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Henry A. Chen, MD, Cardiologist for the East Bay Cardiology Medical Group, speaks during Mini-Medical School at the Kroc Center in Suisun City, Saturday. Saturday's discussion, "Aging with Vitality: Keep the Rhythm Going," is the first topic of the four-week series. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

Suisun City

Aging workshop draws a crowd

By From page A3 | March 09, 2014

SUISUN CITY — The first in a four-week series of aging workshops drew more than 200 people to the Kroc Center Saturday.

The Mini-Medical School, hosted by the Senior Coalition of Solano County, featured local doctors, exercise samples and a film.

Rochelle Sherlock, of the Senior Coalition, said there is a huge need for people to be educated about healthy aging.

“In Solano County, 1 out of five people are over 60 – one-fifth,” she said. “By 2025, it’ll be one-fourth.

“That’s just shocking,” she said.

Inside the Kroc Center auditorium, an attentive audience listened as Dr. Henry Chen, a cardiologist from Sutter Solano Medical Center, discussed heart health with a focus on arythmia.

“Aging is not avoidable,” he said. “We are all aging as we speak” – and that also applies to the heart, he said.

The Coalition introduced its Mini-Medical school last year and brought new topics to this year’s program, Sherlock said. Saturday’s “Aging with Vitality; Keep the Rhythm Going” featured keynote speaker Dr. Steven Stricker, physician-in-chief of Kaiser Permanente. The session was also scheduled to include an exercise class sampler offered by the Kroc Center, CPR training by the Suisun City Fire Department and a showing of “Age of Champions,” a documentary about senior athletes.

The series continues Saturday with “Eyesight and Aging; Happiness: Social, Emotional and Psychological Well-being”; March 22 with “Neurology: Keeping Your Brain Healthy; Preventing and Managing Chronic Conditions” and March 29 with “Women’s Health and Aging; Men’s Health and Aging.”

Classes are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kroc Center, 586 E. Wigeon Way in Suisun City. Lunch is provided.

Seats are limited to 300 people, Sherlock said. To register, call 864-3984.

Reach Adrienne Harris at 427-6956 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aharrisdr.

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • Rochelle SherlockMarch 09, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Thank you for covering this series Adrienne and Daily Republic!

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