Senior Americans Day

PROGRAM FULL — Chippewa Valley’s premier event for adults age 55+. Offering a keynote speaker, sessions ranging from history to culture, and wellness to creativity, plus exhibitor booths. Enjoy lunch with friends and have a chance to win prizes.

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

Who Should Attend

Anyone age 55 and better!

People at Senior Americans Day

Program Description

Celebrating 31 years

Save-the-date! Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

The brochure will mail and registration will open mid-March. To make sure you receive first notification about this event, join our mailing list!

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 a lunch with your friends and peruse dozens of exhibit booths where you can pick up valuable information and register for fabulous door prizes. *Must be present to win. Drawings will take place during the closing session. You do not want to miss this!

PAST EVENT INFORMATION *New information will be updated in January

Registration / Continental Breakfast —7:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

During breaks, be sure to visit:

Free Health Screenings (no appointment or fasting necessary)

  • Cholesterol Screening and Blood Sugar Testing — Sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Hearing Screening — Sponsored by Miracle-Ear
  • Wound Care Assessments, Blood Pressure Screening, Dizziness Assessments — Sponsored by HSHS Sacred Heart/St. Joseph’s Hospitals
  • Chair Massages — Sponsored by St. Croix Hospice 
  • Eye Pressure Checks — Sponsored by Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic

Opening Session — 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. 

Welcome from Senior Americans Day Planning Committee

Keynote Address: “Brain Health: Live Long, Live Well” – Amy Dee

Amy Dee has more than 20 years of experience as a professional motivational speaker. She uses side-splitting humor and storytelling to explain how you can harness a positive mindset throughout life.

You will never forget Amy Dee’s stories or the messages behind those stories.

  • You have the power to choose your attitude about aging.
  • You are accountable for the choices you make.  
  • Aging challenges can be problems or opportunities.
  • You can use negative emotions as fuel for positive changes.

You will leave laughing and ready to make profound changes in your life!

Session One — 9:45 a.m.–10:40 a.m. 

9 Estate Planning Strategies to Protect Your Spouse & Children (18P501)
Ty Bernicke, CFP® - Bernicke Wealth Management, Ltd.

Come learn little-known techniques that may help reduce unnecessary probate costs and minimize unnecessary taxes. Information will be shared on why many estate plans cause fractured sibling relationships following the death of parents.

Adding Quality Years to Your Life (18P502)  SOLD OUT
Tina Frank, Clinical Nurse Specialist – Positive Living, LLC; Ann Recine, AANP Instructor – UW-Eau Claire and Lou Recine – Lou Recine Coaching LLC.

Explore Dan Buettner’s research highlighting nine key points that can add quality years to your life. His research focuses on the blue zones in the world where many of the individuals live happily into their 90s. We will focus on how to bring these nine key points into daily life in order to add quality years to your lifespan.

Better Hearing: Better Living (18P503) SOLD OUT
Shawna Lee, Doctor of Audiology – Prevea Health

Many health conditions can cause or contribute to hearing loss (heart/kidney disease, diabetes, noise). We will discuss prevention, treatment options, and strategies for better hearing.

Caring Conversations: Let's Talk About Advance Care Planning (18P504)
Penney Dupee, Coordinator of Advance Care Planning & Leslie Borne, Coordinator of Advance Care Planning – Marshfield Clinic Health System

Have you thought about who would make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable? Have you had a conversation with that person(s) about your wishes or completed a legal document that gives authority to that person(s) to make your health care decisions? Come learn about what advance care planning is, why it is important, and how to begin that conversation.

Cooking for One or Two (18P505)  SOLD OUT
Katie Johnson, Health Educator & Nicki Oman, R.D.N, C.D. – Mayo Clinic Health System

Cooking for one or two can be a challenge, but you can still enjoy some of your favorite recipes while keeping your health in mind. Experience a cooking demonstration and explore how food can help fuel your mind, body, and overall wellbeing.

