Dr. Mara Karpel has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over twenty-five years, specializing in working with older adults and caregivers, as well as adults of all ages who are dealing with issues of anxiety, depression––or desiring to create more joy in their lives. She also specializes in evaluating veterans for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mara is the host of Dr. Mara Karpel & Your Golden Years, a radio program about the social, emotional, and health issues of older adults, caregivers, Boomers, and all who want to grow older with greater health and more joy. She is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and to Ariana Huffington’s new online publication, Thrive Global. Her book, The Passionate Life: Creating Vitality and Joy at Every Age, is expected to be published in late 2018.
Mara speaks on a number of topics, including:
The Passionate Life: Creating Vitality and Joy at Any Age
No matter our age we can be living a joyful vital life. In this presentation, I share a wealth of information on how to create a life you love and to be healthy in the process. I cover:
Participants will leave with:
Suddenly, You’re Taking Care of Your Elderly Parents
We are in what is being called a “Silver Tsunami.” The older population is the quickest growing population in America. More and more of us are now in the position of taking care of our elderly parents. Here I discuss:
Participant will leave with tips for:
The Power of Humor for Healing
Humor is one of the most powerful ways to break the cycle of negative thinking and it’s resulting depressed or anxious mood. Humor interferes with that downward spiral of energy-zapping thoughts, by helping us to notice the absurdity of situations that may anger or threaten us. Laughter creates positive emotions, such as joy, amusement, hope, confidence, and overall well-being. Here I cover:
Participants will leave with ways of making themselves laugh, when they don’t feel like laughing.
Realistic Optimism is Good For Your Health
Optimism leads to a more positive mood and defeats feelings of depression. Being a realistic optimist means we’re aware of challenges, that we know we need to take the appropriate actions in order to achieve what we want, and that we focus on looking for the best steps to take and, conversely, that we work on accepting those things that cannot be changed. In this chapter, I discuss the myriad of health and mood benefits of optimism.
Participant will learn how to:
The Power of Generosity without Expectations
Numerous studies have found that there are many benefits to being generous. However, the benefits are only experienced when we expect nothing in return. Here, the benefits of giving without expectation, are explored, including how it adds meaning to our lives, including:
Promotional Experience and Speaking Engagements
To contact Dr. Mara, email: DrMara@DrMaraKarpel.com or call her at: 512-626-697
I very much enjoyed speaking with the Austin Area Home Health Council today about Optimism and how it's good for our health (a preview from my book, The Passionate Life: Creating Vitality and Joy At Any Age. What a warm and welcoming group of people! So much fun! It reminded me how much I love to give presentations! Thanks, AAHHC!Read More
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, I held a talk in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, about the benefits of staying physically active, socially active, and involved in the community as we age and in retirement. This talk was videotaped by Laura Gelezunas, Media Diva International, for my new YouTube channel, so stay tuned, as I will be posting the link when theRead More
Just came back from speaking to a group of 48 residents at the Querencia at Barton Creek. What a great time!! The residents were great! Lots of really great questions and comments by the residents. My topic: Recognizing, treating and PREVENTING late-life depression...optimism and food & mood. Thanks to the Querencia for inviting meRead More
I will have a booth at this Expo, so be sure to come by and say "hi!" I will also be speaking. The time for that is to be announced. Saturday May 4, 10AM to 8PM Wozniak Community Center, Austin, TX $3/Person, $5/Family, Seniors 65+ FREE, Discounted admission offers available. For more information and directions to geRead More
On April 27, from 10am -noon, I will be giving a free caregiver seminar at AGE of Central Texas. My topic will be "Caregiver Health & Wellness" from a mind-body approach. The information is below. If you're interested in attending, space is limited, so please pre-register with Bruce Kravitz: firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope toRead More