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November 2008 Archives

AndyGilats2.jpgMy own aging, along with that of my parents, siblings, and friends, has challenged me to become a student of what experts are calling "healthy aging." Using myself as both lab rat and lab attendant, I've been browsing, digging, reading, listening, and reacting. I've also been toning my triceps, filling up on fiber, ohm-ing at yoga, and banging the strings around my fingers against my head, asking, where has all the gray matter gone?

So what am I learning? Here's my personal short course:

Healthy aging isn't just about living a long life (though that's part of it). It's about living in good health as long as possible. Let's face it: if we're sick, disabled, or depressed in old age, we may not want a long life.

Healthy aging can be summed up with two interchangeable phrases - being well and well-being. Being well means we are healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Well-being means that these three are integrated and in balance.

Elementary, right? But how, exactly, do we stay or become well? How do we sustain or regain our well-being?

coming up...December 2008

Just in time for the holidays...the new LearningLife Web site features easy access to expert blogs, beyond the book online discussions, online communities, and more. Check it out and sign up for the new blog digest e-newsletter, bringing you the best of the blogs each month!

Beyond the Book online discussion with Katherine Hirsch: You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right

Headliners: Where Do We Go From Here? Transition in the White House, Dec. 4

Legacies: The Footprints We Leave Behind, Jan. 26

Mid-November, the Positive Aging Conference was held at the University of Minnesota. The conference’s Web site has many free resources from the presentations, including an Annual Purpose check-up worksheet by Richard Leider, a list of resources for positive aging, and Harry R. Moody’s reading list (all links will open pdf documents). (Moody was profiled in November’s Living a LearningLife.)

Looking for an interesting card to send someone this holiday season? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ online prints and drawings and photographs exhibitions allow visitors to browse the Institute’s collection by artist, by medium, or at random...and, you can send any work as an e-postcard.

The director of the University’s Human Rights Program, Barbara Frey, has been visible in our local media in recent days, as a United Nations human rights expert has asked to hear local testimony about the desecration of Hmong graves in Thailand. Frey talked with Kerry Kennedy about human rights as part of Great Conversations last spring—tune into the full-length talk.

Enjoy a colorful survey of the Minnesota Dance Theatre’s 40-year history in a University Libraries exhibition, “Houlton’s Legacy: The Magic of Dance,� from December 11 through February 20, 2009.

Attend the opening reception on December 11, and see a brief preview performance of the company’s Nutcracker Fantasy. The event is free, but reservations are required. Learn more and RSVP.