From Babies to Rocket Scientists to Retirees: We Are All Creatives with Hugh Willard

Creativity is an innate, generative, evolving process of self-expression. One application of creativity is requiring an individual to be open to new ideas and approaches to seek an original solution to a problem or challenge at hand. Adjusting to retirement presents significant challenges to an individual's emotional, mental, social, and, therefore, physical health. Pursuing creative activities is an essential component of securing and maintaining a vibrant, healthy retirement lifestyle.

In this interview, Hugh Willard will provide an in-depth exploration of the role and application of creativity in the lives of retirees. This will include:

  • a broader and deeper understanding of creativity as a tool for psychological health beyond the historical aesthetic application
  • identifying the basic components and tools of creativity and seeing the ways these support the retiree's process
  • exploring the central role of environment, including relational supports, in fostering (or inhibiting) creativity.

Note: This is an audio-only webinar. 

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

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

Topic: From Babies to Rocket Scientists to Retirees: We Are All Creatives

Speaker: Hugh Willard, psychotherapist, singer-songwriter, and author

About Hugh Willard Hugh-Willard-square From Babies to Rocket Scientists to Retirees: We Are All Creatives with Hugh Willard

Hugh J. Willard is a psychotherapist, singer-songwriter, and author with a career spanning more than thirty-five years. He has developed and taught courses on exploring identity, meaning, and creativity in the second half of life for numerous Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, including those at the Universities of Duke, Georgia, North Carolina State, and UNC-Asheville.

Hugh’s first nonfiction book, Finding Beauty in the Gray: Stories and Verse from the Third Age, was published in November 2023. His other published works include a children’s chapter book series, The Goodwill Vulture’s Club, a YA novel titled Degotoga, and a novella titled Clive’s Crossing. He is currently working on his MFA in creative nonfiction at Bay Path University. Hugh also has a podcast series titled Aging Well: Finding Beauty in the Gray.

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