Electric Bicycle: Changing the World of Cycling (18P506)
Patrick Rolbiecki, Owner – Riverside Bike & Skate

An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, power bike or booster bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. Come learn and discuss the utilization and benefits of e-bike options that are currently available in the bike industry.

Fun Container Gardening Ideas (18P507)  SOLD OUT
Jennifer Reit, Owner- May’s Floral Garden

Learn how to combine the best colors and combinations that will grow in your location. Experience a hands-on demonstration of several container ideas including sun and shade locations, herbs, and tropical plants. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Garden Railroading (18P508)
Paul Almquist

Explore the world of running miniature trains in your garden. It is a great family hobby for "kids" of all ages. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Get Outside & Play Petanque (18P509)  SOLD OUT
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 in fields 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 and play! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Identity Theft and Social Media (18P511)
Melissa Janssen, Community Financial Education Coordinator & Andrea Finn, Digital Marketing Manager – Royal Credit Union

Are you vulnerable to identity theft? In this session, you will learn what scams are currently impacting our area and how social media behaviors put consumers at risk. Attend this session so you can better protect yourself online!

Kubb 101: How to Play (18P512)
Eric Anderson, Director – U.S. National Kubb Championship

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

Leaving a Living Legacy (18P513) SOLD OUT
Moira Kneer, Community Outreach Coordinator –Sacred Heart Hospital

The most important thing we can leave to those who come after us is not our physical possessions but our wisdom. Our practical, ethical, and spiritual wisdom. Take a minute to reflect on what you want to leave for those who follow us.

Lunar Phases & Lunar Lore (18P514) SOLD OUT
Heidi Conde, Retired DNR Educator and Naturalist

Learn about lunar phases, facts, exploration and the moon in song and literature. Participants will get to make their own moon flip book which will be a handy reference guide to the lunar cycle.

Play The Ukulele: Wow Your Grandchildren (18P515)  SOLD OUT
Bob Pecor

Now is your chance to get started playing the ukulele! You will learn three easy chords and songs that can be mastered in less than an hour.

The Blossoming Brain: Live Long, Live Well (18P516)
Amy Dee, Keynote Speaker

Amy will expand on her keynote presentation to give audience members additional information on the human brain. You will learn a lot, laugh, and come away with big ideas to make changes in your life!

The MIND Diet for Better Brain Health (18P517)
Amanda Schmidt, Registered Dietitian – UW-Stout

If you could reduce your risk of Alzheimer's by eating differently would you? Come and learn what foods may help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease by eating the MIND diet.

Yes, You Can Write a Memoir (18P518) SOLD OUT
Karen Welch, Assistant Professor of English – UW-Eau Claire

What is a memoir? You will learn the answer and explore why people like to read and write them. You will get to write responses to prompts designed to help you recall some (possibly forgotten) life events.

Break — 10:40 a.m.–11:15 a.m. 

  • Sponsor Gallery open – Without our sponsors, Senior Americans Day would not be possible.  Please visit our Sponsor Gallery on the 3rd Floor, Marketplace Area, and Blugold Living Room. Don’t forget to sign up for the door prizes at the booths!
  • Visit the photo booth – Have your photo taken for FREE. Photo booth runs from 7:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Free Health Screenings – Available throughout the day.

Session Two — 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.  

Agriculture Then & Now: Norma's Round Barns (18P519)
Brian Gabriel

Enjoy a historical presentation featuring agricultural pictures ranging from vintage to modern farming methods. Plus, you’ll get to check out the unique and colorful Norma’s round barns.

Calling All Writers: Is Self-Publishing for You? (18P520)  SOLD OUT
Katherine Schneider, Ph.D.; Senior Psychologist, Emerita & CeCelia Zorn, Ph.D., RN, Professor Emerita– UW-Eau Claire, and James Alf, Author

You have been writing and writing and now are thinking about publishing as the next step. Three self-published authors will entertain you with their exploits and help you decide if self-publishing for you. Using an informal format, we will describe advantages and disadvantages, considerations in choosing a publisher, key author decisions and components of the self-publishing process, and marketing.

