Wellness is a lifelong pursuit of health and positive well-being.  It's multiple dimensions include the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual which are ideally integrated to provide both a sense of personal continuity and resilience to adapt to a changing environment.  Wellness strongly relates to personal purpose, concepts of quality of life, realistic expectations, and relationships to others and to nature.  Wellness can be encouraged through physical exercise, disease prevention (and treament), health narratives, social engagement, the practice of the humanities, and culture change. Ultimately it is addressing the reality of personal mortality and eventual physical death.  Learning in general, particularly in service of self care and care of others, is critical to maintaining and enhancing wellness.
Learning goals for the Wellness discussions at this conference:
1.  To appreciate the power of narrative to address fear and encorage hope.
2.  To learn ways to approach cognitive aging with a diverse set of choices for the journey.
3.  To understand the value of art and theatre in giving joy and purpose to life.
4.  To examine aspects of culture change necessary to enhance the quality of life of elders.



Secrets of the World’s Oldest People by Stephen Coles

Energizing your Chakras Through Kundalini Yoga and Circle Dancing by Evelyn Torton-Beck and Valerie Bentz

Trauma, Transmission and Successful Aging in Genocide Survivors and Descendants by Zieva Konvisser,   

Growing Older: The Power of a Positive Attitude by Alicia Farrell

Intergenerativity: Innovations in the Concepts and Practices of Lifelong Learning and Health by Peter Whitehouse

Exercise Behavior Correlated to Personality and Self-Determination in Korean and American Older Adults by Minjung Seo