellen-Taylor and local school students and staff
A short video and presentation by program designer and participants about EngAGE, and NEA best practices on the organization of Arts and Aging in the USA; an intergenerational program for teens and elders.

LIFE TRANSITIONS:

Re-Visioning Life in the Second Half: Seeing with New Eyes. Deborah F Windrum and Elsie Wood
Learn about seeing with deliberate focus and attention, methods for shifting perception, and how to apply techniques of a creativity “tool kit.”

Thanatologic Realization and Life Integration: Preparing for the End of Life Transition. Camille Pavy Claibourne
Learn about Phases of Dying, be able to discuss the preparatory steps in those facing death, understand the debate for preparing or not preparing for death, and explore Thanatologic Realization and Life integration.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM – RAM DASS – SPIRITUAL ASPECTS OF POSITIVE AGING AND CLOSING CHANT WITH C.C. WHITE (VIA SKYPE)
Since 1968, Ram Dass has pursued a panoramic array of spiritual methods and practices from potent ancient wisdom traditions, including bhakti or devotional yoga focused on the Hindu deity Hanuman; Buddhist meditation in the Theravadin, Mahayana Tibetan and Zen Buddhist schools, and Sufi and Jewish mystical studies. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence.

5:15 PM – Bus departs from The Center to Omni Hotel.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT THE CENTER FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Bus departs from Omni Hotel to The Center at 7:45AM sharp. Breakfast and lunch provided at the conference site.

8:00 AM– 12:00 PM – CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

8:00 AM-8:45 AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:45 AM-9:00 AM: COMMUNITY MEETING

9:00-10:15 AM:  PLENARY SESSION

LIVE SMART AFTER 50! The Experts' Guide to Life Planning for Uncertain Times. Andrea Gallagher of the Life Planning Network – E-book presentation. 
This session presents the new e-book by LPN that offers friendly, focused, forward-thinking and action-oriented help with the challenges of aging in the 21st century.

10:15 AM -10:30 AM: CONFERENCE BREAK

10:30 AM -12:00PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WELLNESS: 

Growing Older: The Power of a Positive Attitude. Alicia Farrell
Explore the connection between attitude, resilience and plasticity as they relate to positive aging. Be empowered through inspiring stories, hands-on exercises and dialogue to bolster your resilience and the resilience of those you associate with in order to age successfully.

COMMUNITY:

Aging Your Way: Boomers Creating Communities For All. Dori Gillam
Learn about the four phases of Aging Your Way, a 3-year initiative in the Greater Seattle Area. Boomers are leading the way by reaching across silos and sectors in a community-driven transformation that benefits all.

CREATIVITY:


Nimble Bodies, Nimble Minds: Exploring How the Creative Arts Contribute to Lifelong Human Development, Health and Quality of Life. Michael C. Patterson
Learn current research that explores how the arts contribute to healthy aging and quality of life, including the work of the NEA.

Visionaries Have Wrinkles: Serving the Generation Who Will Change the World. . . . AgainSM . Karen Sands

Changing the conversation around aging for women, including how to embrace our age-less selves and our aging bodies.

Orchestrating the Life You Imagine: Musical Creativity. Christine Stevens
Learn the science and practice of using music for greater health and positive aging.
 
LIFE TRANSITIONS:
 
Life Reinvented—Planning and Coping Well with Job Loss and Retirement. Kelly Clark, Elyse Barry and Pauline Johnson
Discuss the changes and challenges people face in planned retirement and unplanned job loss, the strategies and tools for helping people re frame their transitions for the life they desire.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM – LUNCH HOUR – JOIN US IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM TO HEAR EILEEN MORGAN SING AND PERFORM FOR US, PARTS OF HER CABARET SHOW!

1:00 PM-2:30 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WELLNESS:

Intergenerativity: Innovations in the Concept and Practices of Lifelong Learning and Health. Peter Whitehouse
Focus on the deeper and broader aspects of brain health – namely the power of life purpose and living in a community of caring human beings.

Exercise Behavior correlated to Personality and Self-determination in Korean and American Older Adults. Minjung Seo and Oswego  Insoo Lee.
Learn about stage-based intervention strategies to promote physical activity in older adults. Explore cultural differences in Koreans and Americans with respect to personality traits, self-determination as correlated with exercise behavior.

With Increasing Falls Self-Efficacy and Awareness of Fall Risks Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Dona Anderson, Brian Dinozo, Brittany Hutchison, and Heather Enrile.
Learn about intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors of falling, and examine strategies to prevent falls in older adults such as home modifications, behavioral and cognitive adaptations, and exercise.

