The Stuff of Family Life

Thursday, July 20 2017 | 4 to 6pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts 

“The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives: Sociologist Shows What Your Underwear Drawer Can Reveal About You” special presentation for the Art of Aging/of Dying series 

In a special event sociologist Michelle Janning will continue the discussion Mary Ruhl started about the significance of objects in our lives. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission fee is $5.

Sociology Professor Michelle Janning offers a timely look at how modern society and technology shapes our relationships and our lives. Like an archaeologist studying ancient civilizations through the things they left behind, Janning excavates contemporary life through our houses and possessions, from childhood stuffed animals and security blankets to retirement homes and senior living centers.

Janning takes readers through the stages of life – from dating and marriage to parenting and aging – that are usually kept behind closed doors. From online valentines to the growing popularity of “man caves,” The Stuff of Family Life looks not only at what large demographic studies say about family dynamics but also what our lives—and the stuff in them—say about how we relate to each other.

Janning has joked, “I am not a sociologist who uses large national datasets to illustrate family life; I’m the sociologist who asks people to examine what’s in their underwear drawers and living rooms to tell stories about their family life.” Using amusing anecdotes, as well as drawing on pop culture, economics, interior design, gender studies and more, Janning combines the educational with the entertaining to make The Stuff of Family Life accessible to both casual readers and dedicated students of sociology.

Michelle Janning is professor of sociology at Whitman College. A board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, she specializes in family and gender studies and cultural sociology. She has conducted numerous community-based projects, given keynote presentations, and performed consultancies that have given her a deeper understanding of the everyday lives of different types of families. Her work has been published in academic sources such as the Journal of Family Issues and the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and she has been quoted in popular media such as Women’s Health and Real Simple.

For more information contact Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). Further information is available at www.hoffmanblog.org online or contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

 

Exploring the Significance of Objects in Our Lives

“The Things We Keep: Exploring the Significance of Objects in Our Lives
Art of Aging/of Dying series
Hof
fman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Tuesday | July 11 2017 | 3 to 5pm

Mary Ruhl will guide us into and through a discussion about how our valued possessions hold meaning for us through life transitions. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission fee is $5.

Many of us have experienced changes in our recent lives, moving to a new home, a new town, or the loss of loved ones. Often these changes require us to sort through our “stuff” or someone else’s. Faced with decisions about emotional, historical, family and economic value of objects, how do we decide which to keep, which to part with? What are the significant stories attached to some of these objects, and how might we capture these stories?

You are invited to bring a “keeper” object that has meaning in your life, and to share the story attached to it with the group. As time allows, we will discuss ideas about making downsizing decisions, considering the value of possessions and archiving family stories around these significant objects.

“ We find it familiar to consider objects as useful or aesthetic, as necessities or vain indulgences. We are on less familiar ground when we consider objects as companions to our emotional lives or as provocations to thought.”
– Sherry Turkle, Evocative Objects: Things we Think With

Mary Ruhl downsized homes twice before moving to Manzanita three years ago. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Gerontology. Mary’s Master’s thesis work investigated the question of whether cherished personal objects support identity for persons transitioning to assisted living. Before retirement, she was a research assistant at OHSU’s Layton Center for Aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Previous to her work as a gerontologist, Mary was a graphic designer, photo art director and photo stylist – arranging objects, text and images to impart meaning and messages.

  If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). Further information is available at www.hoffmanblog.org online or contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

For more information contact Mary Ruhl, cardoons@nehalemtel.net.

 

The ALIVE INSIDE movie — Art of Dying Series

ART OF AGING/OF DYING SERIES
ALIVE INSIDE
Tuesday 27 June | 3pm

Hoffman Center 

Michael Rossato-Bennett’s movie ALIVE INSIDE will be shown at 3:00 on Tuesday, 27 June at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is $5. There will be a discussion following.

ALIVE INSIDE is the documentary about Dan Cohen’s amazing work of giving Alzheimer’s and dementia people music from their youth. Some instantly came back to our reality and were able to reconnect with loved ones. Some got up out of their wheelchairs and began to dance around the room. Some who rarely talked began to sing beautifully. Michael Rossato-Bennett does an excellent job of honoring these elders and their liberator, telling the story with many examples of the revitalizing power of music from one’s youth. Alive Inside was the most awarded documentary of 2014.

