How to Make Your Older Years the Best Time of Your Life with Mark and Lucy Rose Fischer

Picture the freedom to do whatever you want to do. Plus, you have the largest resources of your life to accomplish them – more money and time, your experience, skills, and knowledge. Does this type of retirement excite you, but you’re not sure how to create it for yourself? Are you asking: When can I cut back on work? Will my money last? What can I do to stay healthy? What will I do with my time?

In this program, you’ll discover the opportunities and challenges of this time of life, with insights and information on transitioning into retirement, as well as Lucy’s ALIVE model to help you live more creatively.

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Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: How to Make Your Older Years the Best Time of Your Life

Speakers: Husband and wife team, Mark Fischer, CFP, MBA, Ph.D., author, and Lucy Rose Fischer, Ph.D., gerontologist and award-winning author and artist

About Marc Fischer

Mark S. Fischer, CFP, MBA, PhD, is a retirement coach and the author of Serious About Retiring (2019). Mark had a twenty-year career as a scientist and a thirty-year career as a financial planner. He biked the entire length of the Mississippi in his 60s and started playing cello at age 73.

About Lucy Rose Fischer

Lucy Rose Fischer, PhD, is an award-winning author, artist, and social scientist. She has published six books. Her most recent books are: The Journalist (August 2020), Grow Old With Me (2019), and I’m New at Being Old (2010). She is featured on the Twin Cities Public Television program, Life Changing Art.

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Libraries Serving Older Adults through Community Partnership with Nancy Walton-House and Wendy Pender

Some library systems are changing their approach to better serve older adults. In this interview, you will learn how the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State is participating in and initiating community partnerships with individuals and organizations. You will learn how the Aging Well Learning Community was a key influence in this movement. You will learn how other community organizations have become partners as well. At the present time, KCLS offers abundant programs on positive aging and welcoming meeting places that support the community.

In this program, you’ll learn:

  • The story of the Aging Well Learning Community
  • The development of the KCLS Older Adults Program
  • The definition and practice of community partnership
  • The engagement of KCLS community partners and implementation of Older Adults Programs

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Libraries Serving Older Adults through Community Partnership

Speakers: Nancy Walton-House, founder of Aging Well Learning Community and Wendy Pender, Older Adults Program Coordinator at the King County Library System in Washington State

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About Nancy Walton-House

Dr. Nancy Walton-House is a semi-retired counseling psychologist and organization development consultant. She is an alumna of Seattle University, the University of Washington, and the Organization Systems Renewal Program. She is a trained facilitator with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. She taught in 4 universities, worked in seven medical centers in clinical and organization development roles, and consulted with multiple organizations. She founded the Aging Well Learning Community in 2009 and continues to lead it today. The community meets monthly for an interactive program focused on positive aging with consciousness, courage, and contribution. Members select by consensus a variety of literary, music, and art projects for their programs and is hosted by the King County Library System hosts these programs.

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About Wendy Pender

In addition to her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, Wendy Pender has a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and is a trained facilitator with the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. She has over 25 years of experience as a librarian and branch manager, and now serves as Older Adults Program Coordinator at the King County Library System (KCLS) in Washington State, one of the largest and busiest library systems in the U.S. In 2016, the Urban Libraries Council honored Wendy at its annual conference in Kansas City as one of the recipients of a 2016 Top Innovator Award.

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The Art and Science of Mindfulness with Dr. Ellen Langer

Living during COVID -19 is turning our familiar life and world on its head. It’s a scary and challenging time. It’s also a time that is reinforcing ageism rather than promoting intergenerational connectedness. Some of the “silver linings,” however, of this time are some resurgence of kindness and help provided to each other, like becoming more mindful about ourselves and others.

During this month’s call, we’ll be talking with Dr. Ellen Langer, who has devoted much of her adult life to issues such as mindlessness and mindfulness, decision-making, and possibilities as we age. As she has stated in a variety of her work, we’re a product of what we were told we were. When we’re uncertain, we stay mindful and open to alternatives. When we’re mindless, we’re not aware that we’re not there. So, part of the question becomes, what are ways to open ourselves to possibilities and shift from being trapped in mindlessness and open ourselves to new ways of thinking and perceiving ourselves and the world?

In this program, you’ll discover how to:

  • Become more mindful
  • Become comfortable with uncertainty (which is the rule rather than the exception)
  • See many of your problems as a function of mindlessness
  • Exert more control over your health and well-being using mindfulness

You will walk away with a renewed sense of competence, relaxation, and an ability to see possibilities you haven’t seen before.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: The Art and Science of Mindfulness

Speaker: Dr. Ellen Langer, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and a prolific writer, speaker, and artist

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About Dr. Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful LearningOn Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book is The Art of Noticing which pairs one-liners culled from her research with her original paintings. She has also edited the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation.

Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology. Most recently she received the Liberty Science Genius Award.

The citation for the APA distinguished contributions award reads, in part, “…her pioneering work revealed the profound effects of increasing mindful behavior…and offers new hope to millions whose problems were previously seen as unalterable and inevitable. Ellen Langer has demonstrated repeatedly how our limits are of our own making.”

Dr. Langer is a frequent speaker on mindfulness at academic, professional, and public events. She is also the founder of The Langer Mindfulness Institute and is a gallery exhibiting artist.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Making of a Modern Elder with Chip Conley

At age 52, after selling the company he founded and ran as CEO for 24 years, rebel boutique hotelier Chip Conley was looking at an open horizon in midlife. Then he received a call from the young founders of Airbnb, asking him to help grow their disruptive start-up into a global hospitality giant. He had the industry experience, but Conley was lacking in the digital fluency of his 20-something colleagues. He didn’t write code, or have an Uber or Lyft app on his phone, was twice the age of the average Airbnb employee, and would be reporting to a CEO young enough to be his son. Conley quickly discovered that while he’d been hired as a teacher and mentor, he was also in many ways a student and intern. What emerged is the secret to thriving as a mid-life worker: learning to marry wisdom and experience with curiosity, a beginner’s mind, and a willingness to evolve, all hallmarks of the “Modern Elder.”

In a world that venerates the new, bright, and shiny, many of us are left feeling invisible, undervalued, and threatened by the “digital natives” nipping at our heels. But Conley argues that experience is on the brink of a comeback. Because at a time when power is shifting younger, companies are finally waking up to the value of the humility, emotional intelligence, and wisdom that come with age. And while digital skills might have only the shelf life of the latest fad or gadget, the human skills that mid-career workers possess–like good judgment, specialized knowledge, and the ability to collaborate and coach – never expire.

Conley ignites an urgent conversation about ageism in the workplace, calling on us to treat age as we would other type of diversity. In the process, Conley liberates the term “elder” from the stigma of “elderly,” and inspires us to embrace wisdom as a path to growing whole, not old. Whether you’ve been forced to make a mid-career change, are choosing to work past retirement age, or are struggling to keep up with the millennials rising up the ranks, Wisdom@Work will help you write your next chapter.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 6 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: The Making of a Modern Elder

Speaker: Chip Conley, author, speaker, and entrepreneur, and founder of the Modern Elder Academy

About Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author and the hospitality maverick who helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech start-up into a global hospitality brand. In Wisdom@Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, he shares his unexpected journey at midlife – from CEO to intern – learning about technology as Airbnb’s Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, while also mentoring CEO Brian Chesky. Chip is the founder of the Modern Elder Academy, where a new roadmap for midlife is offered at a beautiful oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico. He serves on the board of Encore.org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity.

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Aging in Community: New (and Old) Ways of Living Well Together with Raines Cohen

The stereotypical modern ideal of independent solo living and aging is really a new modern experiment that doesn’t work well for many people. We can achieve greater independence through interdependence, if we’re willing to engage with neighbors or housemates to take care of one another. That’s what aging in community is all about.

There are lots of structures and ways that help people preserve their privacy while they share, such as setting clear limits and building relationships over time. Having a deeper shared purpose or value can support deeper relationships and caring, more than just housemates or places to live. You can get more of what you want or need in a community living arrangement by starting with a clear list of your own priorities, but instead of treating it as a list of demands, use it as a guide to your listening, and then prioritize.

All the details of our upcoming call are below:

Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: 12:00 noon Eastern (9:00 am Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 am Central, and 7 AM Hawaiian)

Topic: Aging in Community: New (and Old) Ways of Living Well Together

Speaker: Raines Cohen, community organizer and CoHousing Coach

About Raines Cohen

Raines Cohen, CSA, CLIPP, is a community organizer pioneering the field of Aging in Community. As a Cohousing Coach, he works to help people find and co-create sustainable communities, cohousing neighborhoods, EcoVillages and all forms of cooperative shared living that blend privacy and community. He has visited over 125 North American cohousing neighborhoods and lived in two, and serves as a Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Ambassador. As a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), he loves to connect life planners and folks serving elders with new options for their clients. As a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP), he looks for ways to help folks feel safer and more secure in their existing homes, as they age and evolve to incorporate new neighbors and housemates.

He wrote the Aging in Community chapter in the book Audacious Aging, was a founding member of Elders Action Network (EAN), and serves on the boards of Sage-ing International and Gray Panthers of the Berkeley/East Bay Area. He lives with his wife Betsy Morris at Berkeley (California) Cohousing.

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