Three Speakers Featured At Active Aging Talks Planned For Vintage House In The Fall

Aug 2, 2019 | Sonoma Valley Hospital News

Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House will present a lively and informative lecture series this Fall themed, “Active Aging: Live Your Best Life Now.” The three talks will provide insights and personal stories about transforming aging, transitioning through change, and the importance of being physically active 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 three successive Fridays, September 20, 27, and October 4. Light refreshments will be provided. Vintage House is located at 264 1st Street East. Please RSVP online to Vintage House at or email or by calling 707.996.0311.  Early RSVP is encouraged for all three talks. For additional information contact Celia Kruse de la Rosa, SVH, at 707.935.5257.

Topics and speakers include:

September 20: “The Future Of Elderhood: Redefining Aging” Louise Aronson, MD is a geriatrician, writer, educator, and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Aronson will discuss a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy–a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Dr. Aronson received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award.  She is the author of the recently published New York Times Best Seller, Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimaging Life and has recently been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and CBS’s This Morning.  Reader’s Books will be selling her latest book at the event and she will be available for book signing following her talk.

September 27: “Living Well While Negotiating Life Transitions”
How do we move through the inevitable and sometimes unplanned changes in our life such as relocating, receiving a chronic health diagnosis or dealing with retirement? Leslie Lovejoy, RN, PhD, will discuss the importance of building and nurturing our own resilience.  She has worked in healthcare for over 45 years, blending her background in psychology, nursing, and wellness in a manner that supports whole person care. As a holistic wellness educator, writer and change facilitator, she helps people gain insight into the mind-body-spirit connection and the creation of optimal health. She is passionate about living an authentic life and supporting others as they pursue their own growth.

Leslie holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate in Experimental Social Psychology. She is the former Chief Quality Officer at Sonoma Valley Hospital, and currently develops patient care programs at the hospital.

October 4: “Don’t Stop Moving”
It is not a matter of how many steps you take each day, it’s the way you move and how you feel when you do so. Marek Grzybowski, MS, PT, will discuss the importance of remaining physically active as we age and why we need to change-up our routines as our bodies change.Marek is the Lead Inpatient Physical Therapist for Sonoma Valley Hospital with a Masters in Physical Rehabilitation. He uses evidence based strategies, science, stories, and humor for discussing the importance of keeping your body moving successfully throughout your life.