NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER
Geography Covered/Area We Serve: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island with a significant number of professionals from the Boston-metro area.
Chapter Overview: LPN NE draws a wide range of professionals who work with individuals in the second half of life. From attorneys, life coaches, career counselors, psychotherapists, social workers, and financial planners to housing, lifelong learning and health/fitness professionals, members provide a broad network for sharing and collaborating on best practices, referrals, and continuing education.
LPN NE Leadership:
Barbara Abramowitz and Bruce Frankel: NewEngland@lifeplanningnetwork.org
Membership Co-Chairs: Dori Mintzer and Brett Mirliani
Communications/Program Chair: Kendall Dudley
Treasurer: Amy Lampert
Quarterly Program Meetings:
All meetings are open to LPN members and guests.
March 31, 2017
Topic: Author and Architect. Deborah Pierce, AIA
Remodeling Our View of Home: Trends and Practicalities As We Age in Place and In Community
Whether we plan to age in place or in some kind of community, we need to know our options.
While adaptive technologies have widened opportunities for living in one's home, changes in zoning, economics, demographics and public mind-sets are broadening housing alternatives.
To help shake loose our assumptions about home and housing, Deborah Pierce, AIA, founding partner, project architect and firm manager of Pierce, Lamb Architects in Newton, leads us through a design process that looks at the critical psycho-social factors embodied in the idea of "home."
Deborah Pierce, AIA, is founding partner, project architect and firm manager of Pierce, Lamb Architects in Newton, Mass. She is a frequent lecturer on the topic of accessibility and author of The Accessible Home. Architect Michael Graves said, "Deborah Pierce tackles the small problems along with the large in her quest to make wonderful places where people with disabilities can live comfortably and safely."
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$20 members Early Bird Price; $25 At the Door; No charge for first-time guests; $35 second-time guests
First Parish Church in Weston
349 Boston Post Road
For more information contact Kendall Dudley
June 16, 2017
Topic: Implications of Health Care Conversations and Legislation on Seniors
September 22, 2017
Topic: New Rituals and Practices Around Dying and Death
Past Meetings and Program Topics:
January 27, 2017
Topic: The Future of Work: What’s Working and What’s Not For People Over 55
New technologies and advancing innovations are reshaping the world of work as we know it. As a result, they are defining a new economy and forcing a different set of decisions about how people create rich and meaningful lives. Older workers are encountering a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure world of work.
The mission of the Institute for Career Transitions (ICT) is to research, validate and teach the new realities of earning sustainable livelihoods. ICT has been researching and serving the older worker and the long-term unemployed and underemployed since its inception in 2013.
Deborah Burkholder, and collaborator, Elizabeth White discussed:
- examine a case study that illustrates how individuals are adapting to a new economy,
- explore the dynamics and impact of the changing work environment,
- discuss how these changes affect an aging market of older workers, and
- think about and share the implications of these changes to program attendees and to LPN members' professional practice.
, author of just released 55, Unemployed and Faking Normal, is an author and non-profit executive with domestic and international expertise in economic development, sustainable investing and gender equality. Most recently, she was the Chief Operating Officer of a midsize non-profit organization focused on development aid for Africa. She is also an entrepreneur, having co-founded and led a chain of decorative home stores in Washington, DC, Philadelphia and New York.
She began her career in development at the World Bank. Ms. White earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in Political Science from Oberlin College. A self-described army brat, she grew up in various countries in Europe and North Africa. She resides in Washington, DC with her daughter and grandson. @55FakingNormal
Deborah Burkholder, Director, Institute for Career Transitions, focuses on leveraging human resources to create better organizational and economic outcomes. She draws on her corporate human resource and business experience in established and start-up organizations, from five to five thousand employees.
She has been responsible for the hiring and developing employees in high-tech, manufacturing, healthcare, academia, RANDD, consulting and social service organizations. She is active in the human resource, career coaching, technology innovation, financial services, and entrepreneur communities. linkedin.com/in/deborahburkholder
Tom McDonough, a career coach and mind-body practitioner, has been part of the ICT coaching team since its inception.
Tom is the developer of Energy Integration, helping
people clarify and align personal and career goals with their core values - their Unique Organizing PrincipleSM through body/mind/spirit integration.
possesses a keen perception of organizational needs and the uncanny ability to target factors that shape decisions.
Working with the Institute of Career Transitions, Scott leverages 30 years of experience in competitive sales environments in life sciences, telecommunications and technology-engaging clients and influencing decisions and closing business. He has presented to organizations large and small on topics like leadership, sales, team building, communication and strategic thinking.
His work has been published in such publications as Boston Business Journal and The Performance Improvement Journal. In addition to his frequent speaking engagements at industry and professional conferences, he regularly conducts and brings real world experience front and center, advancing his program content beyond merely the theoretical to finely tuned - actually practiced - application.
