Isn’t it time to recharge your Batteries?

Get away to spectacular southern Portugal. Assess your current lifestyle. Learn to promote optimal well-being.

Your deserve it!

Spend six days in the Lagos area and the beautiful Algarve region of southern Portugal. Surround yourself in nature – stunning secluded beaches, refreshing walks in the hills, and intriguing cultural experiences. All while engaging in a healthy aging program that will give you tools to put you on track to a healthier, more exciting life.

Stay in a private villa. Enjoy the culinary delights of Portugal. Engulf yourself in the local culture. Watch the stress and pressure of your life disappear!

The Healthy Aging Program will focus on key constituents of overall health as one ages.

Brain Health   –   Adaptability   –   Functional Fitness   –   Emotions

Nutrition   –   Resilience   –   Positive Outlook   –   Social Interactions

By the end of the Retreat you will have a your own personal healthy aging plan that will challenge you to take action when you return home.

In addition, activities are designed to allow you to engage in experiences that help you embrace the principals of the program while enjoying the stimulation of a new country and culture. These include Portuguese food and wine tastings, walking tours of historic Old Town Lagos, a traditional Portuguese music performance, a private grotto tour, hikes along the Algarve cliffs, trips to the beaches, and an excursion to the historic Moorish city of Silves. You will also have plenty of time for shopping and exploring.

The spring 2018 Retreat will take place April 29 to May 5, 2018. A perfect time to be in southern Portugal. The weather is sunny and warm and the crowds of tourists have yet to arrive. Join us and let us help you make your getaway a meaningful and potentially life changing experience.

Cost of the Retreat:  $3,950 USD                 

Early Bird Special only $3275 USD (sign-up by 01/15/2018)

Dates: April 29 to May 5, 2018 

Location: Lagos, Portugal

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Are you flourishing now or just getting by?

What’s in your future as you get older?

If you are 55 or older, a focus on your well-being and healthy aging is an imperative

Why a RETREAT?

Retreats get you out of routines and give positive lifestyle changes a chance.

They allow you to focus on YOU.

A new location helps put things in perspective and motivates lasting change.

Interaction with like-minded people provides support and the social benefits of shared experiences.

Cost of the Retreat is $3950 USD

Early Bird Special only $3275 USD (sign-up by 01/15/2018)

What’s Included:

Meals and Lodging

  • Six nights lodging at a private Villa (double occupancy)
  • Transportation Lagos Train Station on arrive and departure
  • Full breakfast buffet each morning
  • Three Portuguese wine and regional food tastings
  • Five unique Portuguese dinner experiences with wine
  • Two poolside lunch featuring Portuguese cuisine
  • Five-day Living55Plus Healthy Aging Program (see below)

Tourism

  • Walking tours of historic Old Town Lagos and scenic Luz
  • Fado – traditional Portuguese music performance
  • Grotto tour by boat 
  • Visits to two of the Algarve’s most famous beaches
  • Guided hikes along the Algarve cliffs
  • Culinary discover of the local cuisine during daily lunch
  • 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
  • Lunches (2), dinner (1) and beverages while you are exploring Lagos/Luz

Our Healthy Aging Program

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A 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 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 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 consequence 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.

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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 or the mountains, but we will 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.

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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 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.

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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 is using his expertise in the process of change to help people thrive as they age.

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Living55Plus Portugal Retreat Schedule

Sunday

5 pm

Welcome Reception

Monday

8 to 9 am

Breakfast

9 to 9:30 am

Neuropsychological Tune-up

9:30 to Noon

How Well Do You Move

12 to 2 pm

Lunch in Old Town

Freeform Exploring

2 to 3 pm

Standing Tall, Walking Well

3 to 4 pm

Hike the ALGARVE

4 to 5 pm

Manual Dexterity

5 to 6 pm

Social Hour

6 to 7 pm

Free Time

7 to 9 pm

Small Group Dinners

Tuesday

8 to 9 am

Breakfast

9 to 9:30 am

Neuropsychological Tune-up

9:30 to 11:30 am

Happiness

11:30 to Noon

Self-reflection

12 to 2 pm

Lunch in old Town

Freeform Exploring

2 to 3 pm

Brain Health

3 to 4:30 pm

Stimulating a Better Brain

4:30 to 5 pm

Self-reflection

5 to 6 pm

Social Hour

6 to 7 pm

Free Time

7 to 9 pm

Dinner at a Fado Restaurant

Wednesday

8 to 9 am

Breakfast

9 to 9:30 am

Neuropsychological Tune-up

9:30 to 10 am

Being Sedentary

10 to 11 am

Functional Fitness

11 to Noon

Walk and Notice

12 to 1 pm

 

Bus trip to Historic Silves

1 to 2 pm

Lunch in Silves

2 to 3:30 pm

Guided Walking Tour

3:30 to 5:30 pm

Exploring the Historic Market

5:30 to 7 pm

Social Hour

7 to 9 pm

Retreat Dinner

9 to 10 pm

Bus to Lagos

Thursday

8 to 9 am

Breakfast

9 to 9:30 am

Neuropsych Tune-up

9:30 to 10:30 am

Social Well-Being

10:30 to 11:30 am

Eating Right for Your Age

11:30 to Noon

Self-reflection

12 to 1 pm

Lunch in Old Town

1 to 5:30 pm

Beach & Grottos

5:30 to 7 pm

Free Time

7 to 9 pm

Seafood Rice Dinner

Os Lambertos

Friday

8 to 9 am

Breakfast

9 to 9:30 am

Neuropsych Tune-up

9:30 to 11:30 am

Restorative Nature

11:30 to Noon

Self-reflection

12 to 2 pm

Lunch at a Favorite

Noticing Old Town

2 to 3 pm

Review of the Week

3 to 4:30 pm

Build Your Plan

4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Consider this retreat and investment in your well-being, and as you get older

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