2651 - Embracing Challenges and Opportunities in the Last Third of Life
In the last third of our lives, we face both challenges and opportunities. Retirement, loss of a job, a diagnosis or the loss of our mate are major transitions that can create chaos in our lives and threaten our identity/self-esteem. • What do we see as our challenges as we age? • What are the opportunities?• Our experience watching our parents age can influence our expectations in both positive and negative ways. • Do we view this Third Chapter as a time of learning and growth? Or is it a time of decline and physical/emotional suffering?Research shows our answers to these questions impact our health and ultimately our longevity. Each class a series of questions will be offered to launch the discussion. The underlying premise of this course is that we each carry our own answers to these questions and through our listening to each other we gain additional insight. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion, Listening to Music or Other Audio; Viewing Videos.
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Michael McLeod practiced medicine at Duke for 33 years, including serving as associate director of the Practice Course for 15 years, teaching medical students how to develop a trusting relationship with patients. He is co-convener of the Conscious Aging & Elderhood Initiative at the Eco Institute at Pickard's Mountain. He and his late wife, Anita,have participated and led community conversations about conscious aging and end of life issues.