Anya Cordell will discuss ways to deal with changes in appearance arising from health issues, medical procedures or aging in a program on what she calls “appearance-ism” at 9:30 a.m. on July 28 at the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave. Traumatic changes in one’s appearance, such as the loss of teeth or hair, loss of a breast, weight gain or weight loss and scarring, as well as loss of physical abilities, can make people lose confidence in their appearance. Ms. Cordell, a self-described “beauty-obsessed teen,” says she has grown into a “passionate spokesperson against appearance-based judging.”

“Last year, I faced medical challenges, and had to deal with some big changes in my own appearance,” Ms. Cordell said. “Were I not doing this work, I’m sure I would have found this to be quite devastating. But as I forced myself to incorporate my own pictures into my programs, I became ever braver, and realized that this experience gave me a new perspective and enabled me to reach people, in relation to appearance-based judging, in a brand new way.” 

Enrollment is limited; advance registration is required. The fee is $20. For more information or to register, call 847-448-8250.