Mary C. Myers, Med, BCC, to Speak

Art of Aging/of Dying series
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 3 to 5pm.

Legacy writing is the invitation and the opportunity to reflect on your stories and the meaning they convey, to write from your heart about what truly matters in your life. These are the treasures you pass on to future generations, your beliefs, wisdom and blessings.

An ethical will is a document written to communicate values and wisdom, history, stories, and love from one generation to another. It preserves who you are and what matters most to you. It’s a way for you to be remembered.

“I am passionate about legacy writing and creating ethical wills because I have seen the gift it is to writers as well as their loved ones, whether shared in the midst of life or at the end. We are story telling/story catcher people who make sense of our lives and our place in the world through story and through story we are able to share our deeper selves, our souls.”

— Mary C. Myers

Mary C. Myers served over forty years in ministry, including twenty-three years as a Board Certified Chaplain in acute care, hospice and outreach to the marginalized. Personal story has been the constant at the heart of her ministry. She is a Certified Legacy Writing Facilitator.

Join us to explore legacy writing and learn more about creating your own legacy letters and ethical will. Admission for the Hoffman Center is $5.

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at <> online or contact Tela Skinner,

Art of Aging Presents The Practice of Health on March 14

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents Larry Jacobson speaking on “The Practice of Health” at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, Tuesday March 14, 2017, from 3 to 5.  Fee for the session is $5.

In their 1995 book “The Life We Are Given; A Long-Term Program for Realizing the Potential of Body, Mind, Heart and Soul,” Michael Murphy and George Leonard outlined a program called Integral Transformative Practice, based on many years of research. The goal is new pathways to health and wellbeing at any age.

“This program has been practiced for more than twenty years,” says Jacobson, “and those of us who have participated have had a universally positive experience.”

Jacobson is a long time social worker who has worked as an elder care manager for many years in Seattle. He has recently relocated to Manzanita. The March 14 session will be informational providing tools you can use on your own. Jacobson will offer a local ongoing group experience of this program in future, called “The Practice of Health,” for anyone interested.

The program includes self-designed affirmations or goals, an easily accessible stretching and exercise plan for all ages, regular meditation or quiet time, suggestions on nutrition, emotional self-awareness through a support group community, and a commitment to an ongoing practice.

“I read the book and have been doing the series of exercises, meditation and yoga for a number of months now,” says Kathie Hightower of Manzanita, “I’ve already seen enough benefits to continue the commitment to regular practice.”

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) For further information contact Tela Skinner,

Art of Aging: Advance Directives, POLST Forms, and more

If you were to experience a medical emergency, would the EMT’s be able to get to you? Would they know the best treatment based on your medical history and current meds? Would they know your preferences?

Join us for an Art of Aging Conversation from 3 to 5 on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita to learn how to answer “yes” to all of the above questions.

A representative of the Rinehart Clinic will discuss completion of POLST forms (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and Advance Directives, and the difference between the two.

Frank Knight, current Training Officer of the Nehalem Fire District and long time EMT, will talk about some of the issues EMTs run into in emergency response situations.

Join us to learn and to get your questions answered…and to make sure you are prepared.

Suggested donation is $5.

2-Day Art of Aging Conference September 28-29


CONFERENCE IS FULL.  To get on a waiting list email

The Art of Aging Series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita partners with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) to bring a two-day conference to Manzanita, on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29, from 10am to 4pm, both days.

The conference is titled Personal Safety Nets: Planning for the Probabilities, Embracing the Possibilities. It will inspire, motivate and equip you to live the life you envision – through good times and challenges.

Registration fee is $25, which includes lunch both days, and the attendance will cap out at 32 registrations. Each day builds on the day before, so plan to participate both days.

Author, professor and senior advocate Jenny Sasser, Ph.D., will present “Traveling Together through the Life-Course: Embracing the Adventure of Aging.” Get ready to unleash your creativity!

Denise Malm, LSWAIC, Social Worker at the Wallingford Community Senior Center, Seattle, will present Personal Safety Nets. Over the two-day period participants will be guided as they use instructions, workbook and resources to weave their own personal safety net.

