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12.01.17 | GUSTO! Events | by Kay Champagne

    2017-2018 Gusto! Brochure

    Monday, January 22, 2018, 10 a.m.

    Movie Screening of “Philomena”

     “Philomena” is a moving and thought-provoking movie about the practice of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the mid-1900s of forcing unwed mothers in their care to give up their children for adoption. The 2013 film, which stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, was nominated for four Academy Awards and four British Academy Film Awards. GUSTO! will screen Philomena at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 22.

    The film is based on the true story of Philomena Lee, an unwed mother who was forced to work in a convent laundry after giving birth to her son. The nuns removed the toddler for adoption without giving Philomena a chance to say goodbye. Fifty years later, Philomena returns to the convent in an effort to track down her lost child and is told that all records had been burned.

    Her search, aided by a London-based journalist, leads her to the United States and then back to the convent. She learns that the son had gone there years before in search of his mother and was told that she had abandoned him. The heart-rending story ends on a note of forgiveness that is a lesson to all.

    The event is free to the public and will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Everyone is welcome!

    Monday, February 12, 2018, 10 a.m.

    The Aging Brain: Cognitive Health for Life
    Chris Foster, Ph.D., Center for Vital Longevity, UT–Dallas

    The Center for Vital Longevity is a UT–Dallas research center founded in 2010. The Center houses a large group of scientists studying how aging affects the brain and mind and ways to maintain cognitive health for life. Researchers are also working to develop methods for early detection of age-related neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease.

    One of the Center’s researchers, Dr. Chris Foster, will join GUSTO! at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 12. Dr. Foster will discuss changes in cognition that are normal aspects of the aging process and those that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The demarcation between these two states is often unclear, and much research aims at clarifying the difference between healthy and unhealthy aging.

    We have a higher proportion of older adults than ever before, so the center’s research holds particular importance to our society. Dr. Foster’s presentation will help delineate the difference between normal, healthy aging and the cognitive changes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

    Dr. Foster received his bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Dallas in 2016 to become a postdoctoral scientist in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging lab at the Center for Vital Longevity. 

    “The Aging Brain: Cognitive Health for Life” is free to the public and will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Coffee is served at 9:45 a.m., the program is at 10, and a Q&A and reception follow. Friends are always welcome.

    Monday, February 26, 2018, 10 a.m.

    Tai Chi for Life: Strength, Health, Balance
    Susan Thompson, OTR and Certified Tai Chi for Health Instructor

    Tai Chi is an ancient martial art from China. It is a gentle exercise that creates strength, balance and improved health through smooth, flowing movements. It can be practiced by young and old of any ability. It is enjoyable, and anyone can do it.

    So says Susan Thompson, an occupational therapist and certified Tai Chi instructor. Thompson will conduct an interactive workshop on this form of exercise at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 26. All attendees will have an opportunity to try out the various exercises and see if Tai Chi is right for them.

    Medical research has exploded over the past several years about the healing properties of Tai Chi. It is said to improve balance and leg strength, relieve pain (especially arthritic pain), reduce stress, improve the immune system, reduce inflammation—the list goes on and on. The practice is often referred to “meditation in movement.”

    Thompson has studied directly with Dr. Paul Lam, a recognized leader in Tai Chi for Health Institute. She owns and operates Flowing Mobility Tai Chi. She holds community classes throughout the Metroplex and in her Flower Mound studio. Additionally, she teaches physical and occupational therapists how to use Tai Chi to help their patients.

    More information is at

    “Tai Chi for Life” is free to the public and will be held at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 6411 LBJ Freeway, Dallas. Wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to participate. Everyone is welcome!

    2017-2018 Gusto! Brochure