Cataracts & Macular Degeneration (18P521)
Joseph Dolan, MD Ophthalmologist – Mayo Clinic Health System

For people who have cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or foggy window. Macular degeneration is a common eye disorder among people over 65 causing blurred or reduced central vision, making it hard to do everyday tasks. Learn the signs, symptoms and treatment options for these vision impairments and how to maintain optimal eyesight.

Chair Yoga (18P522) SOLD OUT
Kathy McAlister, Certified Yoga Therapist – Yoga & Ayurveda with Kathy McAlister

Yoga allows us to reclaim our whole body with gentle movements that warm up the joints and increase circulation. Systematically focusing attention throughout the body allows the mind to partner with the muscles, creating a sense of calm intention, mental clarity, and focused action. This return to our natural state allows us to relax, enjoy movement, and live life fully.

Confluence Arts Center (18P523)
Representatives of the Confluence Arts Center

If you’ve been downtown lately, you’ve probably seen the changing landscape. Get an update on the progress of the Confluence Arts Center which is set to open in fall 2018.

Designing Floral Arrangements! (18P524) SOLD OUT
Brent Douglas Stelzer, Owner - Brent Douglas Flowers

Gain a basic understanding of floral design and create your own flower arrangement to take home.  *Additional $10 course fee

Effects of Growing Up in Berlin During WWII (18P525)
Marina Peacock, MSW, CAPSW

Marina grew up in Berlin, Germany during WWII. The presentation will tie history and mental/physical health together.  Discussions will focus on how our experiences earlier in life determine how we deal with the later years, including trauma in childhood that can affect our adult coping skills and relationships with family and at work.

Fun Container Gardening Ideas (18P526) SOLD OUT
Jennifer Reit, Owner – May’s Floral Garden

Learn how to combine the best colors and combinations that will grow in your location.  Come experience a hands-on demonstration of several container ideas including sun and shade locations, herbs, and tropical plants. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Get Outside & Play Petanque (18P527) SOLD OUT
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 in fields 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 and play! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Healthy Living Through Volunteer Service (18P528)
Kaylynn Stahlbusch, Outreach Coordinator – Aging & Disability Resource Center

The world of volunteerism is changing rapidly; volunteers are looking for work that is meaningful, fulfilling and flexible. This session will cover volunteer service myths and truths, how you find the organization that fits your passion and time commitment level, and why it is important to give back from a health perspective. Join me for this fun presentation involving your own Volunteer Personality Quiz!

Kubb 101: How to Play (18P531)

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

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

Love the Skin You’re In! (18P532)  SOLD OUT
Susan Matthews, Licensed Aesthetician – Mtn Skintastic

Being that skin is the largest organ on your body, knowing how to take care of it is important. Rethink how you care for your skin given the challenges of environment and aging. Learn how skin changes with lifestyle and learn tips on how to address these challenges.

Mindfulness, Chocolate, & You (18P533)  SOLD OUT
Dave Verban, Senior Learning and Development Consultant – TMG Wisconsin

Research tells us that mindful meditation boosts immune function and lowers stress hormones, increasing learning, memory, and empathy.  Mindfulness practice can give us the tools and strength to live meaningful, engaged lives in our communities. The session will translate concepts of mindfulness, stress, and health outcomes into plain language and practical applications. The group will participate in guided meditations, including one involving eating a bit of chocolate.

Roles & Responsibilities of a Power of Attorney (18P534)
Grace Knutson, Managing Attorney – Wisconsin Guardianship Support Center, GWAAR

Join the discussion about the importance of advance planning including powers of attorney and other options for support. The presentation will include information about the roles and responsibilities of a power of attorney agent.

