The YMCA Healthy Aging Community Cafés bring together those who are 55+ to engage in meaningful learning and sharing around topics relevant to individuals moving toward and through their golden years. The goal is to build spirit, mind, and body health such that all may thrive with greater purpose, connection, and well-being.
What is a Healthy Aging Community Café?
There will be a brief (15-20 min) topical introduction with ideas to frame the discussion and consider things in new ways. This will be followed by small group facilitated discussions where you will have the opportunity to share experiences and perspectives or simply listen to your peers as you feel comfortable. Following the small group discussions, we will come back together for an empowering full group wrap-up with relevant resource sharing and a look ahead to the next café.
All Community Cafés are FREE and hosted on Zoom. If you are new to Zoom and would like some assistance getting started, please note that on your registration form.
See the dates, topics, and Zoom links below:
Tuesday, May 30 No café
Tuesday, June 6 | 1 – 2pm
Armchair Travel to a Texas National Park: We welcome back nature guide Woody Wheeler to take us on a virtual tour of a seldom seen, but magnificent natural area. Home to the largest number of bird and cacti species of any National Park, Big Bend/Davis Mountains also boasts diverse wildlife, deep canyons, rugged and scenic mountains.
Tuesday, June 13 | 1 – 2pm
How to be a Modern Elder: How has being an elder changed in your lifetime and how can an elder best define themselves and share their wisdom in this day and age? Listen to some ideas to spur discussion and help you see that elders are needed in their communities.
Tuesday, June 20 | 1 – 2pm
Cash – The Modern User’s Guide: Ready cash is the money you can quickly pull from a checking, savings, or money market account to handle day to day expenses as well prepare for emergencies. Come learn what money you need to put in which buckets to ensure financial security and a good night’s sleep.
Tuesday, June 27 | 1 – 2pm
Gather ’round the Café Campfire: Camping season is here! Join us around the campfire for favorite songs, poems celebrating nature, and some group games to get you giggling enough that you’ll forget we forgot the marshmallows.
Tuesday, July 4 No Café
Tuesday, July 11 | 1 – 2pm
Brain Health & Medications: Come learn tips and things to think about when taking medication and supplements. Increasing or maintaining safe use of prescription and nonprescription medications is one way to preserve a variety of positive lifestyle factors that support brain health and healthy aging.
Tuesday, July 18 | 1 – 2pm
Power in Your Pocket: Learn powerful fun tools to equip you and your loved ones to live fully, with or without dementia or other disabilities. These psycho-social-emotional preparations can be life changing in our daily life, relationships, and access to meaningful experiences, from now until the end of our lives.
Tuesday, July 25 | 1 – 2pm
Where and How to Find Resources: Discover how this agency can help you prepare for changes before a crisis occurs. Area Agencies on Aging connect seniors and their loved ones to useful resources, especially for long-term care, family caregiver support, and options for senior residences.