Gold Country Seniors Alive is taking a year off (2012). "However, we still want to publicize classes on positive aging," says the Rev. Judith Pruess-Mellow, a principal in the organization. "Believing that later life can be a time of healthy growth and active engagement, we advertise simple and enjoyable strategies for aging well physically, socially, intellectually and spiritually," she adds.
The following are her recommendations for Exploring Positive Aging events, February-April.
Soul Imaging, Creativity, and Healing. This is a Mercy Center Auburn program. Use the "soul imaging" method to discover more about your spirit. The theme, "Possibilities," is a new one. Facilitators: Sr. Margaret Ann Walsh and Rev. Dr. Judith Pruess-Mellow.
Join in a day of creativity, self-discovery, and renewal. Soul imaging is a process through which you contact your intuition by creating a design that has deep personal meaning and comes from your soul, not your mind. This is an amazing process for getting in touch with the inner you. The day will offer meditation, journaling, quiet reflection, and walking the outdoor labyrinth. You need not be an artist to attend.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Mercy Center Auburn, 535 Sacramento St.
Donation (suggested): $20 including materials; take a bag lunch with you.
Contact: Mercy Center, 530.887.2019.
Memoir writing. In six simple sessions, learn a new system using the booklet, Creating Your Legacy through Memoir Writing. Available for $10 outside of class.) Teachers: Barbara Lawrence and Judith Pruess-Mellow. This series will use a second book, Writing – the Sacred Journey, by Elizabeth Andrew.
When: Tuesdays, March 6-April 10, 3-4:30 p.m.
Where: Hilltop Commons Library, 131 Eureka St., Grass Valley.
Fee: $40. All are welcome, regardless of previous experience.
Contact: Judith Pruess-Mellow, Ph.D., M.Div., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Children of Aging Parents' Support Group. A community support group, open to all. Facilitators: Bonnie and Barry Howard.
When: Fourth Monday of each month, 5-6:30 p.m.
Where: Quail Ridge Senior Living Library, 150 Sutton Way, Grass Valley.
Contact: Bonnie and Barry Howard, email@example.com.
Seniors Alive! A television program exploring positive aging and other issues of interest to seniors and mid-life individuals. Hosted by the Rev. Dr Judith Pruess-Mellow; broadcast on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on NCTV in Nevada County, Channel 11. It also is shown on Channel 30, Palo Alto, under the title, "Senior New Ways Presents."
Positive Aging and Spirituality. Happiness Is an Inside Job, Gratitude, Meditation and Prayer, and Positivity Toolkit. These are the four FREE sessions of the Positive Aging series that are funded by a Beulah Grant. Teacher: Judith Pruess-Mellow.
When: Jan. 31, March 6, April 3, and May 1, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Refreshments provided.
Where: Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, 6929 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento, 95823,
Contact: Japanese UMC, 916.421.1017.
Senior Center Without Walls. Happiness Is an Inside Job, a conference call class for homebound persons in Northern California, Mondays, Feb. 20-March 12. Free. Apply through Senior Center without Walls. Facilitator: Judith Pruess-Mellow.
Alzheimer's Caregivers' Support Group. 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 841 W. Main St. Facilitator: Evelyn Donaldson, 530.274.6350, Ext. 250.
Also at Sierra Nevada Home Care, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Facilitator: Renee Chevreaux.