Ageless You!

Ageless You!

| February 5, 2018

Join Co-Founder, SEDENA CAPPANNELLI at Red Mountain Resort – One of the Most Luxurious Adventure Resorts in St. George, Utah – For details – www.redmountainresort.com/calendar

Weaving the power of the ancient practice of Qigong with transformational wellness and enlivened ageing concepts, Sedena reveals key practices and perspectives to attain and maintain greater health, balance, peace and longevity. People of all ages want to know how to daily de-stress, re-balance, renew and re-energize body, mind and spirit and thrive as they age. During this presentation, you will reaffirm the vital relationship to your own wholeness, healing and happiness and learn ways to experience a more empowered you.

Ageless You! The Best Is Yet To Be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 – 8:45pm

Sharing empowering perspectives from her latest books, The Best Is Yet to Be and Getting Unstuck, and the newest science-backed research, Sedena offers strategies for uncovering the rich hidden layers of talent and wisdom that are unique to each of us. Through Indigenous wisdom, positive aging approaches and skills that promote happiness, resilience and long life, we can thrive and move beyond limited concepts of aging to discover ways to be vital, youthful and purposeful at any age.
Location: Snow Canyon Room
Provider: Sedena Cappannelli

George & Sedena Cappannelli

Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community

| July 1, 2017

Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live

These four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, co-founders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration.

“Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.”

George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.”

This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.”

Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane.

“One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott.

“All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.”

• How, in the face of this confusion and turmoil, do we live lives of genuine meaning and purpose?

• How do we honor the central values that issue our hearts and celebrate the unique gifts that each of us has come here to manifest?

• How do we stay in touch with our humanity, our compassion and gratitude and with the truth that lies within us and that is both our right and our responsibility to share?

• And how do we reconnect with our vitality, with our innate joy, passion and wonder and keep faith with the promise of living the unique and authentic lives we were born to live – lives as the poet June Ford reminded us in which we acknowledge that, “we are the ones we have been waiting for?”

For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

George Cappannelli - Founder of AgeNation

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?

| July 1, 2017

By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli

Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.

And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.

By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.

Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.

The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging

“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock

“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.

About the Work

“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.

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Transformation: Aging In Place

| October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

I am one of more than 65 million Americans who has been a caregiver for an aging loved one. My mother, Margaret, was among those who wanted to age in place. She was a strong, independent woman who spent her life in the business world. My mother didn’t want to live in a nursing home. She wanted to remain in control: to live on her own in her own home. And that’s what she did.

She moved in with my daughter and lived across the street from me. She had independence, a home of her own, a sense of community and family nearby.

Turns out she wasn’t alone in her desire: up to 95 percent of older adults say they want to age in place.
Through the journey with my mother, I’ve learned there are two universal truths about aging:

• One: Despite declines in physical or cognitive abilities as we age, we want to continue living in our homes and within our communities for as long as we can. We seek to live as independently as possible.
• Two: It’s tough being a caregiver. We need help: there are many health and medical tasks that are simply beyond our expertise.

After being a caregiver for my mother and struggling to ensure her health needs were met, I began to search for a better way to help older adults continue to live independently.
I found it in care management.

In my mother’s case, I was her care manager. I learned as I went. I made mistakes. I got better. I was like most caregivers in the United States: a full 72 percent of us provide care for a parent or family member.
So implementing care management programs for older adults became my mission. And, in fact, this is the mission of InnovAge, which was founded in 1969. While InnovAge Care Management today looks much different than it did in the 1960s, our vision remains the same: help individuals live as independently as possible in their homes and provide respite to their caregivers.

Care Management Advantage
Care management frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of healthcare services. It also improves quality of life for families who get some extra help and downtime. Care management is a good choice for older adults who want to age in place, because services are brought to them. These services include:

• Medical services to monitor health and wellness
• Assistance in making and getting to medical appointments
• Working directly with multiple providers

Care managers work directly with an individual’s healthcare provider and report information to the primary caregiver, usually an adult daughter or son. In general, care managers are there to ensure the family knows what’s going on in the day-to-day care of their loved one and to answer any questions. This eliminates a lot of stress for the family and ensures the loved one receives the best possible care. Care management is especially helpful for family members who live far away and who visit loved ones infrequently.

In addition, care managers call providers and assess the needs of the individual and identify appropriate resources. If a loved one is hospitalized, care managers ensure hospital discharge orders are followed as well as the doctor’s orders, including prescription medication regimens.

Just recalling the days I managed these elements of care makes me feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m glad to report there are organizations providing care management services to older adults allowing them to age in place and providing a break for their families.

For more information, visit InnovAge Care Management, get a free consultation when you fill out a Care Management request or call us at 888-992-4464 to speak with a care management expert.

Watch our aging in place videos to see how InnovAge can help, including one from Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.

maureen-hewitInnovAge_logo-300x92Maureen Hewitt
President and CEO, InnovAge

Enliven You! Mexico - Nov 28-Dec 4

Enliven You! Mexico – Nov 28-Dec 4

| August 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Enliven You Retreat
Rejuvenate, Renew, and Revitalize your life during this exciting retreat in Troncones, Mexico, a beautiful, tranquil beach located 20 miles from the fabulous sleepy fishing village of Zihuatanejo. We will be staying at the resort Eden (www.edenmex.com), a beach hacienda with ocean front rooms decorated tastefully, each with a private bath. Internationally recognized yoga instructor, Zoreh Afsarzadeh and nationally award-winning author and wellness consultant, Sedena Cappannelli will support you during this uplifting, revitalizing and empowering week in magical Troncones, Mexico!
Enhance your core energy with simple yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and youthfulness, at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit. Pamper yourself with relaxation, swimming, walking on the beach, journaling, delicious food, outdoor explorations and aily Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions.

Details
$1550 Double Occupancy
$360 additional for Private Occupancy.
Register at: www.highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642

Price Includes:
Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions, interactive outdoor explorations, delightful roomy accommodations, a Friday evening wine & appetizer welcome reception, and delicious seafood and vegetarian entrées served by a gourmet professional chef.

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Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

| July 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

assisted-livingDenial is the most common reason people wait until a fall, injury or illness before they start to seek information on assisted living. So what are the signs that your parent may need help before an emergency happens? Even when you know your parent could use some extra help completing daily tasks, you may still be confused – after all, couldn’t a caretaker come in a few times a week? Is mom or dad really struggling so much? Even considering assisted living for your parent or another senior loved one signals a major life change, and it’s one both you and your loved one are likely to have a lot of feelings about. To help you stay grounded on the real issue – whether your parent or loved one would do better at an assisted living community than in his or her own home – here are some signs it may be time to move your parent into a senior community.

How does your parent look?
While it may not occur to you, the way your parent is dressing and taking care of his or her hygiene needs is a good sign about whether he or she could benefit from living in a senior community. If your parent is wearing the same clothes every time you visit, or is clearly having difficulty showering, washing his or her hair or keeping clothes laundered, it may be time to plan a move into assisted living. Of course, people of retirement age may relax their grooming and clothing standards – there’s no longer any need to put on a suit for work every morning, for example – but if you notice the same outfit every day or a marked problem with cleanliness, it may be time to find the best community for your parent to experience assisted living.

How is his or her mental and physical condition?
If your parent is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you are likely already aware that he or she is likely to require memory care in an assisted living community at some point. When to pursue this option is an intensely personal decision, but the safety of your loved one and your own health must always come first. If your loved one has begun to wander, exhibit agitated behavior or even aggression or is not safe in his or her home, it’s time to begin the process of moving him or her into assisted living. It is also important to acknowledge care needs that are beyond what you have the capacity to provide, which can be particularly true of physical care needs that many of us develop as we age. If you cannot reliably help your loved one with the activities of daily living that are most difficult for him or her, it is time for assisted living.

How are you managing?
Caregiver stress is real, and it can be a severely upsetting experience. If you are caring for your senior loved one and notice yourself beginning to slip into anxiety, hypervigilance, depression or poor sleeping and eating habits, you may want to add these symptoms to the list of reasons it’s time to look into assisted living for your parent. Caregiving stress is a risk to your own health, which in turn means your loved one will not have someone to depend on – not to mention the other personal and professional responsibilities this amount of stress can prevent you from fulfilling. There is no shame in being overwhelmed – and a conversation with a senior living specialist at a facility of your choice can help calm any feelings of guilt you may have and clarify your options.

