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Embracing Age-Positive: Changing the Conversation about Aging in Maine
with Don Harden
Class meets every other week:
March; 7, 21, April 4, 18, May 2, 16; 10-11:30
What we think, feel, and believe about getting older matters! If we live with positive beliefs about our own aging, research has found that we're likely to live 7.5 years longer than those who believe aging is about disease and decline. Age-positive beliefs also lead to better brain health, and less chronic disease and anxiety.
So, why are so many of us worried about aging and being old? The answer is ageism, and it’s so engrained in us that many Americans don’t even believe it’s real!
The Embracing Age-Positive course will talk about ageism and its impacts and explore the effects of age-positivity. Course participants will engage in self-reflection and conversation about their own aging, and develop curiosity and courage to see, name and disrupt ageism.
Don is a founder of the Maine Council on Aging and coordinates the Power in Aging Project, MCOA’s new anti-ageism movement to build a more age-positive culture in Maine through conversation and action. He has been affiliated with Catholic Charities Maine for over 43 years most recently as Director of Aging Services and represents the voice of older workers at the State Workforce Board. He serves as care partner with his mother who lives independently and celebrated her 100th birthday this past May.
Jacob Herrick Roak: Legacies from Auburn's Industrial Past
with Lin Wright
This talk will explore the industrial legacies through a look at the history three extant Auburn buildings: Phoenix Block, Roak Block and Barker Mill and Jacob Roak's role in their establishment.
Lin is a genealogist and historian who has taught genealogy classes at LACS for many years.