Successful Aging 2013: Unleash the Power of Age!

It is the eleventh year of this event for older adults, caregivers and those interested in aging successfully! Unleash the Power of Age with classes ranging from free form dancing and fermentation to the powerful medicine of sleep and the importance of health care planning.
When May 14, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 04:00 PM
Where UNC Asheville Sherrill Center/ Kimmel Arena
Contact Name
Contact Phone 828-277-8288
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May 14, 2013


Sherrill Center/ Kimmel Arena on the UNC Asheville campus. Click here for directions.

Download the Successful Aging 2013 Brochure.

Registration is closed, please call for special arrangements.



Registration and Continental Breakfast 8:30-9:30 AM

WELCOME: Successful Aging Committee 9:00 AM

NC Center for Health and Wellness: Dr. David Gardner 9:10 AM

Chi Walking: Danny Dreyer 9:20-9:45 AM


Session I 10:00 am – 11:15 am

Memory Care Dance: Music and exercise combine to supercharge your brain. Tribal to Classics. Free-form dancing, no partner/experience required. Comfortable clothes, shoes and/or socks. Steven Jones, BA, MFA, Independent Living Social Services, Deerfield

Sleep: Powerful Medicine: How are you sleeping? To wake up refreshed and alert after a good night's sleep is one of life's greatest pleasures.  Find out about sleep disorders, many of which are diagnosable and treatable, preventing complications.  Calvin Gardner, Mission Hospital Sleep Center Director

Chi Walking: Discover your inner “Chi” or vital force/energy while learning how to apply the philosophy and movement principles of T’ai Chi to your walking style.  Danny Dreyer, Chi Walking

Power of Planning: Discussion of Advance Directives to health care decision making Panel Discussion Andrew Atherton, Dr. David Mouw, Anne Bamberger, Carole Spainhour

Safe Stride: Information about fall prevention and Gentiva nursing programs to keep you at home and out of the hospital. Shelly Maddox, RN, HHS and Scott Dickey, PT, Safe Strides Director.

Session II 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Sex, Intimacy and Aging – Is sexual vitality reserved for the young?  Absolutely not! Learn about the opportunities for healthy sexual expression as we age with Rebecca Chaplin, MA Gerontologist and Somatic Sexologist.

The Power of Better Balance  - Experience the opportunities for building better balance with a multi-station session including tour of HAPI Lab, experience of balance game, balance screenings, exercises you and do at home and more.   Brought to you by the WNC Fall Prevention Coalition and UNCA Health and Wellness Dept.

Step Into Your Power - Reclaim the balance and flexibility of a fluid walk. The innovative movements of the Feldenkrais Method® will lubricate your joints while you activate your brain with Lavinia Plonka.

Going Deeper to See More Widely Using mindfulness to make room for awareness of what is unfolding, whether you like what is happening or not, whether it is pleasant or not. NC Center for Health & Wellness UNC-Asheville Dr. Rebecca Reeve

Fermentation in the 21st Century – Bring your own glass jar and take home the ancient art of fermentaion. Visiting Chef from Everyone Cooks Michael Gentry, The Sustainable Gourmet.

Lunch 12:15 – 1:15 PM

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Centenarian Celebration

Unleash the power of life experience at this celebration, honoring of the Centenarians in our region

Main Event 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Aerobics for the Brain Creative Thinking Outside-the-Box Join Cappy Tosetti

Keep your brain healthy, fit and flexible by acting out spontaneously without fear or judgment.  Learn more about neurobics:  a scientifically based exercise program that stimulates new brain cells and connections.  Embrace the opportunity to be playful, silly and creative while building new skills and discovering unexpected talent through improvisation.  It’s about working in harmony with others, building trust, listening, responding and having fun.

Dessert and Door Prizes 3:00 PM



Registration is due by May 3, 2013

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