Osher Online - Winter 2021

 No class meetings on January 18, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday Courses

“Heartful Living” Series

Mondays: Jan. 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15 (4 Sessions)
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Starts on Jan. 25, one week after classes start, and runs through Feb. 15.

The Heartful Living program is a novel, self-inquiry-based clinic that places heart health for all generations, and especially older adults, within the context of using conscious, doable fasting to promote health, longevity and even greater mental health. Dr. Chockalingam counsels for “smiling” and meditation, for exercise and altruistic behavior. 

Dr. Anne Deaton brought the program to Osher and says this of her experience with Dr. Chockalingam: “Brady and I thoroughly enjoyed the course you recently offered on Zoom. You have a warm, sincere and caring demeanor that reinforces your message and passion for sharing it.”

Each session involves a 60-minute presentation, followed by 30 minutes of self-inquiry and mindfulness practice and 30 minutes of Q&A with open discussion.

Dr. Chockalingam offers this course free of charge; as such, please feel free to invite your family and friends to join us for these Monday morning sessions.

January 25: Who Am I? Ancient Siddha yoga and the latest positive psychology tools for SMILE and effortless holistic wellness as well as sitting meditation.

Feb 1: Am I Eating Right? Exploring the role of various diets, nutrition, HUGEx, intermittent fasting and calorie restriction in heart health; and eating mindfulness.  

Feb. 8: Am I Exercising Enough? Understanding our body, its potential, EASE and experimenting safely to achieve healthy aging, along with moving naturally.

Feb. 15: Am I Happy Today? Scope of sleep, active relaxation, mindfulness, flow, ACE-70 and Ikigai in finding life’s meaning with “Heartful Living” at the source; and wholehearted living and the HiLife program.

Instructor: Anand Chockalingam is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Missouri, based in Columbia since 2006. His major interest is stress cardiomyopathy, mental stress and holistic interventions, with over 65 publications. He has pioneered eight-week “Heartful Living” cardiac wellness group clinics both in the U.S. and India, based on self-inquiry. Since 2015, hundreds of patients have “effortlessly” lost weight and overcome heart disease while really enjoying life! His methods help doctors increase resilience and avoid burnout. 


Travels with Sharon

Mondays: Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 1, 8 (4 Sessions)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
No class on Monday, Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Having visited 77 foreign countries and all seven continents, when Sharon Kinden takes you traveling, you will experience much more than the sights. You will mingle with the locals, learn the history of the country, view the culinary delights of the nation and expand your knowledge of the U.S. as it relates to the rest of the world. Whether you want to travel vicariously, investigate interesting future destinations or relive fond memories of your own, come join “Travels With Sharon.”

Jan. 11: An African Safari. Without the dust and bumpy roads, you will go on a safari, witnessing wild animals hunting, mating, giving birth, resting and going about their daily lives.

Jan. 25: Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Ancient Greece, and then relax in the splendor of the Cyclades Islands.

Feb. 1: Japan is a country that astounds, from the frenzy of cosmopolitan Tokyo during cherry blossom time, to the serenity of a bamboo forest, to the unique cultures of the countryside, to the majesty of Buddhist and Shinto temples and the rebirth of Hiroshima as a city dedicated to peace. 

Feb. 8: Easter Island and Patagonia are two magical cultures and distinctive terrains with astonishing sights around every bend and over every hill.

Instructor: Sharon Kinden was raised on a farm in northeastern South Dakota and attended a one-room schoolhouse. As the only student in her grade, she had ample time to read about intriguing places like Siam, Constantinople and Shangri-La. Coming face-to-face with mortality in 1997, when her husband died of ALS-Lou Gehrig’s Disease, she reordered her priorities and started traveling. Known as a master storyteller and a master photographer, Kinden brings her talents to Osher@Mizzou. 


The American Presidents

Mondays: Jan. 11, 25; Feb. 1, 8 (4 Sessions)
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
No class on Monday, Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In this course, Dr. Ward examines the family history, childhood, education, family life, job experience and marital status of past U.S. presidents in an attempt to understand the experiences that went into shaping the person who was elected president. Dr. Ward will also pursue insights into the desirability of future candidates for that office. This semester, Dr. Ward will cover Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Instructor: Jay Ward was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Lexington, Mo. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University and received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. Upon retiring from medicine after 30 years, he received a master’s degree and doctorate in U.S. history from the University of Missouri.

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