Friday, November 17

9:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.

$69 includes six sessions and lunch

Program Schedule*


9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Cheryl Dye; Ph.D.

Clemson University Institute for Engaged Aging

"The Power of Sleep and How to Get it!"

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Learn about the impact of sleep on health and about strategies to improve sleep.  The presentation has a specific focus on sleep issues among older adults and the use of non-pharmacological methods for enhancing the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.


10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

*choice on which sessions to attend made day-of*

Amanda Dilday

Author & Herbalist
Alchemilla's: Blending Herbs & Earth

"Plants and Herbs for Grace and Vitality"

The plants have many gifts to give, and no matter your age, it is never too late or too early to open your hands and begin to receive the grace, strength, beauty, support, and vitality that our green friends offer us.  Gently and effectively, plants nourish and tone each system of our body, and in doing so, are vital companions to have with us along life's way.  Join us in learning about some of the plants and herbs that are right at our feet--ready to strengthen our hearts, fortify our bones, calm our nerves, sharpen our minds, and keep the light burning deep within us.

Lu Shi, Ph.D.

Associte Professor of Public Health Sciences

Clemson University

"Mindfulness Training: Where it Works"

This presentation will give an overview for various mindfulness interventions and then discuss the health outcomes these interventions can help improve.


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

*choice on which sessions to attend made day-of*

Annette J. Compton; PT, DPT

Physical Therapy Specialist
Roger C. Peace at Clemson/Patrick Square

"Finding Balance: Vestibular Dysfunction and Rehabilitation"

As we age, balance can become a more difficult part of life; and there are a variety of aspects of our health and bodies that affect how we interact with the world around us. Join Annette Compton as she discusses the different pieces that play into our ability to interact positively with our surroundings, including the changing of our bodies and our levels of self-efficacy. Learn both physical and mental practices and exercises designed to keep you strong and upright as you age.

Brandi Crowe; Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Recreational Therapy

"The Importance of Self-Care and Leisure Participation"

Individuals who achieve healthy aging are those who engage in activities that promote positive physical, social, cognitive, and emotional health. The purpose of this session is to discuss the role of self-care and leisure participation within the healthy aging process; specifically, how each can contribute to physical, social, cognitive, and emotional health. Participants will (a) learn about the importance of self-care and meaningful leisure within the context of their own lives, (b) discuss strategies for practicing self-care and maintaining/increasing leisure engagement, and (c) identify ways to minimize barriers that may hinder their ability to engage in self-care and leisure pursuits.

Jessi Rivera; DNP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner
Clemson Primary Care

"What Your Healthcare Provider Wishes You Knew"

Have you ever wondered what your healthcare providers wished you knew? Come join us as we discuss what happens behind the scenes at the office, when we want you to come in to the office or stay home and call, and what we wish you would really tell us. Feel free to bring your burning healthcare questions as well!


12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

lunch provided by OLLI, included in registration fee

Bess Park; MFA

Artistic/Executive Director and Owner at Wild Hare Productions

Owner of Institute for Creative and Healing Arts; Greenwood, SC

"Art and Creativity as we Age"

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

In her studies in theatre, dance, depth psychology, and somatic studies, Bess has discovered that creativity may be one of the best ways to stimulate aging well. Bess will explain why it is important to engage in creative practices and the types of movements and thought processes we can utilize as we strive to best honor the third part of life. Whether you call yourself an artist or claim to have ‘no creative bone in your body,’ we will aim to inspire the deeply human urge to create and the ability to utilize the powers of both body and mind to live in true wellness.

Emily Boyter; M.A.

English Instructor

Tri-County Technical College

"Writing Your Story"

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Join Emily Boyter as she leads a writing workshop and discusses the importance and therapeutic benefits of telling your story. Emily has led many writing workshops in the past, empowering writers and non-writers alike to search inside themselves and share what they find. This session will consist of an introduction to the importance of writing, a prompt, time to write, and time to share with others.

Jeanne Malmgren; M.Ed., LPC, NCC, CCTP

Licensed Professional Counselor

"Mindfulness Meditation"

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The third part of life often includes our best years yet! Drawing inspiration from psychosocial research of the past century, especially the new field of positive psychology, this session will focus on how we can create grace and inner peace through our own efforts. You will learn specific (and simple!) practices you can incorporate into your daily routine and share with others to ensure that these truly are our best years. 

*Provisional schedule,

susceptible to last-minute changes.

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