Saturday, November 17, 8:45 am – 12:30 pm
University United Methodist Church
9:00 – 10:40 am – Introduction, Keynote, with a Question and Answer / Discussion Session: RESISTING AGEIST STEREOTYPES AND AGING SUCCESSFULLY – “What Kind of an ‘Old Person Will I / Will You Become?”
11:00 – 12:30 – EMPOWERING INSIGHTS AND PRACTICAL SKILLS – “Caregiver Stress, Compassionate Caregiving, and Making Life Easier for Those Who Someday Will Take Care of Us”
Join us for a free half day workshop with author Dr. Ann Kaiser Stearns. Please RSVP through our Facebook event, on our Connection Card in the Sunday bulletins, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office (517) 351-7030.
What kind of an “old person” will I/will you become? A rich body of research describes the stereotype threat of ageism, challenging each of us to examine the explicit and implicit ageist messages that we unconsciously adopt. We truly can bring about the self-fulfilling prophecy of feeling, acting, and appearing to others as “old” before our time! Most mental deterioration before age 80 reflects disease, not the normal aging process. We can take steps to reduce our risk factors for various forms of dementia and live longer, happier, fuller lives. This half-day workshop will focus on myth-busting knowledge and empowering insights for aging successfully as well as practical skills for family members, paid caregivers and professionals who work with cognitively impaired older adults. We will address caregiver stress, including what helps and what usually doesn’t, and examine ways to make life easier for those who someday will take care of us.
Longtime Professor of Behavioral Science at the Community College of Baltimore County, Ann Kaiser Stearns, Ph.D., is the author of four books, including the national bestseller Living through Personal Crisis, published in seven languages. Dr. Stearns has received excellence in teaching awards from Maryland Psychological Association, Johns Hopkins University, and Loyola University Maryland. This will be Dr. Stearns’ first Michigan presentation on her fourth book, REDEFINING AGING – A Caregiver’s Guide to Living Your Best Life. The workshop will include a break with refreshments, and afterwards Dr. Stearns will greet audience members personally and sign books.