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Lecture  Topics

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 Dr. Toder is available to speak to your organization, senior place university or other venue on any of the following topics:                          

*  Guided Autobiography: Writing and sharing snippets of your life

*  Mindful Travel: (based on Toder's newest book, 2018)

*  Using Eastern philosophy and practices to enhance experience

*  The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty 

(Toder's 2013 book)

*  Why take up the Fine Arts After Sixty?: The magic of writing, playing a musical instrument,

singing, dancing, theater, the visual arts, and more

*  How the older brain both facilitates and benefits from fine arts expression

*  Empowering seniors through communication technology

*  Wisdom: getting better as we age

*  Building and maintaining a relationship with your adult kids (based on Toder’s second  book,

Your Kids are Grown: Moving On With and Without Them

*  Learning to live again—after the loss of a child   (based on Toder’s first book:

When Your Child is Gone: Learning to Live Again)

*  Psychological themes including:

     > reversing ageism in society, 

     > psychosocial aspects of aging, 

     > practical advice to caregivers and the sandwich generation,

     > empowering and inspiring boomers and beyond


Dr. Toder is open to other ideas for lecture topics.

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2019 public talks

  • Book talk: Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully, Burlingame Public Library, Lane Rm., 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA, Thursday, February 28, 7:00-8:00 pm.

  • Panel member: “Staying Well While You Travel,” New York TimesTravel Show , Javits Center, NYC, Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:45-4:45 pm.

2018 public talks

  • Book talk: Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully, Book Passage Book Store, Sausalito, CA, Tuesday, October 16, 6:00 pm.

  • Book talk: Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully, East West Bookshop, Mt. View, CA,  Monday, October 22, 7:00 pm.

  • Book talk: Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully, Los Gatos Library, Los Gatos, CA, Saturday, December 1, 11:00 am.

  • Book talk: Inward Traveler: 51 Ways to Explore the World Mindfully, Palo Alto Library (Rinconada Branch), Palo Alto, CA, December 13, 7:00 pm.

2016 public talks

  • Workshop: "Artful Aging: Exploring Creative Paths to Vitality and Brain Health,” Stanford University Continuing Studies, Saturday, May 14, 2016, 10 am-4 pm. See catelog and register online.

2015 public talks

2014 public talks

  • Book talk: “How to Supercharge Life After 60,” 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, New York, Wednesday, 6/18, 12:45 pm. See news release:

  • Panel member: “Creativity and the Mature Mind," at National Center for Creative Aging, Washington, D.C. Thursday, 6/12, 10:45 am

  • Book talk: Cupertino, CA Senior Center, (21251 Stevens Creek Blvd.), Thursday, 4/10, 9:30 am, in conjunction with National Volunteer Week

  • Brown bag lunch talk: 1/14, 1 – 2.30 pm: "Creative  Arts: Essential for a healthy aging brain and psyche” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center @ San Francisco State University, 835 Market St., 6th floor, S.F. 

2013 public talks

  • Book Talk: Busboys and Poets Bookstore, Washington DC, 12/2, Monday, 6:30 pm: 1025 5th St at K (NW)

  • Book talk: Sausalito Village, @ City Hall, Sausalito, CA,  November 7, Thursday, 7 pm

  • Book talk: San Francisco Senior Center, Aquatic Park Center, November 5, 1:00 pm

  • Speaker at "Creativity and Aging" program at the Davis School of Gerontology, USC, October 25, 3 pm

  • Book talk: San Francisco Public Library (Main, Hispanic Meeting Room), August 13, 6:30 pm

  • Book talk, Book Passage Book Store, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA: August 2, 7 pm

  • Book talk, Santa Monica Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, July 11, 7 pm   

  • Author/book talk, Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, CA: Monday, May 20, 5 p.m. Link:

  • Book talk & signing:  Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA Thursday, May 16, 7:30 pm

  •  Library talk, Mountain View CA library: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 7 p.m.

  • Book talk & signing: The Avid Reader (Tower) bookstore, Sacramento, CA, April 21, 2013, 2 p.m.

  • Sacramento, CA library talk, Arden Dimick Branch: April 20, 2013, 2 p.m.

  • Author interview: Capital Public Radio, Sacramento, CA (NPR) on Insight show, April 19, 2013, 10 a.m. 

  • Author Panel on the craft of writing and my new book, Barnes & Noble, 

  • Author/book talk, Century Club, San Francisco, CA: April 10, 2012, 1:15 p.m.

  • Book talk, Avenidas Center, Palo Alto: April 8, 2013, 2 pm

  • Book talk and signing at the Marina City Club, Marina del Rey, CA: Thursday, March 21, 2013

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