Media Advisory: ‘Aging and the Arts’ Health and Humanities Series Starts Jan. 12

Jan 6, 2021
  • What: Aging and the Arts
  • When: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (MST), Jan. 12 – March 2
  • Where: Health Sciences Innovation Building, 1670 E. Drachman St., Tucson, and livestreamed online

The Feldenkrais Method, which uses movement to increase self-awareness and improve function, will be taught during the first session of the “Aging and the Arts” series. (Photo: University of Arizona Health Sciences/Noelle Haro-Gomez)WRITERS/EDITORS: Media are welcome to cover this series of events, and participants may be available for interviews; to make arrangements, please contact Julia White, UArizona Health Sciences assistant director of engagement and events, at jcwhite@arizona.edu.

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Health Sciences is offering a free, eight-part Health and Humanities series aimed at promoting better health and well-being for an aging population. “Aging and the Arts” will take place on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 12, at 10 a.m., and will be hosted and streamed live from The Forum at the Health Sciences Innovation Building in Tucson.

The first Aging and the Arts session will demonstrate awareness through movement with mental and physical exercises from the Feldenkrais Method, led by Andrew Belser, certified Feldenkrais instructor and director of the School of Theatre, Film and Television in the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts.   

Andrew Belser demonstrates movement techniques from the Feldenkrais Method in the Forum at the Health Sciences Innovation Building. (Photo: University of Arizona Health Sciences/Noelle Haro-Gomez)The “Aging and the Arts” series builds on the UArizona Health Sciences’ commitment to humanities-focused programming to inspire the next-generation of health care leaders, practitioners and researchers to be holistic problem solvers who are able to form meaningful connections with patients. That commitment extends to health and humanities offerings for the community that explore the connections between health care, science, art, literature, music, philosophy and other cultural aspects of human society.

“Our goal is to provide unique and accessible programming that enables the public to participate in health-related education and research in an interactive and engaging setting,” said Julia White, assistant director of engagement and events for the UArizona Health Sciences.

Schedule of sessions

  • Jan. 12:  Introduction to The Feldenkrais Method® 
  • Jan. 19: Brain and Body: Changing the Way you Move 
  • Jan. 26: Shifting Pain Through Movement  
  • Feb. 2: Your Movement Patterns Part I: Sitting  
  • Feb. 9: Posture and Balance  
  • Feb. 16: Mental Wellbeing: Habits of Mind 
  • Feb. 23: Your Movement Patterns Part II: Walking 
  • March 2: Expanding your Physical Vision and Creative Vision 

Anyone interested in attending a session in person should contact Julia White at jcwhite@arizona.edu. Parking passes will be provided. All attendees will be required to follow the university’s COVID-19 campus safety protocols for physical distancing and gathering in small groups, as well as the university’s Administrative Directive on the use of face coverings.

To register online for the livestream webinars, visit arizona.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CjuUCwpFQ0OxLVFM1nNb8A.

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NOTE: Photos available upon request.

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
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