News & Events
May 14, 2013
The N.C. Center for Health and Wellness (NCCHW) at UNC Asheville played host to the Successful Aging 2013 Conference in partnership with the Council on Aging of Buncombe County. The event brought older adults and caregivers from the Western North Carolina community to UNC Asheville.
Attendees began the day with a session in memory care dance where the group used music and exercise to help supercharge their brains. Participants let loose in the Sherrill Center’s aerobic studio, dancing to the beat of tribal drums while they free-form danced. Guests enjoyed additional breakout sessions on the importance of sleep, chi walking, falls prevention and sexual intimacy. Attorneys from Elder Law were also on hand to lead a panel discussion on the power of planning and creating an Advanced Directives document while highlighting the importance of this document pertaining to healthcare decision making.
Additionally, Dr. Rebecca Reeve led a packed house for the mindfulness practices session which was aimed at helping attendees become centered and provided them ways to practice mindfulness in their homes. “Nothing lasts forever— not our possessions, health, relationships, good times or bad times. Mindfulness practices can help us see that reality. They build our response-ability. We can learn to pause and avoid habitual or unintentional reactions when we want to hold on to something good or push bad things away. Regular use of any one of the three mindfulness tools we practiced in our session today can help us live with intention, no matter what comes our way,” said Reeve.
The day concluded with a keynote speech from Cappy Tosetti. Tosetti provided participants with ways to keep their brains healthy, fit and flexible with neurobics—a scientifically based exercise program that stimulates new brain cells and connections.
The conference brought close to 200 participants who were looking to “Unleash the Power of Age,” several of who were celebrated as persons who had aged 100 years and older. NCCHW hopes participants will use the information they learned at the Successful Aging conference to keep leading fulfilling, active, healthy lives.
To view photos from the event please visit http://goo.gl/WltV0.