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Senior Americans Day 2020

Registration opens Tuesday, March 10.

Key Program Information
Categories Youth and Community Programs | Community Classes for Adults
Program Type Non-Credit
Delivery Format Face-to-Face
Series Community Classes for Adults
Next Session Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Eau Claire

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

77 Roosevelt Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Schedule June 2, 2020 7am to 3:00pm

Who Should Attend

Anyone age 55 and better!

Senior Americans Day Bocce Ball

Program Description

Registration for Senior Americans Day Opens March 10, 2020

Save the date! The 32nd annual Senior Americans Day is on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

At the 32nd annual event, choose from inspiring breakout sessions where you will learn about local history, cultural diversity, health, wellness, and creativity. Attend free health screenings, get a massage, and have a free photo taken in the photo booth. Enjoy lunch with your friends and peruse dozens of exhibit booths where you can pick up valuable information and register for fabulous door prizes. You do not want to miss it! Join our mailing list to learn more.

For over 30 years, Senior Americans Day has been one of the largest events for seniors in the Chippewa Valley. Businesses and organizations have the opportunity to showcase their services to over 500 people in our community at this annual event.

Learn About Being a Sponsor

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020 // 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Experience a new season, new topics and great entertainment at this “positively ageless” event. At Senior Americans Day, you will have the chance to win fabulous prizes! 

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Cost & Registration Details

Standard Cost: $50 per person

Early Bird Discount: $40 per person through March 31, 2020!

The fee includes a keynote speaker, workshops, tote bags, handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and entertainment. Please be aware that some workshops have an additional fee for supplies or materials. Additional fees are noted in the workshop description. 

Registration 

  • In order to make your registration process go as smoothly as possible, please read the Registration Tips

Limited scholarships are available 

  • Thanks to the generosity of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, we have scholarship funds available.
  • If you would like to apply for a scholarship, call UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 (toll-free 866-893-2423).
  • Please note, you must call to request a scholarship BEFORE you register.

 

Event Schedule

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. // Check-in, continental breakfast and more

Doors open at 7 a.m. - Make time to enjoy the following activities:

  • Continental Breakfast // Sponsored by Care Partners Assisted Living LLC

  • Sponsor Galleries // Featuring goods and services of over 70 area organizations and businesses. Grab fun freebies and sign-up for door prizes! Be sure to have booth representatives mark your sponsor gallery bingo card to enter for the prize drawings!

  • Photo Booth // Sponsored by AARP
    • Visit the photo booth to have your Free photo taken!
    • The Joy Booth is open from 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:20 - 1:35 p.m.

  • Free Health Screenings!
    • Cholesterol Screening and Blood Sugar Testing // Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System
    • Chair Massages and Personal Trainer Assessments // Sponsored by Optimum Therapies
    • Hearing Screenings // Sponsored by Prevea Health 

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. // Opening Session

Welcome from the Senior Americans Day Planning Committee

Keynote Address by Zorba Paster // “How to Live a Long, Sweet Life - Cracking Your Longevity Code” // Sponsored by Grace Lutheran Communities

Longevity has become the medical buzzword of the moment as we all, young and old, contemplate how we would most like to live out our lives. We all want to know the tricks for prolonging our life spans. Physicians, researchers, and scientists have devoted thousands of pages to the topic. Longevity is a two-sided coin, with quantity on one side and quality on the other. Just as no one wants a great life that’s cut short prematurely, no one wants a life that’s simply long and not satisfying on many levels. We want to have it both ways: long and great. And in fact, we can!

Zorba Paster will discuss the five unique and interrelated spheres of wellness: the physical, the mental, the family and social, spiritual, and the material. Identifying which areas need the most improvement and which are already robust is the key to unlocking your personal longevity code and will ultimately guide you in devising the most effective plan for enhancing your life span. Zorba Paster’s keynote address will provide tools and insight so that you can live a long, sweet life.

Zorba Paster
Zorba Paster

 

Dr. Zorba Paster has been a practicing family physician in the small town of Oregon, Wisconsin, for more than forty years. He also teaches medical students and residents as an adjunct professor of Family Medicine in Madison.  But many of us know him for his decade of work on the public radio show, Zorba Paster On Your Health, which is produced by Wisconsin Public Radio. 

