Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Maps & Directions

Wellness and Health

Fall 2013

  • The Brain/Body Connection: exercising the Mind and Body

    Day: 6 Mondays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/16-10/28 (no class on 10/14)
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 201
    Facilitator: Patricia Huffman-Oh
    Description: The brain is a thinking organ that learns and grows by interacting with the world through perception and action. Mental stimulation and physical exercise work together to improve brain function. One of the most important roles of the brain/body connection is to maintain balance. Balance is vital to maintaining independence. This class will introduce simple mental and physical exercises that may help maintain cognitive function and will help prevent falls. This course is appropriate for first-time enrollment and for those who took the Brain-Balance Connection during Spring, 2013. We will add exercises specifically designed to enhance the brain to each session.

  • Tai Chi (Intermediate Level)

    Day: 10 Tuesdays
    Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/17-11/19
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 1st Floor, Beacon Fitness Studio (Student I.D. required)
    Facilitator: Jin Wang
    Description: This class is designed for those who have taken Tai Chi Beginner Level before. With the assumption that students already know the first 13 basic movements covered in Level 1, we will cover an additional 13 movements; new movements will include Repulse Monkey and Waving Hands like Moving Clouds. Limited to 15 participants. Note: UMass Boston student ID is required to enter the Beacon Fitness Center where the class will be held. Please contact the OLLI office for more details.

  • Qigong for Vibrant Health

    Day: 7 Wednesdays
    Time: 10-11:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/18-10/30
    Location: First class is held at UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL., Room 204A remaining classes are held at UMass Boston, Healey Library, 11th FL., Room 011A
    Facilitator: Elizabeth Harvey
    Description: Spring Forest Qigong is a simple and effective Chinese exercise to enhance the quality of your life by teaching you way to open your energy channels (meridians). Stress, common colds, muscular pain, arthritis, and illness are symptoms of the imbalance of energy flow in the body. Qigong integrates the mind, breath, physical postures, gentle movement, and meditation to help bring mind, body and spirit back into balance and increase your vitality. With balance comes inner peace, harmony, healing, health and wellness.

  • Tai Chi for Beginners

    Day: 10 Wednesdays
    Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Dates: 9/18-11/20
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Hall, 1st Floor, Beacon Fitness Studio (Student I.D. required)
    Facilitator: Michael fioretti
    Description: Tai Chi Chuan is an internal Chinese martial art embodying Taoist philosophy, and accordingly is extremely beneficial for good health. It is also a method of relaxation, used for increased focus and concentration. Benefits include stress reduction and better concentration, as well as improved flexibility, strength, an enhanced immune system, balance, memory, circulation, and coordination. Limited to 15 participants. Note: UMass Boston student ID is required to enter the Beacon Fitness Center where the class will be held. Please contact the OLLI office for more details.

  • Aging Gracefully with Meditation and Yoga

    Day: 4 Tuesdays
    Time: 1:15-3:15 p.m.
    Dates: 11/5-11/26
    Location: UMass Boston, McCormack Bldg., 3rd FL, Room 201
    Facilitator: Pat Morris
    Description: Slowing down is the precursor to yoga and meditation. This simple act allows us to consider our thoughts, feelings and actions more carefully in our desire to age gracefully. Every class will be experiential; we will learn a variety of mediation practices, breathing exercises, and some gentle yoga routines that do not involve getting on a yoga mat. The focus of each class will be the aging process and how to navigate our journey through this new stage of our lives. We will share and discuss recent research on aging. Wear comfortable clothing. Come prepared to enjoy our time together.