Pathways Series - April 2023
April 4, 2023
9 a.m. EST
Stay connected to Purpose and Achieve your Goals
Stillness as Core Care
Following a short welcome by Rahzeb Choudhury of Lifelong Inspiration, each session starts with a 15-minute Stillness block, where Professor Emeritus, Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon, shares insight on the use of stillness as a tool for our core care. Gary guides us through simple relax-into-stillness movements that everyone can practice, and that you are encouraged to incorporate into your daily life— no matter how demanding your schedule.
The movements are gentle and involve simple breathing techniques that simultaneously help you to become more aware of how to stay relaxed under prolonged pressure, while also helping to calm your nervous system.
Each Stillness session includes a simple movement that you are invited to practice regularly before the next session, to cultivate your ability for stillness, and add to your repertoire of movements. The result is that — with continued practice that only asks for a few minutes of your time each day— your resilience is improved and your spirits are lifted.
Each month we introduce new techniques, often with internationally invited guest speakers, which can be used by you as standalone tools after the session and serve as inspiration to start learning more about a particular skill.
Over the past few months, we've been providing tools and resources for our Pathways participants to relax into stillness and more effectively reflect on their personal journey through covid and as we move back into the busy world we're finding ourselves in. As we continue to feel more pressure to perform and deliver in our respective roles and within our communities, it's more important than ever to take those coveted moments of stillness.
Join Ashley King through an interactive session where she will help you recognize your and your teams' stress tolerance and how you can lean into self-regulation practices that are focused on improving your mood and participating in activities that 'fill up your cup'. As professionals, we often don't spend enough time participating in the aspects of our life that bring us joy, especially when we're at work. Through this session, you will be able to better identify how to more effectively self-regulate your energy by participating in 'cup-filling' activities more frequently.
09:00 - 09:30 am EST, Tuesday, April 4
The Pathways Series is organised by Lifelong Inspiration (the Netherlands) and Person Centred Universe (Canada).
Lifelong Inspiration promotes and develops ideas, services and tools to advance a person-centred agenda. In eldercare, their most well-known project is True Doors®, decals that transform facilities into homes, which are now found in sixteen countries.
Lifelong Inspiration is supporting us with our ongoing business evolution. We are also partnering with them to develop a number of new programs, such as the One-Page Profile Masterclasses.
Gerontologist and Tai Chi teacher @garyirwinkenyon
Dr. Irwin-Kenyon was born in Montreal, Quebec, and completed his early studies at Concordia University. He did his doctoral work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and then became a postdoctoral Fellow at the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Southern California. He was also a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Linkoping, Sweden, and is a frequent visiting scholar in Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Dr. Gary Irwin-Kenyon is founding Chair and Professor at the Gerontology Department, St. Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.
He is a Fellow of the Andrew Norman Institute for Advanced Studies in Gerontology and Geriatrics, University of Southern California. Gary is listed in Who’s Who in Canada (Grey House Publishing) and the United States (Marquis Biographies Online).
He has authored, co-authored or co-edited six books, including Narrative Gerontology, Storying Later Life, Restorying Your Life, Ordinary Wisdom, and Pathways to Stillness.
Gary is a teacher and practitioner of Tai Chi with more than thirty years of experience. He designed a program, Tai Chi as Narrative Care, which he has been teaching for the past ten years to special groups, including residents in long-term care. He conducts workshops and seminars in Canada, The United States, Europe, and Asia. Gary is also an apprentice barista. He resides in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada with his wife Liz, where they operate Seahaven, an organic B&B.
Co-founder @Person Centred Universe
Ashley first became interested in the field of aging when she was providing care to her grandmother at home.
She has fifteen years of experience in community and long-term care. Alongside Person Centred Universe, Ashley is the Executive Director of Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial Home in New Brunswick.
Ashley has developed numerous training programs including the use of individualized music therapy, therapeutic activity, and Snoezelen Rooms, among others.
Ashley holds a BA in Gerontology, is a certified educator for the Dementia Understanding the Journey Course, holds a certificate from the NCCDP as a Certified Dementia Practitioner and is certified for Dementia Care Mapping from the trailblazing Bradford University in the UK.
She has previously been a board member of the provincial chapter and national federation of the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada.
Founder @Lifelong Inspiration
Rahzeb is the founder of Lifelong Inspiration. Lifelong Inspiration promotes and develops ideas, services and tools to advance a person-centred agenda. In long-term care, Lifelong Inspiration is most well known for True Doors®, decals help that improve the lives of people with dementia. True Doors began as a social art and life story project and is now a respected brand adopted from Tasmania to Vancouver.
Rahzeb has been a London city banker, market analyst, and language technology entrepreneur. He and his family are based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.