Senior Americans Day

Experience new sessions during the 29th Annual Senior Americans Day. Choose from breakout sessions on history, culture, health, wellness and creativity. Enjoy lunch with friends, exhibit booths and enter to win door prizes and grand prize travel packages.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs, Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Next Session 06/06/2017 in Eau Claire

UW-Eau Claire Campus: W.R. Davies Center

77 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Schedule June 6, 2017 7:15am to 3:30pm

This program meets 7:15am to 3:30pm.

Who Should Attend

Anyone age 55 and better!

Program Description

7:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Opening Session

Welcome from the Senior Americans Day planning committee

Keynote Address: “The Healing Power of Humor”

Dr. Stuart Robertshaw

In 1987 Dr. Stuart Robertshaw, teacher, psychologist and attorney, read that "preschool children laugh or smile over 400 times per day, adults over the age of 35 - only 15 times per day."  That single quote started his personal journey to review scientific and medical research regarding the benefits of laughter and humor. By mid-1990, he announced the formation of the National Association for the Humor Impaired. Join us as "Dr. Humor" will share what he has learned about the psychological and physiological benefits of laughter and humor as they relate to taking care of ourselves, our friends and our loved ones.

9:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Session One

A Year on Review: Why 2016 was a terrific year for movies! (17P550)

Dustyn Dubuque – Film Reviewer, Dunn County News

Dubuque will cover what made 2016 a hit for movies.  He will cover the blockbuster hits to foreign dramas to independent darlings.  The presentation will culminate with his top 10 films of 2016.

 

Be Security Aware!  How Secure is Your Personal Information? (17P502) SOLD OUT

Joan Radtke, Retired Credit and Payments Professional

Personal data can be on paper, in emails, on voicemail, on a mobile phone, etc. How well are you protecting your personal assets? Are you thinking before you click? Are your passwords secure? This interactive class will offer simple ways to protect from identity theft and credit card fraud.

Alcoholism and the Older Adult (17P501)

Ken P. and Marybeth S. – Representatives of Alcoholics Anonymous

Problem drinking is a growing issue in the aging population. Two older, recovering alcoholics look forward to sharing their stories.  You’ll learn the definition of alcoholism, signs of a drinking problem and how the non-alcoholic can help.

Creative Doodling (17P506) SOLD OUT

Cindi Moist

Everyone can doodle! Use doodling as a way of decorating whatever art or craft you enjoy, and find out how doodling can relax and focus your mind.

Postcards from the Past- Pictures of Eau Claire (17P512)

David Tank – Planet Creek Press

Menomonie author/photographer David Tank will share his experiences taking the photographs for his newest book, “Postcards from the Past: Then and Now Pictures of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.” David will also share some tips for taking your own then-and-now photos.

Learn to Play Kubb (17P511)

Eric Anderson, Director – U.S. National Kubb Championship

Eau Claire is the Kubb Capital of North America! In this session, you will learn and play this Nordic game that is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

The Unexpected Caregiver on the Yellow Brick Road (17P514)

Moira Kneer, Community Outreach Coordinator – Sacred Heart Hospital Center for Spiritual Care

Most caregivers in this country are family members and most of us never planned on being caregivers. We provide millions of dollars in care for our loved ones, bearing sometimes almost unbearable burdens. We’ll focus on the pressures that caregivers undergo and ways to deal with the challenges of caregiving.

Embroidery on Greeting Cards (17P508) SOLD OUT

Ellen Nelson, Owner – Threade Bear & Jan Morris

Participants will learn how to use a variety of embroidery stitches to decorate greeting cards. This is a simple method of creating unique and personal cards for any occasion. *Special $2 course fee.

 

We Are Glad You Are Our Neighbor (17P516)

Rev. Dr. David Anderson & Joyce Anderson, M.A. – Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope (JONAH)

Participants will grow in their awareness of the current local situation for Latino immigrants while sharing their own families' stories of migration.

Get Outside and Play Petanque (17P509)

Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology – UW-Eau Claire & Anne-Marie Bittner

Petanque is an outdoor game played with steel balls on smooth packed surfaces such as infields or parking lots. It is similar to the more well-known bocce ball which is usually played on grass. It is low intensity exercise, but good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. Easy to learn, come and play!

