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October 2008 Archives

rick_150x225.jpg"Aging isn't an imagined concept," says Harry R. Moody. "There's undeniably a component of it that involves a physical slowing down, a decline. However, aging doesn't have to be all gloom and doom."

Moody, the director for academic affairs at AARP, is also a nationally recognized speaker on the topic of conscious aging. He'll be speaking about Later Life Creativity at the Positive Aging Conference, a national conference that will be held November 12 at the U of M.

Says Moody, "When you ask people what they should be concerned about as they age, you'll hear things like good health, being productive, etc. And those are good things--but they are mainly holdovers from things we were concerned about in youth and midlife.

coming up...November 2008

Is there a life/work transition in your future? Learn how to proactively manage the transition from "status quo," through the uncertainty of change, to new sources of satisfaction and meaning in Your Next Chapter: Exploring Work/Life Options, November 8.

Creating Your Future, November 10

Positive Aging Conference (use LearningLife discount code LIFE08), November 12

Kick-off of Katherine Hirsch’s free blog discussion of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right, November 13

bigthink.com, now in beta, houses fascinating video commentaries by luminaries such as Deepak Chopra, David McCullough, Nancy Pelosi, Richard Posner, Christopher Wheeldon, and many others. Comment on existing videos and upload your own video commentaries.

Check out former management guru Jim Selman’s blog Serene Ambition for Jim’s thoughts about aging in today’s society. In his own words, Jim’s “current passion is to transform the culture of aging from one of decline and loss to one of possibility and power.�

Headliners, the monthly forum that connects the public with University experts, kicked off its 2008-09 series on October 2 with Professor William Beeman’s presentation on Petropolitics and the Middle East. If you missed it, you can listen in and watch the presentation online.

The University’s Goldstein Museum of Design, located on the St. Paul campus, is the only design museum in the Upper Midwest. Take an online tour of their eclectic collections.