SVH and Vintage House Announce October Active Aging Series Lectures

Sep 3, 2015 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News | 0 comments

Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House have announced a new series of three lectures themed “Active Aging: Taking Charge Of Your Health.” The lectures, scheduled for October 1, 15 and 22, will provide information on how to get the most out of your senior years by becoming more proactive in managing some common health issues that can become more severe as we age.

The talks are open to the community without charge and will be held in Stone Hall at Vintage House from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on these dates. Light refreshments will be provided. Vintage House is located at 264 1st Street East. Please RSVP to Vintage House at 707-996-0311, or; or to Celia Kruse de la Rosa, SVH, at 707.935.5257, or

Following is a schedule of lectures:

October 1: “How to Keep A Healthy Heart.” Janice Schwartz, MD, will discuss the latest strategies and recommended practices for maintaining a healthy heart as we age. Dr. Schwartz is a recognized leader in the area of cardiovascular aging and a Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. In her talk, she will discuss the different factors influencing heart health including exercise, diet and medications.

October 15: “Exercising For Better Health.” SVH Physical Therapist Michael Francisco, PT, CSCS, will discuss how exercise is a “keystone habit” for developing positive health-related habits, and how appropriate aerobic and resistance exercise can have a positive effect on many areas of health including cardiovascular, bone, brain and mental health. Michael is Lead Outpatient Physical Therapist for Sonoma Valley Hospital.

October 22: “Bone Health Basics: Understanding Osteoporosis.” Osteoporosis is a serious condition for both women and men that can weaken bones and may cause them to break. The good news is it often can be prevented and treated. Andria Reta, MSG, MHA, a gerontologist and a community educator for SCAN Health Plan, will provide information on how we can keep our bones healthy.