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Date(s) - 05/03/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location
St. John's Episcopal Church

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AUTHOR OLIVIA HOBLITZELLE: AGING WITH WISDOM
THE WASHINGTON DC VILLAGES:
(PALISADES VILLAGE, GEORGETOWN VILLAGE, CAPITAL HILL VILLAGE, CLEVELAND AND WOODLEY PARK, DUPONT CIRCLE VILLAGE, EAST ROCK CREEK VILLAGE, EMBRACING OUR PEARLS OF WISDOM, FOGGY BOTTOM WEST END VILLAGE, GLOVER PARK VILLAGE, KINGDOM CARE VILLAGE, MOUNT PLEASANT VILLAGE, NORTHWEST NEIGHBORS VILLAGE, PENNSLYLVANIA AVE. E VILLAGE AND WATERFRONT VILLAGE)

PROUDLY PRESENT

AUTHOR OLIVIA HOBLITZELLE DISCUSSING HER NEW BOOK
AGING WITH WISDOM
FOLLOWED BY WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH THE AUTHOR

AT ST JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
3240 O STREET
GEORGETOWN, DC 20007
THURSDAY, MAY 3, 6 – 8 PM
RSVP: eblanton@palisadesvillage.org; 202-244-3310

How do we find beauty and meaning in aging? What is the impact of living in an age-phobic culture? How do we cultivate an inner life resilient enough to cope with the vicissitudes of later life?

Olivia Hoblitzelle, author of AGING WITH WISDOM: Reflections, Stories and Teachings, (Monkfish Book Publishing, November 14, 2017) will present a talk and slide show on how to explore the positive opportunities of later life on Thursday, May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The last phase of life is often the most heroic– rich with opportunity for reflection, growth, and resolution. Offering new perspectives on aging, this talk based on her new book, offers inspiration for potentially the most meaningful chapter of our lives. The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception, followed by the talk, a discussion and book signing.

Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, is a writer, teacher, psychotherapist and pioneer in the field of Behavioral Medicine. Having practiced and taught psychology, as well as meditation for more than 45 years, she introduced the integration of meditation, yoga, and cognitive therapy with traditional Western medicine in one of the first Mind/Body Medicine programs in the country at Harvard Medical School. Her bestselling book Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s has received numerous awards.

For two decades Hoblitzelle has been focusing on conscious aging and how to enrich and embrace the last stage of life and ease some of the inevitable struggles. Having taught a course on “Conscious Aging and Mindfulness Meditation” for many years, she asserts that one of the secrets to a happy, peaceful old age lies in cultivating the life of the spirit.

Hoblitzelle knows first-hand the power of a resilient inner life. When her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, they made a pact to negotiate his illness consciously and lovingly, anchored by their training in psychology and Buddhist meditation. She chronicled their journey in her award-winning book TEN THOUSAND JOYS AND TEN THOUSAND SORROWS:
A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010).

In AGING WITH WISDOM, Hoblitzelle offers loving guidance for embracing life in all its fullness and wonder, drawing from her own experience, as well as from varied wisdom traditions and cultures that revere elders. While acknowledging the unsettling realities of later life, she highlights that this phase of life—which she calls “the most heroic”—has rich opportunities for
reflection, growth and resolution and offers many joys and blessings. Hoblitzelle does not shy away from death. In a section titled “Passages: Dying Into Life” she approaches the subject with stories showing a range of experiences that explore the mysteries that unfold before and during dying. In the final section of the book, she shares the profiles of six “Wayshowers,”elders she admires for their approach to aging with grace.

An empowering, comforting and uplifting guide, AGING WITH WISDOM will provide readers with fresh perspectives on aging and dying which could transform their later years.

The District of Columbia has 14 area Villages that help residents remain safely and independently in their own homes and remain engaged in their neighborhoods and communities. Villages are non-profit, membership organizations that are committed to helping members “age in place” and remain engaged in their community. They provide services that enable older neighbors to remain safe, active and socially connected in their neighborhoods, while continuing to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

The Village model uses community volunteers to provide transportation and other services such as errand services and shopping, in-home visits, medical notetaking, reading to the visually impaired, helping with household chores (sometimes what is needed is as simple as changing a light bulb) and simple repairs, snow shoveling, yard work and teaching technology skills. Most importantly, Villages provide social interactions for their members, so they may remain connected with their neighbors. Many Villages offer a variety of social gatherings including coffees, lunches, teas, dinners, salons, book talks, physical and health-related activities, educational programs, cultural enriching events, field trips, games, movie outings, happy hours, etc.
To register, please e-mail eblanton@palisadesvillage.org or call 202-244-3310.

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