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Healthy aging through Dominican campus resources

This section provides an assortment of resources that can be found at Dominican University's beautiful campus that promotes healthy aging across all dimensions of wellness. Feel free to browse the list of organizations, programs and facilities below and discover what interests you.


Healthy Seniors Program - Department of Occupational Therapy

Healthy Seniors is a community-based program offered by the occupational therapy department  to adults ages 60 and over in the Marin County area. The program is offered every fall and spring semester for eight weeks, once weekly for one to two hours. Under the guidance and supervision of faculty, students work with participants to complete a functional assessment and then develop a plan to help keep you healthy and living independently. Interventions are individualized and may include range of motion, strength, home safety tips, wellness education and fall prevention. Social and leisure activities are also addressed to help you achieve a balanced life. Promoting healthy aging and community living is the major goal of the program. This program helps promote and restore occupational wellness in all aspects of your life. To enroll or for more information, email: [email protected]


Community Health Project - Department of Nursing

The nursing department community health class at Dominican University of California uses a service learning approach to promote the health of older adults in the community. Throughout the school year, community health nursing students visit Marin Housing Authority sites in Marin and Whistlestop, a social service in San Rafael to provide preventative health care services. At these sites the students perform a health related needs assessments. The students then plan and present educational sessions for the community. Samples of topics include, diabetes management, medication management and nutrition. Contact the Dominican Nursing Department for more information.

Conlan Center

The Conlan Center is a recreational gym located on the Dominican campus. Although the Conlan Center is primarily used by Dominican students, staff and faculty, monthly memberships are also available to the public. The Conlan Center provides an environment to promote healthy aging and exercise, including a gym with low impact elliptical machines, bicycle machines, treadmills and a full weight room. Conlan is also home to a recreational pool that is open seasonally. As a member you have  access to gym equipment and use of the pool for lap or recreational swimming. In addition, the Conlan Center offers fitness classes including turbo kick, yoga, NIA, and zumba. Personal trainers are also available for an additional fee.

For member fees click the link to the Conlan Center’s home page or visit the center yourself.

Dining Hall

Caleruega Dining Hall is the on-campus dining facility at Dominican. Although primarily used by Dominican students, faculty and staff, it is also open to the public. At reasonable prices the dining hall serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends. Along with a daily changing menu the dining hall offers a full salad bar, deli sandwich bar, and an assortment of soups, breads and fresh fruit. You can choose between many nutritious options including organic, vegetarian and gluten free foods. The dining hall gives you an opportunity to eat nutritious and healthy meals and dine with others if you prefer not to cook for yourself.

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Social Wellness

Intergenerational Conversations Project 

The Intergenerational Conversations matches local older adults in the community with Dominican students for conversations and mentoring. If you participate in the project you will meet with a trained student on a weekly basis to chat and on occasion for outings. This project is designed to help students develop positive listening skills and decrease social isolation in older adults in the community.

If you wish to participate please contact Mark Jaime at [email protected]

Intellectual Wellness

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

OLLI is an academic program of Dominican founded in 2004 and supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, the resources of the University and member donations and tuition. OLLI caters to adults of age 50 and over. Six-week courses in the topics such as Art History, Film, History, Music, Political Science, Science and Philosophy provide the intellectual challenge of academic programs minus the stress of grades, tests or homework. Now you can become involved with a learning community of peers seeking information, greater creativity and self-expression on a wide array of topics.

OLLI membership fees vary depending the number of classes and type of membership. Scholarships are also available. Current membership fees are listed and can be found at the official Dominican OLLI link below.


Institute for Leadership Studies Lecture Series

The Institute of Leadership Studies at Dominican hosts evening lectures in Angelico Concert Hall located on the Dominican campus. Lectures in the Leadership Series are given by leading figures in politics, business, literature and academics. Best-selling authors are also popular lecturers. Past speakers in the series have included Al Gore, Madelaine Albright, Nancy Pelosi, Tom Brokaw, Isabel Allende, Daniel Goleman, Caroline Kennedy, Chris Matthews and Suze Orman. The series is open to the public. Many of the lectures are free, but some require ticket purchase. Speakers are often available for “meet and greets” in addition to autograph signings after the lecture. Best-selling authors often include an autographed copy of their book as part of your purchased ticket.

To request information on the upcoming lecturers please e-mail [email protected] Include your home address in your email to receive a printed copy of the leadership lectures each semester.

Alemany Bishop Library

The Alemany Library at Dominican is open for public use daily. The Alemany Library has great resources for Dominican students and the general public. The general public may have full access to the library with a Marin public library card and valid ID. The library is home to scholarly articles and books and also has a large section of CD’s, videos and books for recreational reading. The library is equipped with a quiet area that is furnished with plush couches and bean bags to create a comfortable reading space. Many study tables and desks are also available.  Stop by the Dominican Library to see all the amenities available or check out the library’s home link:

Spiritual and Emotional Wellness

Santa Sabina Retreat Center

The Santa Sabina Center is a retreat center located at the Dominican University campus. The center offers their own private retreats, provides time and space for private retreats, and hosts group retreats of other faith traditions. Grounded in the Dominican monastic heritage of spirituality, the center offers a space of beauty, simplicity and silence for people of all faiths to enter more deeply into spiritual practice.  To learn more about future retreats or to plan your own private retreat visit the Santa Sabina website.

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