Writing Autobiographies (17P517) SOLD OUT

Ralph Schneider, Emeritus Professor of English – UW-Eau Claire

The presentation will give attendees ideas about on how to start assembling their own mini-autobiographies. The writing will be very much audience driven--and one very likely audience will be the writers' children and grandchildren. The benefits of such work are many: contributions to family histories and stories as well as the writers' increased understanding of ourselves and our own lives. Writing is not just putting down what is presently in our minds, but a process of discovery. *Special $2 course fee.

Boost Your Brain – Tips and Tricks! (17P504)

Lindsey Creapeau, Director of Community Relations – Azura Memory Care

Learn easy head-to-toe tricks to keep your brain healthy! This program will max your mind muscles and provide you with easy ideas to boost your brain in your everyday routine.

Eat Well. Age Well. (17P507)

Pamela VanKampen, RDN, CD – Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources

Join me for this fun and engaging session as we talk about recipes, meal ideas, and review supplements you may need as you age.  We will focus on your total diet, emphasizing healthy, nutrient dense foods!

Container Gardening (17P505)  SOLD OUT

Jenny Reit, Owner- May’s Floral Garden

Learn how to combine the best colors and combinations that will grow in your location.  Combinations will be annuals, perennials and houseplants.

Is my Diabetes Diagnosis a Dilemma? (17P510)

Ann Bauch, Clinical Dietician and Diabetes Education Counselor & Joanne Walker, RN – Mayo Clinic Health System

Receiving a diabetes diagnosis can seem overwhelming and frightening. In this session, learn how you can manage your diagnosis and enjoy life. Join this practical, interactive session to learn how diabetes develops, what healthy food choices and portion sizes are, which carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are rich in nutrition, if exercise really makes a difference, and what research is showing us.

Beginning Tai Chi (17P503) SOLD OUT

Charlene Zeng

Tai Chi appears to be slow moving and effortless, but it actually provides many of the physical benefits of other types of exercise including strength, flexibility, and balance. Come relieve stress in this fun workshop!

The Truth About Hearing (17P513)

Melinda O’Meara, Hearing Instrument Specialist – Miracle-Ear

Hearing loss is linked to dementia and Alzheimer's, so we’ll explore why preventative care is critical to brain health and overall physical and emotional wellbeing.  We’ll also discuss what hearing loss looks like and how to put together a hearing healthcare treatment plan.

10:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Break

Visit the Sponsor Gallery to sign up for door prizes, The Joy Booth to have your free photo taken and free health screenings (no appointment or fasting necessary).

11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Session Two

Chair Yoga: Beginning Ease in Daily Movement (17P520)  SOLD OUT

Kathy McAlister, Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist

Yoga helps bring balance and order to our circulation, metabolism, strength, alignment, breath, and emotions. Improve your sleeping, thinking, digestion and natural movement with this Chair Yoga session. Come explore how to take care of your body, mind and spirit while sustaining a lifelong balance. Practice simple movements to feel better.

Advance Care Planning (17P518)

Penney Dupee, BS, CSW Coordinator Advance Care Planning & Marilyn Follen, RN, MSN Coordinator Advance Care Planning – Marshfield Clinic Health System

Advance care planning is a process of understanding, reflecting on, and discussing future medical decisions, including end-of-life preferences. This presentation will guide you in that process. It will help you consider the qualities of a health care agent and explore your goals for treatment, with the ultimate goal of putting your wishes down in an advance directive.

Solo Travel Adventures (17P529)

Daniel Norstedt, Emeritus Associate Professor – UW-Eau Claire

Mr. Norstedt has lived and traveled alone in Germany, China and Scotland.  In this workshop, he’ll share his methods for traveling by himself abroad. He will give tips on exploring countries that speak a different language and will share the benefits of traveling alone.

Designing Floral Arrangements! (17P523)  SOLD OUT

Brent Douglas Stelzer, Owner - Brent Douglas Flowers

Attendees will gather a basic understanding of floral design and create their own flower arrangement to take home.  *Special $10 course fee

Beginning Tai Chi (17P519)  SOLD OUT

Charlene Zeng

Tai Chi appears to be slow moving and effortless, but it actually provides many of the physical benefits of other types of exercise including strength, flexibility, and balance. Come relieve stress in this fun workshop!

Vintage Railroad Pictures from Northwest Wisconsin (17P531)

Arlyn Colby – Barron Railroad Books

Mr. Colby has written three railroad history books: The Mondovi Line, The Blueberry Line, and the Chippewa Valley Line and is beginning Omaha Branchlines. He will show historical railroad pictures from Northwest Wisconsin.

