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Aging is an Adventure – let’s explore it together from a different perspective!  Christian Itin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Social Work at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a practitioner of Adventure Therapy will take us on an exploration into the unknown territory of our minds interacting with nature. We will get insights on existing programs, and how to structure our own outdoor adventures to get emotional, spiritual and mental benefits along with those physical highs.

Existing research in adventure therapy reports positive outcomes for improving an individual’s physical, social, spiritual, and psychological wellbeing through the healing power of the wilderness with evidence-based, experiential therapy, recreational activities, and wilderness. Spending time in nature through outdoor therapy can improve mental health in a number of ways. For one, time outdoors has been shown to decrease levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. Moreover, being outside in nature is proven to reduce stress by lowering the stress-associated chemical cortisol. It can also help those who are working to come to terms with personal loss.

It’s time to venture outside your comfort zone and go deeper than just the ooohs and aaaahs of a hike in the hills! Join us to go tripping!

 

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  • Aging and Adventure
    April 29, 2021
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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