Dr. Shirley Newell – Aegis Living, Chief Medical Officer

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

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with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Sedena Cappannelli

Be supported in being your best!
Discover Simple, Yet Powerful Tools,
to Create an Enlivened Lifestyle –
Find Greater Vitality, Balance & Joy!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.57.03 PMJoin internationally recognized yoga instructor Zoreh Afsarzadeh and award-winning author and wellness consultant Sedena Cappannelli for this uplifting, revitalizing weekend retreat! You know the basics of self-care. Now enhance your level of vitality with simple, yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and beauty, inside and out – at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Together Zoreh and Sedena offer an unbeatable combination:
Self-Healing Yoga and Enlivened Ageing Strategies with many benefits:

• Relax, re-charge, restore balance and align your mind, body and spirit
• Experience simple exercises from P.E.P. – Personal Energy Program for greater energy,
balance and wellness – learn to revitalize from the inside, out
• Discover Daily Enlivening strategies for greater self-empowerment at any age
• Learn de-aging, beautifying techniques for lifelong vitality and health
• Explore the beauty of the historic Northern New Mexican town of Taos, its culture
and its many restaurants, museums, shops and art galleries
• Find new energy for your busy life!

Details
$555 Double Occupancy
$595 Single Occupancy
Ask about triple occupancy rates
Register at: highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642
Price Includes: Yoga and Enlivened Ageing sessions, delightful roomy accommodations:
http://www.sangeronimolodge.com, a Friday
evening wine & appetizer Welcome Reception and dinner, 2 breakfast entrees served by a gourmet professional chef, water, tea, coffee and healthy lunch snacks, a Labyrinth journey and special Earthship closing meditation.

ZorehZoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She offers public
classes, teacher trainings, private yoga therapy sessions and retreats in exotic locations around the
world. Her joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that
is both nurturing and fun. highdesertyoga.com


AgeNation Co-founder Sedena CappannelliSedena
, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age. EnlivenedAgeing.com and AgeNation.com

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

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| February 20, 2015
Unify Fest - Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

Unify Fest – Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

| February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
A Special Spring Book Offer

A Special Spring Book Offer

| February 20, 2015

Ageless You!

Ageless You!

| February 5, 2018

Join Co-Founder, SEDENA CAPPANNELLI at Red Mountain Resort – One of the Most Luxurious Adventure Resorts in St. George, Utah – For details – www.redmountainresort.com/calendar

Weaving the power of the ancient practice of Qigong with transformational wellness and enlivened ageing concepts, Sedena reveals key practices and perspectives to attain and maintain greater health, balance, peace and longevity. People of all ages want to know how to daily de-stress, re-balance, renew and re-energize body, mind and spirit and thrive as they age. During this presentation, you will reaffirm the vital relationship to your own wholeness, healing and happiness and learn ways to experience a more empowered you.

Ageless You! The Best Is Yet To Be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 – 8:45pm

Sharing empowering perspectives from her latest books, The Best Is Yet to Be and Getting Unstuck, and the newest science-backed research, Sedena offers strategies for uncovering the rich hidden layers of talent and wisdom that are unique to each of us. Through Indigenous wisdom, positive aging approaches and skills that promote happiness, resilience and long life, we can thrive and move beyond limited concepts of aging to discover ways to be vital, youthful and purposeful at any age.
Location: Snow Canyon Room
Provider: Sedena Cappannelli

George & Sedena Cappannelli

Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community

| July 1, 2017

Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live

These four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, co-founders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration.

“Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.”

George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.”

This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.”

Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane.

“One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott.

“All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.”

• How, in the face of this confusion and turmoil, do we live lives of genuine meaning and purpose?

• How do we honor the central values that issue our hearts and celebrate the unique gifts that each of us has come here to manifest?

• How do we stay in touch with our humanity, our compassion and gratitude and with the truth that lies within us and that is both our right and our responsibility to share?

• And how do we reconnect with our vitality, with our innate joy, passion and wonder and keep faith with the promise of living the unique and authentic lives we were born to live – lives as the poet June Ford reminded us in which we acknowledge that, “we are the ones we have been waiting for?”

For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

George Cappannelli - Founder of AgeNation

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?

| July 1, 2017

By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli

Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.

And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.

By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.

Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.

The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging

“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock

“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.

About the Work

“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.

maureen-hewit

Transformation: Aging In Place

| October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

I am one of more than 65 million Americans who has been a caregiver for an aging loved one. My mother, Margaret, was among those who wanted to age in place. She was a strong, independent woman who spent her life in the business world. My mother didn’t want to live in a nursing home. She wanted to remain in control: to live on her own in her own home. And that’s what she did.

She moved in with my daughter and lived across the street from me. She had independence, a home of her own, a sense of community and family nearby.

Turns out she wasn’t alone in her desire: up to 95 percent of older adults say they want to age in place.
Through the journey with my mother, I’ve learned there are two universal truths about aging:

• One: Despite declines in physical or cognitive abilities as we age, we want to continue living in our homes and within our communities for as long as we can. We seek to live as independently as possible.
• Two: It’s tough being a caregiver. We need help: there are many health and medical tasks that are simply beyond our expertise.

After being a caregiver for my mother and struggling to ensure her health needs were met, I began to search for a better way to help older adults continue to live independently.
I found it in care management.

In my mother’s case, I was her care manager. I learned as I went. I made mistakes. I got better. I was like most caregivers in the United States: a full 72 percent of us provide care for a parent or family member.
So implementing care management programs for older adults became my mission. And, in fact, this is the mission of InnovAge, which was founded in 1969. While InnovAge Care Management today looks much different than it did in the 1960s, our vision remains the same: help individuals live as independently as possible in their homes and provide respite to their caregivers.

Care Management Advantage
Care management frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of healthcare services. It also improves quality of life for families who get some extra help and downtime. Care management is a good choice for older adults who want to age in place, because services are brought to them. These services include:

• Medical services to monitor health and wellness
• Assistance in making and getting to medical appointments
• Working directly with multiple providers

Care managers work directly with an individual’s healthcare provider and report information to the primary caregiver, usually an adult daughter or son. In general, care managers are there to ensure the family knows what’s going on in the day-to-day care of their loved one and to answer any questions. This eliminates a lot of stress for the family and ensures the loved one receives the best possible care. Care management is especially helpful for family members who live far away and who visit loved ones infrequently.

In addition, care managers call providers and assess the needs of the individual and identify appropriate resources. If a loved one is hospitalized, care managers ensure hospital discharge orders are followed as well as the doctor’s orders, including prescription medication regimens.

Just recalling the days I managed these elements of care makes me feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m glad to report there are organizations providing care management services to older adults allowing them to age in place and providing a break for their families.

For more information, visit InnovAge Care Management, get a free consultation when you fill out a Care Management request or call us at 888-992-4464 to speak with a care management expert.

Watch our aging in place videos to see how InnovAge can help, including one from Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.

maureen-hewitInnovAge_logo-300x92Maureen Hewitt
President and CEO, InnovAge

Enliven You! Mexico - Nov 28-Dec 4

Enliven You! Mexico – Nov 28-Dec 4

| August 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Enliven You Retreat
Rejuvenate, Renew, and Revitalize your life during this exciting retreat in Troncones, Mexico, a beautiful, tranquil beach located 20 miles from the fabulous sleepy fishing village of Zihuatanejo. We will be staying at the resort Eden (www.edenmex.com), a beach hacienda with ocean front rooms decorated tastefully, each with a private bath. Internationally recognized yoga instructor, Zoreh Afsarzadeh and nationally award-winning author and wellness consultant, Sedena Cappannelli will support you during this uplifting, revitalizing and empowering week in magical Troncones, Mexico!
Enhance your core energy with simple yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and youthfulness, at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit. Pamper yourself with relaxation, swimming, walking on the beach, journaling, delicious food, outdoor explorations and aily Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions.

Details
$1550 Double Occupancy
$360 additional for Private Occupancy.
Register at: www.highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642

Price Includes:
Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions, interactive outdoor explorations, delightful roomy accommodations, a Friday evening wine & appetizer welcome reception, and delicious seafood and vegetarian entrées served by a gourmet professional chef.

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Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

| July 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

assisted-livingDenial is the most common reason people wait until a fall, injury or illness before they start to seek information on assisted living. So what are the signs that your parent may need help before an emergency happens? Even when you know your parent could use some extra help completing daily tasks, you may still be confused – after all, couldn’t a caretaker come in a few times a week? Is mom or dad really struggling so much? Even considering assisted living for your parent or another senior loved one signals a major life change, and it’s one both you and your loved one are likely to have a lot of feelings about. To help you stay grounded on the real issue – whether your parent or loved one would do better at an assisted living community than in his or her own home – here are some signs it may be time to move your parent into a senior community.