Creative Doodling (17P522)  SOLD OUT

Cindi Moist

Everyone can Doodle! Use doodling as a way of decorating whatever art or craft you enjoy, and find out how doodling can relax and focus your mind.

Famous Free Speech Controversies in Wisconsin (17P525)

Dr. Tim Shiell, Professor – UW-Stout

This interactive presentation will invite participants to discuss selected famous free speech controversies in Wisconsin both historically and currently, and consider the many ways freedom of expression has evolved throughout history.

Get Outside and Play Petanque (17P526)

Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology – UW-Eau Claire & Anne-Marie Bittner

Petanque is an outdoor game played with steel balls on smooth packed surfaces such as infields or parking lots. It is similar to the more well-known bocce ball which is usually played on grass. It is low intensity exercise, but good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. Easy to learn, come and play!

What to Read Next (17P532)

Jennifer Cook, Associate Reference Librarian – L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

Learn how to better use the public library and its catalog and other online resources to help improve your exploration and enjoyment of new books, series, authors, genres and more!

Living with Resonance (17P528)

Mark Schulz, Pastor of Guiding – Peace Lutheran Church

Older adults living resonant lives desire to finish well as they utilize their abilities and experience to make a difference. In this workshop, we’ll explore formative events in your life, past experiences that really shaped who you are today. You’ll identify your biggest strengths and work to identify opportunities that align with those strengths. The overall goal is to help you make significant contributions in your life, and to live life to the fullest.

Container Gardening (17P521)  SOLD OUT

Jenny Reit, Owner- May’s Floral Garden

Learn how to combine the best colors and combinations that will grow in your location.  Combinations will include annuals, perennials and houseplants.

Tools for Healthy Living with Evidence-Based Programs (17P530)

Deb Bruning, Prevention Program Coordinator – Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County

What can we do to improve stamina, manage ongoing health conditions, and protect our independence? Learn about evidence-based health promotion programs offered by Aging & Disability Resource Centers around Wisconsin.

Embroidery on Greeting Cards (17P524)  SOLD OUT

Ellen Nelson – Threade Bear

Jan Morris

Participants will learn how to use a variety of embroidery stitches to decorate greeting cards. This is a simple method of creating unique and personal cards for any occasion. *Special $2 course fee.

Wisconsin Public Radio…100 years and counting (17P533)

Dean Kallenbach, Senior Regional Manager – Wisconsin Public Radio

“The State Stations” have evolved since 1917 from a resource for homemakers and farmers to a classroom experience to WPR’s current focus on news, issues-based talk and classical music.

With Age Comes Wisdom (17P534)

Moira Kneer, Community Outreach Coordinator –Sacred Heart Hospital Center for Spiritual Care

As we journey through life we are afforded opportunities to learn from our experiences and acquire abundant wisdom! Using familiar comic strips and the wonderful poem by Jenny Joseph titled "Warning", we will take the time to reflect, to laugh, and to acknowledge the worlds of wisdom that all of us hold.

Learn to Play Kubb (17P527)

Eric Anderson, Director – U.S. National Kubb Championship

Eau Claire is the Kubb Capital of North America! In this session, you will learn and play this Nordic game that is enjoyed by all ages and abilities. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch

Meal is included in the registration fee.

1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Break

Visit the Sponsor Gallery to sign up for door prizes, The Joy Booth to have your free photo taken and free health screenings (no appointment or fasting necessary).

1:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Session Three

Beginning Tai Chi (17P537)  SOLD OUT

Charlene Zeng

Tai Chi appears to be slow moving and effortless, but it actually provides many of the physical benefits of other types of exercise including strength, flexibility, and balance. Come relieve stress in this fun workshop!

Living Well with Changing Vision (17P544)

Jean Kalscheur, Director of Education and Vision Services – Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired

In this session, we’ll discuss the typical changes to eyes as we age, and learn about living with changing vision.  This interactive workshop will allow you to try on simulators for cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma to better understand vision changes associated with eye diseases.

Photography Basics (17P546)

Claude Schilling

Explore photography basics in this workshop, including which camera suits you best.  Mr. Schilling will provide you with examples of how you can create photographs, ranging from photographing grandchildren to landscapes.

Write Your Obituary: You Get the Last Word (17P549)  SOLD OUT

CeCelia Zorn, PhD, RN, Novelist, Professor Emerita – UW-Eau Claire

Learn how to write an obituary that includes necessary information but is also personal, concise, and memorable.  We’ll discuss the specific parts of an obituary, photo and media considerations, and writing strategies.  A detailed handout will be provided.

