Speaker series shares tips for ‘active aging’ – Sonoma Sun


Posted on August 22, 2022 by Sonoma Valley Sun

Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House are teaming up for the informative community lecture series “Active Aging: Live Your Best Life Now”. Offered on consecutive Wednesdays in September, the four free talks by health experts provide insight into the importance of active aging and the latest developments in memory and aging from cutting-edge research.

The in-person events will take place from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on four successive Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28. Light refreshments will be served. La Maison Vintage is located at 264 1st East Street in Sonoma Valley.

Register online at vintagehouse.org/classes or by calling 707.996.0311 for assistance. RSVP early is encouraged for all discussions as in-person seating is limited. In-person attendees must wear a surgical, K95 or KN95 mask when entering Stone Hall.

September 7: “Getting out of the Covid”

Mary L. Flett, PhD is a clinical psychologist and advocate for ending ageism. She has over two decades of clinical experience providing aging adults with strategies to age better and age well. She is the author of the recently published three-book series, “Aging with Finesse,” and the founder of Five Pillars of Aging. Dr. Mary will share her own COVID story and offer insights and insights into how the pandemic has impacted health care for older Americans, as well as strategies for aging better and aging well in a post- pandemic.

September 14: “Eating well for your mind and body”

Allison McKeany, MS, RD, is a Registered Dietitian and author of the newsletter Put Your Food to Work, specializing in clinical and outpatient nutrition with a recent focus on nutrition as it relates to cognitive health. Allison will address common food questions for a healthy lifestyle. The presentation will include practical steps to improve your diet for the health of your mind and body.

September 21: “Beyond Exercise: The Joy of Walking”

Marek Grzybowski, MS, PT, is the lead physical therapist at SVH’s rehabilitation clinic. Marek will highlight the benefits gained from daily movement and exercise. Her talk will highlight evidence-based strategies using stories and humor to highlight the importance of keeping your body moving throughout your life.

September 28: “How understanding the basic science of Alzheimer’s disease could help us avoid it”

Aimee Kao, MD, PhD, and John Douglas French Foundation Endowed Professor, Memory and Aging Center, Department of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Kao’s clinical expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and frontotemporal lobar degeneration. Dr. Aimee will cover the latest advances in our understanding of why the brain becomes susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease and how these findings can help us modify our lifestyles to reduce the risk of disease.

The series host will be Dawn Kuwahara, Chief of Auxiliary Services at Sonoma Valley Hospital. She will welcome the guests and introduce each speaker. Dawn is originally from Sonoma Valley and her leadership and nursing career spans over 20 years serving our community.

Additional information is available from the Sonoma Valley Hospital Community Outreach Team at 707.935.5257 or by emailing [email protected]



Angela C. Hale