How does your parent look?
While it may not occur to you, the way your parent is dressing and taking care of his or her hygiene needs is a good sign about whether he or she could benefit from living in a senior community. If your parent is wearing the same clothes every time you visit, or is clearly having difficulty showering, washing his or her hair or keeping clothes laundered, it may be time to plan a move into assisted living. Of course, people of retirement age may relax their grooming and clothing standards – there’s no longer any need to put on a suit for work every morning, for example – but if you notice the same outfit every day or a marked problem with cleanliness, it may be time to find the best community for your parent to experience assisted living.

How is his or her mental and physical condition?
If your parent is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you are likely already aware that he or she is likely to require memory care in an assisted living community at some point. When to pursue this option is an intensely personal decision, but the safety of your loved one and your own health must always come first. If your loved one has begun to wander, exhibit agitated behavior or even aggression or is not safe in his or her home, it’s time to begin the process of moving him or her into assisted living. It is also important to acknowledge care needs that are beyond what you have the capacity to provide, which can be particularly true of physical care needs that many of us develop as we age. If you cannot reliably help your loved one with the activities of daily living that are most difficult for him or her, it is time for assisted living.

How are you managing?
Caregiver stress is real, and it can be a severely upsetting experience. If you are caring for your senior loved one and notice yourself beginning to slip into anxiety, hypervigilance, depression or poor sleeping and eating habits, you may want to add these symptoms to the list of reasons it’s time to look into assisted living for your parent. Caregiving stress is a risk to your own health, which in turn means your loved one will not have someone to depend on – not to mention the other personal and professional responsibilities this amount of stress can prevent you from fulfilling. There is no shame in being overwhelmed – and a conversation with a senior living specialist at a facility of your choice can help calm any feelings of guilt you may have and clarify your options.

Dr. Shirley Newell – Aegis Living, Chief Medical Officer

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

taos-retreat

with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Sedena Cappannelli

Be supported in being your best!
Discover Simple, Yet Powerful Tools,
to Create an Enlivened Lifestyle –
Find Greater Vitality, Balance & Joy!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.57.03 PMJoin internationally recognized yoga instructor Zoreh Afsarzadeh and award-winning author and wellness consultant Sedena Cappannelli for this uplifting, revitalizing weekend retreat! You know the basics of self-care. Now enhance your level of vitality with simple, yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and beauty, inside and out – at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Together Zoreh and Sedena offer an unbeatable combination:
Self-Healing Yoga and Enlivened Ageing Strategies with many benefits:

• Relax, re-charge, restore balance and align your mind, body and spirit
• Experience simple exercises from P.E.P. – Personal Energy Program for greater energy,
balance and wellness – learn to revitalize from the inside, out
• Discover Daily Enlivening strategies for greater self-empowerment at any age
• Learn de-aging, beautifying techniques for lifelong vitality and health
• Explore the beauty of the historic Northern New Mexican town of Taos, its culture
and its many restaurants, museums, shops and art galleries
• Find new energy for your busy life!

Details
$555 Double Occupancy
$595 Single Occupancy
Ask about triple occupancy rates
Register at: highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642
Price Includes: Yoga and Enlivened Ageing sessions, delightful roomy accommodations:
http://www.sangeronimolodge.com, a Friday
evening wine & appetizer Welcome Reception and dinner, 2 breakfast entrees served by a gourmet professional chef, water, tea, coffee and healthy lunch snacks, a Labyrinth journey and special Earthship closing meditation.

ZorehZoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She offers public
classes, teacher trainings, private yoga therapy sessions and retreats in exotic locations around the
world. Her joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that
is both nurturing and fun. highdesertyoga.com


AgeNation Co-founder Sedena CappannelliSedena
, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age. EnlivenedAgeing.com and AgeNation.com

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

| February 20, 2015
Unify Fest - Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

Unify Fest – Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

| February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
A Special Spring Book Offer

A Special Spring Book Offer

| February 20, 2015

Ageless You!

Ageless You!

| February 5, 2018

Join Co-Founder, SEDENA CAPPANNELLI at Red Mountain Resort – One of the Most Luxurious Adventure Resorts in St. George, Utah – For details – www.redmountainresort.com/calendar

Weaving the power of the ancient practice of Qigong with transformational wellness and enlivened ageing concepts, Sedena reveals key practices and perspectives to attain and maintain greater health, balance, peace and longevity. People of all ages want to know how to daily de-stress, re-balance, renew and re-energize body, mind and spirit and thrive as they age. During this presentation, you will reaffirm the vital relationship to your own wholeness, healing and happiness and learn ways to experience a more empowered you.

Ageless You! The Best Is Yet To Be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 – 8:45pm

Sharing empowering perspectives from her latest books, The Best Is Yet to Be and Getting Unstuck, and the newest science-backed research, Sedena offers strategies for uncovering the rich hidden layers of talent and wisdom that are unique to each of us. Through Indigenous wisdom, positive aging approaches and skills that promote happiness, resilience and long life, we can thrive and move beyond limited concepts of aging to discover ways to be vital, youthful and purposeful at any age.
Location: Snow Canyon Room
Provider: Sedena Cappannelli

George & Sedena Cappannelli

Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community

| July 1, 2017

Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live

These four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, co-founders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration.

“Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.”

George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.”

This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.”

Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane.

“One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott.

“All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.”

• How, in the face of this confusion and turmoil, do we live lives of genuine meaning and purpose?

• How do we honor the central values that issue our hearts and celebrate the unique gifts that each of us has come here to manifest?

• How do we stay in touch with our humanity, our compassion and gratitude and with the truth that lies within us and that is both our right and our responsibility to share?

• And how do we reconnect with our vitality, with our innate joy, passion and wonder and keep faith with the promise of living the unique and authentic lives we were born to live – lives as the poet June Ford reminded us in which we acknowledge that, “we are the ones we have been waiting for?”

For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

George Cappannelli - Founder of AgeNation

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?

| July 1, 2017

By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli

Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.

And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.

By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.

Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.

The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging

“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock

“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.

About the Work

“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.

maureen-hewit

Transformation: Aging In Place

| October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

I am one of more than 65 million Americans who has been a caregiver for an aging loved one. My mother, Margaret, was among those who wanted to age in place. She was a strong, independent woman who spent her life in the business world. My mother didn’t want to live in a nursing home. She wanted to remain in control: to live on her own in her own home. And that’s what she did.

She moved in with my daughter and lived across the street from me. She had independence, a home of her own, a sense of community and family nearby.

Turns out she wasn’t alone in her desire: up to 95 percent of older adults say they want to age in place.
Through the journey with my mother, I’ve learned there are two universal truths about aging:

• One: Despite declines in physical or cognitive abilities as we age, we want to continue living in our homes and within our communities for as long as we can. We seek to live as independently as possible.
• Two: It’s tough being a caregiver. We need help: there are many health and medical tasks that are simply beyond our expertise.

After being a caregiver for my mother and struggling to ensure her health needs were met, I began to search for a better way to help older adults continue to live independently.
I found it in care management.

In my mother’s case, I was her care manager. I learned as I went. I made mistakes. I got better. I was like most caregivers in the United States: a full 72 percent of us provide care for a parent or family member.
So implementing care management programs for older adults became my mission. And, in fact, this is the mission of InnovAge, which was founded in 1969. While InnovAge Care Management today looks much different than it did in the 1960s, our vision remains the same: help individuals live as independently as possible in their homes and provide respite to their caregivers.

Care Management Advantage
Care management frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of healthcare services. It also improves quality of life for families who get some extra help and downtime. Care management is a good choice for older adults who want to age in place, because services are brought to them. These services include:

• Medical services to monitor health and wellness
• Assistance in making and getting to medical appointments
• Working directly with multiple providers

Care managers work directly with an individual’s healthcare provider and report information to the primary caregiver, usually an adult daughter or son. In general, care managers are there to ensure the family knows what’s going on in the day-to-day care of their loved one and to answer any questions. This eliminates a lot of stress for the family and ensures the loved one receives the best possible care. Care management is especially helpful for family members who live far away and who visit loved ones infrequently.

In addition, care managers call providers and assess the needs of the individual and identify appropriate resources. If a loved one is hospitalized, care managers ensure hospital discharge orders are followed as well as the doctor’s orders, including prescription medication regimens.

Just recalling the days I managed these elements of care makes me feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m glad to report there are organizations providing care management services to older adults allowing them to age in place and providing a break for their families.

For more information, visit InnovAge Care Management, get a free consultation when you fill out a Care Management request or call us at 888-992-4464 to speak with a care management expert.