Living Mindfully (17P543)  SOLD OUT

Amy Segerstrom, MS, LPC, Coordinator of The Healing Place – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Life is full of stressors that keep us from being fully in tune to our lives. This session offers information about mindfulness practices as a way of caring for oneself.

Embroidery on Greeting Cards (17P539)  SOLD OUT

Ellen Nelson – Threade Bear & Jan Morris

Participants will learn how to use a variety of embroidery stitches to decorate greeting cards. This is a simple method of creating unique and personal cards for any occasion. *Special $2 course fee.

Strokes are Brain Attacks: Learn to prevent them (17P547)

Angela Oldenberg, Nurse Practitioner, Neurology – Mayo Clinic Health System

A stroke is a serious, emergency situation. Learn what a stroke is and see MRI and CT brain scans of a patient who had a stroke and discover what you can do to prevent a stroke.

Friending Facebook (17P540)  SOLD OUT

Caitlin Hites, Training Coordinator and Instructional Designer – Learning and Technology Services UW-Eau Claire

Ready to dive into social media? Start with Facebook! Join us as we overview the basics of Facebook's interface and security. And who knows, you might even reconnect with a few friends!

An Eau Claire Norwegian-American Writes about Immigration (17P535)

Douglas Pearson, Ager Association President & Tim Hirsch, Founder – Waldemar Ager Association

Eau Claire novelist Waldemar Ager wrote about the pressures faced by immigrants to give up their cultural heritage to become comfortable in their new homes. We’ll explore how Ager's writing is relevant to us today.

Designing Floral Arrangements! (17P538)  SOLD OUT

Brent Douglas Stelzer, Owner - Brent Douglas Flowers

Attendees will gather a basic understanding of floral design and create their own flower arrangement to take home.  *Special $10 course fee.

Get Outside and Play Petanque (17P541)

Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology – UW-Eau Claire & Anne-Marie Bittner

Petanque is an outdoor game played with steel balls on smooth packed surfaces such as infields or parking lots. It is similar to the more well-known bocce ball which is usually played on grass. It is low intensity exercise, but good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. Easy to learn, come and play!

The Mabel Tainter: The most spectacular theater (17P548)

Andrew Mercil, Board Member – Mabel Tainter Theater

Travel into the past as we highlight the history, architecture, and design of what CNN Travel called one of the 15 most spectacular theaters in the world.

Identify Theft and Social Media (17P542)

Melissa Janssen, Community Financial Education Coordinator & Andrea Finn, Digital Marketing Manager – Royal Credit Union

Are you vulnerable to identity theft?  In this session, you’ll learn what scams are currently impacting our area and how social media behaviors put consumers at risk. What should you do if you are victim of identity theft?  Come to this session so you can better protect yourself online!

Art & Aging: The Creativity Connection (17P536)  SOLD OUT

Diane Rowe, Director – Autumn Village Assisted Living

A brief presentation on Gene Cohen's work on the health benefits of creativity in aging. We'll have a brief art project as a "make & take" to encourage the process. *Special $5 course fee.

Mayberry- A Different Time and Place (17P545)

Ken Anderson, The Mayberry Guru

A nostalgic visit back to that wonderful quintessential TV town of Mayberry, North Carolina. Come and learn why the Classic TV show "The Andy Griffith Show" continues to be a much loved television icon even after more than 50 years.

2:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  Closing Session

Entertainment: “Stepping Up” featuring dancers from Janelle's School of Irish Dance

Janelle's School of Irish Dance will present a series of traditional Irish Ceili and Step-dances, all performed to incredible Irish dance music that is bound to get you clappin' and your toes a tappin'!

Evaluation and Door Prizes

Including the grand prize travel package from Skywest Airlines, the dinner and show package from the Mabel Tainter Theater and the Duke and Dagger Restaurant, along with other fabulous prizes from our sponsors. Must be present to win.

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Instructors

Dr. Stuart Robertshaw received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from MacMurray College in 1965, his Master’s degree in Psychology from Illinois State University in 1968, his Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Kansas in 1971 and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1978. From 1971 until 1998, he was a professor of Psychology and Special Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. In June of 1998, he retired from the University to assume full time responsibilities as President and CEO of the National Association for the Humor Impaired.

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Standard Fee $50.00

Fee includes fee includes instruction, handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, entertainment, and refreshments.

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