October 14, 2016
Topic: All about Redstring and Member TED Talks
We introduced Redstring, the interactive community platform that will host the new LPN website, discussing its features and how LPN members can use it to connect to each other.
In addition, we reviewed two presentations by members as part of a new project to launch TED-like presentations that highlight member work.
May 13, 2016
Barbara Shaiman, social entrepreneur and author of Live Your Legacy Now!
Resilience in The Face of Fear: A Call For Self Awareness and Action
Barbara led us through a conversation and exercise that challenges our own assumptions about ourselves and
our responses to stress and showed us how the principles of resilience must be practiced day after day.
Barbara’s message was a call to being our best selves in the midst of the present.
February 19, 2016
We discussed the Encore Conference in San Francisco. Then Annamarie Pluhar, author
and founder of www.sharinghousing.com, discussed shared housing.
October 23, 2015
Topic: New England LPN members gatehred to build professional connections and skills, and discover collaborative ideas to enhance their business.
June 26, 2015
Topic: Training Our Brains For The Road Ahead
Based in Prague, Dana Steinova is a specialist in organizing educational activities that promote well-being.
She is also Secretary General of the European Federation of Older People (EURAG), created in 1962, with 156 member associations
in 33 European countries.
She has, over the past 30 years, initiated a wide variety of programs
including the U3A movement in the Czech Republic (1986), reciprocal senior student exchanges with more than
42 exchanges within its first 10 years (1991) and founding of the first intergenerational non-vocational "University of Free Time" (1993)
in the Czech Republic.
She is a student of neuroscience and has been deeply involved with memory training since 1993.
Dana has agreed to run her extraordinary 6-day memory training program in the Boston area, July 13-18, 2015.
March 13, 2015
Topic: Entrepreneurship For The 50+
Topic: Health and Wellness
Dr. James Greenblatt, Chief Medical Officer and Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, presented on Nutrition and Mental Health.
His work offers a revolutionary approach to improving mental wellness and the treatment of mental issues. His most recent book is
Answers to Appetite Control and he blogs at The Malnourished Mind.
Sue R. Levy, Nutrition Educator and founder of Savory Living
discussed "Make Healthy Eating Happen in the New Year!"
Sue showed us how to turn healthy eating into a simple, delicious, and sustainable daily practice.
and discussed the latest thinking from the scientific and medical community around eating to feel better, lose harmful belly fat, reduce sugar and inflammation, improve digestion, and help prevent and manage disease.
Quarterly Meeting - Friday, October 17, 2014
Peg and Richard Wolman, and Anita Hoffman discussed sex and relationships
Quarterly Meeting, Friday, June 13, 2014
LIFE STORY: Capturing The Essence in Tellable, Necessary, Life-clarifying Ways
Lani Peterson, psychologist, story-teller, presenter, coach
Bruce Frankel, author, poet, dancer, reporter; LPN Communications Chair
Julian Miller; poet, teacher, story theorist, tai chi instructor, landscape designer
Kendall Dudley; life story teacher, career alchemist, trip leader
The subject is vast and gaining popularity as a must-do for branding, qualifying for services, getting on The Moth, and making it big!
Other stories are more local, used to satisfy a creative urge, to know oneself better, to leave a record for family and friends, to make sense of the whole,
to leave a trace.
Sometimes the many uses of story subtly influence one another.
What started as the wish to leave grandchildren a record may blossom into a series of short stories, an annotated family history or a novel.
The writing of pivotal events may launch a new interest or business based on the energy and imagery released by that writing.
And for many, it is the last gift to those who remain, a setting down in one’s own words of a kind of truth, a set of
facts, a slice of experience that provide an opening into knowing that person more deeply.
Our meeting focused on the need most of our clients have for using story in a personal way, for clarifying their life to themselves, for helping to make
important work / life decisions, and for leaving a record - however incomplete - of what it was like to be them.
To signify the original site of storytelling, we constructed a circle around which we sat to embark on our process that looks
at story from diverse perspectives and with clear application to the work of attendees.
Quarterly Meeting, April 25, 2014
Catching the Wave: Turning The Vision of PAC 2014 and The Momentum of Positive Aging Into Action!
Positive Aging is becoming an intergenerational, international movement that is reframing the way societies and
individuals think about the shape of their lives. PAC 2014 (the Positive Aging Conference)
is the annual gathering of national and international professionals working to advance society’s
thinking about later life and the systemic changes associated with this movement.
Since early in this century, LPN (Life Planning Network) has been integrally involved in shaping the dialogue and action-steps that are part of
Morning Program A:
Presenters discussed positive aging and included Meg Newhouse (LPN co-founder), Dori Mintzer (retirement coach, author and web host),
Fred Mandel (author, presenter, artist and coach), Ed Merck (author, presenter and sailor),
Kendall Dudley (presenter, career designer and travel guide).
