Conscious Aging Schedule - Fall 2018
A free lunchtime lecture series with knowledgeable speakers addressing relevant issues at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Fellowship Hall, 1737 Hillandale Rd., Durham. Wednesdays, 12:45 to 1:45. Speakers and topics are subject to change. Check olliatduke.org under Events/Conscious Aging for details.
Sep. 12 Conscious Aging event canceled due to OLLI scheduling conflict.
Sep 26 • Medicare 101 (Gary Knutson)
Join this annual update of Medicare rules and requirements geared toward people who are about to enroll in Medicare for the first time or those who are reevaluating their current coverage under Medicare A and B, Supplements, Medicare Advantage, or Part D (Drug) plans.
Gary Knutson is the Field Operations Manager for the NC Department of Insurance Senior Health Insurance Information Program (NC SHIIP).
Oct 3 • Caregiver Alternatives to Running on Empty (Lisa Gwyther)
Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or a related cognitive impairment poses unique challenges and risks for well-intentioned family caregivers. What evidence-based approaches help family caregivers minimize risks to personal health, social connections, and well-being while assuring the quality and effectiveness of their personalized care of a family member?
Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW, is a social worker and an associate professor in psychiatry at Duke with 40 years of experience working with older adults and their families in NC. She served on the National Academy of Medicine 2015 Consensus panel report on cognitive aging.
Oct 10 • How to Advocate for Yourself in the Healthcare System (Belinda Novik)
Based on her many years practicing medicine and teaching medical students, this speaker will present a guide to understanding your encounter with doctors and the medical establishment.
Belinda Novik has spent 8 years teaching Family Medicine residents and 2 years teaching medical students, all at Duke, as well as 30+ years in private practice. She has postdoc degrees in both psychopharmacology and medicine.
Oct 17 • Green Burial / Home Funerals (Sara Williams, Anne Weston)
Home funerals can be done safely and legally. And many families want to continue caring after a death occurs by having a home funeral and/or a green (natural) burial. During this lecture you will learn how to care for the body, honor the soul’s journey, and create a ceremony to begin the mourning, as well as how to advocate for yourself for a burial that may be more in line with your economic, environmental, and spiritual values.
Sara Williams has been helping families care for their own dead since 2014 and is an emeritus Board member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and Director of her local Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA-Piedmont).
Anne Weston is an educator spreading the good news about Green Burial since 2016.
Oct 31 • This Urban Planet (Will Wilson)
As we celebrate the thriving development of the Triangle, we often fail to focus on all the costs. The making of a city converts green spaces to hard spaces, and that action leads to environmental changes. This talk will focus on air quality, stormwater, and environmental health problems in urban environments.
Will Wilson earned his Ph.D. in Physics then researched topics in theoretical ecology and evolution. He currently teaches in the biology department at Duke. Most recently he's written two books on urban environments, Constructed Climates (2011) and Stormwater (2016).
Nov 7 • Cutting the Cable Cord (Howard Koslow)
Are you tired of constant price increases from your cable provider and find you’re watching fewer channels, or want to watch a great new show not on cable? This talk will help you make sense of the changing landscape of cable TV, streaming devices (e.g., Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV) and streaming services (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, to name a few). Learn how to choose the best and most cost-effective cord-cutting strategy for you.
Howard Koslow retired from IBM after more than 30 years as a software developer. He enjoys exploring technology and helping others embrace it. He cut the cord 2 years ago and has never looked back!
Nov 14 • The Duke Forest: A Resource for All Seasons (Sara Childs)
An introduction to the forest’s past, present, and future as Duke University’s original living laboratory and outdoor classroom. Information will include the forest ecosystem along with the power and healing of the great outdoors.
Sara DiBacco Childs is the Director of the Duke Forest, a 7,000-acre teaching and research laboratory owned by Duke University. Sara received her master’s degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Nov 28 • Carolina Tiger Rescue (Katie Cannon)
Carolina Tiger Rescue (CTR) in Pittsboro not only provides a forever home to exotic animals in need; it educates the public on how we can make a difference for wild animals in captivity and in the wild. It is currently home to over 40 exotic animals, including tigers, lions, and cougars, some of which were rescued from private ownership or roadside zoos. Each of their stories provides a unique opportunity to educate the public on the plight of wild animals in captivity and their wild cousins. Put CTR on your list of wonderful places to take your grandchildren, out of town visitors, and yourselves!
Katie Cannon is the Education Director at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Trained as a teacher, she is enjoying this second career facilitating education programs about these special animals.
Free to OLLI members --- No registration needed
St. Luke's Episcopal Church
1737 Hillandale Rd.
OLLI activities are cancelled if the Durham schools are closed, listen for news announcements if the weather is bad.