Scrapbooking: Crafting Simple Keepsakes (18P535)  SOLD OUT
Angela Kjellberg, Director of Marketing – Care Partners Assisted Living & Ginny Close, Resident Service Coordinator – London Square Apartments

Come and learn about the different ways to scrapbook and create unique family keepsakes. In addition, enjoy making one page to use in your next paper-crafting project.  Scrapbooking supplies will be provided. *Please bring 2-4 photos to use in your project.

Tai Chi (18P536)  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. Relieve some stress in this fun workshop! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Lunch & Break — 12:15 p.m.–1:45 p.m. 

Discuss what you’ve learned with friends over a meal that’s included in the day (served until 1:15). Also, this is your last chance to visit the Sponsor Gallery, photo booth and participate in the free screenings!

Session Three — 1:45 p.m.–2:40 p.m. 

“Refire” vs. Retire – Living the Good Life on Purpose (18P537) SOLD OUT
Larry Freeborg, Life Transition Coach – Stepping Through The Gate

Research shows people living their life with purpose are 40% happier and living longer. Learn how to increase your level of happiness and have exciting, and fulfilling “refirement” years.

Attracting & Identifying Backyard Birds (18P538)
Judith Sparrow, Retired Instructor – Dakota County Technical College

Judith has been birding for approximately 37 years and has been attracting birds to her home for 23 years. She will share resources and information based on her experience to help you attract and identify birds you may see in your yard.

Crochet 101 (18P539) SOLD OUT
Janet Perkovich & Carol Lueke

Attendees will use a crochet hook and cotton yard to learn the basic crochet stitches, chain and single crochet to make a simple dishcloth. Beginners welcome! *Additional $5 course fee.

Designing Floral Arrangements! (18P540) SOLD OUT
Brent Douglas Stelzer, Owner – Brent Douglas Flowers

Gain a basic understanding of floral design and create your own flower arrangement to take home. *Additional $10 course fee

Get Outside & Play Petanque (18P541)
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 in fields 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 and play! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Got a Leak? Urinary Incontinence & You (18P542)
Kelly Gruber, Nurse Practitioner – Mayo Clinic Health System

Loss of bladder control, called urinary incontinence, is common as we age. Certain conditions can contribute such as diabetes, overflow, stress, overactive bladder, menopause and enlarged prostate. Learn what you can do to promote bladder health.

Health Assertiveness: Ensuring Your Optimal Medical Experience (18P543)
Carol Bohanon, Nurse Practitioner & Sue Bracker

Share and discuss examples and tips to achieve a productive and satisfying medical encounter. Review appropriate and effective patient strategies for obtaining clear communication with healthcare providers so you can ensure collaborative care decisions through self-advocacy.

Introduction to Strong Bones (18P545)
Mandy Runge, Market Liaison – Oakwood Health Services

Are you interested in increasing your strength, muscle mass, and energy level? Strong Bones is a 10‐week program designed to help older adults become and stay strong. In this workshop, you will get a 55-minute snapshot of the program. The session will include a warm‐up, progressive weight training, balance, and flexibility exercises. This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Invasive Species in Eau Claire (18P546)  SOLD OUT
Kathy Stahl, Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership, and The Prairie Enthusiasts Chippewa Savannas Chapter

Come learn and discuss plants deemed “invasive” in the Eau Claire area. You will learn how to identify invasive plants through pictures and plant samples. Then, discuss management strategies.

Islam: Fact & Fallacy (18P547)
Steven Fink, Associate Professor- UW-Eau Claire Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

This presentation addresses beliefs and practices of Islam, focusing especially on commonly misunderstood issues related to connections between violence and Islam.

It’s Your Money, Keep It. (18P548)
Kyle Roder, Public Information Officer – Eau Claire Police Department

Scammers continually find new ways to make money quickly at your expense. This presentation will teach you how to recognize and avoid becoming a victim by identifying the core components of all scams.