Watch our aging in place videos to see how InnovAge can help, including one from Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.

maureen-hewitInnovAge_logo-300x92Maureen Hewitt
President and CEO, InnovAge

Enliven You! Mexico - Nov 28-Dec 4

Enliven You! Mexico – Nov 28-Dec 4

| August 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Enliven You Retreat
Rejuvenate, Renew, and Revitalize your life during this exciting retreat in Troncones, Mexico, a beautiful, tranquil beach located 20 miles from the fabulous sleepy fishing village of Zihuatanejo. We will be staying at the resort Eden (www.edenmex.com), a beach hacienda with ocean front rooms decorated tastefully, each with a private bath. Internationally recognized yoga instructor, Zoreh Afsarzadeh and nationally award-winning author and wellness consultant, Sedena Cappannelli will support you during this uplifting, revitalizing and empowering week in magical Troncones, Mexico!
Enhance your core energy with simple yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and youthfulness, at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit. Pamper yourself with relaxation, swimming, walking on the beach, journaling, delicious food, outdoor explorations and aily Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions.

Details
$1550 Double Occupancy
$360 additional for Private Occupancy.
Register at: www.highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642

Price Includes:
Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions, interactive outdoor explorations, delightful roomy accommodations, a Friday evening wine & appetizer welcome reception, and delicious seafood and vegetarian entrées served by a gourmet professional chef.

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Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

| July 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

assisted-livingDenial is the most common reason people wait until a fall, injury or illness before they start to seek information on assisted living. So what are the signs that your parent may need help before an emergency happens? Even when you know your parent could use some extra help completing daily tasks, you may still be confused – after all, couldn’t a caretaker come in a few times a week? Is mom or dad really struggling so much? Even considering assisted living for your parent or another senior loved one signals a major life change, and it’s one both you and your loved one are likely to have a lot of feelings about. To help you stay grounded on the real issue – whether your parent or loved one would do better at an assisted living community than in his or her own home – here are some signs it may be time to move your parent into a senior community.

How does your parent look?
While it may not occur to you, the way your parent is dressing and taking care of his or her hygiene needs is a good sign about whether he or she could benefit from living in a senior community. If your parent is wearing the same clothes every time you visit, or is clearly having difficulty showering, washing his or her hair or keeping clothes laundered, it may be time to plan a move into assisted living. Of course, people of retirement age may relax their grooming and clothing standards – there’s no longer any need to put on a suit for work every morning, for example – but if you notice the same outfit every day or a marked problem with cleanliness, it may be time to find the best community for your parent to experience assisted living.

How is his or her mental and physical condition?
If your parent is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you are likely already aware that he or she is likely to require memory care in an assisted living community at some point. When to pursue this option is an intensely personal decision, but the safety of your loved one and your own health must always come first. If your loved one has begun to wander, exhibit agitated behavior or even aggression or is not safe in his or her home, it’s time to begin the process of moving him or her into assisted living. It is also important to acknowledge care needs that are beyond what you have the capacity to provide, which can be particularly true of physical care needs that many of us develop as we age. If you cannot reliably help your loved one with the activities of daily living that are most difficult for him or her, it is time for assisted living.

How are you managing?
Caregiver stress is real, and it can be a severely upsetting experience. If you are caring for your senior loved one and notice yourself beginning to slip into anxiety, hypervigilance, depression or poor sleeping and eating habits, you may want to add these symptoms to the list of reasons it’s time to look into assisted living for your parent. Caregiving stress is a risk to your own health, which in turn means your loved one will not have someone to depend on – not to mention the other personal and professional responsibilities this amount of stress can prevent you from fulfilling. There is no shame in being overwhelmed – and a conversation with a senior living specialist at a facility of your choice can help calm any feelings of guilt you may have and clarify your options.

Dr. Shirley Newell – Aegis Living, Chief Medical Officer

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

taos-retreat

with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Sedena Cappannelli

Be supported in being your best!
Discover Simple, Yet Powerful Tools,
to Create an Enlivened Lifestyle –
Find Greater Vitality, Balance & Joy!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.57.03 PMJoin internationally recognized yoga instructor Zoreh Afsarzadeh and award-winning author and wellness consultant Sedena Cappannelli for this uplifting, revitalizing weekend retreat! You know the basics of self-care. Now enhance your level of vitality with simple, yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and beauty, inside and out – at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Together Zoreh and Sedena offer an unbeatable combination:
Self-Healing Yoga and Enlivened Ageing Strategies with many benefits:

• Relax, re-charge, restore balance and align your mind, body and spirit
• Experience simple exercises from P.E.P. – Personal Energy Program for greater energy,
balance and wellness – learn to revitalize from the inside, out
• Discover Daily Enlivening strategies for greater self-empowerment at any age
• Learn de-aging, beautifying techniques for lifelong vitality and health
• Explore the beauty of the historic Northern New Mexican town of Taos, its culture
and its many restaurants, museums, shops and art galleries
• Find new energy for your busy life!

Details
$555 Double Occupancy
$595 Single Occupancy
Ask about triple occupancy rates
Register at: highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642
Price Includes: Yoga and Enlivened Ageing sessions, delightful roomy accommodations:
http://www.sangeronimolodge.com, a Friday
evening wine & appetizer Welcome Reception and dinner, 2 breakfast entrees served by a gourmet professional chef, water, tea, coffee and healthy lunch snacks, a Labyrinth journey and special Earthship closing meditation.

ZorehZoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She offers public
classes, teacher trainings, private yoga therapy sessions and retreats in exotic locations around the
world. Her joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that
is both nurturing and fun. highdesertyoga.com


AgeNation Co-founder Sedena CappannelliSedena
, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age. EnlivenedAgeing.com and AgeNation.com

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

| February 20, 2015
Unify Fest - Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

Unify Fest – Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

| February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
A Special Spring Book Offer

A Special Spring Book Offer

| February 20, 2015

Ageless You!

Ageless You!

| February 5, 2018

Join Co-Founder, SEDENA CAPPANNELLI at Red Mountain Resort – One of the Most Luxurious Adventure Resorts in St. George, Utah – For details – www.redmountainresort.com/calendar

Weaving the power of the ancient practice of Qigong with transformational wellness and enlivened ageing concepts, Sedena reveals key practices and perspectives to attain and maintain greater health, balance, peace and longevity. People of all ages want to know how to daily de-stress, re-balance, renew and re-energize body, mind and spirit and thrive as they age. During this presentation, you will reaffirm the vital relationship to your own wholeness, healing and happiness and learn ways to experience a more empowered you.

Ageless You! The Best Is Yet To Be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 – 8:45pm

Sharing empowering perspectives from her latest books, The Best Is Yet to Be and Getting Unstuck, and the newest science-backed research, Sedena offers strategies for uncovering the rich hidden layers of talent and wisdom that are unique to each of us. Through Indigenous wisdom, positive aging approaches and skills that promote happiness, resilience and long life, we can thrive and move beyond limited concepts of aging to discover ways to be vital, youthful and purposeful at any age.
Location: Snow Canyon Room
Provider: Sedena Cappannelli

George & Sedena Cappannelli

Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community

| July 1, 2017

Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live

These four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, co-founders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration.

“Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.”

George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.”

This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.”

Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane.

“One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott.

“All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.”

• How, in the face of this confusion and turmoil, do we live lives of genuine meaning and purpose?

• How do we honor the central values that issue our hearts and celebrate the unique gifts that each of us has come here to manifest?

• How do we stay in touch with our humanity, our compassion and gratitude and with the truth that lies within us and that is both our right and our responsibility to share?

• And how do we reconnect with our vitality, with our innate joy, passion and wonder and keep faith with the promise of living the unique and authentic lives we were born to live – lives as the poet June Ford reminded us in which we acknowledge that, “we are the ones we have been waiting for?”

For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

George Cappannelli - Founder of AgeNation

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?

| July 1, 2017

By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli

Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.

And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.

By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.

Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.

The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging

“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock

“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.

About the Work

“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.

maureen-hewit

Transformation: Aging In Place

| October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

I am one of more than 65 million Americans who has been a caregiver for an aging loved one. My mother, Margaret, was among those who wanted to age in place. She was a strong, independent woman who spent her life in the business world. My mother didn’t want to live in a nursing home. She wanted to remain in control: to live on her own in her own home. And that’s what she did.

She moved in with my daughter and lived across the street from me. She had independence, a home of her own, a sense of community and family nearby.

Turns out she wasn’t alone in her desire: up to 95 percent of older adults say they want to age in place.
Through the journey with my mother, I’ve learned there are two universal truths about aging:

• One: Despite declines in physical or cognitive abilities as we age, we want to continue living in our homes and within our communities for as long as we can. We seek to live as independently as possible.
• Two: It’s tough being a caregiver. We need help: there are many health and medical tasks that are simply beyond our expertise.

After being a caregiver for my mother and struggling to ensure her health needs were met, I began to search for a better way to help older adults continue to live independently.
I found it in care management.