In addition, he is a regular commentator on WISC-TV3, the CBS station in Madison, a columnist in the Wisconsin State Journal and other newspapers, and the editor of TopHealth, a monthly wellness letter with more than 1 million readers.

His book, The Longevity Code: Your Personal Prescription for a Longer Sweeter Life, which was published by Random House and followed up with a PBS special, was a smashing success.  Dr. Paster also cares for the Dalai Lama, arranging for his medical care when he travels in the U.S.  

 

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. // Break

 

10:15 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. // Session One

 

Unlocking Your Personal Longevity Code (20P6365K)
Dr. Zorba Paster, Physician and Radio Commentator – Wisconsin Public Radio

In order to achieve your longevity plan and live a happy, satisfied, fulfilling, and vivacious life, you must find balance and good health in all five spheres of wellness. Join Zorba Paster for a deep dive discussion on the five spheres of wellness. He will discuss the science behind the spheres and will provide tips that will help you live a long, sweet life!

 

Monarch Parenting 101 (20P6365A)
Ellen Wynkoop, Desktop Publishing Specialist – Wynkoop Training and Design

Discover how easy it is to raise monarch butterflies with simple, inexpensive supplies and a few milkweed leaves. Learn more than you ever imagined about monarchs and milkweed in this informative and energetic presentation. Plus, reconnect with nature and gain confidence in your own citizen-science abilities. Be prepared to fall in love with this new summer hobby!

 

The Con Artist’s Playbook: How to Spot and Avoid Scams (20P6365B)
Courtney Anclam, Senior Program Specialist - AARP

Learn what tricks scammers use to get you to fall for their schemes, and how you can protect yourself from fraud.

 

Living a Life of Positivity (20P6365C)
Paula Gibson, Regional Director of Communications and Engagement – Azura Memory Care

Learn simple techniques that will help turn your frown upside down.  This interactive presentation will have you laughing and loving these simple techniques to enhance your life.

 

Fact-Checking Misinformation: How to Avoid Fake News and Scams (20P6365D)
Kate Hinnant, Associate Professor – UW-Eau Claire

We live in a time when legitimate information sources, as well as scammers and spin doctors, are all vying for our attention. How do you decide what and who to trust? A recent study conducted by Stanford researchers found that when it comes to identifying credible information online, professional fact-checkers were better than both college students and history professors at determining trustworthy information. During this presentation, you will learn how professional fact-checkers review websites and emails.

 

Getting a Move On (20P6365E)
Julie Brown, Realtor – Remax Affiliates 
Connie Kees, Professional Organizer & Owner – Consult An Organizer

As individuals over the age of 50, your needs aren't the same as a first-time homebuyer or seller. You might be looking to retire, downsize, or join an active adult community. Whatever reason you may have for considering a move, you can depend on an SRES® (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and a Professional Organizer to guide you through every part of the process.

 

Steamboats on the Lower Chippewa River (20P6365F)
Brian Gabriel, Historical Videographer – Remember When

Join Brian as he discusses the evolution of transportation on the Chippewa River. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a virtual flyover above the Lower Chippewa River and see many steamboat landings. He will also discuss the purpose of the Chippewa River steamboats, describe the different types of steamboats and the end of the steamboat era.

 

Free Speech, Press, Assembly and Religion in Wisconsin (20P6365G) 
Dr. Tim Shiell, Director, Menard Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovations, Professor – UW-Stout 

This interactive presentation will draw attendees into a discussion of four major Wisconsin First-Amendment related legal cases and their contemporary relevance: the 1890 Edgerton Bible case and freedom of religion; the 1972 Kois obscenity case and freedom of the press; the 1981 Democratic Party case and freedom of association; and the 1991 UW System hate speech case and freedom of speech.

 

Cooking for One or Two (20P6365H)
Amanda Schmidt, Dietetic Internship Director – UW-Stout

Are you used to cooking for your family, but now it's just you or you and your partner?  Have you had a hard time scaling back, or are you just tired of cooking? Eating alone or with one other person can make cooking a meal seems like a big effort for a small reward. Instead of saying “Why bother?”, come and learn how to prepare quick, simple, small and nutritious meals.

