It’s now been 2 months since the election – and I watch how people around me are coping, or not coping, with the election results. I have one friend who has started to have panic attacks – something she thought had been put to rest years ago. Many, like me, have disconnected to a degree.… Continue reading Written in honor of Dr. MLK and the upcoming inauguration.
We all do it – looping that is – repeating ourselves – going around and around in circles. Small children do it enthusiastically. “Again! Again!” they shout. That is how they learn – how they integrate new information. It is a natural stage of the developing brain. I know I do it – repeat myself… Continue reading Looping
The health topic for the class was Osteoporosis. The statistics are daunting – especially for women in their late 80s / early 90s – which is the majority of my class. The risk factor for women is 50%. One out of two women will have an osteoporosis related fracture in her lifetime. For men is… Continue reading The challenges of Age
At the same time that I was preparing for my health class I was also participating in a Facebook group called “2016 New Year Mandalas”. Each member of the group (there are more than 600) was invited to post a mandala a day for 12 days beginning Jan 1st. Since I had to come up with… Continue reading Mandalas as a teaching tool
Most of my students are elderly . They are between the age of 85 and 95 years old and are considered disabled. This is important because it qualifies them for services from Foothill College’s Disability Resource Center. These services include being able to register for classes in the adaptive learning community-based program along with other accommodations. Does being… Continue reading Does being old qualify you as disabled?
Diet is an integral part of any Health and Wellness curriculum and is often brought up in my classes. In fact, the first class of the quarter opens with the importance of drinking plenty of water – especially for seniors. I tell them that babies are 85 to 90% water – younger adults about 75% – but many… Continue reading Talking about Food
We follow the same format each week in my writing and storytelling class. The students collectively decide on a writing prompt (I offer a list of ideas), then they go home and write about it. They share what they wrote the following week. Sometimes they haven’t written anything down – but they still have a chance… Continue reading Remarkable lives