Upcoming Life Planning Network Webinars
Friday, March 3, 2017
Presenters: Susan Nisenbaum Becker & Alan Albert
Topic: Creativity and Aging As Seen Through the Eyes of Two Poets: Conversations on Language and Imagery For Aging Well
Susan Becker and Alan Albert, both established poets and psychotherapists, bring the power of their language and experience to
discussions of creativity and aging and the exploration of meaning.
Drawing from their own poetry and psychological practices, they invite us to be greater participants in realizing our own lives through
paying closer attention to the life around us and to the ongoing search for imagery that informs our actions and well-being.
They will also lead us in framing the first few lines of our own poem.
Susan is a therapist, playwright, actor, and arts organizer and has been awarded residencies at the Banff Center for the Arts, Yaddo,
and the MacDowell Colony. Her poetry has appeared in Salamander, Comstock Review, Phoebe, Poetry East, Consequence, Lumina, Talking Writing, and Calyx.
Her work was nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Susan’s first book, Little Architects of Time and Space, was published in 2013 by Word Tech.
She has a full time psychotherapy practice in Foxboro, MA
Alan’s work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, Kansas Quarterly, Poetry East, Southwest Review,
and he has been awarded Artist Residencies from both the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and The Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada.
He recently published Fragments of The Natural (Word Tech). He has a clinical practice in Newton, MA.
Previous Life Planning Network Webinars
Friday, September 9, 2016
Presenter: Meg Newhouse; educator, coach, consultant and author
Topic: Legacy At Work: Helping Professionals Apply Principles of Legacy to Their Work and That of Clients. Legacy is a popular idea but how do we as professionals actually integrate it into our work and help our clients make that leap as well? Meg will also explore the connection between activism and positive aging.
Meg is Principal of Passion & Purpose LifeCrafting, and is an independent educator, career and life coach, and consultant.
She is co-founder of the Life Planning Network and her most recent publication is
Legacies of The Heart: Living A Life That Matters.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Presenter: Barbara Shaiman, social entrepreneur and author of Live Your Legacy Now!
Friday, October 9
Topic: Embrace Your Legacy Now!
Barbara asksed us to draw from our own legacy to discover what we need most to do now. She illustrated this point by showcasing
Champions of Caring, her overwhelmingly successful program that has
motivated 10,000 youth to become leaders in their communities of Philadelphia and South Africa.
To formulate this program, she drew on her deep background as the child of a survivor of the holocaust and her own work and
dedicated service to issues of empowerment and social change. She asks: "What is that part of your legacy you need to transform into action?"
Training Our Brain For The Road Ahead
Dana Steinova, internationally recognized brain-trainer, discussed the essence and art of improving our memory!
She reviewed the mnemonics learning technique that aids information retention as well as her own brain training strategies.
Friday, March 20
ALPA - Advocacy Leadership for Positive Aging
Topic: Empowering Self and Others
Opportunities to work with local service organizations to bring life planning and self-advocacy tools to older adults in your community.
ALPA - The Advocacy Leadership for Positive Aging Program... Four years ago, some LPN members started talking at a Positive Aging Conference about how they might nurture the life planning skills of older adults who lack the resources to consult with life planning professionals. Since then, LPN volunteers have developed a proven "train the trainer" program that teaches experienced service providers about opportunities and challenges related to positive aging, leadership skills, and life planning tools. The participants then show how they can apply their learning to encourage their clients as self-advocates to use life planning tools.
Participants in the ALPA certificate program meet face-to-face in a learning circle that is convened by a local host organization that serves older adults. Co-facilitators include an "inside" coordinator who manages recruitment, meeting arrangements, etc., and an experienced group leader/facilitator who engages discussion about the robust online,curriculum - videos, readings, and learning activities.
Friday, December 5 with Katy Fike
Topic: How technology will change our lives for the better in the coming years.
Katy Fike, of Aging 2.0, discussed mobility and communications technology on the horizon for older adults.
Aging 2.0 is a nationally recognized company connecting innovative start-ups in aging with investors to fund them. Katy is a co-founder of Aging 2.0 and a PhD gerontologist and strategy consultant.
