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Course Information

The Alchemy of Aging: Turning Old into Gold

In our time together, we will explore the path of aging, states of being, and dying as both opportunity and challenge. Psychological and spiritual growth is possible at every age and continues until we die. Cultural stereotypes create obstacles to successful aging. We fear what lies in store for us and we become prejudiced against our future selves. The best counter to ageism is an understanding of the uniqueness and value of later life. The faculty for the conference will discuss the developmental, cognitive, social and spiritual facets of aging and death from a holistic perspective. The format will be experiential, engaging participants personally or professionally. It will include training in Reflective Awareness Meditation, a mindfulness technique that cultivates awareness and strengthens memory.

If more than one person from an organization wants to attend the conference, the price will be discounted 10 dollars per ticket for each additional person – to register at this discounted rate call Karen at R. Cassidy Seminars at 866-992-9399 X105

 

Presenter

 

Main Points:

This workshop will shed light on the nature of aging as a developmental process.
This workshop will elucidate cultural attitudes toward aging, cognitive change and the dying process while offering an alternative view.
This workshop will reflect on fear, its nature and its resolution in relation to aging, physical/cognitive change and the dying process.
This workshop will present a framework for understanding mortality/death that encourages curiosity and contemplation.
Through experiential exercises, this workshop will explore the interplay of reflection, memory, and awareness.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Design practical applications for the working basis of realization and wholeness in the “afternoon”
    of life taking into account the physical and emotional changes inherent in aging
  • Practice the interplay of reflection and memory, to enhance integration in later life.
  • Evaluate MCI- mild cognitive impairment and the current research regarding brain plasticity and the outcomes of this work.
  • Summarize nurture versus nature questions regarding their own expectations of aging and cognitive health.
  • Describe some ancient beliefs regarding anatomy, the spirit, and the use of mind as well as current information regarding these areas of science.
  • Create a framework for death that encourages curiosity and contemplation.
  • Explain how to develop one personal practice to invite death into everyday life
  • Critique mortality as a creative process
 

Agenda

Thursday Evening
5:30 to 6:00 Check in
6:00 to 7:30 Presentation- the Alchemy of Aging: Turning Old to Gold
Vicky - “How I learned About Old Age”
Megan - “Recognizing That We Are More Than Our Brains”
Kim - “Five Birthdays, Five Death Days, and One Hundred Grief Candles”
7:30 to 8:00 Questions
Friday Morning
8:00 to 8:30 Check in
8:30 to 9:30 Victoria - “Reflection, Re-collection and Awareness”
9:30 to 10:30 Megan - “A Deeper Perspective on Memory Loss”
10:30 to 10:45 Break (Snacks provided)
10:45 to 11:45 Contemplative Experience - Reflective Awareness
11:45 to 12:30 Lunch break
12:30 to 1:30 Kim - “Giving Death Voice: The Hallmark of a Mature Life”
1:30 to 2:30 Contemplative Practice - Reflective Awareness
2:30 to 2:45 Break
2:45 to 3:45 Combined talk
3:45 - 4:00 Questions