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September 10, 2015
Catherine Dees: Exploring the Continuum of Life
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The Woman's Club of Minneapolis Theater
410 Oak Grove Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ms. Dees is co-creator of the Continuum Exhibit, the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and multi-faith exploration of the nature of consciousness, its relationship to the physical universe and the physical body, exploring evidence that consciousness can exist independent of the brain and body. She will explore the history and future of human reflections on timeless concepts of infinity and unity. Join us to explore a new universe of possibility along the continuum of life, and consider: what if consciousness continues past death? Tickets $35 Adults and $25 Students and Seniors 55+. Scholarships available. Group discounts available (5+). Register online. Questions? Continuum Center at 612-374-4948 or info@continuumcenter.net.

September 14, 2015
A Matter of Balance Classes - Minneapolis
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Shingle Creek Commons / CommonBond
4600 Humboldt Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55412

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Classes (Sep 14 - Nov 2) are held once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours each. There is no cost for this program. For more information contact Patrick Somsen, 651-290-6241 (patrick.somsen@commonbond.org). Download the flyer.

September 16, 2015
A Matter of Balance Classes - St Paul
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Keystone Community Center
2000 St Anthony Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities. A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. Classes (Sep 16 - Nov 4) are held once a week for 8 weeks for 2 hours per class. There is no cost for this program. For more information, contact Marsha Huges at 651-232-5444 (mhuges@healtheast.org). Download the flyer.

September 18, 2015
Speaking of "Being Mortal"
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saint Paul RiverCentre Ballroom
175 W Kellogg Blvd
St Paul, MN 55102

Dr. Atul Gawande explores the limitations of health care delivery and what really matters in end-of-life care. In a deeply personal exploration, Dr. Gawande talks about the fact that end-of-life care has shifted from the family home to hospitals and nursing homes - where caregivers are often unequipped and ill prepared to help individuals live a meaningful life to their last breath. Moderating the discussion will be Minnesota Public Radio's Cathy Wurzer. Tickets $35 includes a free copy of Being Mortal. Register online.

September 25, 2015
The Arts Access Chautauqua
The Cowles Center for Dance & Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

VSA Minnesota is conducting this two-day gathering to celebrate artists with disabilities and advancements in accessibility to the arts in light of civil rights provided in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law 25 years ago on July 26, 1990. In showcases and a public performance, Minnesota artists with disabilities will perform as musicians, actors, storytellers, dancers, and writers. Visual artists with disabilities, identified partly through our Emerging Artist Grant program (funded for 18 years by the Jerome Foundation), will also have their work exhibited. For further information, contact Shelia Bland, shelia@vsamn.org

September 28, 2015
Powerful Tools for Caregivers
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Pax Christi Catholic Community, Room 239
12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN

The Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness is proud to present this 6-week small-group education program (Mondays, Sep 28 - Nov 2). The program is designed to provide you with a wealth of self-care tools that will help you take care of yourself while taking care of others. You will learn to reduce stress, improve your self-confidence, balance your life, better communicate your feelings, increase your ability to make tough decisions, and locate helpful resources. Our facilitators have undergone training and preparation through the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging. For more information and to register for events, please call the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952-929-1697. Download the flyer.

September 28, 2015
Aging with Gusto During Active Aging Week
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Episcopal Homes
1860 University Ave West
St Paul, MN 55104

Join us for one or all of these discussions, led by the Vital Aging Network in collaboration with the Life+ Wellness Program at Episcopal Homes and the Saint Paul YMCA. Facilitatiors: Sally Brown, Christine Kellogg with support from Marion McCarthy and Kathy Kleitz.

  • Monday, September 28: What It Means to Age
  • Wednesday, September 30: Influences on Views of Aging
  • Friday, October 2: Getting to Aging with Gusto

Free and open to the public.

Download a flyer.

October 1, 2015
Memory Movements
1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
Normandale Lutheran Church
6100 Normandale Rd
Edina, MN

Memory Movements (Oct 1-22) is designed for people with mild memory loss along with a partner, friend or family member. Feel the calming, meditative effects of this enhanced T’ai Chi class while enhancing your coordination, balance and strength. Known for his gentle spirit, instructor Brian Kuebler has experience teaching this class within other community programs that serve those with memory loss. Cost: $28/couple (includes the participant and a partner or friend). For more information and to register for events, please call the Normandale Center for Healing & Wholeness at 952-929-1697. Download the flyer.

October 10, 2015
Kinship Caregivers Resource Fair
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church (East Entrance, off Lake Drive)
4512 France Ave North
Robbinsdale, MN

Are you caring for someone else's child? Come to learn about local resources and find support for your unique situation. Download the flyer.  RSVP to 651-917-4640 or www.lssmn.org/kinshipcaregivers/.

October 17, 2015
The Long Goodbye: Understanding Alzheimer's
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s, a disease that currently afflicts 5.3 million Americans.  Often referred to as “the long goodbye,” the disease slowly and devastatingly robs loved ones of memory and reason. In this seminar, participants will learn the many facets of Alzheimer’s: its treatment and research, the caregiver’s role, and what, if anything, can be done to prevent it. More information online.

October 30, 2015
Encore Transitions Series: Preparing for Post-Career Life
9:00 AM to 3:15 PM
Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Ave
St Paul, MN

This series (Oct 30, Nov 13, Nov 20, Dec 4) is designed to help you create pathways and prepare for a successful post-career life by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction as well as timely financial and health matters. Whether it is through service, learning, a new line of work, or other meaningful activities. Encore Transitions emphasizes  post-career engagement as a foundation for vitality, happiness, and healthy longevity.  Take one course or the whole series. More information online.

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