Boomers and Beyond Academy-Part 2

Saturday, Sep 26, 2020
From 9am to 11:30am Eastern Time

Virtual Event

Contact: AARP Virginia

Event is closed or full.

Join AARP Virginia and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason) for the Boomers and Beyond Academy 

Day 2: Saturday, September 26
9:00 - 11:30 a.m.

How to Reinvent Yourself to Flourish in New Life Chapters: Mindful Tools to Connect with Purpose, Build Resilience, and Live with Intention
Martha Brettschneider, Founder of Damselwings, LLC, Author of Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me That Calm Is the New Happy, and Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher

In this presentation, you will receive:

  • Mindfulness strategies to help you clarify your passions and purpose.
  • Practical tools to weave intention into your short- and long-term planning.
  • Tips on how to prioritize high value actions that move you toward your goals.

Martha is a Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Certified Teacher, author, blogger, speaker, and award-winning nature photographer. Under the umbrella of her company Damselwings, LLC, her offerings help busy people cultivate daily mindfulness practices to flourish in all aspects of their lives. Formerly an international economist (U.S. Treasury and International Monetary Fund), Martha stumbled upon mindfulness teachings while recovering from breast cancer in 2009. She chronicles her journey in Blooming into Mindfulness: How the Universe Used a Garden, Cancer, and Carpools to Teach Me That Calm Is the New Happy. Martha and her husband live in Vienna, VA, where they raised two sons and a myriad of four-legged (and winged) family members. Learn more about Martha’s work at

Volunteering: Good for Your Community and for Your Health
Steve Mutty, CEO, Volunteer Fairfax and Nadia Hoonan, CVA, Partnership Manager, Volunteer Solutions

As seniors increasingly focus on emotional and physical wellness, volunteering has become a key ingredient in leading a purposeful and fulfilling life. Volunteering serves individuals, families and communities in need, but it should also provide you – the volunteer - with enjoyment and life enrichment. The mental and physical benefits of senior volunteering are well documented, and will be covered in this talk, as well as tips for researching, selecting and participating in safe, rewarding volunteer activities in the COVID-19 world and beyond.

Born in 1955, and a lifelong volunteer, Steve Mutty joined Volunteer Fairfax in 2018, bringing over thirty years of corporate and non-profit experience in Northern Virginia to his role of leading the region’s largest non-government volunteer organization. During his career in the commercial real estate business, Steve served as Fundraising Chair for the DC Building Industry annual Community Improvement Day, which focused on community playgrounds and recreation centers in underserved neighborhoods in Washington DC. Steve has served on the boards of several public-private partnerships promoting business growth and addressing transportation issues in the region. He has also served on the planning committees for major regional charitable events of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Best Buddies. He established the Virginia State office of Best Buddies International (now Best Buddies Capital Region), serving young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and he served as Chairman of the Board of Best Buddies Virginia for six years.  Steve is passionate about strengthening communities, advocacy for, and empowerment of disadvantaged and marginalized populations and dog rescue programs. He is the proud grandad of three rescue dogs.

Nadia Hoonan is the Partnership Manager for Fairfax County’s Area Agency on Aging Volunteer Solutions. Nadia works to connect volunteers with meaningful opportunities to improve the lives of older adults and adults with disabilities. She has worked as volunteer coordinator for several years in which her experience has led her to recruit, vet, and place volunteers for a variety of programs. Nadia holds her Certification in Volunteer Administration and serves on the board for the Northern Virginia Association for Volunteer Administrators. 

This event is FREE to participate but pre-registration is REQUIRED in order to gain access to the event. Please do NOT opt out of CVENT emails, as you will be emailed a link to join the webinar via Zoom on the day of the event.

Please note that AARP will email you the link to the OLLI Mason Zoom platform on which the event will be hosted. Any information you share on that online platform will be governed by the privacy policy of OLLI Mason.