Join us at the Longevity Center!
The Longevity Center is located at 24 East Cary Street on first floor of Senior Connections. While programming remains virtual for the time being, we welcome ideas for new topics.
Long-Life Round Table: Conversations for the Health of It
Join the Longevity Project for a Greater Richmond for a weekly gathering to discuss what matters to elders because, well, elders matter! Each week we’ll consider a new topic, participate in activities, hear from experts in optimal aging, and share insights from our own lived experience of aging.
Hosted by VCU gerontologist Dr. John Countryman, we’ll meet on Thursdays at 6:30 pm via the Zoom platform. An elder himself, Dr. Countryman is a Richmond resident, a retired Fine Arts and Communications professor, and CEO of the enterprise Storying Later Life.
*Please note that the recorded episodes below are audio only. For the full episode, please contact us.
Join us each Thursday at 6:30 pm (EST): Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91712481228?pwd=bms1VEl0aVB3MVA4Q2FKMjlTMDI4QT09
Episode 1: Thursday, October 15th from 6:30 - 7:30 join John and special guest, Cas Overton for the first in a two-part series on Mindfulness and Meditation using tai chi and the Feldenkrais Method. (Audio)
Episode 2: Cas Overton explains and demonstrates the Feldenkrais method and fields some fantastic questions from the Zoom audience.
Episode 3: Sharon Brewer is an enthusiastic Ageless Grace instructor who inspires her students to increase their range of motion and agility while having fun and enjoying social engagement. Ageless Grace is a chair exercise program that keeps your joints juicy and your body moving, and is the focus of her presentation this week. See Sharon on WTVR Channel 6!
Episode 4: Host John Countryman discusses Guided Autobiography with vibrant participation from audience members. Guided Autobiography is an experience of bringing people together through writing, sharing and preserving personal narratives.
Episode 5: Host John Countryman and our elder panel discuss Resilience in an Age of National Recovery. As we work together to learn and grow, what are lessons learned? How will we adapt to Covid in 2021? How will we support diversity and inclusion for all (even people we don't always agree with)?
Episode 6: The Shepherd Center's Director Julie Adams-Buchanan joins Barbara Brown from the Senior Center of Greater Richmond and Missi Boyer with Senior Connections to discuss their elder programming and the holistic benefits of volunteerism.
Thanksgiving Holiday: Programming Break
Episode 7: Join Shannon Hebbelthwaite and John in a discussion about leisure and recreation.
Episode 8: TBA....but it will be educational, entertaining, insightful and inspiring!
Longevity U is a Longevity Project initiative that works with groups of Richmond-area participants to develop personal health and wellness action plans. These evidence-based courses are designed to contribute to participants’ emotional and physical health as well as social connectedness. Our financial health module also increases knowledge and skills, while showing participants the connection between social networks and financial health.
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To request a Longevity U course please contact: email@example.com
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