Optimal Aging: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Website

Right Care - Understanding The Evidence for What Works in Medicine

May 17, 2017

Getting Clarity on What is Right for You [pdf]


May 15, 2017

The Medical-Industrial Complex [pdf]



May 15, 2017

Symptom Treatment versus Prevention [pdf]


May 8, 2017

Making Sure You Get the Right Care at the Right Time that is Right for You [pdf]


March 20, 2017

Informed Consent, Goals, and Targets [pdf]


April 4, 2017

You Should Do This. No, Wait! You Shouldn't Do This. (Less is More) [pdf]



There's Only One Thing in Life You Can't Avoid-And It's Not Taxes

We are all born to die, yet our culture seems to do everything it can to avoid thinking about, talking about, or doing something about making death a meaningful experience. We have medicalized death and as a result we fear it and avoid it. This course will discuss all aspects of death and dying -- advance care planning, making value-driven decisions about care, talking with children, voluntary cessation of eating and drinking, and aging with dignity (physician-assisted suicide).

September 28, 2015

Understanding Dying in America [pdf]


October 5, 2015

Advance Care Planning [pdf]


October 12, 2015

Withholding & Withdrawing Life Sustaining Treatment: A Lifespan Approach [pdf]


October 19, 2015

Palliative Care & Hospice [pdf]

October 26, 2015

Physician Assisted Death and Voluntary Active Euthanasia [pdf]


November 1, 2015

Dementia [pdf]


Suggestions from Class [pdf]

October 1, 2014

Introduction: New Concepts in Medical Care [ppt]


October 8, 2014

Prevention [ppt]


Choosing Wisely [ppt]


October 15, 2014

Making Wise Choices [ppt]


Big Pharma and Evidence-Based Medicine: An Oxymoron? [ppt]


October 22, 2014

Complementary and Integrative Medicine [ppt]


Treatment of Common Conditions [ppt]



October 29, 2014

New Models of Care [ppt]


Stress [ppt]



November 5, 2014

Becoming an Activated Patient - Part 1 [ppt]


Becoming an Activated Patient - Part 2 [ppt]

This course will present the evidence of the ways we can age “optimally.” Optimal aging is defined as “the capacity to function across many domains—physical, functional, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual – to one’s satisfaction and in spite of one’s medical conditions.” The many changes of life itself, and the frequently accompanying vicissitudes of illness, functional loss, changes in the family, economic struggles, and other stressors, offer opportunities to adjust and adapt. Optimal aging accounts for the tremendous individual variability and capacities.


Session One: Introduction to Optimal Aging [pdf]


Session Two: Optimal Nutrition

 Nutrition and Aging [pdf]

 Overdiagnosed [pdf]

 Session Three: Optimal Physical Function [pdf]

Session Four: Optimal Psychological and Social Health [pdf]

Session Five: Optimal Cognitive Health [pdf]

Session Six: Optimal Transitions- End-of-Life Choices [pdf]