UC Retiree Learning Series

The UCRLS programs continue virtually online!

As we shelter in place we are pleased to be able to continue the UC Retiree Learning Series virtually via Zoom through the generous support of Belmont Village Albany and St. Paul’s Towers. When it is safe once again to meet in person, we look forward to providing the UCRLS as an off-campus learning program with the chance for retirees to explore Bay Area retirement communities.  

Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10:00 - 11:00 am PST
Louise Aronson, MD, MFA
Hosted by Belmont Village


For decades, “old” has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet, at the very moment humans are living longer than ever before, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied. This presentation challenges not only the way we look at aging but also the way we think and feel about medicine and what it means to be a human being across the lifespan.

Louise Aronson, MD MFA, is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at UCSF and the author of the New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School,Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. At UCSF, Louise has served as director of the Pathways to Discovery program, the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center, the Optimizing Aging Project, and as Chief of Geriatrics Education. Her writing credits include the New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post, Discover, Vox, JAMA, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine, and she has been featured on TODAY, CBS This Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, Politico, Kaiser Health News, Tech Nation and the New Yorker. Currently, Dr. Aronson divides her time among patient care, community-based aging innovations, teaching, health advocacy in the media, and writing.

Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression

January 27, 2021 10:00 am PST
Stuart Eisendrath, MD; Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Emeritus at UCSF and Author
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Hosted by Belmont Village


Over 50,000,000 Americans take psychotropic medications that are mostly antidepressants.
Only half achieve lasting results. Dr. Stuart Eisendrath will teach us about mindfulness-based cognitive therapy to treat depression and anxiety and help people change their relationship with their thoughts and feelings. This webinar is brought to you in partnership with the University of California Berkeley Retirement Center.

Dr. Stuart Eisendrath is a psychiatrist who cares for patients with depressive disorders and leads groups in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to treat depression and anxiety. Dr. Eisendrath has authored many books on psychiatric disorders and using mindfulness to heal depression. He is the author of “When Antidepressants Aren’t Enough: Harnessing the Power of Mindfulness to Alleviate Depression.” He is also a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and founding director of the UCSF Depression Center.

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The Origin of Fake News, Tom Leonard, UCRLS, Sep 2020

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Making Smart Financial Decisions after You Retire, Terrance Odean, UCRLS May 2020

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A Star is Born (Planets, too)! Gibor Basri, UCRLS, Oct 2020

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Water Issues Facing No. Cal, Vincent Resh, UCRLS Sept. 2020

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Crossing the Empathy Wall in Divided Times, Arlie Hoschschild, UCRLS February 2020

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