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OASIS 30th anniversary celebration is underway!

The year-long celebration of OASIS’ 30th anniversary has begun. OASIS centers are offering special “Founders Series” - programs that embrace the vision of founder Marylen Mann  – with stimulating, in-depth classes that provoke rich discussions. Here a sampling:

To learn more, pick up an OASIS Fall 2012 catalog at your location and look for classes marked with the “30 Ways” sign.


 Faces of OASIS

We continue to hear great stories from people who have found their OASIS.

  • Meet Karen Larkin, from Tucson, AZ – after retiring, Karen found OASIS as a way to not only develop new interests but make new friends.
  • Parks Smith, St. Louis, MO – stays active by leading a bicycling group, getting people together to ride, and "share what we are passionate about."

"Peer discussion groups keep people engaged with each other through discussion of meaningful topics," says Marietta Ross, group leader.
OASIS and AARP Foundation team to combat social isolation

One of the challenges of retirement and later life is a decline in social support as we begin to lose touch with co-workers, friends or family.


Through a grant from the AARP Foundation, OASIS will build upon an existing program to address this issue. Since 2006, OASIS has offered Peer Led Discussion Groups in St. Louis, MO. Trained peer leaders guide small group discussions on topics relevant to life transitions, as well as emotional, spiritual and physical health. Participants living in under-resourced communities can participate in discussions while building and strengthening social connections. The program received the 2006 RespectAbility Award as a Program of Excellence from the National Council on Aging.


The funding from the AARP Foundation will allow OASIS to introduce the program in San Diego, CA and continue research to help establish OASIS Peer Led Discussion Groups as an evidenced-based, sustainable program -- one that can be replicated in other OASIS cities. 



OASIS scores in the Chase Community Giving campaign

Thanks to the efforts of OASIS participants, volunteers, staff, friends and family who voted online, OASIS will receive a $10,000 grant from the Chase Community Giving campaign! These funds will be used to carry out the OASIS mission during the 30th anniversary year. What a great surprise anniversary gift!

Join TEDMED’s Great Challenges online conversation


Have an opinion or insight about a health issue? Here’s your opportunity to join a national conversation about any or all of 20 “great challenges”  of health and medicine … that is, persistent problems that have medical and non-medical causes, impact millions of lives, and affect the well-being of all of America.


TEDMED, a community of passionate, leading-edge thinkers from healthcare, business, government and more, is facilitating the Great Challenges dialog.


OASIS Board member Sharon Brangman, Professor of Medicine, Division Chief, Geriatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University is a team member of the Great Challenges program for TEDMED. Dr. Brangman is on the “Preparing for the Dementia Tsunami” team.


In order to comment on any of the Great Challenges, you’ll need to join the TEDMED community. Click on Join In in the upper righthand corner of any TEDMED page. Your comments contribute to a deeper understanding of these complex challenges, and help set the stage for truly effective action.


Generations United recognizes OASIS


Generations United (GU) is a national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs and public policies. Earlier this year, GU recognized OASIS’s CATCH Healthy Habits as a Program of Distinction within the intergenerational community.  OASIS will receive the award at GU’s 17th Intergenerational Conference in 2013, and will also be presenting at that conference.


For professionals: Generations United has issued a Call for Proposals for its 17th Intergenerational Conference, which will take place in Washington, DC in 2013. Share your innovative ideas and secrets for success with your colleagues. Deadline to submit: Dec. 1, 2012. Learn more at http://www.gu.org/resources/Conference.aspx.