The Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE) at Assumption College is marking its 25th year with a series of special programs and events throughout the year. The April event is a lecture by Maria Sirois, PsyD, entitled “The Art and Science of a Resilient, Happy Life.” This talk is free and open to the public. It will take place on Wednesday, April 4th at 4 pm, in the Tsotsis Family Academic Center on the Assumption College campus.

An internationally renowned invited speaker and consultant, and a born story teller, Maria Sirois focuses on the resilience of the human spirit, particularly when under chronic stress, during significant life transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Her work in the medical, legal, financial, and educational sectors focuses on building capacity and engagement around chronic stressors—using such events to leverage sustained positive shifts in perspective and ability.

Dr. Sirois’ clinical work brings the bounty of positive psychology and mind/body medicine to families and children facing terminal illness, and to the staff who care for them.

She is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts.

This lecture is sponsored by The Willows, Premier Retirement Communities for Active Adults.

WISE is a member-directed organization created in 1993 as part of Assumption College’s Continuing Education program to provide lifelong learning opportunities for older adults. The organization offers its members in the greater Worcester area intellectual stimulation, socialization, personal growth, and opportunities for service. Through the peer-learning concept, members share their knowledge and experience with each other by creating, coordinating, and participating in courses and other educational activities. Course instructors are retired college professors and other professionals who have expertise in their areas of interest.

For more information, see the WISE website, contact the WISE office at 508-767-7513, or email Susan Perschbacher, WISE Director, at