Masterpiece Living Lyceum 2019

The Masterpiece Living Lyceum is a place for sharing innovative ideas and non-traditional thought. Aptly named after Aristotle’s Lyceum, which served as early milestones in the development of Western science and philosophy, the Masterpiece Living Lyceum was created to inspire change in the traditional ideas of aging. The Lyceum focuses on successful aging and is a motivational, educational and network-building event unlike any business gathering.

Attend, tune in and participate from virtually anywhere
For the past 10 years, the Masterpiece Living Lyceum has taken place in-person at a given location over the course of several days.  To extend the reach of featured speakers, valued content and interaction, 2019 will mark the first year the Lyceum will be offered virtually.  You will be joining team members and residents from other organizations nation-wide for this virtual event viewed from your very own community.

Network with peers from the comfort of your office
As with any conference, part of the value in attending is the networking and interaction that takes place among colleagues.  The virtual Lyceum will allow opportunities for face-to-face interaction with peers who are part of the Masterpiece network from across the country.  Each keynote session will offer an opportunity to interact and ask questions of the featured speaker.  Additionally, each breakout session will offer an opportunity to discuss the topic, how it may be applied and hear best practices from others who choose to join the interactive video conference*.


Round 2 Speaker Lineup:

The Dr. Robert Kahn Lyceum Keynote Speaker

Shahab Kaviani

Director of Social Connectedness of AARP Foundation

Session Title: Addressing Loneliness & Social Isolation: A Global Perspective

In his keynote address, Shahab Kaviani addresses the difference between social isolation and loneliness and creates awareness around the detrimental impact these can have on an individual’s overall health and wellbeing. More importantly, Shahab will share proactive strategies on what we can do about it and discusses the role digital technology can play as a resource.

Recorded Session Release: Monday, November 4, 2019

*Interactive Live Q&A session with Shahab Kaviani: Thursday, November 14, 2019 (2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00MT/11:00PT)

Shahab Kaviani’s Background: Shahab Kaviani is an entrepreneur and corporate innovation specialist. Currently, Shahab serves as the Director of Social Connectedness at the AARP Foundation. Shahab graduated from the University of Maryland and has been engaged in a number of entrepreneurial developments. He has extensive experience building internet companies and is currently working to develop voice-activated technology older adults can use to strengthen social connections to remain engaged and independent longer.


Breakout Session Speakers

Linda Sasser, PhD

Author of Brain SENSE: A Guide and Workbook to Keep Your Mind and Memory Sharp, and owner of Brain and Memory Health

Session Title: The Effects of Social Isolation and Loneliness on Cognitive Health and What We Can Do About It

Social isolation and loneliness are not the same, but both can negatively affect brain health. Learn how these differ and what research has revealed about their relationship to dementia. Dr. Sasser will discuss some evidence-based practices for being proactive and combating loneliness and isolation.

Recorded Session Release: Monday, January 6, 2020

Live interaction with the MPL network: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00MT/11:00PT)

*Linda Sasser will not be present during the network interactive session.

Linda Sasser’s Background: Linda earned her PhD from the University of Colorado, where she conducted her dissertation research on memory. As a professor on both the graduate and undergraduate faculty of Wheaton College and Judson University, she taught educational and cognitive psychology, among other courses. For her sabbatical research, she conducted a national survey on brain health.

As a national speaker, Dr. Sasser presents on topics including brain fitness, maximizing memory and productivity, using memory to write memoir, and enhancing emotional intelligence. BE! Brain Enrichment, her curriculum to help people learn about brain health and improve their cognitive skills, is being taught at numerous senior living communities and centers throughout the country. In 2019 she published her book, Brain SENSE: A Guide and Workbook to Keep Your Mind and Memory Sharp.


Toni Antonucci, PhD

Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research Life Course

Session Title: Social Convoy Model 

Toni Antonucci and Robert Kahn coined the phrase “social convoy”. The Convoy Model explains social relations from a multidisciplinary perspective. It represents the supportive people who move through life with an individual. The convoy measure involves placing close and important individuals into three concentric circles representing three levels of closeness: close, closer, closest. She will discuss the importance of a social convey and the impact it has on your life.

Recorded Session Release: Monday, January 6, 2020

Live interaction with the MPL network: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 (2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00MT/11:00PT)

* Toni Antonucci will not be present during the network interactive session.

Toni Antonucci’s Background: Toni’s research focuses on social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the lifespan in the United States, Europe and Japan. She is particularly interested in how social relations optimize or jeopardize an individual’s ability to face life’s challenges.

Toni previously served as the President of the Gerontological Society of America and is the President-Elect of International Society for the Study of Human Development Council Member for the International Association of Gerontology. She has released several scientific publications on social relations and older adults.


Heidi Wagner

Photographer and creator of The Passions Project

Session Title: What’s Your Passion?

Heidi’s session will focus on eradicating isolation and ageism through discovering and pursuing your passions. Instead of asking people, “how old are you?”, let’s start asking, “what’s your passion?” We are currently living in a culture that supports ageism. How do we support each other around this issue? We will explore how our limiting thoughts about aging can create isolation and how we can change the current paradigm of aging by focusing on our passions. Let’s blow the lid off ageism and start a passions movement!

Recorded Session Release: Monday, January 6, 2020

Live interaction with the MPL network: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00MT/11:00PT) 

*Heidi Wagner will not be present during the interactive session.

Heidi Wagner’s Background: For 15 years, Colorado-based photographer Heidi Wagner has used her camera to look closely at extraordinary people of all ages. Since 2011, Wagner has made The Passions Project the central focus of her creative work. Through The Passions Project, Wagner finds a platform to share the beauty and vitality she sees in people who are living life to the fullest and following their passion: “When you see someone doing what they love to do, you no longer see their age. You see their passion.”

Wagner captures images of older adults through striking photographs that portray the beauty of aging while redefining our ideas about what it means to age. Through photographing her subjects in the midst of actively living out their passions, Wagner shares a new and different perspective on aging. Instead of looking back at life as something that’s passed, she looks at life as an exciting time filled with vitality and wellness where each day has purpose and meaning.


MPL Network Partner Featured Practice.

Session Title: Let’s #EatTogether!

Recorded Session Release: Monday, January 27, 2020

Live interaction with the MPL network: Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (2:00ET/1:00CT/12:00MT/11:00PT)

Jaime Cherok and Kelly Michel of Friendship Village of South Hills share the “Let’s #EatTogether” initiative at Friendship Village, and how it’s fostering greater social connection at their community.


*Live question and answer and peer network/discussion will be offered only at the listed day and time (see specific details under each speaker’s listing).  Interactive sessions will utilize Zoom Communications video conferencing software.  Participating in a Zoom video conference does not require a software download.  Logging in at specified day and time will connect you with all attendees where a facilitator will give a brief welcome and instructions, then break the participants into smaller groups by random assignment.

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