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 1 Speaker Lineup:

The Dr. Robert Kahn Lyceum Keynote Speaker

Dr. Roger Landry

Author of Live Long, Die Short a Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging and President of Masterpiece Living

Session Title: Seeking Warm Soil – Why Where You Live Matters

Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 with a live Question & Answer webinar at 2:00 ET/1:00 CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT (AZ time). Video release date: May 27, 2019


Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging (as well the Official Summary of Live Long, Die Short), Where You Live Matters: The Role of Culture in Our Aging Journey, contributing author to 80 Things to Do When You Turn 80, and president of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner with communities to assist them in becoming destinations for continued growth. Trained at Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University School of Public Health, Dr. Landry specializes in building environments that empower older adults to maximize their unique potential.

He has been featured nationally and internationally on radio and TV with NBC, FOX News, ABC and CBS as well as BBC, Growing Bolder and 2GB radio (Australia). Dr. Landry has also written exclusive articles and been called on as an expert in the field of aging, by publications such as US News and World Report, Huffington Post US/Canada, –Assisted Living, Expert Beacon and eHow and made regular appearances on MBLN. Dr. Landry was also featured in GRAND Magazine, Senior Planet, Journal of Aging and Health, Denver Post and ThirdAge. His book, Live Long, Die Short has been endorsed by AARP and was a 2014 top pick of MORE magazine.

Dr. Landry was a flight surgeon in the Air Force for more than 22 years, keeping pilots and other aircrew healthy and performing at their best. One of his charges was world famous test pilot, Chuck Yeager. Dr. Landry retired as a highly decorated full colonel and chief flight surgeon at the Air Force Surgeon General’s Office in Washington, DC after duty on five continents and being medically involved in a number of significant world events including: Vietnam, the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster, the Beirut bombing of the Marine Barracks, the first seven Shuttle launches and the first manned balloon crossing of the Pacific. For well over a decade, Dr. Landry has focused his efforts on older adults as a lecturer, researcher, consultant and author.

Learn more about Dr. Roger Landry and his work


Breakout Session Speakers

Fred Bartlit

Author of Choosing the StrongPath: Reversing the Downward Spiral of Aging

Session Title: Redefining Aging – Choosing the StrongPath

Live virtual interaction with MPL network via video conferencing on August 20th, 2019 at 2:00 ET/1:00 CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT (AZ time). Video release date: August 12, 2019

Fred is a West Point graduate, was a U.S Army troop commander, and a U.S. Army Ranger.  He was first in his class in law school and has the top academic record in the 120-year history of the University of Illinois College of Law.  In addition, Fred has been considered one of the best trial lawyers in the United States and is the only trial lawyer to be selected by two U.S. Presidents of different parties to represent them in their most important courtroom matters.

Aside from Fred’s impressive career achievements in the Army and as a lawyer, he has a new passion: spreading the message that people can live a much longer, happier, healthier, more fulfilling life if they commit themselves to combat the effects of aging by strength training.  Fred is the co-author of Choosing the StrongPath: Reversing the Downward Spiral of Aging which outlines the impact strength training has on health and well-being, and is dedicated to giving everyone the tools they need to be strong, vibrant and independent.

Learn more about Fred Bartlit and his work


Penny Cook

President/CEO of Pioneer Network

Session Title: Culture Change – How can you shape the culture around you?

Live virtual interaction with MPL network via video conferencing on August 21st, 2019 at 2:00 ET/1:00 CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT (AZ time). Video release date: August 12, 2019

Penny’s commitment to changing the culture of aging and long-term care began early in her professional career as a social worker in Rochester, New York and continued as she moved to Colorado. She strongly believes that the care we provide to elders is directly related to the way we, as a society, view aging.  She is passionate about spreading the message that we are in the midst of a revolution about how we age and where we do it. Penny comments that, “no matter whether people live, in nursing homes, assisted living communities or in their family home, we all deserve and should expect respectful and dignified care and support that is centered, directed and tailored to us as individuals.”

Penny previously served as the Manager of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in the Denver metropolitan region and as the Executive Director of the Colorado Culture Change Coalition. While there, she expanded the Coalition’s reach to look beyond nursing homes and brought the message of culture change to assisted living communities and home care organizations. Most recently, Penny was the Director of Long Term Services and Supports for Colorado Access where she managed a state Medicaid contract to connect individuals to long-term services and supports. Penny received her Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Albany and her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Binghamton University. 

Learn more about Penny Cook and the Pioneer Network


Sky Bergman

Photographer and filmmaker.  Director of the documentary film Lives Well Lived.

Session Title: Roadmap to Purpose – Three Common Threads of Lives Well Lived

Live virtual interaction with MPL network via video conferencing on August 22nd, 2019 at 2:00 ET/1:00 CT/12:00 MT/11:00 PT (AZ time). Video release date: August 12, 2019

Sky Bergman is an accomplished, award-winning photographer. Lives Well Lived is Sky’s directorial debut.  Sky is currently a Professor of Photography and Video at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.  Her feature documentary, Lives Well Lived, celebrates the incredible wit and wisdom of adults 75 to 100 years old who are living their lives to the fullest. Encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.

“In our society, older adults are often overlooked. I want to bring that generation to the forefront. Our greatest role models are those living full and meaningful lives in their later years. Although they may have seen the worst of humanity, their outlook is still optimistic. Their stories are about perseverance, the human spirit, and staying positive in the midst of the great challenges.”  -Sky Bergman

Learn more about Sky Bergman and Lives Well Lived


MPL Network Partner Session:

Mindful Meditation: A High Value Practice

Bodily pain, anxiety and depression are issues residents often deal with, especially in the higher levels of living in a senior living community.  During her session, Victoria Kates from Ware Presbyterian Village in Oxford, PA discusses how she created, pilot tested and refined a mindful meditation course designed to teach individuals how to harness the power of one’s own mind to reduce the effects of common issues. In addition to the individual benefits, Victoria will also share some of the measurable outcomes realized by the community.

Video release date: August 12, 2019

Learn more about Ware Presbyterian Village


*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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