Exploring a new intervention to help older adults age optimally is the focus of the Sept. 14 lecture to kick off the second year of the Optimal Aging Lecture Series, sponsored by the University of Louisville Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging and the UofL Alumni Association.
This lecture is part of the Institute’s Optimal Aging Month observance.
Valerie Lander McCarthy, PhD, RN, associate professor at the UofL School of Nursing, will present a conversation titled “Which PATH Will You Choose?” The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, 200 E. Brandeis Ave.
McCarthy will share a new intervention called the Psychoeducational Approach to Transcendence and Health — PATH — Program. Developed by McCarthy and her colleagues, the PATH program fosters self-transcendence to help older adults improve well-being, life satisfaction and health-related quality of life. The PATH program utilizes mindfulness experiences, group processes, creative activities and brief independent at-home practice.
McCarthy teaches community health nursing and evidence-based research in the undergraduate program of the School of Nursing. Her research is focused on successful aging and increasing well-being, life satisfaction and health-related quality of life in older adults through promoting the late-life developmental process of transcendence.