Sara is an active member of two writing groups.
The first, a memoir writing group, grew out of a course at Osher Lifelong Learning.
The second follows the Amherst Method of spontaneous writing to prompts. In addition, she has been writing about individuals who show remarkable vitality as they have aged.
Her newest interest and writing is about how to continue to enjoy life when vitality begins to fade.
Sara teaches lifestyle courses that she has developed to address issues of aging. These courses include:
- Writing Legacy Letters
- Habits: how to form and embed them, and how to change them.
Live or online coaching of older adults (over 60) around issues of vitality, aging, and resilience.
Whether the issues are general (getting healthier) or specific (beginning a professional singing career), Sara can partner with you to enhance your life satisfaction, increasing appreciation of self and others, and well-being.
Sara has spent the last several years speaking to older adults about various forms of vitality.
She is currently interested in issues of creative and positive aging and looks forward to developing material grounded in positive psychology for publication and consultation. She is always interested in collaborating with others and learning from others about their views on aging.
Sara facilitates a group called Vital Aging for Osher Lifelong Learning at the University of California, Berkeley about topics based on her blog/Medium series titled Six Keys to a Happier Older Adulthood.
The first meeting, in early July, dealt with the need to be emotionally and mentally flexible. The next meeting August 11, will be about nurturing a sense of humor. In September (1), we’ll talk about continuing to do what brings us joy.
Any member of Osher Lifelong Learning at UCBerkeley is eligible to join the discussion—live on Zoom. Membership is open to anyone over 50! Contact me for more information.
"She consistently brings a deep sense of curiosity and enthusiasm."
For over 10 years, I have seen Sara wear many professional hats - leader, teacher, student of language, trainer, author and coach. In each of these roles, she consistently brings a deep sense of curiosity and enthusiasm. Her thirst for new knowledge transcends age, keeping her well informed, vibrant, and relevant in today’s fast-paced world. It has been a pleasure to work with Sara and an honor to be her friend.
"In all endeavors, Sara provides helpful insight into each unique situation."
As the Research Program Associate at OLLI@Berkeley, I've had the privilege of working with Sara Orem in several capacities. She is a valuable member of our Research Advisory Team providing counsel on the various opportunities that OLLI pursues in partnership with UC Berkeley research centers and departments. Additionally, as a OLLI faculty member, I was privileged to work with Sara on her development of the first hybrid course where members prepared using online materials developed by Sara and then participated in interactive in-person discussions. Finally, Sara is a member of the Research Advisory Board for OLLI's National Science Foundation grant to develop outcome measures for older adult learning in STEM. In all endeavors, Sara provides helpful insight into each unique situation.
Research Program Associate at OLLI@Berkeley
"She brings fresh ideas to the forefront"
I have known Dr. Sara Orem for over 15 years and been consistently impressed by her energy, her curiosity and her analytical mind. She brings fresh ideas to the forefront as I am sure she will on the important topic of aging and vitality in older adults.
Patricia Marrone Bennett, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Resource Development Associates
"Her awareness of what seniors need in order to navigate these changing and difficult times is vital for our well being."
Sara Orem is an engaging, compassionate, and caring teacher. Her awareness of what seniors need in order to navigate these changing and difficult times is vital for our well being. I have confidence in Sara because, as an older adult, she understands what we’re going through.
Oakland Hawthorne Elementary School Principal (retired) and active volunteer with Osher Lifelong Learning at UCBerkeley.
"I had the good fortune of being coached/mentored/supported by Sara at very formative time in my career"
I had the good fortune of being coached/mentored/supported by Sara at very formative time in my career. Sara taught me how to bring my authentic self to work every day. This transformed my leadership and significantly contributed to my overall effectiveness, quality of relationships, and level of satisfaction.
Regional Retail Manager, Fifth Third Bank
"When I think about the leader I am today I have to acknowledge the influence Sara had on my personal development"
Although my work with Sara was over 20 years ago when I think about the leader I am today I have to acknowledge the influence Sara had on my personal development. I have fond memories of our conversations and how she always left me feeling good about myself and my progress as a leader. One time she asked me: “do the people who are closest to you know how happy you are in your career and work life”. That question has stuck with me throughout my career and I’ve shared that with others along the way. In retrospect, I now realize she was always guiding me to make sure I was happy as a whole person. This is the Sara that I know and love.
CEO at OMNI Credit Union in Kalamazoo, MI.
"Your professional, yet relaxed facilitation style makes me feel comfortable to participate"
I have to tell you that I really enjoy the Vital Aging Interest Group monthly meetings. It's comforting to interact with others, to share ideas and talk about concerns. Last month, the discussion about 'asking for help' helped me face some of my own fears and anxieties about aging. Anyway... your professional, yet relaxed facilitation style makes me feel comfortable to participate even though I am new to this group. I am enjoying meeting new people, and hearing others' perspectives. Everyone is so kind.