Sasser is an educational gerontologist, trans-disciplinary scholar and community activist. She served as Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Founding Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University from 1999 to 2015. In addition to co-authoring Aging: Concepts and Controversies with Harry Moody, the two are working on the forthcoming book Gerontology: The basics. Her other ongoing commitmentsinclude convening the Gero-Punk Project serving as a conversation facilitator for Oregon Humanities and offering consulting, workshops and presentations throughout North America.

Malm’s MSW from University of Washington included multi-generational research with a focus on older adults. She has been certified in “The Art & Science of Community Organizing.” As a non-profit director she implemented the “Communities that Care” model and served on the Advisory Boards for the Snohomish County Community Mobilization Coalition and the Snohomish County Health and Safety Network. She developed and coordinated a project defined as “senior programming without walls” which addresses communities lacking senior activities and social services.

To register for this conference go to  Please do not register via the Hoffman registration page.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. and will be held at the Hoffman (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue). Further information, and other events that are part of the program, is available here or contact Tela Skinner at

“Creativity for Vibrant Aging: Lessons from the Geezer Gallery” Presentation on Sep 13

Imagine a coart-in-action2mmunity that celebrates master level senior artists, plus provides arts programs that give voice to community members of all generations.  The Hoffman Center for the Arts serves as a key player in making this three-village area such a creative, vibrant community.

On September 13, 2016, The Art of Aging series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts welcomes a presentation from Amy Henderson, founder of Portland’s Geezer Gallery. The Geezer Gallery represents older artists, and daily proves the value of creative engagement through dynamic group programs, open studios and collaboration with other arts groups. Amy will inspire with stories of the partnerships, advocacy, research and programs of this unique organization, a lively incubator of aging creativity in Portland for the past seven years.

Amy will be joined by kinetic sculptor and Geezer Gallery President Candyce Scott. Candyce and Amy will share research findings as well as personal stories that illustrate finding purpose and transformation through creativity in later life.

The session will run from 3 to 5pm. Suggested donation is $5.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Further information is available at <> online or contact Tela Skinner at

Art of Aging Session: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalThe next session in the Art of Aging series will be Tuesday, July 12th, from 3-5 pm, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Physical Aging: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness, What’s Possible?

We’ll be looking at the full range: from what it takes for the continued ability to perform the daily tasks of living to what’s possible in very active aging. Kathie will share the research on the physical aspects of longevity, of staying vital and active with a sense of wellbeing late into life. Think of this as your Reader’s Digest summary from over 20 books and numerous longterm studies on the physical aspects of aging. You’ll have the chance to take some self tests to see where you stand now, and to develop your own plan to make improvements. You get to decide…what of this speaks to me? What do I want to keep doing and what might I want to change?

This is an interactive workshop format rather than discussion group.

Prior to “retiring,” Kathie spent 26 years doing workshops in the corporate and government world, traveling the world the past 20+ years presenting workshops for military spouses, focused on happiness, possibilities, and stress/energy management. Now she’s focusing all her research on the topic of Second Adulthood, how to stay active, engaged, healthy and purposeful after 60.

Kathie will have an extensive handout so please RSVP to her at so she knows how many copies to bring.

Suggested Donation $5.

The Art of Aging and Art of Dying Series is a program of Hoffman Center of the Arts. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 3 to 5PM.

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Art of Aging Conversation on April 19th

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalJoin us on Tuesday, April 19th, 3 to 5PM at the Hoffman Center for the Arts for A Conversation on The Art of Aging.  The meeting is open to the public and a $3 donation is requested. If you’d like to be added to the email contact list, contact Lane deMoll, lane at

We will have short presentations about each of these topics with time for questions and conversation.

  • Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) and Personal Safety Net – sharing resources and services within our community.
  • Quality of life and potential as we age, physical health, activity, nutrition
  • Conscious aging – wisdom, spirituality, gerotranscendence, finding meaning in late life
  • Decisions – practical paperwork: living wills, advance directives, POLST forms, etc.
  • Living an engaged, creative, happy life – hobbies, technology, emotional and mental health