This compelling lecture series takes active seniors on stimulating odysseys of the mind and spirit.
(Sarasota-Manatee, Florida) Westminster Tower and Shores, an active retirement community in downtown Bradenton, presents a 2014 lecture series in partnership with the Lifelong Learning Academy, University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. The series includes “Life Transitions” with Louise Gallagher, a California-licensed psychotherapist (January 21, 3 p.m.); “Geriatric Medicine: The Essentials,” with Albert Tripodi, M.D. (February 4, 3 p.m.); and “Writers Who Reached Their Peak after the Age of 50,” with Diane Browne-Sterdt (February 18, 3 p.m.). These lectures are free and open to the public. Ample free parking is available and can be found by following the signs. On-campus transportation from parking to the location of the lectures is free. Westminster Tower and Shores is located at 1700 3rd Avenue West in Bradenton. For more information about this series and to register, call 941-757-5999.
This compelling lecture series reflects Westminster Communities’ ongoing commitment to lifelong learning. “We believe that lifelong learning is vital to health and wellbeing,” explains Thomas Sutton, executive director of Westminster Towers and Shores. “We encourage our residents and the public to participate in these enriching experiences and actively seek partnerships with area educational institutions to offer the very best in intellectual stimulation.” Sutton adds that Westminster Towers and Shores is home to many distinguished educators, writers, artists and other thinkers and creators.
In “Life Transitions” (January 21, 3 p.m.), Louise Gallagher explores strategies to positively manage divorce, retirement, the death of a loved one, and other significant life transitions. “Such dramatic changes can often be stressful,” says Gallagher. “But if we take the right attitude, they can also be positive steps towards a more manageable and fulfilling life. My series will explore ways to make the transitions smoother. We’ll learn to see these changes as the beginning of something great instead of just the end of something.” Gallagher is a California-licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach. She also teaches “Go For It: Getting What You Want out of Life” at Lifelong Learning Academy at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.
In “Geriatric Medicine: The Essentials” (February 4, 3 p.m.), Dr. Albert Tripodi discusses the value of preventative medicine—and how to make it a viable part of everyone’s health plan. Dr. Tripodi is a board-certified internist and geriatrician and the medical director at the Senior Friendship Center’s Rubin Center for Healthy Aging in Sarasota. He was the medical director of two extended-care facilities in Syracuse, NY.
In “Writers Who Reached Their Peak after the Age of 50” (February 18, 3 p.m.), Diane Browne-Sterdt explores the careers of famous writers who produced their best-known works in their latter years. “These authors demonstrate the creative potential we possess into old age,” says Browne-Sterdt. “It’s never too late to start that book, poem, essay or short story.” Browne-Sterdt spent 34 years as a school psychologist, but never abandoned her passion for literature and art. After retiring, she taught a short story course at Marist College’s Center for Lifetime Studies in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for 11 years. She currently teaches “Short Stories: The Gems of Literature,” at Lifelong Learning Academy at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee.
About Westminster Shores and Towers
Westminster Shores and Towers, a mid-rise retirement community overlooking the Manatee River in the heart of downtown Bradenton, offers a comprehensive activities calendar for active seniors, and a continuum of lifestyle options, including independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing. The community is sponsored by Westminster Communities of Florida, a family of not-for-profit organizations, working together in a common bond of ministry and mission.
About Westminster Communities of Florida:
Westminster Communities of Florida serves 6,000 residents in 19 active living communities around Florida with an enlightened, fully integrated, person-centered approach to health and wellness. Since 1954, it has been Florida’s best choice in active senior living.