In my mother’s case, I was her care manager. I learned as I went. I made mistakes. I got better. I was like most caregivers in the United States: a full 72 percent of us provide care for a parent or family member.
So implementing care management programs for older adults became my mission. And, in fact, this is the mission of InnovAge, which was founded in 1969. While InnovAge Care Management today looks much different than it did in the 1960s, our vision remains the same: help individuals live as independently as possible in their homes and provide respite to their caregivers.

Care Management Advantage
Care management frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of healthcare services. It also improves quality of life for families who get some extra help and downtime. Care management is a good choice for older adults who want to age in place, because services are brought to them. These services include:

• Medical services to monitor health and wellness
• Assistance in making and getting to medical appointments
• Working directly with multiple providers

Care managers work directly with an individual’s healthcare provider and report information to the primary caregiver, usually an adult daughter or son. In general, care managers are there to ensure the family knows what’s going on in the day-to-day care of their loved one and to answer any questions. This eliminates a lot of stress for the family and ensures the loved one receives the best possible care. Care management is especially helpful for family members who live far away and who visit loved ones infrequently.

In addition, care managers call providers and assess the needs of the individual and identify appropriate resources. If a loved one is hospitalized, care managers ensure hospital discharge orders are followed as well as the doctor’s orders, including prescription medication regimens.

Just recalling the days I managed these elements of care makes me feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m glad to report there are organizations providing care management services to older adults allowing them to age in place and providing a break for their families.

For more information, visit InnovAge Care Management, get a free consultation when you fill out a Care Management request or call us at 888-992-4464 to speak with a care management expert.

Watch our aging in place videos to see how InnovAge can help, including one from Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.

maureen-hewitInnovAge_logo-300x92Maureen Hewitt
President and CEO, InnovAge

Enliven You! Mexico - Nov 28-Dec 4

Enliven You! Mexico – Nov 28-Dec 4

| August 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Enliven You Retreat
Rejuvenate, Renew, and Revitalize your life during this exciting retreat in Troncones, Mexico, a beautiful, tranquil beach located 20 miles from the fabulous sleepy fishing village of Zihuatanejo. We will be staying at the resort Eden (www.edenmex.com), a beach hacienda with ocean front rooms decorated tastefully, each with a private bath. Internationally recognized yoga instructor, Zoreh Afsarzadeh and nationally award-winning author and wellness consultant, Sedena Cappannelli will support you during this uplifting, revitalizing and empowering week in magical Troncones, Mexico!
Enhance your core energy with simple yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and youthfulness, at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit. Pamper yourself with relaxation, swimming, walking on the beach, journaling, delicious food, outdoor explorations and aily Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions.

Details
$1550 Double Occupancy
$360 additional for Private Occupancy.
Register at: www.highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642

Price Includes:
Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions, interactive outdoor explorations, delightful roomy accommodations, a Friday evening wine & appetizer welcome reception, and delicious seafood and vegetarian entrées served by a gourmet professional chef.

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Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

| July 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

assisted-livingDenial is the most common reason people wait until a fall, injury or illness before they start to seek information on assisted living. So what are the signs that your parent may need help before an emergency happens? Even when you know your parent could use some extra help completing daily tasks, you may still be confused – after all, couldn’t a caretaker come in a few times a week? Is mom or dad really struggling so much? Even considering assisted living for your parent or another senior loved one signals a major life change, and it’s one both you and your loved one are likely to have a lot of feelings about. To help you stay grounded on the real issue – whether your parent or loved one would do better at an assisted living community than in his or her own home – here are some signs it may be time to move your parent into a senior community.

How does your parent look?
While it may not occur to you, the way your parent is dressing and taking care of his or her hygiene needs is a good sign about whether he or she could benefit from living in a senior community. If your parent is wearing the same clothes every time you visit, or is clearly having difficulty showering, washing his or her hair or keeping clothes laundered, it may be time to plan a move into assisted living. Of course, people of retirement age may relax their grooming and clothing standards – there’s no longer any need to put on a suit for work every morning, for example – but if you notice the same outfit every day or a marked problem with cleanliness, it may be time to find the best community for your parent to experience assisted living.

How is his or her mental and physical condition?
If your parent is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you are likely already aware that he or she is likely to require memory care in an assisted living community at some point. When to pursue this option is an intensely personal decision, but the safety of your loved one and your own health must always come first. If your loved one has begun to wander, exhibit agitated behavior or even aggression or is not safe in his or her home, it’s time to begin the process of moving him or her into assisted living. It is also important to acknowledge care needs that are beyond what you have the capacity to provide, which can be particularly true of physical care needs that many of us develop as we age. If you cannot reliably help your loved one with the activities of daily living that are most difficult for him or her, it is time for assisted living.

How are you managing?
Caregiver stress is real, and it can be a severely upsetting experience. If you are caring for your senior loved one and notice yourself beginning to slip into anxiety, hypervigilance, depression or poor sleeping and eating habits, you may want to add these symptoms to the list of reasons it’s time to look into assisted living for your parent. Caregiving stress is a risk to your own health, which in turn means your loved one will not have someone to depend on – not to mention the other personal and professional responsibilities this amount of stress can prevent you from fulfilling. There is no shame in being overwhelmed – and a conversation with a senior living specialist at a facility of your choice can help calm any feelings of guilt you may have and clarify your options.

Dr. Shirley Newell – Aegis Living, Chief Medical Officer

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

taos-retreat

with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Sedena Cappannelli

Be supported in being your best!
Discover Simple, Yet Powerful Tools,
to Create an Enlivened Lifestyle –
Find Greater Vitality, Balance & Joy!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.57.03 PMJoin internationally recognized yoga instructor Zoreh Afsarzadeh and award-winning author and wellness consultant Sedena Cappannelli for this uplifting, revitalizing weekend retreat! You know the basics of self-care. Now enhance your level of vitality with simple, yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and beauty, inside and out – at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Together Zoreh and Sedena offer an unbeatable combination:
Self-Healing Yoga and Enlivened Ageing Strategies with many benefits:

• Relax, re-charge, restore balance and align your mind, body and spirit
• Experience simple exercises from P.E.P. – Personal Energy Program for greater energy,
balance and wellness – learn to revitalize from the inside, out
• Discover Daily Enlivening strategies for greater self-empowerment at any age
• Learn de-aging, beautifying techniques for lifelong vitality and health
• Explore the beauty of the historic Northern New Mexican town of Taos, its culture
and its many restaurants, museums, shops and art galleries
• Find new energy for your busy life!

Details
$555 Double Occupancy
$595 Single Occupancy
Ask about triple occupancy rates
Register at: highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642
Price Includes: Yoga and Enlivened Ageing sessions, delightful roomy accommodations:
http://www.sangeronimolodge.com, a Friday
evening wine & appetizer Welcome Reception and dinner, 2 breakfast entrees served by a gourmet professional chef, water, tea, coffee and healthy lunch snacks, a Labyrinth journey and special Earthship closing meditation.

ZorehZoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She offers public
classes, teacher trainings, private yoga therapy sessions and retreats in exotic locations around the
world. Her joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that
is both nurturing and fun. highdesertyoga.com


AgeNation Co-founder Sedena CappannelliSedena
, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age. EnlivenedAgeing.com and AgeNation.com

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

| February 20, 2015
Unify Fest - Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

Unify Fest – Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

| February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
A Special Spring Book Offer

A Special Spring Book Offer

| February 20, 2015

Ageless You!

Ageless You!

| February 5, 2018

Join Co-Founder, SEDENA CAPPANNELLI at Red Mountain Resort – One of the Most Luxurious Adventure Resorts in St. George, Utah – For details – www.redmountainresort.com/calendar

Weaving the power of the ancient practice of Qigong with transformational wellness and enlivened ageing concepts, Sedena reveals key practices and perspectives to attain and maintain greater health, balance, peace and longevity. People of all ages want to know how to daily de-stress, re-balance, renew and re-energize body, mind and spirit and thrive as they age. During this presentation, you will reaffirm the vital relationship to your own wholeness, healing and happiness and learn ways to experience a more empowered you.

Ageless You! The Best Is Yet To Be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 – 8:45pm

Sharing empowering perspectives from her latest books, The Best Is Yet to Be and Getting Unstuck, and the newest science-backed research, Sedena offers strategies for uncovering the rich hidden layers of talent and wisdom that are unique to each of us. Through Indigenous wisdom, positive aging approaches and skills that promote happiness, resilience and long life, we can thrive and move beyond limited concepts of aging to discover ways to be vital, youthful and purposeful at any age.
Location: Snow Canyon Room
Provider: Sedena Cappannelli

George & Sedena Cappannelli

Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community

| July 1, 2017

Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live

These four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, co-founders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration.

“Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.”

George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.”

This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.”

Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane.

“One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott.

“All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.”

