ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Spanish is the only language offering for the 2018 Spring semester. Courses are $25, $40 or $50; the painting classes are $50. Classes are held at various locations, including churches, the Central Kentucky Computer Society, Lexington Senior Center, Lexington Theological Seminary, McConnell Springs Park and Sullivan University. Class size is limited.


The OLLI at UK hosts a number of events throughout the year such as the Donovan Forum, a speaker series and choral concerts. The Donovan Forum is free and open to the public. It is held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 15 through May 2 at the Lexington Senior Center. Topics this year will include How Lexington is Becoming a City of Literature; a presentation about the Tuskegee Airmen; a session on fraud, scams and exploitation of senior Kentuckians; Shaker Village; Korea; and barbershop quartets. Registration runs from Jan. 3-4, 2018 for members. Open registration to become a member and choose courses is Jan. 16. Visit www.uky.edu/olli or call (859) 257-2656 for more information.

ANGELA S. HOOVER

Angela S. Hoover is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee. Members can also attend socials, special events and the UK Wellness Centers.


Courses vary every semester, including weekly classes or one-day intensives. The general course categories are Computers and Technology (covering subjects such as computer basics, software, photography, iPads and iPhones); Culture (covering diverse areas such as classic films, chocolate, Hindu mythology, Impressionism and international cuisine); Health and Wellness (course offerings include line dancing, fitness, yoga and tai chi); History and Government (topics include foreign policy, the War of 1812 and Kentucky’s contributions to American culture and character); Literature and Writing classes (including Fun with Poetry); Performing and Visual Arts (learn about the mountain dulcimer and participate in a reader’s theater or learn advanced painting techniques, beginning oil painting and water color); and Science and Environment (courses here include The Effects of Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Weapons, Understanding Cognitive Aging and Dementias and Gardening for the Living Landscape). A unique course is called Out of the Box. This year the class will explore The Origins of Sound and Its Under-Respected Powers.