Our retreats take place in and around the city of Lagos in the beautiful Algarve region of southern Portugal. The beach in the image above is a leisurely 10 minute walk from the villa that will be our home-base and place of lodging.

A villa setting lets you get into the essence of healthy aging in private – assessing your current status and learning how to promote optimal well-being. We will cover major constituents of healthy aging – brain health, functional fitness, adaptability and resilience, emotions and outlook, nutrition and being social. 

The nearby town and countryside provides an opportunity to experience Portugal. And, by design, while you enjoy the stimulation of a new culture and country, you will be putting healthy aging principles into action.

This retreat starts late in the day on Sunday and end at 5 pm on Friday. This gives us enough time to discuss the essential principles of healthy aging. Equally important, there is time to engage you in experiences that help you embrace these principles in fun and enjoyable ways. And, by the time you leave on Friday, you will have an actionable healthy aging plan.

This timeframe makes it easy to tack-on a fews days in Lisbon or the countryside – before, after or both.

The retreat will take place April 29 to May 4, 2018. This timeframe is ideal for several reasons. First, the weather is sunny and warm. It also avoids the heat and crowds for the summer months.

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Why a Retreat?

Cost of the Retreat: $3,950 USD        –        Early Bird Special Only $3,200 USD – valid until January 15, 2018

Dates: April 29 to May 4, 2018

Location: Lagos, Portugal


Our Healthy Aging Program


Neuropsychological Tune-up

Most people’s primary concern about getting older is losing their memory and mental acuity. The good news is that it can be prevented.

We will teach a mind-body form of meditation that tunes-up your brain. It improves memory, reduces stress, enhances brain blood flow, increases brain size, improves brain chemistry, increases telomerase, improves sleep, reduces depression and reduces brain inflammation.

Good stuff, and it only takes 12 minutes per day.

The general trend is for information processing speed to slow down with age. This a good example of “use it or lose it.” And if you engage in activities that use it, it will improve.

We will get you started with a number of activities to do just that.

Standing Tall, Walking Well – No Falling

Nothing says you are getting older more than the way you walk. It is not just about appearance. Walking gait, posture and balance are linked to longevity. And, if they are not optimal, they are linked to falling.

We help you rejuvenate your walking gait, posture and balance. We start with a session to regain good neuromuscular patterning that you might have lost because of an injury or disuse. Then, you take some walks to make the new patterns routine.

The likelihood of falling rises quickly after age 55 and the consequences can be life changing. Preventing falling is not just improving balance!

We put you on a program that improves dynamic balance, strength and the functional fitness that doesn’t just keep you upright – it let’s you engage in the activities that make life worthwhile.


Being Social

Social connectedness is now considered to be as important to healthy aging as regular exercise and not smoking. Unfortunately, many of us lose some of the social skills needed to keep relationships rich and to make new ones.

We gamify your interactions with others. That’s a fancy way of saying we make sure you are socially engaged in fun activities that build and renew social skills – skills that will help you ramp up your social connectedness. Think it might be awkward. Don’t worry. The other people in the program have the same goals as you, and we make it game-like.

Restorative Benefits of Nature

Communing with nature enhances your immune system, restores mental sharpness, elevates mood and adds a meaningful perspective. The effects are both immediate, long-lasting and are essentially free and without side-effects.

Everyone benefits but some more than others. We engage you in activities that make sure you are one of those who benefits more. The ideal is to visit a forest, seashore or the mountains, but we will also show you how to benefit from nature in your neighborhood, how to bring nature into your house, and how videos and photos can give you a boost.

ST communing with nature

Emotions and Outlook

Optimists live longer and enjoy life more. When it comes to emotions, most people have a slightly negative bias which puts the wrong spin on life. Unfortunately, this can contribute to an increase in depression that can happen with age.

People who are flourishing experience at least 3 times as many positive emotions in a day as negative ones. We will get you engaged in activities that bring on the positive vibes. You will leave with a repertoire of ways turn negative moods around – into more pleasant and healthy upbeat ones.

Adaptability and Resilience

It is a certainty that the world will change and potentially leave you living in the past. It is also certain that you will face adversity. Healthy, flourishing people develop the skills to adapt and bounce back.

Dealing with change can be daunting, especially when the change is forced on you. We will introduce you to strategies that put you in the drivers seat – initiate changes that you find meaningful and rewarding. The same with resilience. In both cases you will be engaged in activities that build the underlying psychological resources.

Adapting to change
The Move to Healthy Aging

Your Everyday Ways Plan

Learning about healthy new lifestyle changes will be for naught, unless you integrate them in to your daily life.

We will help you build a plan that fits your needs and desires. The focus will be on an everyday ways plan – actions you can incorporate into your daily life.  Importantly, the plan will be based on the neuropsychology of change, so it wires the changes into your brain.

Retreat Leader

John I. Todor, Ph.D., Co-founder of Living55Plus.

John is a neuropsychologist who has done extensive research on how people learn and adapt over a lifetime. For the past five years he has curated the research that shows where lifestyle, not biology, accounts for the declines often seen with age. He has translated these insights into everyday ways to reap the benefits. Before founding Living55Plus, he helped executives deal with rapid disruptive change in the business world. Now he is using his expertise in the process of change to help people thrive as they age.


JT Bio Photo


Portugal map
Villas Dinis
Historic Silves
baking bread in Algarve
Slicing Iberian ham
Camilo Beach
Kayaking in grottos
Seafood rice in Lagos
Harvesting cork
Moor Ruins
Traditional Portugal
Fado in Lagos

What’s Included:

Meals and Lodging

  • Five nights lodging at a private Villa with poolside rooms (double occupancy)
  • Full breakfast buffet each morning
  • Three Portuguese wine and regional food tastings
  • Three unique Portuguese dining experiences with wine
  • One poolside lunch featuring Portuguese cuisine
  • Five-day Living55Plus Healthy Aging Program (see below
  • Daily walking tours of historic Old Town Lagos
  • Fado – traditional Portuguese music performance
  • A private Grotto tour  by boat or kayak
  • Visits to two of the Algarve’s most famous beaches
  • Guided hikes along the Algarve cliffs
  • Free time for shopping and exploring
  • Day excursion to the historic Moorish city of Silves

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Lagos, Portugal
  • Four Lunch and two dinners when you are exploring Lagos (you will be lunching in small groups at restaurants of your choice)

This retreat small offers group instruction on the key elements of healthy aging along with experiences that put these principles into action. Think of it as wellness tourism where you improve you well-being, vitality and vigor in an adventurous, and social environment with like-minded people. You will have ample time to explore, shop and socialize on your own an in small groups. We point you in the right direction with the guidance that turns normal tourism into enjoyable healthy aging experiences.

Our rates are based on double occupancy so bring your spouse or friend. Also, consider inviting another couple or two so you can enjoy the experience with them. If you want a single room we can take care of that for an uncharge of $350 USD.

Consider this retreat and investment in your well-being, a protection of your health aging as you get older


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