“ Gloriously inspirational” – Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter.
“Alive Inside is a life changing film.” – Willian Brownbridge, Toronto Film Scene.“Joyous and unexpectedly uplifting.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

We will have a discussion afterward lead by Kathleen Moore, therapist and grief counselor. Our Art of Dying discussions are always lively and interesting.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held
at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave).

For more information contact Kathleen Moore at moorewagner@nehalemtel.net.

Art of Aging Presents “Turn Up the Music in Your Life” on June 13, 2017

Earthtones Music Therapy. (Heidi Hoffman Photography)

Turn Up the Music In Your Life! Presentation for the Art of Aging/of Dying series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm.

Jodi Winwalker, LCSW,MT-BC, of Earthtones Music Therapy Services will inspire you to explore the joy of music and researched reasons for including more music in your life.  You’ll learn about exciting brain research in recent years, and the ways music can prevent or delay brain aging.

As part of the Art of Aging series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita Jodi Winwalker offers a dynamic and engaging presentation on how and why the aging brain needs music. This is a rare opportunity to explore singing, movement and playing simple instruments that will inspire you. No prior musical experience is necessary to enjoy and benefit from this session. Admission for the presentation is $5.

Jodi Winwalker is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Music Therapist, and founder and CEO of Earthtones Music Therapy Services, LLC.  She is a popular and entertaining presenter with over 35 years of experience developing music therapy programs for children, adults and seniors.

Earthtones Music Therapy. (Heidi Hoffman Photography)

Her company, Earthtones, is a university-affiliated internship site for graduating music therapy students from Marylhurst University, Utah State University, Seattle pacific University and Berklee College of Music. In addition to providing life-changing music therapy services, Jodi lends her expertise to community projects such as the Sing Here Now community choir for persons living with dementia, and the Music Now! program that brings Oregon Symphony musicians and music engagement to assisted living homes. A recipient of the 2007 Betty Isern Howery Award for professional excellence, Jodi is committed to informing the public about the power of music and increasing people’s awareness of how they can use music to promote their own health and access to music therapy for those they care for.

“Those who have met Jodi know first hand that her heart, compassion, and joie de vivre knows no bounds.”  Staff Facebook post

“It is difficult for me to impart fully enough Jodi’s beautiful spirit.  She is truly one of those persons who light up a room with her presence and can make everyone feel at ease with her gifts of sharing and bringing out in others the deeply human capacity for music.” Mary Ruhl, Manzanita resident

Join us to explore the value of music for yourself and your loved ones. 

 For further information contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com

Understanding Hospice Care

Understanding Hospice Care
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | 3pm-5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying series will host featured speaker Barb Hansen,
CEO of the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association Admission for the event is $5.

End-of-life care decisions can be difficult to discuss. Gathering information ahead of time can reduce stress and help us make informed decisions. Waiting until you need services like hospice adds extreme stress to already stressful times.

  • What exactly is hospice care?
  • Do all hospices provide identical services?
  • How do I choose a hospice that is right for me, a family member or a friend

Come learn about the ins and outs of hospice care and have your questions answered by an expert in the field.

Barb Hansen has over 30 years of experience in Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care and Hospice House operations. She was the 2014 recipient of the Oregon Hospice Association’s Elizabeth Wessinger Award, which honors excellence in hospice and palliative care in the state. In her current role, Barb works to support Hospice and Palliative Care providers in Oregon and Washington and serves as a resource to residents of both states who seek information about end-of-life care options.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

 

 

Sarah Smythe McIntosh to Speak on Holistic Estate Planning

The Art of Aging Series presents:
HOLISTIC ESTATE PLANNING
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 3pm to 5pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Our local estate planning attorney, Sarah Smyth McIntosh of Law Manzanita, will discuss “Holistic Estate Planning” Admission for the event is $5.00.