Program B & C:
PAC 2014 World CafÃ© was discussed as well as highlights of economic and social experiments
underway in different parts of the world.
Quarterly Meeting, January 17, 2014
Topic: From the Inside Out: Exploring the Metaphor of Travel as a Pilgrimage to Self and a Guide for Purposeful Living
We travel with travelers eyes and our days are marked by curiosity, energy and sense of adventure. At home, our eyes can grow tired and narrowed by routine and preconceptions.
In this program, a lifework coach and career counselor encouraged us to develop traveler's eyes so that we may be more awake to the life around us everyday.
Through structured "travel" journaling, spontaneous observational exercises, and the use of "what if" scenarios, we will stretch our inner landscapes to include possibilities we might not have thought possible.
Lastly, we looked at the ways travel to selective sites near or far may play a vital part in coming to terms with a past experience, seeing oneself in a contrasting light, or giving expression to an emerging talent or drive. Useful for coaches and advisors, many of these exercises may provide your clients with fresh insights that can have an impact on their futures.
Barbara Babkirk, a Master Career Counselor and owner of Heart At Work Associates, has led a dozen retreats in France.
Kendall Dudley, Life Design consultant and art journal writing teacher, leads life design trips to Morocco.
Monday Noontime Call - January 20
Penelope Bourk, writer, sculptor, editor and world traveler, discussed the value of travel on shifting our mindset.
Among other sources, she cited the experiences of travelers who rode local buses and changed walking routes to major effect.
Penelope recently traveled across Hecate Strait in the Pacific Northwest using Zodiac and canoe, a "fierce reef-ridden sea channel 160 miles
long and 85 miles wide" that was both a mythic crossing and passage to elderhood.
Penelope was also the issue editor for Second Journey’s 2013 book
Journeys Outward / Journeys Inward: Travel and Transformation
Quarterly Meeting, October 18, 2013
Topic: Member Roundtable
A first-ever event!
A dozen roundtable discussions will enable us to learn from one another and tap into the great set of resources we represent.
We tackled topics like Sex after 50 / All You Wanted to Know about Medicare / Creativity, Memory and Aging / Money and Relationships / Women Growing Older / Legal & Financial Planning / Advocacy Leadership / Work After 50 / Befriending the Unknown to Chart Our Future / Financial Reality Testing / Boston Encore Action Network.
This experimental format included a 45-minute roundtable presentations interspersed with time to process and share our learning.
New England LPN Retreat, June 1, 2013 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The purpose of the Retreat was to re-envision what LPN New England should be, now that the national organization is going strong.
This retreat gave us a chance to think big (it’s a rare opportunity in life for a do-over - who do we really want to be?)
and small (what specific improvements can we make?).
Quarterly Meeting, June 14, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Topic: Mindful Living: Practices for Daily Life and Their Application to Professionals and Individuals
Morning Facilitator: Debra Hickok, PCC, principal with Featherstone Coaching
Morning Facilitator: Debra Hickok, CPCC, PCC. Debra, trained and certified in both fundamental and advanced coaching and facilitation techniques, is principle of Featherstone Personal and Professional Coaching. She was nominated Life Coach of the Year 2012 by International Coaching Federation / New England (www.featherstonecoaching.com)
Morning and Afternoon Facilitator: Julian Miller, Tai Chi and movement arts teacher.
Morning / Afternoon Facilitator: Julian Miller has been teaching Tai Chi and other movement arts for 30 years. Recently, he has developed an accessible system for
learning the practice and principles of Tai Chi. Julian is also a Focusing practitioner, writer, poet, artist, passionate swimmer, aficionado of ballroom dancing and
devoté of dark chocolate. He is the author of two books, Breaking Through: Freeing Yourself From Fear, Helplessness and Depression, and Lifespan Plus: The Definitive Guide to Health and Wellbeing. He is currently completing I Should Praise, an illustrated book of poetry.
Monday Noontime (EST) Conference Call June 17:
Topic: Mindfulness and The Body
Sunada Takagi, MS, PCP, ACC
Sunada discussed how to bring more calm, focus, and self-directedness into our personal and professional lives.
Her presentation included a 15 minute mindfulness meditation to help you find this connection for yourself.
Sunada Takagi is an ordained Buddhist minister, mindfulness instructor, and life coach. She leads classes in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
and coaches individuals - primarily those navigating mid-life transitions -
to kickstart their lives in new directions.
Spring Quarterly Meeting, March 22, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Topic: Legacy, Renewal and the Wisdom of Circles
Presenters: Pat Hoertdoerfer, MDiv, and Meg Newhouse, PhD
Drawing on the work of Sage-ing International and their years of research, training and practice in the field of conscious aging,
this program invited participants to update their understanding of their own legacy in the context of changes in their lives and the wider world.
