Adult / Senior Workshops

Wisdom Workshops

The City of Orinda is always interested in new and exciting workshop topics to include in our Senior Services program. Our goal is to offer sessions that are informative and relevant
to the lives of Orinda’s senior community.

The Parks and Recreation department schedules approximately one Wisdom Workshop per month. Typically, these sessions are scheduled on weekday mornings at 10:30 am and last approximately one hour. These workshops are free of charge to participants. 

Depending on the topic, our sessions might include between 8–15 participants. We do not offer any legal or financial advice lectures and presenters offer their lectures on a volunteer (unpaid) basis. We do not encourage you to sell anything at your presentation, but you may promote your business to anyone who wants to follow up with you!

These workshops are free; however, pre-registration is required so please call 925-254-2445 for registration assistance. Wisdom Workshops are held at the Orinda Community Center.

2020 Wisdom Workshops

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention
Presenter: Ralph Somack
Thursday, January 9, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #9AB
Barcode: 3209
Tai chi, the ancient Chinese exercise with roots in martial arts is nowadays practiced throughout the world for its many health benefits. Recent studies have demonstrated tai chi to be effective in improving balance, reducing stress, mobilizing joints and muscles and offering arthritis pain relief. Tai chi is especially suitable as a therapy for arthritis in older adults because the movements are slow, fluid and gentle, and the level of exertion can be adjusted to suit each person’s physical condition. In this presentation the history of tai chi as a martial art and a system of exercise will be discussed and the Sun style tai chi for Arthritis and Fall prevention program developed by Dr. Paul Lam of the Tai Chi for Health institute will be demonstrated. Audience participation is encouraged and can be done either standing or sitting.

 Lamorinda Spirit Van Program
Presenter:  Mary Bruns, Program Manager
Wednesday, January 22, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 3170
The Lamorinda Spirit Van is one of the transportation options available to Lamorinda older adults, age 60+ and people with disabilities.  You are invited to attend this informational workshop to learn everything the Lamorinda Spirit Van Program offers for older adults.  This program has been in service since June, 2006 and provides rides to residents (age 60 and up) to errands, shopping, medical and personal appointments. FREE

Premier World Discovery Travel Presentation – 2020 trips
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 10:30am
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Course Number:  3171
Come and learn more about our 2020 extend trips which will include Cuba Discovery, Great Canadian Cities, Fall Colors & Lighthouses of the Great Lakes, Highlights of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and Costa Rica Adventures. A representative from the tour company will be here to show you the tour highlights of these trips and answer any questions you may have.  FREE

Dementia 101
Presenter: Silverado Memory Care Communities
Wednesday, February 12, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 7
Barcode: 3172
What is dementia? What are the various types of dementia?  What are the early signs?  How do I reduce my chances of early onset?  Don’t miss out on this informative presentation and discussion on dementia that will answer these questions and any others you might have.  FREE

Presenter: Jean Goldman, Goldman Transitions
Wednesday, March 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room 8
Barcode: 3173
 If you are like most people, years of home ownership have left you with a house full of things you no longer want or need.  You may be saving things for your children but now realize that they do not want them. It may be time to downsize.  This seminar will give you the tools and resources you need to start to go through these things and begin to clear them out. Determine what you would like to keep and what should be donated, sold, recycled and where to take them.   Jean Goldman is the principal of GOLDMAN TRANSITIONS providing downsizing, organizing, de-cluttering, and senior management services for seniors and their families.

Know the Ten Signs
Presenter: Jan Walker, Alzheimer’s Association
Wednesday, March 25, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room # 7
Barcode: 3174
This workshop will explore the most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s to help you be informed about what is normal aging and what is not. By the end of the program, the goal is to be able to: describe typical age-related memory, thinking or behavior changes; recognize common warning signs of Alzheimer’s, discuss the tips for approaching someone about memory concerns, explain the importance of early detection and benefits of diagnosis, identify possible tests and assessments for the diagnostic process, and name the resources available through the Alzheimer’s Association. FREE

Meditation and Personal Development
Presenter:  Mary Bruns
Wednesday, April 8, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 3175
Meditation promotes inner peace and well-being, leading to inspiration, self-knowledge, healing, and a deeper spiritual connection.  In this introductory class, you will learn techniques to quiet your thoughts and tune into a higher state of consciousness.  Since Life offers many opportunities for growth and development, understanding your own unique path helps to reduce the feeling of stress. FREE

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body
Presenter: Dori Sproul, Alzheimer’s Association
Wednesday, April 22, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #7
Barcode: 3176
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. FREE

Cool Apps to Help Care for Older Loved Ones – This workshop is beneficial for ages 40+
Presenter: Susan Hamilton
Tuesday, May 12, 10:30am – 12:00pm
Orinda Community Center, Room #
Learn of the latest apps, tools, wearables and technology available to care for someone you love with dignity. Ideas will include communicating with siblings near and far, home safety and the connected home from trusted and vetted resources.

Susan Hamilton is an entrepreneur and business executive with 25 years of experience in management and development. After not finding the support she needed caring for her mom with dementia back East, Susan jumped into the startup world and built an app for family caregivers. This journey exposed her to the world of senior technology and to the smart and tenacious folks working 24/7 to help all of us Care Better.