intentional aging
Intentional aging

Third Tuesday of every month
11am-12:30pm on Zoom

Age smarter, not harder. This monthly program explores topics for those who want to live well while aging.

Each session will explore a different topic inspired by the “Six Dimensions of Aging Well” from the National Council on Aging:

  • Gratitude and Mindfulness
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Finances and Future Planning
  • Connections and Community
  • Learning and Creativity
  • Legacy and Purpose

Register in advance to receive Zoom login information. Attending monthly is encouraged, but all are welcome to join any meeting.

Upcoming Discussion Group Events

Registration for one month will give you access to all. The Zoom link will be the same for all meetings.

Olympic Area Agency on Aging

Tuesday, December 19:
Palliative & Hospice Care

Priya Jayadev, Executive Director of Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, will discuss palliative and hospice care. These patient- and family-centered care options provide comfort and improve quality of life for people experiencing life-limiting illness. Learn about the unique choices available in Clallam County, and how to know when care is appropriate.

Discussion Group Past Events 2023

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova

Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Explore the Feldenkrais Method

Join NOLS on Zoom to learn about the Feldenkrais Method — a system of learning and self-improvement using sensory awareness. Katherine Wieseman, Ph.D., will talk about the Feldenkrais Method and then lead participants through a Feldenkrais session. Katherine is a Sequim-based Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. She seeks to help others experience the fullest potential of their existence using methods that are holistic, experiential, multi-sensory, and interactive.

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova

Tuesday, February 21
Simplify and Organize

Learn how to simplify, get organized, and create space for what matters most. Professional organizer and certified KonMari consultant Kristin DeCou will share strategies and tips to help you get started, stay motivated, enlist support, and let go of the stuff that’s holding you back. If you’re feeling stuck, experiencing a transition, or just need the tools to keep moving forward, this session is for you. Learn more about the presenter at

Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting by Lisa Genova

Tuesday, March 21
This program was rescheduled from Dec. 2022, which was postponed due to a weather-related closure.
Memory and Neuroscience

Explore concepts presented in the book Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting, written by neuroscientist and acclaimed novelist Lisa Genova (Still Alice), who explains how memories are made and how we retrieve them. The group will discuss how memory may be impacted by meaning, emotion, sleep, stress, and context. Understanding the language of memory and how it functions may improve our ability to remember and help us feel less rattled when we forget.

Limited print copies of the book may be borrowed by request; contact your Library and ask for the “Intentional Aging book kit” to confirm availability. Additional copies may be available via the catalog or on the Libby app.

Sprouts in planters with rich soil

Tuesday, April 18
Adaptive Gardening

Anna Plager from Clallam County Master Gardeners shares ideas for adapting our approach to gardening as we grow older. Health challenges and downsizing do not have to stop people from reaping the physical and mental health benefits of planting and nurturing. Explore ways to adapt horticultural endeavors to accommodate endurance issues, range-of-motion limitations, and space constraints. The joys of gardening can be appreciated at all ages!

Vigilance Against Cybercrime

Tuesday, May 16
Vigilance Against Cybercrime

Identity theft and other forms of online fraud pose a serious and growing threat. Members of the AARP Speakers Bureau will explain how con artists use a variety of scams to defraud Internet users, how to help safeguard yourself against cybercrimes, and what to do if you or someone you know has been affected by a scam.

Vigilance Against Cybercrime

Tuesday, June 20
Mastering the Art of Sleep

As we age, getting a good night’s sleep is not always simple. Learn more about quality sleep from Claire Edwins, ARNP specializing in Sleep Medicine at Olympic Medical Center. Claire will speak to the importance of quality sleep for overall health, aging-related challenges to getting quality sleep, and tips for overcoming those challenges.

Synonyms for Grief: Coping with Loss through Creative Writing

Tuesday, July 18
Synonyms for Grief: Coping with Loss through Creative Writing

Anne Marie Wells, a poet, author, and teacher, will share techniques that can transform grief and past hurts into creative writing. This program will provide a supportive space that can serve as a cathartic outlet, a means of processing experiences, and a place to find community with others who have experienced grief.

Nutrition & Late-Life Depression

Tuesday, August 15
Nutrition & Late-Life Depression

How does late-life depression differ from depression in other life stages? How does nutrition affect the risk for developing late-life depression? Daniel Beery, a Nutritional Sciences graduate student at the University of Washington, will join the group to discuss how diet and lifestyle can affect our mental health as we age.

Estate Planning Basics

Tuesday, September 19
Estate Planning Basics

Estate planning — What is it? Who needs it? Why does it matter? Elder Law Attorney Suzanne Thompson Wininger will address these questions and more. Join the discussion for an overview of the primary steps and considerations for creating an estate plan. Explore how an estate plan can provide clarity for your loved ones and peace of mind for yourself.

Nutrition & Late-Life Depression

Tuesday, October 17
Community Connections

Are you looking for ways to support your overall health? Physical, mental, and emotional health get a boost when we connect with others. Join the discussion to explore the health impacts of community connections. Representatives from local organizations will talk about the social opportunities they offer.

This event is part of NOLS’ Resilience Month Events

Olympic Area Agency on Aging

Tuesday, November 21
Olympic Area Agency on Aging

Get the 411 on the O3A! Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) provides free consultation, assistance, and advocacy for adults with disabilities and for people aged 60 and older. Petra Reininger, Information and Assistance Specialist from the O3A Sequim office, will talk about the needs addressed by the agency. Long-term care, which is one of those needs, will eventually be required by an estimated 70% of seniors, many of whom do not have the means to pay for it. Learn how O3A can help.

This program is generously supported by the local Friends of the Library groups.