Using a concept central to Sage-ing, we harvested anew the experiences of a lifetime to see what we (and our clients) need most to put into play.
In the afternoon program we drew inspiration from the Wisdom Circles pioneered by Sage-ing International.
(Pat Hoertdoerfer is a former UU minister and Sage-ing International President, and Meg Newhouse, is one of the founders of
LPN and writing a book on Legacy.
Monday, January 29, 12 p.m. (EST) Call-in with Pat Samples
Pat Samples, MA / Author of 8 books and 600 articles on human development, spirituality, healthcare and aging
discussed creativity and how it comes from within.
October 19, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Topic: Former Boston Globe columnist, Ellen Goodman,
is embarking on an ambitious national campaign to have every person's end of life preferences expressed and respected.
At our Fall quarterly meeting, Martha Hayward, lead for public and patient engagement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement,
discussed Goodman's campaign and explored the essences of The Conversation Project for our life and work.
The presentation and follow-up morning and afternoon discussions,
first-hand stories and integrative exercises gave us a chance to embrace a broad range of profound questions such as how we define "end of life,"
how we balance the concerns of prospective care recipients and caregivers in end of life conversations,
and how we create the space for deep conversations about life and death with our families and clients.
Useful for our clients, LPN practitioners and professionals in related fields.
Cost: Members and first-time guests: $20
(includes continental breakfast & lunch / portable lunch in case you have to leave at 12:30 p.m.)
Second-time Guests: $35
Open to All: LPN members, colleagues and interested others
Place: First Parish Church, 349 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA
June 15, 2012
Topic: Be Prepared: What Every Good Scout Should Know About Caregiving!
Friday March 16, 2012
Goals: 1) Helping clients anticipate caregiving needs for themselves or others; 2) Applying these lessons in our practice and our lives.
Presenters: William J. Brisk, Esq., has been an estate planning and eldercare lawyer for 30 years. He will be sharing with us planning guidelines for legal and financial issues based on what his clients say they wished they had known about financial and legal issues before health issues arose. Other specializations that may be covered in the talk include retirement and long-term care planning, MassHealth applications, guardianship, and conservatorship.
Deb Pierce, AIA, Principal, Pierce Lamb Architects in Newton, specializes in universal design and will talk about how advance planning regarding the space we live in can help us to age in place with better quality of life. She is the author of "The Accessible Home: Creating a House for All Ages and Abilities" and winner of 2009 Honor Award for Accessible Design, Boston Society of Architects.
Talks were followed by brief presentations from LPN members who have been caregivers themselves, talking about their experiences that might help other's prepare. Opportunities for attendees to share their caregiving stories and questions will follow along with discussion on applying this information to our work with clients.
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Topic: Getting To Know You: Spotlighting Effective Client/Customer Assessment Tools
No matter what your discipline, understanding more about your client or customer's needs,
values and aspirations will help you target your services more effectively.
A series of four presentations offered a range of "lenses" through which you can see clients better
and they can see themselves. And guess what? You'll see yourself in a new light as well!
- Gail Liebhaber, MEd, (career counselor) on the MBTI in general and the MBTI / Step II in particular.
- Catherine Hayes, PhD, (life coach) on the nine personality types of the Enneagram.
- Amy Lampert, MA, FINRA, (financial planner) on several smart tools for use by non-financial planners.
- Robin Dziuba, CFP, CIMA, (financial planner) on the use of cart sorts that fit a variety of professional relationships.
They each described specific tools, their application, target audience and effectiveness with clients.
Group discussion followed as participants posed questions, shared their experience with assessment tools,
and offered tips on what tools they find most effective in their work with clients.
December 16, 2011
Topic: Ringside At The 2011 Positive Aging Conference:
Presenters' Talks And Notes on The Latest From Los Angeles
Drawing on the energy of both presenters and participants, LPN's Winter Quarterly Meeting will showcase
LPN NE members who will re-cap their Positive Aging Conference (PAC) workshop presentations followed by conference attendees sharing their experiences and new learning.
The goal is to provide rich content for those who were not able to attend particular presentations because of competing activities,
and for other LPN members who were not at the conference.
October 13 - New England board is elected-Networking
June 17 - Family relationships
March 18 - Health and Wellness
January 21 - Work, Paid and Unpaid
June 1 - Exploring Spiritual Paths in the Second Half of Life.
March 19 - Where Will We Live? Issues and Options for Finding Home in the Second Half of Life
January 8 - Rediscovering the LPN Integral Model to Enhance Your Practice or Business
October 9 - The Impact of the Economic Crisis on Retirement Planning