 

Securing and Preserving Your Retirement Strategy (20P6365I)
Sheri Sorensen and Matthew Olson, Financial Associates – Thrivent Financial

Life is full of surprises. Do you have a plan in place? This workshop will explore high-level concepts around protection and preservation options to get you started on a plan that provides for both the expected and the unexpected. We will also explore the importance of establishing plans for your assets when you are no longer here to make those decisions.

 

The Night Sky (20P6365J)
Heidi Conde, Retired Natural Resources Educator - DNR

Increase your enjoyment of the night sky by understanding the apparent motion of celestial bodies. Learn to use a planisphere to navigate the constellations.

 

Let’s Talk About Medicare Fraud (20P6365L)
Ingrid Kundinger, Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol Project Manager -  Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol

Did you know that Medicare loses billions, yes BILLIONS of dollars each year due to fraud, errors, and abuse? Think it can’t happen to you? Think it doesn’t happen in Wisconsin? Unfortunately, think again: it could, and it does. Join us to learn more about how you can protect, detect and report Medicare fraud, errors and abuse with the help of Wisconsin’s Senior Medicare Patrol.

 

Triumph Over Toxins: Medically Sound Detox Strategies (20P6365M)
Dr. Kristie Gering – Spero Wellness Center

Toxins speed up the aging process. In this workshop, we will define toxins (toxic emotions, relationships, food, microbes, EMFs, chemicals, metals, etc.). We will also discuss ways to reduce toxin exposure and outline medically sound strategies to help remove toxins from the body.

 

Wisconsin Ghosts and the After Life (20P6365N)
Terry Fisk, Author – Unexplained Research, LLC

Terry Fisk will discuss his confrontations with the famous skeptic and debunker James Randi. He will also describe his ghost investigations with world-renowned medium Allison DuBois (the real-life inspiration for the hit CBS series, Medium) and psychic Chip Coffey (from TV’s Paranormal State and Psychic Kids). This session will examine some of the haunted locations in Wisconsin personally investigated by Mr. Fisk. He will share photos, case histories, eyewitness accounts, and ghost lore.

 

Yoga for Seniors (20P6365O)
Lucinda Kemmet, RYT-200 Yoga Instructor – The Yoga Room

Proven health benefits of yoga include strength, balance, mental outlook, breath capacity, improved posture, and reduced pain. This presentation will provide background information regarding yoga. We will do Chair Yoga and breathing exercises. You will also receive a handout with suggestions for home practice.  (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Choosing the Difficult Right Over the Easy Wrong (20P6365P)
Jean Jirovec, Retired Marriage and Family Counselor

Learn to develop skills to maintain your integrity when relating to others in times of intense emotions, including times of sadness, embarrassment, frustration, annoyance, anger, and differing opinions.  (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Backyard Bocce Ball (20P6365Q)
Bruce Neeb, Retired

This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics and strategies of this popular version of traditional Italian lawn bowling. Bruce will describe the difference between "Bocce Ball" and more formal, tournament-style Bocce. You will learn how easy it can become a highlight of family and neighborhood events. Bocce Ball is played on a grass court, but the game requires no particular level of fitness. (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Get Outside and Play Petanque (20P6365R)
Ann-Marie Bittner - Joel’s Petanque Club 
Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology - UW-Eau Claire

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. Playing petanque is a low-intensity exercise, but it is good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. It is easy to learn, so come and play! (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. // Break

 

  • Visit the Sponsor Galleries // Without our sponsors, Senior Americans Day would not be possible.
    • Please visit our Sponsor Galleries in the 1st floor marketplace area, 2nd floor Blugold living room area and on the 3rd floor.
    • Sponsor Galleries will remain open until 1:35 p.m. Don’t forget to have booth representatives mark your Bingo card for the prize drawings!
  • Visit the Photo Booth and have your FREE photo taken // Sponsored by AARP
  • Free Health Screenings // Available until 1:35 p.m.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. // Session Two

 

Designing Floral Arrangements! (20P6365S) 
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.  *Additional $ 10-course fee

 

Caring Conversations: Let’s Talk About Advance Care Planning (20P6365T)
Penney Dupee, BS CSW, Coordinator-Advance Care Planning – Marshfield Clinic Health System

Make a plan for peace of mind.  What if an illness or injury left you unable to speak for yourself? Who would you want to speak for you? What would you want that person to know about your values and wishes? Advance care planning will help you think about the care you do or do not want and take the necessary steps to complete a legal document outlining your wishes.