• How, in the face of this confusion and turmoil, do we live lives of genuine meaning and purpose?

• How do we honor the central values that issue our hearts and celebrate the unique gifts that each of us has come here to manifest?

• How do we stay in touch with our humanity, our compassion and gratitude and with the truth that lies within us and that is both our right and our responsibility to share?

• And how do we reconnect with our vitality, with our innate joy, passion and wonder and keep faith with the promise of living the unique and authentic lives we were born to live – lives as the poet June Ford reminded us in which we acknowledge that, “we are the ones we have been waiting for?”

For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

George Cappannelli - Founder of AgeNation

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?

| July 1, 2017

By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli

Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.

And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.

By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.

Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.

The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging

“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock

“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.

About the Work

“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.

maureen-hewit

Transformation: Aging In Place

| October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

I am one of more than 65 million Americans who has been a caregiver for an aging loved one. My mother, Margaret, was among those who wanted to age in place. She was a strong, independent woman who spent her life in the business world. My mother didn’t want to live in a nursing home. She wanted to remain in control: to live on her own in her own home. And that’s what she did.

She moved in with my daughter and lived across the street from me. She had independence, a home of her own, a sense of community and family nearby.

Turns out she wasn’t alone in her desire: up to 95 percent of older adults say they want to age in place.
Through the journey with my mother, I’ve learned there are two universal truths about aging:

• One: Despite declines in physical or cognitive abilities as we age, we want to continue living in our homes and within our communities for as long as we can. We seek to live as independently as possible.
• Two: It’s tough being a caregiver. We need help: there are many health and medical tasks that are simply beyond our expertise.

After being a caregiver for my mother and struggling to ensure her health needs were met, I began to search for a better way to help older adults continue to live independently.
I found it in care management.

In my mother’s case, I was her care manager. I learned as I went. I made mistakes. I got better. I was like most caregivers in the United States: a full 72 percent of us provide care for a parent or family member.
So implementing care management programs for older adults became my mission. And, in fact, this is the mission of InnovAge, which was founded in 1969. While InnovAge Care Management today looks much different than it did in the 1960s, our vision remains the same: help individuals live as independently as possible in their homes and provide respite to their caregivers.

Care Management Advantage
Care management frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of healthcare services. It also improves quality of life for families who get some extra help and downtime. Care management is a good choice for older adults who want to age in place, because services are brought to them. These services include:

• Medical services to monitor health and wellness
• Assistance in making and getting to medical appointments
• Working directly with multiple providers

Care managers work directly with an individual’s healthcare provider and report information to the primary caregiver, usually an adult daughter or son. In general, care managers are there to ensure the family knows what’s going on in the day-to-day care of their loved one and to answer any questions. This eliminates a lot of stress for the family and ensures the loved one receives the best possible care. Care management is especially helpful for family members who live far away and who visit loved ones infrequently.

In addition, care managers call providers and assess the needs of the individual and identify appropriate resources. If a loved one is hospitalized, care managers ensure hospital discharge orders are followed as well as the doctor’s orders, including prescription medication regimens.

Just recalling the days I managed these elements of care makes me feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m glad to report there are organizations providing care management services to older adults allowing them to age in place and providing a break for their families.

For more information, visit InnovAge Care Management, get a free consultation when you fill out a Care Management request or call us at 888-992-4464 to speak with a care management expert.

Watch our aging in place videos to see how InnovAge can help, including one from Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.

maureen-hewitInnovAge_logo-300x92Maureen Hewitt
President and CEO, InnovAge

Enliven You! Mexico - Nov 28-Dec 4

Enliven You! Mexico – Nov 28-Dec 4

| August 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Enliven You Retreat
Rejuvenate, Renew, and Revitalize your life during this exciting retreat in Troncones, Mexico, a beautiful, tranquil beach located 20 miles from the fabulous sleepy fishing village of Zihuatanejo. We will be staying at the resort Eden (www.edenmex.com), a beach hacienda with ocean front rooms decorated tastefully, each with a private bath. Internationally recognized yoga instructor, Zoreh Afsarzadeh and nationally award-winning author and wellness consultant, Sedena Cappannelli will support you during this uplifting, revitalizing and empowering week in magical Troncones, Mexico!
Enhance your core energy with simple yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and youthfulness, at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit. Pamper yourself with relaxation, swimming, walking on the beach, journaling, delicious food, outdoor explorations and aily Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions.

Details
$1550 Double Occupancy
$360 additional for Private Occupancy.
Register at: www.highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642

Price Includes:
Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions, interactive outdoor explorations, delightful roomy accommodations, a Friday evening wine & appetizer welcome reception, and delicious seafood and vegetarian entrées served by a gourmet professional chef.

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Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

| July 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

assisted-livingDenial is the most common reason people wait until a fall, injury or illness before they start to seek information on assisted living. So what are the signs that your parent may need help before an emergency happens? Even when you know your parent could use some extra help completing daily tasks, you may still be confused – after all, couldn’t a caretaker come in a few times a week? Is mom or dad really struggling so much? Even considering assisted living for your parent or another senior loved one signals a major life change, and it’s one both you and your loved one are likely to have a lot of feelings about. To help you stay grounded on the real issue – whether your parent or loved one would do better at an assisted living community than in his or her own home – here are some signs it may be time to move your parent into a senior community.

How does your parent look?
While it may not occur to you, the way your parent is dressing and taking care of his or her hygiene needs is a good sign about whether he or she could benefit from living in a senior community. If your parent is wearing the same clothes every time you visit, or is clearly having difficulty showering, washing his or her hair or keeping clothes laundered, it may be time to plan a move into assisted living. Of course, people of retirement age may relax their grooming and clothing standards – there’s no longer any need to put on a suit for work every morning, for example – but if you notice the same outfit every day or a marked problem with cleanliness, it may be time to find the best community for your parent to experience assisted living.

How is his or her mental and physical condition?
If your parent is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you are likely already aware that he or she is likely to require memory care in an assisted living community at some point. When to pursue this option is an intensely personal decision, but the safety of your loved one and your own health must always come first. If your loved one has begun to wander, exhibit agitated behavior or even aggression or is not safe in his or her home, it’s time to begin the process of moving him or her into assisted living. It is also important to acknowledge care needs that are beyond what you have the capacity to provide, which can be particularly true of physical care needs that many of us develop as we age. If you cannot reliably help your loved one with the activities of daily living that are most difficult for him or her, it is time for assisted living.

How are you managing?
Caregiver stress is real, and it can be a severely upsetting experience. If you are caring for your senior loved one and notice yourself beginning to slip into anxiety, hypervigilance, depression or poor sleeping and eating habits, you may want to add these symptoms to the list of reasons it’s time to look into assisted living for your parent. Caregiving stress is a risk to your own health, which in turn means your loved one will not have someone to depend on – not to mention the other personal and professional responsibilities this amount of stress can prevent you from fulfilling. There is no shame in being overwhelmed – and a conversation with a senior living specialist at a facility of your choice can help calm any feelings of guilt you may have and clarify your options.

Dr. Shirley Newell – Aegis Living, Chief Medical Officer

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

taos-retreat

with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Sedena Cappannelli

Be supported in being your best!
Discover Simple, Yet Powerful Tools,
to Create an Enlivened Lifestyle –
Find Greater Vitality, Balance & Joy!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.57.03 PMJoin internationally recognized yoga instructor Zoreh Afsarzadeh and award-winning author and wellness consultant Sedena Cappannelli for this uplifting, revitalizing weekend retreat! You know the basics of self-care. Now enhance your level of vitality with simple, yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and beauty, inside and out – at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Together Zoreh and Sedena offer an unbeatable combination:
Self-Healing Yoga and Enlivened Ageing Strategies with many benefits:

• Relax, re-charge, restore balance and align your mind, body and spirit
• Experience simple exercises from P.E.P. – Personal Energy Program for greater energy,
balance and wellness – learn to revitalize from the inside, out
• Discover Daily Enlivening strategies for greater self-empowerment at any age
• Learn de-aging, beautifying techniques for lifelong vitality and health
• Explore the beauty of the historic Northern New Mexican town of Taos, its culture
and its many restaurants, museums, shops and art galleries
• Find new energy for your busy life!

Details
$555 Double Occupancy
$595 Single Occupancy
Ask about triple occupancy rates
Register at: highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642
Price Includes: Yoga and Enlivened Ageing sessions, delightful roomy accommodations:
http://www.sangeronimolodge.com, a Friday
evening wine & appetizer Welcome Reception and dinner, 2 breakfast entrees served by a gourmet professional chef, water, tea, coffee and healthy lunch snacks, a Labyrinth journey and special Earthship closing meditation.

ZorehZoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She offers public
classes, teacher trainings, private yoga therapy sessions and retreats in exotic locations around the
world. Her joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that
is both nurturing and fun. highdesertyoga.com


AgeNation Co-founder Sedena CappannelliSedena
, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age. EnlivenedAgeing.com and AgeNation.com

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

| February 20, 2015
Unify Fest - Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

Unify Fest – Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

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A Special Spring Book Offer

A Special Spring Book Offer

| February 20, 2015

Ageless You!

Ageless You!

| February 5, 2018

Join Co-Founder, SEDENA CAPPANNELLI at Red Mountain Resort – One of the Most Luxurious Adventure Resorts in St. George, Utah – For details – www.redmountainresort.com/calendar

Weaving the power of the ancient practice of Qigong with transformational wellness and enlivened ageing concepts, Sedena reveals key practices and perspectives to attain and maintain greater health, balance, peace and longevity. People of all ages want to know how to daily de-stress, re-balance, renew and re-energize body, mind and spirit and thrive as they age. During this presentation, you will reaffirm the vital relationship to your own wholeness, healing and happiness and learn ways to experience a more empowered you.

Ageless You! The Best Is Yet To Be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8 – 8:45pm

Sharing empowering perspectives from her latest books, The Best Is Yet to Be and Getting Unstuck, and the newest science-backed research, Sedena offers strategies for uncovering the rich hidden layers of talent and wisdom that are unique to each of us. Through Indigenous wisdom, positive aging approaches and skills that promote happiness, resilience and long life, we can thrive and move beyond limited concepts of aging to discover ways to be vital, youthful and purposeful at any age.
Location: Snow Canyon Room
Provider: Sedena Cappannelli

George & Sedena Cappannelli

Consciousness, Wellness, Wisdom and Community

| July 1, 2017

Four Keys to Living the Lives We Are Blessed and Born To Live

These four words are keys to a new world. They also describe the vision and spirit that have brought Sedena and George Cappannelli, co-founders of AgeNation and champions of an age-friendly world, together with Mingtong Gu, internationally renowned Qigong Master, teacher and healer and founder of The Chi Center, in a fortuitous and heart-felt collaboration.

“Our goal, significant, but at its core simple and clear,” shares George. “Bring leading wisdom keepers together with people passionate about learning and living their lives more fully to contribute their insights, tools, practices and recommendations that support all of us, individually and collectively, in making a very complex and challenging passage. It’s a passage we know is necessary, but certainly not easy.”

George explains that “although the times we are living are reverberating from the clash of departing values and old story practices struggling tenaciously to retain their limiting grip on us, remarkable, relevant, emerging new stories are offering us greater hope and promise. There are abundant opportunities for individual and collective creative expression and responsible engagement and pathways to new levels of consciousness, a greater commitment to genuine wellness, a celebration of true wisdom and the opportunity to contribute to the next stage of heart-centered community.”

This is the reason the trio has created the Qigong and Conscious Aging event being held August 4 to 6 in Galisteo, New Mexico. “For this event we invited people we consider to be truth tellers and wisdom keepers to join us at Mingtong’s beautiful new 80 acre retreat complex in the rolling landscape just 15 minutes south of Santa Fe,” shares George. “Wisdom keepers who will inspire us, talented musicians who will lift our spirits, an informative panel who will answer some of our questions, the world conference premier of an uplifting television special that will bring another group of remarkable and gifted authors, nourishing food to stimulate our palettes and, above all, the opportunity for us to gather together in celebration, sharing and remembrance of Buckminster Fuller’s sage advice, ‘We are called to be the architects of the future, not its victims’.”

Wisdom Keepers include poet, mystical scholar and spiritual teacher, Andrew Harvey; internationally renowned author and mind, body, spirit way shower, Joan Borysenko; globally recognized ecumenical teacher and truth teller, Fr. Richard Rohr; New York Times best-selling author and gifted guide to insight and intuition, Judith Orloff; Honorary Research Fellow at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and author of Near-Death Experience, Dr. Gregory Shushan; and author, documentarian and expert on sustainability, Nathan Crane.

“One of the most joyful and gifted teachers of qigong in the world and a way shower who will weave the magic and power of Wisdom Healing Qigong throughout the weekend, Master Mingtong Gu,” shares George. In addition, George and Sedena Cappannelli will share information from their award-winning books Do Not Go Quietly, Getting Unstuck and the Best is Yet to Be. Add in the celebratory music and dance performance of Grammy Award Winner, Robert Mirabal and the talents of other gifted performers including Consuleo Luz and Michael Cott.

“All of this and more, just a stone’s throw away from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, on beautiful land under the magical and expansive New Mexico sky where we can all play, learn, celebrate, share our gifts and our commitment to creating a more conscious, compassionate, empowering world and explore valuable keys to a vibrant future,” says George. “So come, let us together be the midwives of the new story and in the process answer some of the fundamental questions each of us is being asked in this time.”

• How, in the face of this confusion and turmoil, do we live lives of genuine meaning and purpose?

• How do we honor the central values that issue our hearts and celebrate the unique gifts that each of us has come here to manifest?

• How do we stay in touch with our humanity, our compassion and gratitude and with the truth that lies within us and that is both our right and our responsibility to share?

• And how do we reconnect with our vitality, with our innate joy, passion and wonder and keep faith with the promise of living the unique and authentic lives we were born to live – lives as the poet June Ford reminded us in which we acknowledge that, “we are the ones we have been waiting for?”

For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

George Cappannelli - Founder of AgeNation

Why Qigong and Conscious Aging?

| July 1, 2017

By Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli

Unusual times call for innovative and usual strategies. And this is certainly an unusual time. An unprecedented demographic revolution will soon see approximately 50 percent of our population in almost every major industrialized country in the world, over 50 years of age at the same time, for the first time in history. Add in the other sweeping ecological, economic, scientific, technological and political changes taking place on our planet at this time, and what some call the speeding up of influences from the spiritual dimensions. Factor in some of the growing divides and the lack of compassion and commitment to the well-being of the people of this nation and it becomes clear that we are living in times riddled with challenges, but also abundant in opportunities. For it is clear that each of us is being asked to play increasingly more active and vital roles in our individual well-being and that of the world.

And this is where we believe the 5,000 year old practice—the art, science, technology and way of being—known as qigong comes into play. This once secret body of teachings available only to the elite in the ancient world is available to all of us and gives us a path by which we can reclaim our health and access our energetic resources. This is also where the valuable strategies and tools of conscious living and aging play their part. These skills can help us forgive more easily, live in greater gratitude and wonder, improve our ability to communicate more effectively, gain easier access to our intuition, insight and creativity, and move past limiting beliefs and habitual behaviors to live more resilient, active, engaged and joyful lives.

By combining the wisdom of qigong and tools for conscious aging, we get the opportunity to discover how the energy of consciousness is alive within every aspect of our lives. It helps us to answer more of our questions about life’s mysteries and conundrums. We realize how, by healing ourselves, we can heal our world. We also learn how this way of being can offer us a constructive pathway forward in an interdependent, co-creative future.

Qigong and Conscious Aging provides the opportunity to remember that we all stand on this one beloved Mother Earth. We breathe the same air and sleep under the same stars. We all ask many of the same questions that live within our hearts. Indeed, as the poet Mark Nepo reminds us, “What we reach for may appear to be different, but what makes us reach is the same.” Yes, we all seek a way forward that flows freely with love and compassion where everyone is able to lead rich, inspired and fulfilling lives.

The first annual Qigong and Conscious Aging conference is being held August 4 to 6 at The Chi Center in Galisteo. The event will be a celebration of consciousness, wellness, wisdom and community. For more information on this event, visit qca.live. For more information on Mingtong Gu and George Cappannelli, co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging, visit ChiCenter.com and AgeNation.com.

About The Co-hosts of Qigong and Conscious Aging

“Mingtong is full of vitality, wisdom and skill. He is a real healer and the practices he teaches can change your life.” Jack Kornfeld, Meditation Teacher, Author and Founder of Spirit Rock

“George and Sedena Cappannellis’ work is profound, compassionate and deeply useful. It is a guide to the genius and capacities inherent in the second half of life.” Jean Houston, wisewoman, author, leading exponent of the possible human.

About the Work

“I came away from a retreat with Mingtong filled with a wonderful sense of aliveness, wakefulness and openheartedness.” Tara Brach, Ph.D, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher.

maureen-hewit

Transformation: Aging In Place

| October 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

I am one of more than 65 million Americans who has been a caregiver for an aging loved one. My mother, Margaret, was among those who wanted to age in place. She was a strong, independent woman who spent her life in the business world. My mother didn’t want to live in a nursing home. She wanted to remain in control: to live on her own in her own home. And that’s what she did.

