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Encore Transitions: Aging Well, Being Well

Date: 11/02/2012

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $150


This daylong course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


Did you know that as we get older, we become less like one another? This allows us to define good health and healthy longevity for ourselves. Aging Well/Being Well will explore the physical and social aspects of positive aging, and include discussions about the roles of resiliency, wellness, and well being.

Highlights include:

  • Positive Aging: Aging is not a disease, condition, or descent into frailty and dependence, and this easy-to-swallow overview of the aging process, includes physiology, brain changes, and social positioning. Learn how to cultivate health consciousness and body awareness, and what makes for healthy longevity.
  • Engaged as We Age: Hear the latest vital-aging research, and discover why working, helping, socializing, and learning, as well as autonomy, mastery, and purpose, are keys to happiness later in life. You'll also learn about the "Third Age" as a time of personal fulfillment and second chances, and how to shape your life for personal satisfaction and healthy longevity.
  • The Roots of Resilience: What are the elements of a resilient life? How do life balance, meaningful connections, and joy contribute to resilience? Discover how resilience helps us stay whole and bounce back from, life's expected and unexpected changes and challenges.
  • The Doctors Are In! Enjoy a Q& A with Dr. Emmons and Dr. Spinelli, followed by an informal conversation and book signing with Dr. Emmons.

This session is part of a four-session series. All sessions include refreshments, lunch, and resources. Take all four sessions ($500) or single sessions ($150). To learn more, visit Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life

Henry Emmons, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist who has conducted workshops and retreats on mindfulness and health realization in medicine, resilience training, and the evolution from clinician to healer. He is the author of two critically acclaimed books on resilience and well being, The Chemistry of Joy (Fireside, 2005) and The Chemistry of Calm (Touchstone, 2010). He practices general and holistic psychiatry, consults with colleges and organizations, and teaches resiliency skills through the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Andrea (Andy) Gilats, Ph.D., is an educator who has developed and led a variety of continuing education and lifelong learning programs during her three decades in the University of Minnesota's College of Continuing Education. She has done extensive research on older adults in work and life transition for the past six years.

Bill Spinelli, M.D., is a family physician and Distinguished Fellow at the Allina Center for Health Care Innovation. Four years ago, a Bush Foundation Medical Fellowship allowed him to earn a Master of Public Affairs degree at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs with a special interest in authentic leadership. While there, he created the Heartwood Project, an initiative to help seasoned physicians reduce their clinical work and move toward their "encores" through reflective dialogue, giving to the community, and mentoring younger physicians. He is the co-founder of Encore Transitions.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/8uc

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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