MISSION / VISION
To nourish our human spirit in order to help each of us age gracefully..
To help members of the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor and the greater community strive toward a state of well-being by becoming more informed concerning quality of life issues and to identify resources available in Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County to assist us as we age.
UUAA's Well-Being Education program provides regularly scheduled presentations on a variety of health-related topics for caregivers and care receivers. This series of offerings combine presentations by “outside experts” as well as “inside experts” sharing both their expertise and experiences dealing with various life issues of concern as we age.
We strive to achieve a state of well-being by becoming more informed on quality of life issues and identifying the resources available in the Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County area that can assist us as we age.
Well-Being Education Offerings in 2016 – 2017 [download a pdf list]
Tuesday, October 11 (10:00 -12:00 Noon) Fahs Chapel (Facilitator: Marion Holt)
Personal Decisions at Life’s End
This course is designed to help one deal in advance with personal decisions that approach us at life’s end. We will consider Michigan laws covering funerals; honest conversations with the doctor(s); self-administered death through Final Exit; burial practices in other cultures and in ours; saving your survivors grief by documenting the location of important papers, assets, etc.; and local burial and donation options, with cost comparisons.
Tuesday, October 18 (1:30-3:00) Fahs Chapel (Facilitator: Kate Warner)
Aging in What Place?
This workshop will feature a panel of UU’s who have recently changed their residence for age-related reasons, or are considering doing so. Panelists will describe their decision process, their satisfactions (or dissatisfactions) with their new home, and what might have made the relocation process easier.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in small-group discussions to share their own housing insights, concerns and/or discoveries. Resources will be provided on specific local retirement housing options.
Wednesdays, October 19 and 26 and November 2, (1:30-3:00) Fahs Chapel
Being Mortal, a Conversation
Come join Terry Madden for a discussion (3 sessions) of Atul Gawande’s provocative book, Being Mortal, (Chapters 6 – 8 only), which addresses our challenges at the end of life from “Letting go” to “Hard Conversations” to “Courage (to Die).” We will discuss what we might want and need at these various stages of living and dying. Offered by Well-Being Education Max # of Participants: 12.
Saturday, December 3 (11:00 am - 1:30) Fahs Chapel (Facilitators: Meredith Ley and Sandra Breck)
Dancing with Dementia
In "Dancing with Dementia," The Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi, Minister serving the Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington, MI offers information and vignettes that invite us into understanding the 'dance with dementia'. Each stage of dementia offers different challenges for our friends who have been diagnosed and for family members and caregivers. By understanding signals early into this 'dance' the stress for caregivers can be alleviated. Tips for caregivers and other resources will be shared to help us make good proactive decisions and navigate the steps in this 'almost epidemic -wide' condition. The Rev. Leonetta's 91-year old dad has been her 'dance teacher' as he has moved through the dementia diagnosis for the past seven years. Come and have your questions answered.
The 2016 Senior Resource Directory for Washtenaw County is available on the catholic Social Services of Washtenaw county website .