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Do you live the “Oasis lifestyle?”

In case you don’t know, the Oasis mission is this: Oasis is a pioneer of the three-pronged approach to successful aging – lifelong learning, active lifestyles and community involvement.
 
As a volunteer coordinator, I work closely with Oasis volunteers and realized recently that many of them are living, what my colleague refers to as the "Oasis lifestyle.” So what exactly does that mean?
Tuesday, July 02, 2013/Shelby Schroeder| Profile/Number of views (6183)/Comments (0)/
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The case for lifelong learning

... as if there needs to be one

Lifelong learning has been a regular part of my vocabulary for a long time. In reality, it starts from the time we enter the world, evolving as we grow. From learning how to feed ourselves, to how to read, to how to drive ... well, you get the picture. What are you doing to learn now?
Friday, April 18, 2014/Mary Wilson| Profile/Number of views (13750)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Lifelong learning

Discovering the desire to learn something new

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... Tom had discovered the ukulele tucked away on a shelf in the corner of the musty barn and in that serendipitous moment had discovered within him a desire to make music.
 
Learning to play a musical instrument not only inspires your creative soul but also is an entertaining way to unwind after a hectic day. What instrument should you play?
Monday, May 05, 2014/Guest Author| Profile/Number of views (13180)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Lifelong learning

Have you planted your tomatoes yet?

Mother’s Day weekend is the perfect time

I’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day in my own special way this coming weekend, when I plant tomatoes. When I read Jamsey Thomas’ blog about hobbies a few weeks ago, I wasn’t surprised to see gardening near the top of the list for people age 50-plus. I’m 50-plus, and I love gardening, especially vegetable gardening. But then, tomatoes and I go way back. I like to say that tomatoes put me through college.
Wednesday, May 07, 2014/Pat Gilbert| Profile/Number of views (13488)/Comments (0)/

Social groups help in combatting social isolation

A Women’s Roundtable helped Liz find a reason to get out of bed

Not long ago, one of our regular class participants, Liz Lippa came to Oasis after a rough weekend. Her son had a major heart attack and her cousin passed away. She was feeling low. “I just wanted to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head,” she said, but then she realized that what she really needed to do was to get out and talk. She got out of bed and headed to her St. Louis Oasis Women’s Roundtable group.
Friday, May 16, 2014/Guest Author| Profile/Number of views (8028)/Comments (0)/
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Dancing ... yep, it is exercise

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A look of horror crossed his face as he uttered the words, “Ballroom dancing? Are you serious?” I needed a partner for my dance class and suggested to my husband Tom, that we take the class together. After the momentary shock, he declared himself ready for the challenge.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014/Cindy Sue Blair| Profile/Number of views (7747)/Comments (0)/
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Want to improve your brain health and memory? Try juggling!

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Woman JugglingJuggling is not just entertaining, its exercise for the brain and body. Researchers have found links between learning to juggle and an increase in the grey matter in the brain. Twenty percent of the oxygen taken in by the body goes to the brain and 95% of that oxygen goes into grey matter.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014/Cindy Sue Blair| Profile/Number of views (12840)/Comments (0)/
Life can be a dance - but what if I don't know the steps?

Life can be a dance - but what if I don't know the steps?

Learning to dance at 40.

Learning something new is tricky, especially if you have an audience. Sometimes, the only way to know if you can dance is to get out there on that stage.
Tuesday, September 09, 2014/Niki Newcomb| Profile/Number of views (8717)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Lifelong learning
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Bread baked the old-fashioned way is worth the wait

Bread baked the old-fashioned way is worth the wait

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Who doesn't like fresh baked bread? Whether baked from scratch or crafted with a little help from the store, nothing brings people around the kitchen better than a loaf of hot bread.
Monday, September 22, 2014/Cindy Sue Blair| Profile/Number of views (8430)/Comments (0)/
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Taking a step back in time is a great reason and way to learn technology

Taking a step back in time is a great reason and way to learn technology

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Looking into your ancestry is even more fun and effective with technology.
Friday, October 03, 2014/Cindy Sue Blair| Profile/Number of views (7920)/Comments (0)/
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Healthy eating is actually a great deal

Healthy eating is actually a great deal

It's possible to eat healthy foods without breaking the bank

Many people think that eating healthy is just too expensive, but with a little planning, it's possible.
Friday, October 10, 2014/Shelby Schroeder| Profile/Number of views (17299)/Comments (0)/
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Being SMART about fitness plan makes success attainable

Being SMART about fitness plan makes success attainable

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When starting a new exercise routine, it's a good idea to take a serious look at your goals and your definition of success.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014/Cindy Sue Blair| Profile/Number of views (9865)/Comments (0)/
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Grandma was a "model" citizen

Grandma was a "model" citizen

Not everyone can say they have a lingerie model for a grandmother

A look into the past reveals secrets worth exploring.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014/Anne Heinrich| Profile/Number of views (8926)/Comments (0)/
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About those labels

About those labels

When purchasing groceries, be sure to check the fine print.

Those nutrition labels might be hard to read, but it's worth learning how to decipher what they mean.
Monday, October 20, 2014/Peter| Profile/Number of views (11871)/Comments (0)/
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For some, our best happens after 50!

For some, our best happens after 50!

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Poet Max Ehrmann's most successful works were written after he was retired.
Monday, October 20, 2014/Cindy Sue Blair| Profile/Number of views (7870)/Comments (0)/
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