Sarah will offer a workshop on a different perspective on estate planning – it’s not just about having a will when you die.

it’s about your life, legacy and death, who is around you when you die and how they help you die in the manner which you desire, and how they help you fulfill your life’s legacy

— it’s about making your life’s work mean something to someone beyond yourself

— it’s about your transition from life to death

— finally it’s about who you leave behind, and their transition as well, whether it is family, close friends, villagers, or charities that represent your values

It is about YOU, your family, your community, your life and your death.

Sarah is from Olympia, Washington and has been practicing law for over thirty years. She established her branch office in Manzanita, Oregon in 2010, and is licensed to practice in both Washington and Oregon. She has been active in the village of Manzanita since coming here with her family over the last 20 years. Her branch office, Law Manzanita, is located within a Gallery space located at 144 Laneda Ave across from the San Dune Pub. She has exclusive use of the gallery space during the week, to maintain absolute confidentiality for her clients. The space provides a more calming environment than a traditional office space, which helps her clients relax. Sarah makes estate planning less of a chore and more of an exercise of assessing one’s own legacy and putting it in perspective.

Sarah is very personable. She helped us walk through the maze of estate planning laws and made it much easier and more satisfying than we ever thought possible. We really appreciated her caring, and calming influence, as we learned how to navigate through the process, and reconcile our individual differences for how we wanted our estate managed during out lives and after our death“ – Local resident and client

Growing up on the Puget Sound, Sarah acquired a love for the sea which eventually drew her to the Oregon coast and Manzanita. Sarah has her undergraduate degree from University of Washington, and her law degree from University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University). She has served as General Counsel for her family’s sawmill business, and also General Counsel for a small community bank in Olympia. She has practiced in the areas of business, real estate, development, finance, land use and estate planning, as well as succession planning for family businesses.

Sarah is married to Gary McIntosh, and they raised three children together visiting Manzanita every summer for over 20 years, until they finally purchased a second home and then she established a second office in Manzanita. She has served on the Manzanita Business Alliance Board and was active in the North Tillamook County Rotary helping the organization obtain their 501(3)(c) non-profit status. She continues to volunteer for organizations to include the Lower Nehalem Community Land Trust, The Pine Grove Community Center and she is also an active sponsor of many local events such as the Mudd-Nick Foundation Auction, the Manzanita Farmers Market, Muttzanita and Manzanita Music Festival.

The Art of Aging 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 more information contact Tela Skinner (telaskinner@gmail.com)

 

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll to Speak About Death

Death: Ok it happens and sometimes not in a timely fashion.
So NOW what? A bit of Preparation Perhaps?

Tuesday, April 25th 2017 | from 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
Suggested donation: $5

Claudia Johnson, Paula Sansum, and Lane deMoll will guide us into and through a hands-on-session about what we can do now (like NOW) — you know, “just in case death happens”— because it does. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

There are so many stories of what folks had to do and go through after the death of a beloved. Some of us have been involved in just the last two weeks trying to piece important material together after the sudden death of a community member, searching for the wills, the numbers of relatives to call, computer passwords!

What are your stories and what must we do for the loved ones we will leave behind?

A cadre or network is emerging of those willing to help when a community member or one of our own family is caught unprepared – we’d love to expand our numbers.  Would you like to get involved?  It appears to be a calling….

And let’s actually write out some of those things (like how to find those wills, or papers or the phone numbers of relatives who live far away) for those who come to take care of us.

Bring pencil and paper and let’s do some work together.

Yes, actually do some work—help each other out…talk about all this — together.  It matters.

Conversations like this will allow us to engage with our deaths-our own Service – and those of our community beloveds, as well as address the legacy we will leave for the living.

Claudia, Paula, and Lane have each been actively engaged, providing guidance, care and comfort for those dying and their families and their friends for many years. With varied backgrounds in ministry, health care, hospice, spiritual pursuits and service they are often called when death is calling.

Feel free to write to Claudia prior to the gathering at claudiaejohnson@gmail.com

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Paula Sansum, psansum@gmail.com

 

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 hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner, telaskinner@gmail.com

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, telaskinner@gmail.com.

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.