COMMUNITY:

Our Local Heroes: A LA Elders of Distinction.local group of seniors with  (Dr. Connie Corley, Mila Anguluan-Coger and Bobbee Zeno, and Bart Buecher will be moderators)
Interact with Mr. Franco Arcebal, a respected Filipino American veteran and decorated hero during World War II plus Tuskegee Airmen Theodore Lumpkin  and Edward Tillman. Lt. Colonel Henry "Hank" Cervantes, WW II Veteran discusses his book "Piloto: Migrant Worker to Test Pilot."  Irma Beserra Nunez, nominated by LA City Council Chair Eric Garcetti as a Pioneer Woman, will also be honored.

 CREATIVITY:

The Courage to be Brilliant: How to age with Courage, Wisdom, and Grace.… Marta Monahan, June Kim and Yolanda Nava
This lecture will cover our natural tools for living, and how to use them to cultivate a life of interest, peace, and joy with wisdom, courage and strength.

Until Sadie Blotz: Collaborative Filmmaking with an Alzheimer’s Day Group. Melissa Godoy and Amy Kruep
Identify techniques for collaborating with older adults and enhancing meaning and purpose in life.

LIFE TRANSITIONS:

Using PAP: Positive Action Points for Creating A Positive Attitude.. Renée Lee Rosenberg
Practice techniques that enable them to calm their minds, transform feelings of fear, anger and hopelessness into hope and action, increase focus by recalling  positive life events, control stressful negative thoughts, and energize their minds and bodies using quick easy movements that create emotional balance.

2:30 PM-2:45 PM CONFERENCE BREAK

2:45 PM-4:15 PM CONCURRENT SESSIONS

WELLNESS:
Factors that Predict Resilience in Aging Among Males and Females: Surprising Role of Optimism. Shibani Ray-Mazumder
Explore the concept of resilience in aging, learn about the role of "guarded" optimism in positive aging, and understand the range of factors that predict positive aging among males and females.

Reclaiming the Historical Narrative: Giving Visibility to the Invisible. Larry Saxxon
This workshop will examine youth oriented and Euro-American oriented ubiquitous culture in America and examine its psychological impact on members of the LGBTQ senior community with an emphasis on those members of color and the experience of microaggression.

CREATIVITY:
Dementia Consciousness and the Arts: A Global Perspective. Deborah Forrest
The l
atest research in aging, spirituality and medicine describing dementia, “dementia consciousness,” spirituality, and how forms of art such as music, poetry, and dance can help aging adults remained connected to each other.


COMMUNITY: 
Intergenerativity: Innovations in the Concept and Practices of Lifelong Learning and Health. Peter Whitehouse
Focus on the deeper and broader aspects of brain health – namely the power of life purpose and living in a community of caring human beings.

LIFE TRANSITIONS:
Finding Solutions to Live Fully, Happily and with Confidence in our Last Chapter. Andrea Gallagher
Learn about new ways of planning for the future, reflecting upon uncertain environments, prioritizing and integrating topics germane to the second half of life, and using tools to adapt to changes of today and those anticipated in later life.

4:30 PM-5:00 PM – PRESENTATION OF CREATIVE LONGEVITY AND WISDOM AND LONGEVITY AWARD TO JIM BIRREN
James Birren, one of the reigning pioneers of gerontology, will receive Fielding’s Creative Longevity and Wisdom Award in recognition of his six decades of seminal contributions including the influential work on Guided Autobiography.

5:15 PM – Bus departs from The Center to Omni Hotel

POSTER PRESENTATIONS - THROUGHOUT CONFERENCE

Your Unique Chaordic Compass—Designing your life and navigating transitions.. Dr. Robin Postel (. Robin is founder and owner of TLIO -  (Transformational Learning for Individuals and Organizations)
Learn a process for creating a unique chaordic compass for designing their future and for navigating the transitions along the way. To support this learning outcome, each participant will receive a reflection framework.

Purposeful Aging: 2young2retire But What’s Next? .. Paul G. Ward, PhD. 
Dr. Paul Ward will share initial results of his research into purposeful aging. Paul’s research study addresses the question: What is the relationship between living life on purpose and living the good life? Structured interviews with the baby boomer generation and beyond have revealed interesting findings that will be shared for the first time at the conference.

"For Better or For Worse:  A Couples Guide to a Successful Retirement". Carolyn S. Wilder
Learn heightened awareness of the need for communication between spouses/partners.

The Northwest Center for Creative Aging: Creating the Learning Circle by Connecting Contributors’ Gifts with Recipient’s Desires - A Success Story. Rebecca Crichton and Dori Gillam
Learn about this initiative that is reaching Boomers in King County.

Redirection 2: Positive Aging through Volunteering. Suzanne Cook, Academic Entrepreneur and Healthy Aging Expert
Participants will explore retiree volunteer experiences, and tools and resources for the process of Redirection.

Considering the Ways Life Can Get Better: A Jungian Perspective with Dream Illustrations. Jo Ann Damron-Rodriguez.
This poster poses questions regarding the proposition of unexpected transformations in the last third of life



 

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