Embrace Aging: A dialog on healthy aging in Iowa

Embrace Aging programs provide practical information on how to handle issues associated with aging, including conversations on Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

The full-length recordings of each session are available below. Additionally, DVDs are available upon request, and Calvin staff are available to lead discussion on any of these topics for your business, church or other group. Please call 515.633.2512 for more information.

Embrace Aging is brought to you by Calvin Community and American Enterprise Group with support from Alzheimer's Association: Greater Iowa Chapter, Des Moines University, The Comparison Project at Drake University, Broadlawns Geriatric and Memory Center, The Hale Group, Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation, Arbor Springs, AARP, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Polk County Board of Supervisors, and additional support from Syverson Strege and Company, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, Des Moines Area Religious Council and HCI Care Services.

Calvin Community American Enterprise Group The Comparison Project Broadlawns Medical Center Cultivating Compassion Arbor Springs AARP Westminster Presbyterian Church Polk County Drake University Des Moines University

Alzheimer's disease, a national/Iowa perspective

Susan Callison, Program Specialist, Greater Iowa Chapter Alzheimer's Association Callison describes the types and symptoms of dementia and strategies to reduce dementia risks. She explains the Alzheimer's Association's research and service to support those affected by Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Healthy aging and brain wellness

Dr. Robert Bender and Dr. Yogesh Shah, Geriatric Medicine & Memory Center, Broadlawns Medical Center Dr. Bender and Dr. Shah discuss what we can do proactively to take care of others and ourselves. They share their expertise in geriatric medicine, exploring our 'cognitive reserve' and describe lifestyle changes that support cognitive health.

Palliative Care

Dr. Timothy Ihrig, Chief Medical Officer at Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care Dr. Ihrig explains the benefits of a fostering a patient's overall quality of life and navigating serious illness from diagnosis to death with dignity and compassion.

Patient and family perspectives

John and Terri Hale of The Hale Group and Dick and Kerry Goodson The group - all directly affected by dementias - explores their personal confrontation with Alzheimer's, describing the challenges and joys of caring for loved ones.

Dealing with family financial realities

David Strege, Partner and Senior Financial Planner, Syverson Strege and Company Strege explains the impact aging has on financial decision making, sharing practical steps to minimize financial malfeasance and protect family wealth.

The emotional challenge

Jake F. Li, licensed independent social worker, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center Anxiety, depression and other adjustment challenges can overwhelm families as they try to adjust to the new realities in their lives. Li shares advice for meeting retirement or declining health, especially mindfulness for opportunities and new goals.

Aging, Dementia and the Cultural Cure

Anne Basting, researcher, author and teacher, University of WisconsinThere are 47 million people experiencing dementia across the world. With no cure on the horizon, Anne Basting explores the Cultural Cure - the many ways that the arts and culture can reshape the experience of memory loss to improve well-being.

Healthy Aging and Brain Wellness

Mary Mincer Hansen, RN, PhD, co-chair, Age Friendly Greater Des Moines Health CommitteeThis session features Dr. Robert Bender, founder of the Geriatric Medicine & Memory Center at Broadlawns Medical Center. Dr.. Bender discusses what we can do proactively to take care of ourselves and others, including his ten pillars of healthy aging.

Supporting Our Parents

Maryalice Larson, AARP Iowa Executive CouncilThis session features Joel Olah, Executive Director at Aging Resources of Central Iowa. Olah discusses turning conversation to action when it comes to family caregiving. He covers population dynamics and caregiving, the case for caregiving, family dynamics and having the conversation, and caregiving resources.

Caregiving in a world of dementia & Alzheimer's disease

Martha Willits, AARP Iowa State PresidentThis session features Charles Wurth of Arbor Springs.. Wurth discusses what Alzheimer’s Disease is, the progression of the disease, the needs of those with Alzheimer’s Disease, and guiding principles for caregivers and family of those with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Managing Chronic Diseases

Connie Eastman, AARP Iowa Community Outreach Associate State DirectorThis session features Dr. Yogesh Shah, a geriatric specialist now at Broadlawns Geriatric Medicine and Memory Center. Dr. Shah discusses chronic diseases, including the cost individually and nationally, what happens when patients go to the hospital and the outcomes, and what we can do to better the situation.

Economic Security

Kent Sovern, AARP Iowa State DirectorThis session features David Strege, a managing partner at Syverson Strege & Company. Strege covers the impact of aging on financial decision making, five warning signs that you’re running into issues on how to handle finances, and practical steps that can provide a way to protect the family wealth.

Aging and the Law

Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa lobbyist, attorney and Associate State Director for AdvocacyThis session features Denise Hill, JD, MPA, Director of Health Law Programs, Drake University and an attorney at Whitfield & Eddy. Hill discuses legal and ethical issues related to aging, including health care decision-making, end of life planning, and elder abuse and neglect.

Interfaith Dialog on Death and Dying

Dr. Norma HirschDr. Norma Hirsch moderates this session featuring representatives of Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.

Interfaith Dialog on Death and Dying

Dr. Norma HirschDr. Norma Hirsch moderates this session featuring representatives of Judaism, Buddhism and Catholicism.