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Spirit of Aging Camp

September 25 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Welcome, Campers!

You are invited to join us for the first-ever Spirit of Aging Camp at Union South on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Health and wellness experts, community members and professionals will share strategies and resources for aging in a healthy and happy way.

Hear from one community member who designed her home to be a safe place as she advanced in age. Discover exercises and stretches that fit your lifestyle. Find out which foods UW researchers recommend for aging brains. This inspirational day at camp should leave you feeling empowered to thrive and stay active.



8:30 am Registration

9:05 am Camp Welcome

9:15 am Your Home, Your Way

Think about your home as it is today. Now think about how small modifications to your existing living space can ensure you age within your current home, on your terms. This panel discussion features experts in interior design, neurology, low vision, falls and more. You’ll leave with new ideas about how your house can become your forever home.

10:00 am Living Your Best Life

Have you noticed that you need reader glasses at restaurants? Do you feel unsteady behind the wheel? Our expert panel of healthcare providers will offer insight on how to cope with aging, when to seek medical help, and preventative tips and tricks that will keep you feeling confident year after year.

11:30 am Delicious Dining

Everyone knows kale is all the rage, but did you know it can actually taste good while delivering super-food goodness? This nutrition-focused panel and cooking demonstration will provide you with the tools you need to make delectable dishes at home, get amazing health benefits from foods and even wow your friends and family once in a while.

1:00 pm Moving Mountains

Get moving, literally, with this wellness-focused panel and demonstration. Enough to move mountains? Yes! Let the expert yogis, swim instructors and healthcare providers guide your movement mindsets and practices during this interactive session.

2:00 pm Camp Concludes



University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology

Barbara Bendlin, PhD, Associate Professor

Kathleen Hoffland, NP

Jane Mahoney, MD, Professor; Director of the Community-Academic Aging Resource Network; Director of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute; Director of Dissemination and Implementation Resources at the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research; Affiliate Faculty, UW Institute on Aging

Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD, Assistant Professor


University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Yanjun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Larson, MD, Assistant Professor

Yao Liu, MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Teleophthalmology

Julie Mares, PhD, MSPH, Professor

Sanbrita Mondal, OD, Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor; Director of the Low Vision Clinic

Shilpa Reddy, MD, Assistant Professor


UW Health

Dianne Lahey – Fitness Supervisor

Jodi Oster – Fitness Supervisor


Community Experts

Cathy Goehler, Community and Wellness Director, Lacuna Coworking

Joe Heppe, Executive Chef, I.d. Delafield

Maxine Palmer, Community Member

Dondi Szombatfalvy, Lead Interior Designer, Bella Domicile



Parking is available for a fee in the following lots near Union South:

Lot 80 – Union South Parking Garage

Lot 17 – Engineering Drive Ramp

Lot 20 – University Avenue Ramp


This event is hosted by:

Geriatrics, DOVS, UW Health


September 25
8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Bianca Johnson


Union South
1308 W Dayton St
Madison, 53715 United States
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