BETHEL — “Joyful Living,” facing the challenges of aging and coming through with joy, will be presented from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the Bethel Congregational Church, 32 Church St.

It is sponsored by To Your Health of Western Mountains Senior College.

Living joyfully, music and laughter, and movement and dancing were rated very high on evaluations done at last year’s programs and the speakers for “Joyful Living” will address all these topics.

Speakers include Ellen Crocker, retired psychotherapist, Jewel Clark, professional musician, and Karen Swanson, yoga teacher. They will offer reflections on aging and how music and body movement can help people rise to the challenges.

Crocker held a private practice in psychotherapy for many years. She was also the counseling service for a college and did training for a Boston corporation. For the last 12 years before she retired, Crocker worked for Swift River Health Care in Rumford.

Clark was born and raised experiencing the “joy” music can bring both as a listener or creator. Her mother performed as Blue Eyed Celia, and her father was internationally known as Yodeling Slim.

Clark has continued the family tradition throughout her life, writing songs, performing music of various genres, and giving special attention to the art of yodeling, which she describes as “laughter to music.”

Clark will sing a song written by her mother titled, “Yodel Your Troubles Away.” She will also teach some basics of yodeling.

Swanson has been a yoga teacher for 18 years. In her presentation, she will explore waking “our whole selves UP,” through a variety of movement exercises and play, inspired by the sounds of the big band era, swing, jazz, and a little rock ‘n’ roll.

To Your Health is a community service of Western Mountains Senior College with the collaboration of Bethel Family Health Center and SAD 44 /Continuing Education.

Other programs are “End of Life Care: Having the Conversation” on Thursday, April 30, and “Aging in Place” on Thursday, May 21. Both are at the Bethel Congregational Church from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

The public is invited and admission is free. For more information, contact Rosabelle Tifft at 824-2053.


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