Yoho Talk

Stay Curious and Keep Learning

Our Yoho Talk series offers free virtual presentations for seniors to gain valuable insight from professional speakers regarding various interests each month. Our main topics focus on health, fitness, lifestyle, aging, and much more to help you stay engaged and foster healthy relationships. We hope these resources are useful to enhance the next chapter of your life!

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The Value of Intergenerational Connectivity and Storytelling & Legacy that Transcends Generations

Speaker: Nathan Firer

Date: June 9, 2021 (Wed)

Nathan Firer is a former attorney turned TV/digital media producer who has been leading storytelling sessions at senior living communities for years.

Megilla is a web-based video-recording and virtual storytelling platform intentionally designed for older adults to easily and independently be able to create and share life stories, impart values, learn about each other, connect with family and community and record their legacy through short videos. One question at a time.

In this talk, Nathan will address:

  • The importance of storytelling

  • Why video is the paramount medium to record culture and stories

  • How technology can be internationally designed for older adults

Meeting the Challenges of Solo Aging

Speaker: Dr. Sara Zeff Geber

Date: May 12, 2021 (Wed)

Dr. Sara Zeff Geber, 2018 recipient of the “Influencers in Aging” designation by PBS’ Next Avenue, is an author, certified retirement coach, and professional speaker on retirement and aging. She has developed a niche specialty working with “Solo Agers,” people who have no children or who are aging alone. Dr. Geber is the author of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults (Mango Press, 2018) which was selected that year as a “best book on aging well” by the Wall Street Journal. With her speaking and writing, Sara has been raising awareness of Solo Agers for the past 10 years. She believes Solo Agers have unique needs in later life that warrant greater foresight and a more robust approach to planning.

In this talk, she will address:

  • Identifying the planning tasks that solo agers need to complete in order to be safe and secure in later life

  • Recognizing a variety of ways to be legally and financially prepared for older life

  • Deciding where and how to live in later life

  • Knowledge of where resources can be found for solo agers

Aging on the Go

Speaker: Dr. Deborah Bolding

Date: April 14, 2021 (Wed)

Dr. Deborah Bolding is an occupational therapist who has experience helping older adults learn how to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. She is an associate professor at San José State University (SJSU), works at the Farewell to Falls program (Stanford Health Care), and is a member of the San José Age-Friendly Cities Advisory Council and SJSU's Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations. She has given multiple presentations and has publications related to fall prevention, and transportation and travel for older adults.

In this talk, she will address:

  • What are the factors that limit our ability to participate fully in our desired activities?

  • Tips that help us stay engaged, active and safe at home and in our communities.

Dealing with Uncertainty in the Era of COVID-19

Speaker: Dr. Kate Sweeny

Date: Mar 10, 2021 (Wed)

Kate Sweeny is a Professor of Psychology and a Teresa & Byron Pollitt Endowed Term Chair at the University of California, Riverside. She received her PhD in social psychology at the University of Florida, where she initially developed her line of research on waiting and worry. She has now published nearly 100 papers on the psychology of uncertainty and related topics, and her work has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and NPR.

In this Talk, Dr. Kate Sweeny will talk about how to cope with uncertainty in the era of COVID-19. She will address:

  • Why uncertainty is stressful for most people?

  • How do people cope with uncertainty?

  • How should we cope with stressful uncertainty in a better way?

Smart Technology for Seniors

Speaker: Jack Lai

Date: Feb 10, 2021 (Wed)

Jack is the chief technology officer of Yohocare. He oversees and works on the technical side including application development, database and backend infrastructure. Prior to joining Yohocare, Jack developed search engines for publishing clients running with multiple search and broker servers. He has knowledge on how document indexing and classification work in a large and scalable environment. He received a Bachelor of Engineering, Computer Engineering, at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

The Talk will cover:

  • What are common problems faced by the elderly?

  • What is smart technology?

  • How smart devices can help seniors?

Improving Memory at any age

Speaker: Dr. Patti Simone

Date: Jan 13, 2021 (Wed)

Professor Simone is a trained experimental psychologist and has worked at Santa Clara University since 1993 where her role as a faculty member emphasizes teaching and scholarship. Her research on neurocognitive development over the lifespan examines environmental and other factors that influence attention and memory in children, undergraduate students, and healthy older adults. She has or 20 publications in this field, nearly half with SCU undergraduate student co-authors.

Dr. Simone will talk about:

  • What is normal (and not normal) age-related memory loss?

  • What factors contribute to memory loss?

  • What can you do to improve memory?

How to Practice Mindfulness Meditation

Speaker: Sunil Nethisinghe

Date: Dec 9, 2020 (Wed)

Sunil Nethisinghe, an experienced meditator, has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 30 years. He is excited to share his knowledge and experience with others. Sunil will explain the basics of Mindfulness Meditation, the importance of meditating, and will lead hands-on interactive exercises. For individuals who wish to continue practicing on their own, this talk will cover the do’s and don'ts of meditation.

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