MAPP Speaker Series Events

The Speaker Series are talks on aging issues and other topics which are of general interest to seniors. These talks are free and open to the general public. Everyone, whether a MAPP member or not, is welcome. The Speaker Series is co-sponsored by the UNC Wellness Center and is subject to change.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Speaker Series has temporarily suspended in-person seminars but will continue in a limited fashion with on-line Webinars when possible.

Upcoming Speakers:

Feb 11 & 18, 2021, 3pm-4:30pm –  Speaker: Sandra “S.A.M.” Sather, Any Body Can Do Yoga (Learn More About Establishing a Safe & Meaningful Home Practice for You.)

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Thursday, February 11 & 18, 2021
3:00-4:30 PM – To allow time for questions
Meeting ID: 897 7384 6613
Passcode: 4321
Is this an opportunity to begin or rekindle a yoga practice? During the current physical distancing many of us have learned new ways to do things at home or outside. One of those may be a personal yoga practice. Research is abundant that shows the benefits of yoga to our mental and physical health. This research includes participants from a wide range of levels of mobility and health. Yoga is for anyone and yoga is not about getting into a specific bendy pose. Yoga includes many components that should and can be adapted to you! 
Come to this 2 session series to learn and practice: 
  • Practical discussion about the benefits of yoga (calming, mindfulness, strength, balance and more).
  • What are the core practices of yoga and their benefits. Resources to learn more. 
  • How to practice at home safely with minimal props. We will demonstrate variations of poses and practice together. 
  • How to participate in a community online, or practice independently. 
  • Lots of time for Questions/Answers, Demonstrations 🙂 

Recent Speakers:

Dec 17, 2020, 3:30PM Eastern Time Speaker: Donna Gayle King, MPH, ZOOM Webinar: Plans for Covid Vaccination Roll-Out and Distribution in Orange County

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Meeting ID: 864 9660 8977

Donna’s presentation will address issues such as the range of alternative vaccines and their relative safety and effectiveness; how, where and when to obtain shots; important features of the data system used to administer vaccine distribution; how individual priorities for receiving the vaccine will be determined; and frequently asked questions about vaccine development, dosing, side effects, immunity and continuation of the 3 W’s.

Donna Gayle King, MPH, is the Director of Health Promotion and Education Services for Orange County Health Department. Donna earned her BS degree in School and Community Health from East Carolina University and her MPH in Public Health Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill. She counts her bone marrow donation in 1995 as one of her most rewarding life experiences.

Oct 22, 2020, 3:30PM Eastern Time Speaker: Tom Spector, Ph.D, ZOOM Webinar: Meditation and Pain Relief (Part 2)Tom-9.16hi.res_-200x200

Tom Spector will present his second session on Meditation: this time as a tool for addressing chronic pain and promoting healing. The link for this Zoom presentation is shown below. Participation does not require any registration or sign-up. We look forward to seeing you then.

Tom’s Meditation and Healing presentation is for everyone, even people who believe they could never meditate. With over 40 years teaching experience, Tom’s presentations are crystal clear, easy to follow and lots of fun. Attendees will experience the relaxing benefits of a quieter, more peaceful mind and mental clarity. They will also learn powerful techniques for stress relief and becoming worry free. Tom’s presentation is based on his book, Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing and CD, Meditation and Healing. Learn more at

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Meeting ID: 865 0861 1156

Passcode: 477647

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Tom is internationally regarded as a refreshingly effective meditation and healing teacher. With over 40 years experience, Tom’s teachings are clear and easy to follow. They combine profound meaning with light humor. He has a special gift for helping people discover the root of their suffering and their path to healing, self-love and inner peace.

Tom began meditating in 1968 while enrolled in an intense graduate program at Yale University. He was struggling not only with the curriculum, but also with anger and a battered down self- esteem. Meditation clarified issues and elucidated the paths forward. Tom then completed the full PhD Program in record time. He began teaching meditation and healing in 1976, after a magical meeting with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross at a Ram Dass retreat. Tom teaches at many different venues, including yoga retreats, universities, hospitals and corporate firms. He also sees individual clients. Tom’s book, Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing and CD, Meditation and Healing, are available on his website


April 16, 2020 TO BE RE-SCHEDULED  Speaker: Caitlin Schmitt PT, DPT, LMBT, Integrative Physical Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Pain.
Caitlin is a PT at The Wellness Station in Durham, NC. She earned her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. She has been a massage therapist and Craniosacral Therapy practitioner for over a decade and she integrates these skills into her physical therapy practice.

Her approach is mindful, attentive, and holistic. She integrates The Feldenkrais Method, mindfulness strategies, somatic experiencing, and healing touch with evidence based traditional physical therapy and pain science education. This approach addresses the underlying nervous system dysregulation and patterns in your brain that may be reinforcing pain or functional limitation. She is very passionate about the use of this approach for nervous system regulation, recovery from auto-immune related symptoms, healing from trauma, and returning your body to its natural state of wholeness and joy.

Explanation of the talk:
Caitlin will be speaking about alternatives to traditional physical therapy treatment that may be more beneficial for those suffering from chronic pain. She will discuss movement-based and hands-on treatment options that can be very supportive and profoundly transformative for those who have “tried everything“ or had traditional PT “fail them“.
Learn how the current neuroscience and evidence supports a far more gentle, creative, and holistic approach to the treatment of chronic pain. Learn how physical therapists can play a vital role in helping you learn to move more easily, trust your body, and reduce your pain.