JFK Assassination (18P549) SOLD OUT
Robert Bodeau

Learn about the controversial and unproven “facts” surrounding the JFK assassination. Discuss the recently released JFK files and unreleased files with a presenter that has unique personal connections and will share his experiences.

Tai Chi (18P550)  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! This session will be held outdoors, weather-permitting.

Travel & Security: Useful Tips for Your Trips (18P551)
Charity Zich, Airport Director – Chippewa Valley Regional Airport & Frank Pipia, Quality Improvement Manager – Transportation Security Administration

This presentation will cover what to consider when booking your airline travel, tips on how to find the best airfares, and security requirements to consider when traveling by air.

Write Your Obituary: You Get the Last Word (18P552)
CeCelia Zorn, Ph.D., 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.

Zumba Gold (18P553)
Missy Reece, Active Older Coordinator – YMCA

Zumba Gold is a fun, low-impact dance class with a Latin flare. You’ll dance, have fun, and burn off those calories from lunch!

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

  • Entertainment: Sing-a-long with Cathy Reitz — Bring your singing voices and dancing shoes along to join in a fun, interactive closing session!
  • Evaluation and prizes (Must be present to win) — Drawings for three grand prize packages and many other prizes from our sponsors!

Prizes

Grand Prize Travel Packages
SkyWest Airlines, Chippewa Valley Regional Airport 

2 Round-Trip Airline Tickets from Chippewa Valley Regional Airport to Chicago, IL. *$600 Flight Package

Grand Prize Stay and Play Package   
Hampton Inn, Cody Limousines, Johnny's Steakhouse, Infinity Beverages, Yankee Jack's Public House, AMC Theatres

Stay and play package featuring a two-night hotel stay at the Hampton Inn, in Eau Claire, a gift certificate to Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and Yankee Jack's Public House, a chauffeured car ride from Cody Limo, movie passes to AMC Theatres and a wine tasting experience at Infinity Beverages!  *$450 value

Grand Prize Dinner and a Show!
Mabel Tainter Theatre, Duke and Dagger Restaurant

Enjoy a dinner and a show in Menomonie, WI. *$125 value

Registration tips

All the ways you can save

  • Register online and save $10 off the standard registration price.
  • The early bird gets the worm — Register online and you’ll have a better shot at getting your desired sessions. However, sometimes popular sessions do fill up fast and if that’s the case it will indicate “sold out” when registering. Make sure to have a few backup sessions picked out just in case. Due to the nature of the program, we cannot allow any session switching once your registration is complete.
  • Coming with your spouse, partner or friends? You can register multiple registrants at one time. Just follow the directions during registration.
  • Group discount — If you have a group of 10 or more, we’re offering 20% off each of your registration. To register your group, call Continuing Education at 715-836-3636.
  • All US Military Veterans — As a thank you for your service, please enjoy 20% off (use code: SeniorVeteran at checkout).

No waitlist available

  • Due to the popularity of Senior Americans Day, sessions tend to fill quickly. Make sure to register early to reserve your spot as we do not offer a waitlist for any of our sessions.

Scholarships available

  • Thanks to the generosity of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, ADRC of Eau Claire County, GWARR, Center for Independent Living, and Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center, there are scholarship funds available to enable everyone to join in on the fun.

If you wish to apply for a scholarship:

  1. IMPORTANT—APPLY FIRST: Send a short, written request via email to couillcd@uwec.edu or via mail to UW-Eau Claire Continuing Education, Attn: CLAIRE, P.O. Box 4004, Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004. Scholarship requests cannot be taken by phone.

  2. WAIT FOR NOTIFICATION: Staff will contact you within approximately 2 business days.

  3. THEN, REGISTER FOR THE PROGRAM: If you register before applying for a scholarship or before receiving approval from our staff, you will forfeit any potential scholarship award. 

Partner

HSHS Sacred Heart

HSHS Sacred Heart-St. Joseph logo.

We would like to thank HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital for their support of this program.

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

Sponsors

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