She moved in with my daughter and lived across the street from me. She had independence, a home of her own, a sense of community and family nearby.

Turns out she wasn’t alone in her desire: up to 95 percent of older adults say they want to age in place.
Through the journey with my mother, I’ve learned there are two universal truths about aging:

• One: Despite declines in physical or cognitive abilities as we age, we want to continue living in our homes and within our communities for as long as we can. We seek to live as independently as possible.
• Two: It’s tough being a caregiver. We need help: there are many health and medical tasks that are simply beyond our expertise.

After being a caregiver for my mother and struggling to ensure her health needs were met, I began to search for a better way to help older adults continue to live independently.
I found it in care management.

In my mother’s case, I was her care manager. I learned as I went. I made mistakes. I got better. I was like most caregivers in the United States: a full 72 percent of us provide care for a parent or family member.
So implementing care management programs for older adults became my mission. And, in fact, this is the mission of InnovAge, which was founded in 1969. While InnovAge Care Management today looks much different than it did in the 1960s, our vision remains the same: help individuals live as independently as possible in their homes and provide respite to their caregivers.

Care Management Advantage
Care management frequently reduces cost through better, more efficient use of healthcare services. It also improves quality of life for families who get some extra help and downtime. Care management is a good choice for older adults who want to age in place, because services are brought to them. These services include:

• Medical services to monitor health and wellness
• Assistance in making and getting to medical appointments
• Working directly with multiple providers

Care managers work directly with an individual’s healthcare provider and report information to the primary caregiver, usually an adult daughter or son. In general, care managers are there to ensure the family knows what’s going on in the day-to-day care of their loved one and to answer any questions. This eliminates a lot of stress for the family and ensures the loved one receives the best possible care. Care management is especially helpful for family members who live far away and who visit loved ones infrequently.

In addition, care managers call providers and assess the needs of the individual and identify appropriate resources. If a loved one is hospitalized, care managers ensure hospital discharge orders are followed as well as the doctor’s orders, including prescription medication regimens.

Just recalling the days I managed these elements of care makes me feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m glad to report there are organizations providing care management services to older adults allowing them to age in place and providing a break for their families.

For more information, visit InnovAge Care Management, get a free consultation when you fill out a Care Management request or call us at 888-992-4464 to speak with a care management expert.

Watch our aging in place videos to see how InnovAge can help, including one from Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon.

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President and CEO, InnovAge

Enliven You! Mexico - Nov 28-Dec 4

Enliven You! Mexico – Nov 28-Dec 4

| August 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

Enliven You Retreat
Rejuvenate, Renew, and Revitalize your life during this exciting retreat in Troncones, Mexico, a beautiful, tranquil beach located 20 miles from the fabulous sleepy fishing village of Zihuatanejo. We will be staying at the resort Eden (www.edenmex.com), a beach hacienda with ocean front rooms decorated tastefully, each with a private bath. Internationally recognized yoga instructor, Zoreh Afsarzadeh and nationally award-winning author and wellness consultant, Sedena Cappannelli will support you during this uplifting, revitalizing and empowering week in magical Troncones, Mexico!
Enhance your core energy with simple yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and youthfulness, at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit. Pamper yourself with relaxation, swimming, walking on the beach, journaling, delicious food, outdoor explorations and aily Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions.

Details
$1550 Double Occupancy
$360 additional for Private Occupancy.
Register at: www.highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642

Price Includes:
Yoga and Enlivened Ageless Living sessions, interactive outdoor explorations, delightful roomy accommodations, a Friday evening wine & appetizer welcome reception, and delicious seafood and vegetarian entrées served by a gourmet professional chef.

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Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

Is it Time to Think About Assisted Living?

| July 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

assisted-livingDenial is the most common reason people wait until a fall, injury or illness before they start to seek information on assisted living. So what are the signs that your parent may need help before an emergency happens? Even when you know your parent could use some extra help completing daily tasks, you may still be confused – after all, couldn’t a caretaker come in a few times a week? Is mom or dad really struggling so much? Even considering assisted living for your parent or another senior loved one signals a major life change, and it’s one both you and your loved one are likely to have a lot of feelings about. To help you stay grounded on the real issue – whether your parent or loved one would do better at an assisted living community than in his or her own home – here are some signs it may be time to move your parent into a senior community.

How does your parent look?
While it may not occur to you, the way your parent is dressing and taking care of his or her hygiene needs is a good sign about whether he or she could benefit from living in a senior community. If your parent is wearing the same clothes every time you visit, or is clearly having difficulty showering, washing his or her hair or keeping clothes laundered, it may be time to plan a move into assisted living. Of course, people of retirement age may relax their grooming and clothing standards – there’s no longer any need to put on a suit for work every morning, for example – but if you notice the same outfit every day or a marked problem with cleanliness, it may be time to find the best community for your parent to experience assisted living.

How is his or her mental and physical condition?
If your parent is currently living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you are likely already aware that he or she is likely to require memory care in an assisted living community at some point. When to pursue this option is an intensely personal decision, but the safety of your loved one and your own health must always come first. If your loved one has begun to wander, exhibit agitated behavior or even aggression or is not safe in his or her home, it’s time to begin the process of moving him or her into assisted living. It is also important to acknowledge care needs that are beyond what you have the capacity to provide, which can be particularly true of physical care needs that many of us develop as we age. If you cannot reliably help your loved one with the activities of daily living that are most difficult for him or her, it is time for assisted living.

How are you managing?
Caregiver stress is real, and it can be a severely upsetting experience. If you are caring for your senior loved one and notice yourself beginning to slip into anxiety, hypervigilance, depression or poor sleeping and eating habits, you may want to add these symptoms to the list of reasons it’s time to look into assisted living for your parent. Caregiving stress is a risk to your own health, which in turn means your loved one will not have someone to depend on – not to mention the other personal and professional responsibilities this amount of stress can prevent you from fulfilling. There is no shame in being overwhelmed – and a conversation with a senior living specialist at a facility of your choice can help calm any feelings of guilt you may have and clarify your options.

Dr. Shirley Newell – Aegis Living, Chief Medical Officer

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

Enliven You! Taos Summer Retreat

| April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

taos-retreat

with Zoreh Afsarzadeh & Sedena Cappannelli

Be supported in being your best!
Discover Simple, Yet Powerful Tools,
to Create an Enlivened Lifestyle –
Find Greater Vitality, Balance & Joy!

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 4.57.03 PMJoin internationally recognized yoga instructor Zoreh Afsarzadeh and award-winning author and wellness consultant Sedena Cappannelli for this uplifting, revitalizing weekend retreat! You know the basics of self-care. Now enhance your level of vitality with simple, yet powerful enlivening strategies to maximize lifelong vitality and beauty, inside and out – at any age! Take precious time just for you. Give yourself the gift of rejuvenation for your body, mind and spirit.

Together Zoreh and Sedena offer an unbeatable combination:
Self-Healing Yoga and Enlivened Ageing Strategies with many benefits:

• Relax, re-charge, restore balance and align your mind, body and spirit
• Experience simple exercises from P.E.P. – Personal Energy Program for greater energy,
balance and wellness – learn to revitalize from the inside, out
• Discover Daily Enlivening strategies for greater self-empowerment at any age
• Learn de-aging, beautifying techniques for lifelong vitality and health
• Explore the beauty of the historic Northern New Mexican town of Taos, its culture
and its many restaurants, museums, shops and art galleries
• Find new energy for your busy life!

Details
$555 Double Occupancy
$595 Single Occupancy
Ask about triple occupancy rates
Register at: highdesertyoga.com or 505-232-9642
Price Includes: Yoga and Enlivened Ageing sessions, delightful roomy accommodations:
http://www.sangeronimolodge.com, a Friday
evening wine & appetizer Welcome Reception and dinner, 2 breakfast entrees served by a gourmet professional chef, water, tea, coffee and healthy lunch snacks, a Labyrinth journey and special Earthship closing meditation.

ZorehZoreh is the founder of High Desert Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 1985. She offers public
classes, teacher trainings, private yoga therapy sessions and retreats in exotic locations around the
world. Her joyous personality and sense of humor endear her to her students with a teaching style that
is both nurturing and fun. highdesertyoga.com


AgeNation Co-founder Sedena CappannelliSedena
, award winning author and co-founder of AgeNation is a wellness and organizational consultant, and transformational speaker. Her Enlivened Ageing programs offer dynamic life/energy strategies for living and aging well and beautifully at any age. EnlivenedAgeing.com and AgeNation.com

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

Click Here to Get Your Free Guest Pass

| February 20, 2015
Unify Fest - Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

Unify Fest – Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

| February 20, 2015 | Comments (0)
A Special Spring Book Offer

A Special Spring Book Offer

| February 20, 2015
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