 

Okay Boomer: Intergenerational Conflict and Remedies as We Face the Challenges of the Future  (20P6365U)
Donald Mowry, Emeritus Professor of Social Work & Eau Claire County Board Supervisor (District 9)

In New Zealand, a 25-year old was recently challenged by an older person when she was advocating for climate change policies. Her response was “Okay Boomer”. This presentation will delve into the intergenerational conflict between Boomers and other subsequent generations. It will elicit possible ways to resolve this conflict and move forward in collaborative ways to address the challenges that confront our collective futures.

 

The Poetry Habit: Awakening to Wonder Through Poems (20P6365V)
Amy Segerstrom, MS, Licensed Professional Counselor & Owner – Passages: Companioning for Life’s Journeys

Reading, writing and reflecting on poetry as part of a mindfulness practice anchors us in surprise and wonder, giving rise to insight and compassion. This session will explore the use of poetry as a unique tool for expanding our hearts and minds.

 

LSTV BIG and LSTV LOUD: Rehabilitation for People with Parkinson’s Disease (20P6365W)
Erin Hoelscher, Physical Therapist – Dove Healthcare-South 
Jozette Kitzrow, Speech Language Pathologist - Dove Healthcare-South

Learn about LSTV BIG and LSTV LOUD, a rehabilitation program that helps combat the progression of Parkinson's Disease through movement and voice techniques. LSTV BIG is performed with our certified physical therapy team and LSTV LOUD is performed by our certified speech pathologist. Continue to perform daily activities with LSTV BIG movements and speak with an LSTV LOUD voice by learning the techniques of our LSTV BIG and LSTV LOUD program. 

 

Are Ewe Ready for This? (20P6365X)
Beth Ivankovic – Priory Farms

How can a flock of sheep and their wool change the world one pasture at a time? One shepherd's story of four ewes and a journey towards regenerative agriculture in the Eau Claire area.

 

Five Regrets of the Dying: Lessons for Living (20P6365Y)
Moira Kneer, Retired Chaplain

As a hospital chaplain, Moira has been privileged to be with many people as they leave this life for the next. She has heard many regrets voiced. Using a list of the top five regrets, this presentation will discuss lessons for living so that we do not end our lives with regrets. Words to live by!

 

Living Better Longer (20P6365Z)
Deb Bruning, Prevention Program Coordinator – Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County

What have we learned from longevity studies that might inform our lifestyle choices? There are many misconceptions about aging – fallacies that can keep you from the life you want. We will look at lessons from the world’s oldest and healthiest people. We will also discuss how positive thinking matters, theories of behavior change, and research-informed strategies for living well.

 

Positive Results: What Guided Imagery Can Do For You (20P6365AA)
Rebecca Zelent, M. Ed., Program Director - Living Oak Wellness LLC, Washburn

In this hands-on and easy to understand presentation, participants will learn the basic principles of guided imagery and how to use the physiological response which accompanies it, in order to better their lives. The guided imagery experiences will focus on the areas of sleep, pain, and emotional wellbeing.

 

Invasive Species versus Native Plants (20P6365BB)
Christopher Gaetzke, Executive Director – Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership, Inc.

Shrubs and trees are an important part of our Western Wisconsin history and geography. Unfortunately, some other "woodies" have entered our landscape and have negatively impacted our local vegetation and biodiversity. This presentation will talk about the woodies that aggressively out-compete our native vegetation. We will also discuss how to control these problematic and approaching invaders, as well as what native shrubs and trees would make good replacement options.

 

Laughter: Medicine for Your Funny Bone (20P6365CC)
Tom Kidd, Adjunct Faculty Instructor – Chippewa Valley Technical College, Owner - Balanced Wellness Services

This session shares the benefits of laughter. A sprinkling of funny stories and some embarrassing moments will be provided, along with some factual information and new research on how laughter can affect not only our lifestyle but your longevity. Bring some tissues if you are a crier!

