Upcoming Events: Grownups

Wed 4/5

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Love Letters: Not a Lost Art At All

Date: Wed, April 05, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
Love letters as art

Janet Gallin, Host, Love Letters Live; Columnist, Examiner.com

In this two-thumb era of texting, we often gain the joy of immediacy, and sometimes the passion embedded in urgency. But we also lose something—from answering machines to a whole other world of snags.

The speaker will touch on the gripping history of letter writing and talk about why handwritten letters have unmatched power for the short term and for generations to come (as part of your history and legacy to your descendants). She will also discuss what counts as a love letter and how it feels to write and receive one.

Remember: What comes from the heart, enters the heart. Every love letter changes a life in some way. Dive in and let Gallin show you how to use the power lurking within.

Mon 4/10

Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Date: Mon, April 10, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Discussion group

Dr. Richard G. Caro, Facilitator

This regular discussion group explores new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only do we uncover interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we also conduct a series of ongoing deep-dive discussions into topics such as brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. The discussions are facilitated by Dr. Richard Caro, whom many of you have heard speak at prior Grownups forum events.

Wed 4/19

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Let's Talk About Death: Get Ready, Get Set, Go

Date: Wed, April 19, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
Topics related to end of life

Suzette Sherman, End of Life Speaker; CEO, Founder and Blogger, SevenPonds
Sally Shannon, End of Life Coach and Consultant; Home Funeral Guide, Threshold Coaching and Consulting

Historically, Americans have been culturally conditioned to avoid the subject of death. We are reluctant to talk about it, and many of us have not even thought about how we want to live at the end of our lives. As a result, the vast majority of people approaching the end of life are completely unprepared to die. 

In this presentation, Sherman and Shannon will review ways that participants can plan appropriately for the end of life. Topics covered will include: advance directives; Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST); home funerals; and options for disposition, including cremation and green burial. They will also discuss dying at home, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, and California’s recently enacted End of Life Options Act.

Mon 5/8

Longevity Explorers Discussion Group: Better Aging. You. Your Parents.

Date: Mon, May 08, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Discussion group

Dr. Richard G. Caro, Facilitator

This regular discussion group explores new and emerging solutions to the challenges of growing older. Not only do we uncover interesting new products at the intersection of aging and technology, we also conduct a series of ongoing deep-dive discussions into topics such as brain health, apps for seniors, hearing and wearables for seniors. The results of our discussions will be shared with a larger community of older adults interested in improving their quality of life through our partner in this initiative, Tech-enhanced Life, PBC. The discussions are facilitated by Dr. Richard Caro, whom many of you have heard speak at prior Grownups forum events.

Wed 5/10

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Alzheimer’s Disease—Eight Steps to Overcoming Refusal of Care

Date: Wed, May 10, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
Talking about Alzheimer's disease

Jim Kimzey, Founder and CEO, Tender Rose Dementia Care Specialists

Eighty percent of people living with Alzheimer's disease lack insight into their condition. They do not realize that they need help, and they subsequently refuse care. In this presentation, you will learn about the growing prevalence of Alzheimer's disease, the different stages of Alzheimer's, why family members refuse care and why past attempts to get family members to accept care have failed. You will also learn a step-by-step approach to getting the people you love to accept the care they need.

Wed 5/17

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How to "Age in Place" Safely—Navigating the Confusing World of Home Care

Date: Wed, May 17, 2017
Time: 5:15 PM
The best way to "age in place"

Catherine Reid, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 
Nancy Meyer, Realtor, Senior Real Estate Specialist
Denise Michaud, Independent Insurance Agent

This multidisciplinary panel will cover how to “age in place” safely. First, they will describe the difference between a private and agency caregiver. They will then explain the role of a professional caregiver and the expected costs of private care. As decisions about remaining in the home, selling or downsizing are covered, audience members will learn how to answer the question: Should I stay or should I go? The program is rounded out by a long-term care insurance expert who will help members create a strategy for paying for long-term care, learn how much long-term care insurance to buy and determine who will be their advocate.