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October 5, 2016



Life Reimagined: Preparing for the Next Great Adventure

By Kayla Savage

Individuals either approaching retirement age or currently retired are encouraged to enroll in this five-week course beginning Oct. 18. Classes are from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the UFM Community Learning Center. The class fee is $9. Instructors are former and present faculty from K-State, including Fred Newton, Dan Wilcox and Arthur Rathbun.

The course will introduce strategies to plan, adapt and maintain personal well-being during the autumn years of life.

The following objectives will be explored:

  • Managing transitions — Finding ways to adapt, make changes, reimagine and redefine a changing life situation.
  • Reflection and recapitulation — Utilizing stories of importance in one's life to define strengths, interests and meaning that in turn identify attributes that can be used in the future.
  • Increasing and sustaining happiness — Engaging in activities that maintain physical, psychological and social well-being. 
  • Openness and creativity — Learning to create and take advantage of serendipity and the opportunities that are available in every day experiences. 
  • Overcoming perceived barriers — The opposite of action in life is fear. Fear is most often a paralysis of the unknown. Learn how to break those barriers. 
  • Maintaining social support — How we can maintain human connections with opportunities to converse and share thoughts and feelings with other people? 
  • Creating a life of meaning — We all leave the planet, so what is the most important legacy that we would like to leave behind?

Activities will include readings and brief presentations, demonstration of activities to exemplify the concepts, and group discussions and interactions to personalize these ideas to our own lives.

Enroll through the UFM Community Learning Center website or by calling 785-539-8763.

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