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Abundant Living Conference

Join us for an engaging program that encourages older adults to embrace aging as a spiritual journey and to live the gift of years to the fullest. Learn from geriatricians and more!

Laughter, the Best Medicine The 16th Annual Abundant Living Conference March 4-6, 2019

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For the 16th year, Camp Allen and UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging invite you to the Abundant Living Conference. This year's theme is, Laughter, the Best Medicine. This is a time to embrace aging as a creative journey of inner peace and to awaken new passions and purpose for iving. Learn from scholars about aging and enjoy music, art, nature walks, cooking, canoeing, fly fishing and labyrinth walks.

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James S. Goodwin, MD is the George and Cynthia Mitchell Distinguished Chair of Geriatric Medicine at UTMB and former Director of the Sealy Center on Aging.

Jean Goodwin, MD is a private practice psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UTMB.

Dorothy Linthicum is Instructor/Program Coordinator at the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA.

Mukaila Raji, MD is Professor and Director for the Division of Geriatrics at UTMB.

John P. Schuster, MA consults, coaches and leads workshops on positive aging practices across a broad spectrum of settings.

Elena Volpi, MD, PhD is the Daisy Emery Allen Distinguished Chair in Geriatric Medicine and the Director of the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.

Jennifer Salazar, BS is the Senior Medicare Patrol Program Director for the Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston Education Foundation.

Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB & Fr. Peter Funk, OSB are Benedictine monks of Holy Cross Monastery and on staff at the Family Retreat Center in Beaumont.

Kathy Culmer, DMin, is a storyteller, teacher, writer, and retreat leader.


MONDAY - March 4, 2019

9:00 Check-in , Sign up for Bucket List Activities, Coffee in dining hall
12:00 Lunch in dining hall
1:00 George Dehan - Greetings Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB – Sing-a-long
1:15 Jennifer Salazar – Don’t be a victim of Medicare Fraud
2:15 Break with refreshments
2:30 Mukaila Raji, MD-Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously & Other Tips for Healthy Brain Aging
4:00 Relax
5:00 Meet and Greet Social
6:00 Dinner in dining hall
7 :15 Dorothy Linthicum – Using Humor to Lighten our Days
8:30 Night Prayers with Fr. Peter Funk, OSB and Br. Michael Galllagher,OSB

TUESDAY - March 5, 2019

8:00 Breakfast in dining hall
9:15 Br. Michael Gallagher, OSB – Sing-a-long James S. Goodwin, MD – Arthritis in Old Folks
10:15 Break with refreshments
10:30 Elena Volpi, MD, PhD – The Good News for Seniors with Diabetes
12:00 Lunch in dining hall
1:00 Jean Goodwin, MD – Winnie the Pooh Saves the World
3:00 Bucket List Activities: Fishing, Guided Nature Walk, Canoing, Archery, Cooking Class, Property Tours, Trike rides, Labyrinth in Chapel
5:00 Wine and Cheese Social 6:00 Dinner in dining hall
7:00 Kathy Culmer, DMin – Biblical Storytelling
8:30 Night Prayer with Fr. Peter Funk, OSB and Br. Michael Galllagher, OSB

WEDNESDAY - March 6, 2019

8:00 Breakfast in dining hall
9:00 John P. Schuster, MA – Loving, Laughing, Learning: The 3 L’s of Aging Well
10:30 Break with refreshments
10:30 Closing Panel – What to take Home Q&A
12:00 Lunch in dining hall

Past Conferences

Abundant Living Conference: With a Song in My Heart - March 12-14, 2018

Abundant Living Conference: - March 6-8, 2017

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