The energy and enthusiasm of a roomful of seniors and a handful of Generation Xers at the seminar on Positive Ageing: Embrace It, Love It, Live It could not be contained. The first of the Lifelong Learning Program of the Alumni Engagement Office, an initiative to provide our alumni and friends with opportunities for self-development especially after their school-going years, the seminar aimed to change mindsets and practices on the ageing phenomenon.
MC alumnae and friends wholeheartedly engaged with the upbeat and informative lectures of four wellness experts who talked on important concerns of many who are in their senior years.
The program started with Move it: Let’s Cognidance! by theater actress and dance teacher EJ Villacorta. She explained that dancing and movement is actually a fun yet effective way of improving concentration and memory. She started her session with simple hand coordination movements which then progressed to more complex (yet still doable) gestures. It was a challenging and fun exercise that participants eagerly did, and can still do at home.
Professor and licensed psychologist Dr. Ronnie Motilla shared findings from various research on growing old (peppered with funny anecdotes), and gave useful advice on how to manage or even delay signs of ageing during his session on Embrace it: The Facts of Ageing. According to one participant, it was a "combination of depth and intellectual insights with the fun and practical."
Alumna and certified biography work practitioner Mariel Francisco gave an insightful talk on Love it: Our Life Journey. Her portion focused on the emotional and spiritual aspects of ageing, which resounded so well with the audience. “The words of appreciation I received from various participants after the seminar indicated to me even more strongly that what I have to share resonates with many people, and is in fact vital at this stage of our lives,” says Mariel.
Barbara “Twee” Gonzalez capped off the event by sharing her own testimonial in Live It: Living our Best Life. Her life experiences were proof that the complete acceptance of ageing and the changes it brings ultimately allows us to live more positive lives. She emphasized being comfortable in your own skin, saying, “The moment I stopped caring what everybody thought, that’s when I became truly happy.” Ageing indeed gives us a renewed sense of self confidence and strength.
Overall, it was a fun and fruitful day which created a warm and open atmosphere of camaraderie and shared experiences. What was the key takeaway? As one attendee shared, “ageing is something we should not fear but perhaps something we can prepare for and look forward to.”
Stay tuned for other Lifelong Learning Programs brought to you by the Alumni Engagement Office. Follow the Miriam College FB page and visit our webpage at www.mc.edu.ph/alumni.