Embrace Aging: A dialog on healthy aging in Iowa

Embrace Aging Classroom Program

Embrace Aging programs provide practical information on how to handle several life issues associated with aging. Embrace Aging is available at no cost to any group or individual as a turn-key, classroom series that includes six 50-minute class programs on two DVDs. Visit our Embrace Aging classroom program page to request your kit and promotional materials.

The full-length recordings of each session are also available below.

This program is brought to you by Calvin Community and American Enterprise Group with support from The Comparison Project at Drake University, Broadlawns Medical Center, Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation, Arbor Springs, AARP, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Polk County Board of Supervisors, and additional support from Syverson Strege and Company, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Des Moines Area Religious Council and HCI Care Services.

Calvin Community American Enterprise Group The Comparison Project Broadlawns Medical Center Cultivating Compassion Arbor Springs AARP Westminster Presbyterian Church Polk County

Healthy Aging and Brain Wellness

This session features Dr. Robert Bender, founder of the Geriatric Medicine & Memory Center at Broadlawns Medical Center. Dr.. Bender discusses what we can do proactively to take care of ourselves and others, including his ten pillars of healthy aging.

Moderator: Mary Mincer Hansen, RN, PhD, co-chair, Age Friendly Greater Des Moines Health Committee

Supporting Our Parents

This session features Joel Olah, Executive Director at Aging Resources of Central Iowa. Olah discusses turning conversation to action when it comes to family caregiving. He covers population dynamics and caregiving, the case for caregiving, family dynamics and having the conversation, and caregiving resources.

Moderator: Maryalice Larson, AARP Iowa Executive Council

Caregiving in a world of dementia & Alzheimer's disease

This session features Charles Wurth of Arbor Springs.. Wurth discusses what Alzheimer’s Disease is, the progression of the disease, the needs of those with Alzheimer’s Disease, and guiding principles for caregivers and family of those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Moderator: Martha Willits, AARP Iowa State President

Managing Chronic Diseases

This session features Dr. Yogesh Shah, a geriatric specialist now at Broadlawns Geriatric Medicine and Memory Center. Dr. Shah discusses chronic diseases, including the cost individually and nationally, what happens when patients go to the hospital and the outcomes, and what we can do to better the situation.

Moderator: Connie Eastman, AARP Iowa Community Outreach Associate State Director

Economic Security

This session features David Strege, a managing partner at Syverson Strege & Company. Strege covers the impact of aging on financial decision making, five warning signs that you’re running into issues on how to handle finances, and practical steps that can provide a way to protect the family wealth.

Moderator: Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State Director

Aging and the Law

This session features Denise Hill, JD, MPA, Director of Health Law Programs, Drake University and an attorney at Whitfield & Eddy. Hill discuses legal and ethical issues related to aging, including health care decision-making, end of life planning, and elder abuse and neglect.

Moderator: Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa lobbyist, attorney and Associate State Director for Advocacy

Interfaith Dialog on Death and Dying

Dr. Norma Hirsch moderates this session featuring representatives of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.

Interfaith Dialog on Death and Dying

Dr. Norma Hirsch moderates this session featuring representatives of Judaism, Buddhism and Catholicism.