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Workshop 1: Elderhood – A Work in Progress

Workshop 1: Elderhood – A Work in Progress
Workshop 1: Elderhood – A Work in Progress

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  • This workshop introduces the idea of elderhood as a creative and important time of life, a time to search inside, integrate experiences,...
  • Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering 10 Lunch 20 Opening 10 Activity 1: Valuing Elderhood 10 Activity 2: The Good and Bad of Being Older...
  • Coffee, tea, and water service items Tissues (for participant use) Newsprint, markers, and tape Chalice, candle, and lighter, or LED...
  • Arrange for coffee, tea, and water at the workshop. Arrange for furniture set-up: For large group: Place tables in a horseshoe arrangement...
  • Encourage participants to chat over lunch. As lunch draws to a close, distribute Handout 1, Over Sixty: The Good Life Comes with Old Age ...
  • Model personal introductions for the group by sharing your name and age. Invite participants to introduce themselves. You might say: As we...
  • Share the contents of Leader Resource 1, Valuing Elderhood . Invite comments.
  • Say: What comes to mind when you think of aging? Most likely there are some negative things. Invite the group to brainstorm a list of...
  • Introduce the activity with these or similar words: Today and every day, we are still evolving, still developing our inner self, which we...
  • Distribute Handout 2, Looking Ahead to Workshop 2 . Go over its contents, and answer any questions.
  • Post the closing words so all can see them. Spread out Blessing Cards, text side down, and invite each participant to take one. Then take a...
  • By Donald M. Murray. Copyright 1996, in The Boston Globe. Reprinted by permission of The Rosenberg Group on behalf of the Author’s estate...
  • There are years that ask questions and years that answer. — Zora Neale Hurston For Next Time 1. Write in Your Journal Consider the most...
  • Attitudes toward older people have varied—and continue to vary—across time and cultures. In some times and places, elders have enjoyed...
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