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March 8, 2021
Joe Brady

Loneliness and Social Isolation Linked to Serious Health Conditions

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Older man sitting alone on bench
Social isolation was associated with about
a 50% increased risk of dementia and other
serious medical conditions. 

Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks affecting a significant number of people in the United States and putting them at risk for dementia and other serious medical conditions.

new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) points out that more than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated.1 Older adults are at increased risk for loneliness and social isolation because they are more likely to face factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss.

Loneliness is the feeling of being alone, regardless of the amount of social contact. Social isolation is a lack of social connections. Social isolation can lead to loneliness in some people, while others can feel lonely without being socially isolated.

Health Risks of Loneliness 

Although it’s hard to measure social isolation and loneliness precisely, there is strong evidence that many adults aged 50 and older are socially isolated or lonely in ways that put their health at risk. Recent studies found that:

  • Social isolation significantly increased a person’s risk of premature death from all causes, a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.1
  • Social isolation was associated with about a 50% percent increased risk of dementia.1
  • Poor social relationships (characterized by social isolation or loneliness) was associated with a 29% increased risk of heart disease and a 32% increased risk of stroke.1
  • Loneliness was associated with higher rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Loneliness among heart failure patients was associated with a nearly 4 times increased risk of death, 68% increased risk of hospitalization, and 57% increased risk of emergency department visits.1

Join us in a panel discussion with the author of a new play on the subject, Hunker Down: Building relationships during a pandemic, brought to you by the Firehouse Theatre

March 1, 2021
Joe Brady

Historic Summit on “The Science of Tai Chi and Qigong

Leading Scientists Discuss Their Scientific & Personal Encounters with Qi

SEE HISTORIC SUMMIT “THE SCIENCE OF QI” with Harvard Osher Center Director, Dr. Peter Wayne, author of “Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi” in discussion with Dr. Richard Hammerschlag, neuro-biologist and naturopathic researcher. A profound 2-hour exchange with audience questions.

Brought to you by the folks at World Tai chi and Qigong day this dialog between two of the leading scientists investigating the benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong is from an online summit conducted on January 20th.

Peter Wayne and Richard Hammerschlag discuss a wide range of research topics such as:

  • How does the mind-body impact chronic health conditions?
  • What are the physiological and psychological mechanisms underlying therapeutic effects?
  • Is there a scientific basis for “Qi”?

Enjoy this extended conversation between two experts, Dr. Peter Wayne and Dr. Richard Hammerschlag about the science of tai chi and qigong across the entire research spectrum.

Here is the link to view January 16th event:

February 22, 2021
Joe Brady

Never Stop Learning

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether, at twenty or eighty, anyone who keeps learning is young.” Henry Ford

Lifelong Learning opportunities at the University of Denver’s OLLI Spring term, and Summer opportunities at Oxford University.

Choose from hundreds of courses from two of the top Universities in the world. Take classes for your own interest, follow your own inspiration and learn something new.


The University of Denver has nearly one-hundred and fifty (150) courses to choose from this spring term including several courses by our own Joe Brady and Jacqui Shumway see below.

Registration begins Monday, February 22, 2021Classes start the week of March 29, 2021Catalog will be posted on February 21st by 10:00 a.m

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Denver is a membership program designed for men and women age 50 and over, who wish to pursue lifelong learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere.  There are no tests, no grades, no academic requirements – just a desire for learning and a penchant to be curious.

To view to full catalog and to register see

Summer School at Oxford Online and Short Courses

Study whenever it suits you, from anywhere in the world. 

Our short online courses take place in a virtual learning environment. Most courses are 10 weeks in duration and they all run asynchronously – they have no live-time meetings – so you do not have to be online at any specific time to take the course. You can access the course whenever it is convenient for you, from anywhere in the world.

Class sizes are kept small to maximize interaction between you and your classmates and tutor in the online forums. Students are able to take part in in-depth discussions and receive personalized tutor guidance and feedback.

> View all short online courses

Sample units from online courses are available to view from the course demonstration site.

February 17, 2021
Joe Brady

Lifelong Learning Improves Mental Function

According to the World Health Organization,  active aging is defined as “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation, and security in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.”   People can stay active throughout their lifespans by participating in social, cultural, economic, spiritual, and civic affairs. That can include paid and volunteer work as well as regular physical exercise.  From the WHO perspective, “health” includes physical, mental, and social well-being and encourages older adults to stay as active as possible to extend healthy life expectancy. 

European countries launched University of the Third Age (U3A) courses for older adults in 1973 in France. These programs have spread across much of the world and the sight of older adults attending classes along with their younger classmates is becoming a familiar sight on many campuses.  Courses for older adults can range from current events, tai chi, yoga, art, music, literature, humanities, social sciences, and even to more rigorous science and technology subjects.

Although the life-long learning trend is likely to continue as baby boomers age,  actual research showing the benefits of continuing education in older adults is still limited.

Gerontology research has shown that lifelong learning programs can help reduce cognitive decline due to aging as well as helping older adults deal with depression and poor self-image although controlled studies of lifelong learning remain scarce.

February 9, 2021
Joe Brady

How to get a vaccine, and what to do then

The good news is we are entering the “light at the end of a long dark tunnel” phase of the COVID -19 Pandemic. The bad news is it’s more than just a little confusing just how to go about getting your vaccine. In general, you need to contact your health care provider and see what procedures they specifically have set up. They can tell you when where and whatever rules they have. Below are listed specific instructions for SCL health and Kaiser. Both have contingencies for folks who are not SCL or Kaiser patients so don’t be shy about getting on the lists. At the bottom of this email is a complete list of sites that are offering vaccines.

The most important thing people need to do right now is to be patient. Everybody knew the rollout of the vaccine was going to be rough so everybody needs to rollback and relax. They will get to everybody as fast as is humanly and bureaucratically possible. Remember after you get the vaccine you are still going to have to be careful, wear a mask, socially distance and limit exposure for a while until we get the all-clear from public health officials. With new variants coming along we may have to use precautions for quite some time. Having said that, it will at least be somewhat of stress relief when you do get your shot so definitely sign up as soon as possible but be patient as you wait your turn.

Listed below you will find instructions for getting on a list and also for what to do after you get the shot if you do experience side effects.