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Vibrant Living Retreat 2019

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March 22- 24, 2019
Ojai Valley Inn

Space is limited and room reservations are based on availability.
Please kindly RSVP by February 1, 2019.
Call 213.740.6493 to secure your reservation.

Come hear the experts assembled by the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology discuss the newest developments in science, technology, nutrition, disease prevention and longevity to help us live longer, more fulfilled and healthier lives.

Retreat Rates
$3,295 double accommodation
$2,795 single accommodation
Register by December 17, 2018 to enjoy a savings of $100!

Special Thanks to the retreat planning committee for building a personalized retreat
to benefit the participants who attend.
Bonnie Cook, Heidi Cortese, Paul Irving, Merle Mullin, Mei-Lee Ney, Kathy Rose, John Seiter, Sharon Tedesco, Shari Thorell


Saturday Afternoon Longevity Activities

In conjunction with the Ojai Valley Inn and others, we have orchestrated afternoon activities on Saturday to complement the healthy aging knowledge we will gain at the retreat. Come relax, enjoy and savor a different side of healthy aging through yoga, and other activities provided to you by the USC Leonard Davis School.

Keynote Speakers

Fritz Coleman

Weathercaster, Comedian and Philanthropist

Defying Gravity: Fritz Coleman Speaks to a Generation

Fritz Coleman is an accomplished comedian, having done stand-up for decades at The Improv, the Ice House and other Southern California comedy clubs. Coleman has appeared for Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show” and on several Bob Hope specials. He received four Los Angeles area Emmy Awards for his work on the NBC4 comedy specials and series. Most recently, Fritz Coleman has been delighting audiences with his show DEFYING GRAVITY, a hilarious look at the comical calamities of aging. Come join us as Coleman reminds everyone, “Getting old isn’t pretty, but it sure is funny.” To learn more visit

Glorya Kaufman

Philanthropist, Visionary and Dance Enthusiast

The Art of Philanthropy: A Focused Q&A

Over the years, Glorya Kaufman has deepened her appreciation of the enormous potential of dance to heal the body, mind and human spirit. She recognizes the universal appeal of dance and its ability to bring people together. Join us as Glorya discusses her early influences and journey as a philanthropist and leader. Glorya will engage in a fireside chat with Mei-Lee Ney, President of Richard Ney & Associates, Asset Management, Inc. To learn more visit

Saturday Topic – Prevention

  • The Role of Sleep
    Jennifer Ailshire, PhD 
    – Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Sociology
  • The Role of Alcohol
    Eileen Crimmins, PhD – University Professor; AARP Professor of Gerontology  
    Caleb Finch, PhD
    – University Professor; ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Professor of the Neurobiology of Aging
  • The Role of Diet
    Pinchas Cohen, MD
    – Dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology; William and Sylvia Kugel Dean’s Chair in Gerontology; Executive Director of the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center; Professor of Gerontology, Medicine and Biological Sciences
  • The Role of Exercise
    Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD – Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic

Saturday Faculty Activity

  • Leah Buturain Schneider, PhDLecturer of Gerontology
    Hospitality of the Heart:  Greeting change with the Welcoming Prayer

    This elective offers retreatants the opportunity to practice presence by playing with a few brief breath-related mindfulness practices.  Mary Mrozowski, the sage woman who composed the Welcoming Prayer, desired to create a gracious practice for all committed to conscious awareness.  She incorporated the spirituality of the present moment with the wisdom of the 12-step programs.  The welcoming prayer offers a compass for navigating one’s attachments to security, approval and control, thereby allowing for less resistance and anxiety.  The pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus wrote “Change is the only constant in life.”  Welcoming change with loving release creates more internal space for showing up in the present moment with receptivity and gratitude.

Sunday Topic – Interventions & Treatments

  • Osteoporosis
    Andrew Hoffman, MD
     Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) at Stanford Medical Center
  • Stress Management
    Mara Mather, PhD 
    – Assistant Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs; Professor of Gerontology and Psychology
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Longevity Decline
    Christian Pike, PhD
    – Professor in Gerontology Division of Biogerontology
  • Diabetes and Obesity
    Kelvin Yen, PhD – Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology
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