 

Keeping the Good Life Going When Vision Fades (20P6365DD)
Katherine Schneider, Retired UW-Eau Claire Clinical Psychologist 
Kari Ann Nelson, Independent Living Specialist – Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin

Fading vision is a problem for many seniors who need to figure out new ways of doing things and how to use new resources to keep the good life going. This workshop will share tricks of the trade, show gizmos that help and point participants toward helpful resources.  Katherine Schneider is a retired clinical psychologist and author, blind from birth. Kari Ann Nelson is an independent living specialist at the Center for Independent Living for Western Wisconsin.

 

Wisconsin in the Civil War (20P6365EE)
Robert Bodeau, Former Marketing Director- General Mills, Emeritus Adjunct Instructor- College of St. Thomas

Many citizens of Wisconsin fought in the Civil War. In this workshop, you will learn about the battles they fought, the casualties they sustained and how they contributed to the war.

 

Brain Health As You Age: YOU Can Make a Difference (20P6365FF)
Lisa Wells, MA- Dementia Care Specialist – Aging & Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County

Aging well depends on your genes, lifestyle choices, and environment. Even if you’re healthy, brain changes as you age may lead to increased challenges with multitasking, paying attention, and recalling words. However, most of us—at any age—can learn new things and improve skills, which can be important for maintaining our independence. Learn some tips for good overall brain health and have some fun learning memory techniques and mnemonics.

 

Yoga for Seniors (20P6365GG)
Lucinda Kemmet, RYT-200 Yoga Instructor – The Yoga Room

Proven health benefits of yoga include strength, balance, mental outlook, breath capacity, improved posture, and reduced pain. This presentation will provide background information regarding yoga. We will do Chair Yoga and breathing exercises. You will also receive a handout with suggestions for home practice.  (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Tai Chi (20P6365HH)
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!   (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Kubb 101: An Introduction to the Game of Kubb (20P6365II)
Eric Anderson, Director – U.S. National Kubb Championship

Kubb is an old Nordic lawn game that can be played by people of any age and ability. Eau Claire is officially the Kubb Capital of North America and hosts the U.S. Championship and largest weekly league in the world. Join Eric and learn how to play Kubb! (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Backyard Bocce Ball (20P6365JJ)
Bruce Neeb, Retired

This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics and strategies of this popular version of traditional Italian lawn bowling. Bruce will describe the difference between "Bocce Ball" and more formal, tournament-style Bocce. You will learn how easily it can become a highlight of family and neighborhood events. Bocce Ball is played on a grass court, but the game requires no particular level of fitness. (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Get Outside and Play Petanque (20P6365KK)
Ann- Marie Bittner  - Joel’s Petanque Club 
Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology - UW-Eau Claire 

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 a low-intensity exercise, but it is good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. It is easy to learn, so come and play! (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

12:20 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. // Lunch (Meal is included in the registration fee!)

 

  • The Sponsor Galleries, Health Screenings and Photo Booth are open until 1:35 p.m.

 

1:35 p.m. – 2:25 p.m. // Session Three

 

Acrylic Painting: Flowers in a Jar (20P6365LL)
Cyndi Kortbein, Social Artist/Creative Encourager & Owner – The Paint Shack, LLC

Attendees will create an acrylic painting of flowers in a jar on an 8x10 canvas. Cyndi will teach you step-by-step how to create your own painting to take home. Participants just need to bring themselves and their sense of adventure. This is a class for all levels of experience! You will love what you create!! *Additional $10-course fee

 

Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline: The Risks and Realities (20P6365MM)
Dr. Shawna Lee, Audiologist – Prevea Health

Hearing is a vital sense that is often taken for granted! Hearing difficulties can present challenges in our relationships and can impact overall health and well-being. Recent research has even shown links between our hearing and cognitive function/decline. Join Dr. Shawna Lee, Audiologist with Prevea Audiology, for an informative session regarding hearing loss and the brain. We will discuss the importance of the brain when it comes to listening and understanding, types of hearing loss, and solutions/strategies for better hearing.

