Staying Sharp: Practicing the Keys

The Journey Forward


Learn how to keep your mind curious, flexible, and optimistic

As we pass through our 40s, 50s, and 60s, we hear more and more stories of cognitive decline, dwindling brain cells, and rusty connections. We begin to feel that for the rest of our lives, we will only slow down. Is this change inevitable?

The reality is that yes, there is change. But the changes can be rich, wonderful, varied, and full of life. Current science and studies across the fields of neuroscience, medical research, nutrition, health, and wellness programs are demonstrating that our fear of decline can be exaggerated.

Integrating ageless wisdom with modern neuroscience, the new book Staying Sharp shows how you can put these findings into practice. Book authors Henry Emmons and David Alter were the featured speakers at SHIFT’s December Forum, one of our most popular events of 2015. Now SHIFT has created an opportunity for you to follow up. Join us to explore the book as a group, as Staying Sharp teaches you how to preserve the youthful vigor of your brain to support resilience, vibrancy, and connectedness. Let’s begin the journey together in this new year!

SHIFT facilitators Kirin Loomis and Catherine Mullinax-Jones will lead five sessions that will cover:

  • Session 1 Movement, Rest
  • Session 2 Nourishment, Curiosity, Flexibility
  • Session 3 Optimism, Empathy
  • Session 4 Social Connection, Authenticity
  • Session 5 Past, Future, Present

Where: Danish American Center, Minneapolis (South Porch)
3030 W River Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Cost: Members $125, Non-members $150


Check back soon for upcoming sessions! 


Course Materials:  It is a prerequisite for the class that attendees have a copy of the Staying Sharp book.  Amazon.    Barnes & Noble.

We require a minimum of three for each class and will include a maximum of ten. You will be notified of any cancellations.


Your Facilitators

Facilitator: Kirin Loomis, M.A.T., Certified Counselor, Core Belief Restructuring Counselor
WHAT I DO: I help people to see themselves clearly ― and, with the client, to design innovative supports to encourage them as they create the life they have dreamed of.”
With many years experience counseling and teaching, Kirin listens deeply and honors the choices of the individual.

Facilitator: Catherine Mullinax-Jones, MArch, Certified Life Coach
WHAT I DO: I coach individuals through feedback, observations and coalescing ideas brought forward by my clients, helping them to find their own answers by asking the right questions.
I help people explore other perspectives, identify solutions and navigate life transitions.

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