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.
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