  

Line Dancing (20P6365NN)
Rebecca Zelent, M.Ed., Program Director – Living Oak Wellness LLC, Washburn 

Come and have some fun line dancing! Join Becky to learn some easy line dances and boogie together. No previous experience required.

 

Introduction to Pickleball (20P6365OO)
James Adams, Retired Educator

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and an EXCELLENT indoor/outdoor activity for seniors. This presentation will discuss the history of the game, equipment needed to play, rules of the game, strategy, why it is a healthy activity for seniors, and where the game is played locally. James will show equipment samples, and participants will watch a video of local area players enjoying the game. Come and you might get hooked on playing Pickleball - perhaps the most fun you will ever have getting exercise for the mind and body. Please note, this workshop is an introduction to the game. Participants will not be playing pickleball.

 

Volunteering in the Chippewa Valley (20P6365PP)
Rebecca Baader, Director of Marketing and Communications – Chippewa Valley Volunteer Coordinators Association 
Angela Kjelberg, Marketing Coordinator - L.E. Phillips Career Development Center

Learn about your volunteer personality and how you can use your strengths to make a difference in the Chippewa Valley.

 

Dangers Lurking in Your Medicine Cabinet (20P6365QQ)
Sarah Dillivan-Pospisil, Community Health Educator - Eau Claire City-County Health Department/Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention

At one point or another, we’ve all used prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines to alleviate illness. The unused or leftover medications have the potential to fall into the hands of those who shouldn’t be using them. This could lead to drug misuse or accidental poisoning. Each participant will receive a medication deactivation bag and other tools to help prevent prescription misuse.

 

The African Nation of Ghana (20P6365RR)
Father Emmanuel Kofi Asamoah-Bekoe – Immaculate Foundation, Ghana

Broaden your horizon on Africa in general and Ghana in particular. This workshop will discuss the history, politics, economy, culture, religion, and tourism in Ghana. Learn to appreciate what Africa as a continent and Ghana as a nation can offer to the world.

 

What is Your Legacy? (20P6365SS)
Renee Liming – Lessons for Tomorrow

What do you want to be remembered for? What is your legacy? What are your core values? Is your daily living aligned with those values? What do you stand for? Our values must be lived in order for us to flourish. We must live them consciously, intentionally and concretely. How we live our lives is important.

 

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Advance Directives (20P6365TT)
Kate Schilling, Attorney - Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. 
Polly Shoemaker, Attorney - GWAAR

Questions about Power of Attorney documents frequently arise with regard to their validity and when they can be signed, activated, deactivated, or revoked. Attendees will learn about powers and duties granted with power of attorney documents, the differences between POA documents and other advance directives, common errors that invalidate POA documents, and how to avoid them. You will also learn when and how a principal can revoke an old POA and/or sign a new one. We will also discuss the difference between the legal standards of incapacity, incompetency, and being of sound mind, and when each term applies.

 

Everybody Loves Hummingbirds (20P6365UU)
Steve Betchkal, Author and Ornithologist

Hummingbirds live only in the Western Hemisphere -- from Alaska to the farthest tip of South America.  They're fast, flashy and full of fire, but if you hold still long enough, you can catch them at Steve’s workshop!

 

Mayberry Memories (20P6365VV)
Ken Anderson, The Mayberry Guru

Revisit the TV fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, and the classic Andy Griffith Show. This fun presentation will bring back memories of a slower and much different time through the use of videos, music, trivia, and laughter.

 

Homebrewing for Beginners (20P6365WW)
Justin Kent, Home Brewer

This presentation will introduce you to home fermentation. You will see a live demonstration of homebrewing beer, cider, and wine.

 

Thank You, Grandma! Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage (20P6365XX)
Margaret Hagaman, Past President and Board Member - League of Women Voters-Greater Chippewa Valley
Annemarie McClellan, Co-President- League of Women Voters - Greater Chippewa Valley

The 19th Amendment guaranteeing American women the right to vote was ratified in 1920. It took three generations of movers and shakers, a civil war and a world war to make this happen. This session will explore how the world changed and discuss some of the strong women that made it happen. Wisconsin played a critical role in the change.