She was a plenary session speaker at ASA last year, and is a major player in the aging arena, worldwide. We are super lucky to have her on our agenda.
Friday, September 19, with Maggie Callanan
Topic: Death: The Last Taboo Topic
Maggie Callanan spoke about what she has learned about the dying process from her 40+ year career as a hospice and palliative care nurse.
Maggie has written two books on death, Final Gifts and Final Journeys, one of which was an Amazon 1000 bestseller.
She shared stories and her perspectives on the dying process and how to support a loved one who is dying.
Bio:Since becoming a hospice nurse in 1981, Maggie Callanan has studied, taught, and written about death and dying. This includes the unique and symbolic communication of the dying, which is often labeled as "confused language" and consequently often ignored by professional and family caregivers. Addressing medical, personal, emotional, and spiritual aspects of life's final journeys, Maggie delivers practical, no-nonsense answers to difficult questions tempered by humor, wisdom, and compassion.
She is the co-author of the celebrated book Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness Needs and Communication of the Dying, and the first coordinator and contributing author of the "Dealing with Death" column in the American Journal of Nursing.
Maggie is a world-renowned speaker on topics relating to the care of the dying, as well as coping strategies for hospice staff and volunteers. She is the coordinator of the National Hospice, Palliative and Home Care Speakers Bureau, and has served as a board member of the International Association of Near Death Studies (IANDS) and the facilitator of the IANDS National Capitol Area Chapter support group for Near Death Experiencers.
In 1995, she was named the Hospice Clinician of the Year and received the prestigious National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Heart of Hospice award.
Maggie divides her time between the New England coast and the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Friday, June 13, with Allen Hamm
Alan is one of the most knowledgeable experts in California about long-term care. His book, How to plan for Long-term Care, is a
staple among financial advisors and elder law attorneys. He speaks from his own personal experience and from his 25-year practice in insurance. He is the creator of "The Smart LTC Planning Process."
He discussed non-medical long-term care, and how clients can go about analyzing their individual odds of needing long-term care,
along with the likely duration, based on their genetic history and personal health.
Friday, March 28, with Joan Price
Joan Price, nationally known expert on sex and sexuality in later life, discussed concerns
Boomers, seniors, and elders have about their changing sexuality, the challenges they face, and misconceptions that hamper sexual enjoyment.
Find out more about Joan here.
Friday, Janaury 17, 2014 with Zara Larsen
Topic: It’s Your Social Capital, not your Social Network that’s Worth its Weight in Gold
While social networks are like superhighways across which information moves, social capital is the resulting value of the connections based
on the relationships between the senders and the receivers - the degree of trust, friendship, shared experiences and give-and-give that surface over time.
Zara Larsen, president of The Larsen Group: Architects of Change, a private consulting firm dedicated to helping others unleash potential through transformational change,
- What is social capital and why is it so instrumental to develop?
- What are the forms of social capital and is one more important than another?
- How can social capital enable my effectiveness?
- If I don't have it, what traps lie ahead? Who can help me?
Friday, November 15 with Fred Mandell
Topic: Mnemosyne’s Song: Memory, Aging and Creative Expression
Much has been written about memory, aging, and creativity. But surprisingly little has been written about
memory as a form of creative expression as we age.
Freed discussed what we mean by creative expression, how memory can be a form of creative expression, and
what role memory plays in the way we shape each of our personal aging journeys.
September 27, 2013 with Robert Laura
Topic: "The Advisor Advantage:
How Life Planners in Multiple Industries Can Tag-team with Clients"
Robert Laura spoke about how to
partner with financial advisors to provide a more holistic approach with clients. Members learned
about different types of advisors and questions to ask financial advisors, and heard about the trends Robert
is seeing in retirement planning.
Robert is president of SYNERGOS Financial Group, founder of RetirementProject.org, and author of Naked Retirement.
As a leading retirement activist, he frequently appears and writes for major business publications, including Forbes.com and Financial Advisor Magazine.
Drawing on his former skills and training as a social worker, he helps advisors, coaches, counselors and clients better understand
the need and steps to plan for the mental, social and physical aspects of retirement.
Robert is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist, Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor,
as well as a member of the National Speakers Association.
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