Enlightened Aging Academy

Learn from experts on how to age well with resilience and foresight.

Join Sacramento Public Library and Friends of Sacramento Public Library for the Enlightened Aging Academy in partnership with Renaissance Society of Sacramento.

During this 7-part series of virtual workshops on Zoom, we'll dive into topics such as:

  • Health, wellness and safety
  • Money, work and retirement 
  • Caregiving, death and leaving a legacy


Enlightened Aging Academy
This series is produced by Renee Balcom and Dustin MacFarlane and engineered by Preemo Media Studios​.

Healthcare Advocacy & Insurance
September 10 | noon - 1:30 p.m. - Registration coming soon

  • 5 Things to Know about Healthcare Advocacy - Professional healthcare advocate Renee Balcom will share tools to maneuver through the health care system
  • Health Care Insurance: What Now? - Helen Ornellas, insurance specialist and president of the Northern CA Underwriters Association will provide updates on the future of healthcare insurance

What you need to know about elder law and fiduciaries
September 17 | noon - 1:30 p.m. - Registration coming soon

  • Elder Law – Do I Need a Lawyer and Why - Senior Citizen Attorney Dustin MacFarlane will share the do’s and don’ts of hiring an attorney. You will leave this class understanding your next steps in securing your best interests...legally
  • What in the World is a Fiduciary? - Deryk Walcott is a founding member and partner at Bohamera, Walcott & Hartin, LLC. As the Principal Licensed Professional Fiduciary at BWH, Deryk's specialties include California Probate Law, Trust and Estate administration, assisting in elder abuse litigation, and working with public benefits for special need clients

Do Not Resuscitate
September 24 | noon - 1:30 pm - Registration coming soon

  • Do Not Resuscitate – What does this Mean? Mike Ryder, CA-licensed emergency medical technician from Alpha One Ambulance Medical Services will share insight into the emergency response perspective of Do Not Resuscitate. It may be different than you think
  • DNR and My Doctor - Donna Bishop, MSN, Hospice Coordinator at Sutter Hospital will discuss how a DNR informs your care in the hospital

In-home Care vs. Skilled Nursing Care vs. Home Health Care
October 1 | noon - 1:30 pm - Registration coming soon

  • In Home Care - Learn what to expect from In-Home Care from April Carni, community relations manager of Apex Care
  • Skilled Care - Debi Morales, director of admissions & business development of Asbury Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, will explain Skilled Care and why you might need it
  • Home Health Care - Joe Sharpe, chief operating officer of Rx HealthCare Services, will share the basics and benefits of Home Health Care

Dementia: Open Your Mind To it
October 8 | noon - 1:30 p.m. - Registration coming soon

  • Becoming Dementia Aware - Laura Wayman, author and proclaimed Dementia Whisperer, explore the many facets of Dementia and how we can respond better as a family and a community
  • Dementia Open Your Mind to It - The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will educate us about the various types of Dementia, how to spot early symptoms and how to navigate care for those with advanced stages of the disease

Dying to Know: Making Your Wishes Known
October 15 | noon - 1:30 p.m. - Registration coming soon

  • Dying to Know - Author, Death Doula and Founder of  Compassionate Crossings Myra Bennet will take attendees on a journey to learn the gift of comforting and caring for ourselves and our family in the most difficult of times - dying
  • Making Your Wishes Known - Life Tribute Celebrant Tayce Vogel will share some of the choices available to craft our own unique and personal death experience

Building a Lasting Legacy
October 22 | noon - 1:30 p.m. - Registration coming soon

  • Aspects of Your Legacy - Sacramento Public Library Director and CEO Rivkah Sass will discuss the many components that constitute our legacies
  • Constructing Your Financial Estate Plan - Anne Rosenthal, shareholder at Drobny Law Offices, Inc., will offer current information on how to preserve your financial estate and leave your legacy through a well-constructed estate plan. She will address common myths and misconceptions and answer some of our most common questions