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Yoga and Healthy Aging

Friday, March 2, 2018

8 a.m.-noon

Dreyfus University Center, Legacy Room


 

Yoga is one of the top ten complementary and integrative health approaches used among U.S. adults. Over 36 million Americans practice yoga, with 20 percent of them over the age of 60.  Although the healthy aging population is increasingly utilizing yoga as an alternative wellness practice, there is a large portion of this population that is not accessing the benefits of yoga. At the same time, injuries for this demographic are also increasing due to risk factors contributing to falls. Learning about the risks and benefits of teaching yoga to this community is important for yoga teachers, yoga practitioners and health care educators or facilitators.

This four-hour workshop on yoga and aging will explore the major challenges the healthy aging population experience, including dementia, pain management, strokes, fall prevention, arthritis, and current research. The workshop will introduce safe and effective ways to incorporate yoga as a potential wellness tool.

Learning Outcomes  

  • Develop a clearer understanding of what yoga is and is not. 
  • Explore the current research landscape on yoga and fall prevention.
  • Learn safe and effective yoga and fall prevention tools for working with the healthy aging population.


​Registration Fees ​

​UWSP Students ​$30
​UWSP Faculty/Staff ​$59
​LIFE Members​$30
​Public Attendees ​$89

Who should attend

  • Yoga instructors
  • Yoga therapists
  • Students
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Caregivers
  • Social workers
  • Medical practitioners

Instructor

Paul Mross, E-200 RYT, LMT, is currently serving as project manager and yoga consultant for research projects studying yoga's effect on fall risk factors in rural, older adult populations. The research projects are in collaboration with UW-Madison: Kinesiology Department, Aging and Disability Resource Center, and the Wisconsin Institute on Healthy Aging. He is the founder of Happ:y (Healthy Aging Preventative Programs: Yoga), an organization whose main goal is to provide the healthy aging population access to yoga.

Mross has presented on the topics of healthy aging, yoga, and fall prevention at the Wisconsin Institute on Healthy Aging: Healthy Aging Summit, Catholic Charities: Healthy Aging Conference, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Morgridge Institute for Research: Celebrating Healthy and Purposeful Aging, and the International Association of Yoga Therapists: Symposium on Yoga Research.

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds granted upon written request to Anne Rogalski or Dotty Mansavage when received by February 16, 2018. Refunds requested after February 16, 2018, will be assessed a $25 processing fee. No shows are responsible for the full workshop fee. Substitutions can be made at any time.

 
​Contact Anne.Rogalski@uwsp.edu or Dotty.Mansavage@uwsp.edu for additional information or for cancellations/substitutions.
Call Customer Service at 715-346-3838 for registration assistance.