 

Islam: A Misunderstood Religion 20P6365YY)
Steven Fink, Professor of Religious Studies – UW-Eau Claire

This presentation will address the beliefs and practices of Islam. Special attention will be given to the relationship between Islam and Christianity, the relationship between Islam and violence, and differences between Sunni and Shia Islam.

 

Kubb 101: An Introduction to the Game of Kubb (20P6365ZZ)
Eric Anderson, Director – U.S. National Kubb Championship

Kubb is an old Nordic lawn game that can be played by people of any age and ability. Eau Claire is officially the Kubb Capital of North America and hosts the U.S. Championship and largest weekly league in the world. Join Eric and l learn how to play Kubb!. (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Backyard Bocce Ball (20P6365AAA)
Bruce Neeb, Retired

This workshop will be a hands-on opportunity to learn the basics and strategies of this popular version of traditional Italian lawn bowling. Bruce will describe the difference between "Bocce Ball" and more formal, tournament-style Bocce. You will learn how easily it can become a highlight of family and neighborhood events. Bocce Ball is played on a grass court, but the game requires no particular level of fitness. (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

Get Outside and Play Petanque (20P6365BBB)
Anne- Marie Bittner  - Joel’s Petanque Club 
Don Bredle, Emeritus Professor of Kinesiology - UW-Eau Claire

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 a low-intensity exercise, but it is good for hand-eye coordination, concentration, and stress reduction. It is easy to learn, so come and play! (This session will be held outdoors, weather permitting.)

 

2:25 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. // Break

 

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. // Closing Session

Entertainment: Stand in the Light Memory Choir

Stand in the Light Memory Choir will perform. The choir uses the power of singing to move people with memory loss and their care partner to rediscover themselves, make new friends, laugh together, learn together and contribute to their community.

Evaluation and Prizes (Must be present to win)

               Featuring 2 tickets to WPR’s “Big Top Chautauqua Bus Trip” in the Summer of 2020.
               Includes hotel stay, show tickets, motor coach transportation and more! 

               Includes four gift certificates towards any trip with no expiration date and a gift basket with two mugs, pens and more!
               Other fabulous prizes as well!

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

 

Keynote Sponsor: Grace Lutheran Communities

Breakfast Sponsor: Care Partners Assisted Living LLC

Participant Totes Sponsor: St. Francis Apartments

Photo Booth Sponsor: AARP

Volunteer T-Shirt Sponsor: Markquart Motors and the Hometown Chevy Dealers

Gold Sponsors:

 

Senior Americans Day Planning Committee

  • Rebecca Al-Awdi // HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Stephanie Brueggen // Grace Lutheran Communities
  • Ginny Close
  • Heidi Conde
  • Nancy Davey
  • Emma Dimick // UWEC Continuing Education student intern 
  • Katie Fennell // Azura Memory Care
  • Heather Garber 
  • Phyllis Grohn
  • Kathy Herfel // LE Phillips Memorial Public Library 
  • Angela Kjelberg // LE Phillips Career Development Center
  • Kelly Lauscher // HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
  • Traci Messner // LE Phillips Senior Center
  • Tamara Mumm // UWEC Continuing Education 
  • Therese Quick // St. Francis Apartments
  • Cathy Reitz // Stand in the Light Memory Choir 
  • Kathie Schneider 
  • Kathryne Smieja // UWEC Continuing Education 
  • Lisa Wells // Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County
  • Cherylin Yealey // Heritage Senior Living

Sponsors

*Listing of sponsors does not represent endorsement by UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education/Extension.

Fee

Standard Fee $50.00

Fee includes a keynote speaker, workshops, tote bags, handouts, continental breakfast, lunch, and entertainment. Please be aware that some workshops have an additional fee for supplies or materials. Additional fees are noted in the workshop description.

Instructions

Registration 

  • In order to make your registration process go as smoothly as possible, please read the Registration Tips

Limited scholarships are available 

  • Thanks to the generosity of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, we have scholarship funds available. 
  • Beginning March 10, if you would like to apply for a scholarship, call UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education at 715-836-3636 (toll-free 866-893-2423).
  • Please note, you must call to request a scholarship BEFORE you register.

Questions?

Phone: 715-836-3636
Toll Free: 866-893-2423

103 Garfield Avenue
Vicki Lord Larson Hall 1108
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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