“Some are aged before they are old. Some are old, but they are not aged.” — Ignatz Leo Nascher, M.D., 1914
All of us want a life of happiness, a life characterized by quality (as defined by each person), surrounded by good friends and loved ones and good health. As the years pass, we may resist the idea of “getting older.”
Try as we may, we cannot stop the aging process; and quite honestly, it is far better to age, given the alternative. The question then is, how can we age with vitality? How can we be fully alive and in the fullest health possible for our particular age?
Modern medical science has made incredible discoveries that help us answer these critical questions. Yes, our bodies will age. And there are aging-related changes that we should be aware of if we want to make the most of the aging process.
Knowledge is power.
For example, did you know that the aging brain is increasingly dependent on the chemical acetylcholine? Acetylcholine works in the memory areas of the brain and allows brain cells to communicate with each other. Most Alzheimer’s medications work by enhancing acetylcholine in the brain. Unfortunately, many commonly used medications – including some antihistamines, bladder relaxants and antidepressants – reduce this brain chemical, according to UC Davis Medical Center.
Vital medical facts about aging, such as the example above, will be presented in Fairfield at the four-week “Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality.” The Mini-Medical School is sponsored by the Senior Coalition of Solano County in partnership with doctors from Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay HealthCare and Sutter Health.
Come learn important information that will enable you to live your life in the fullest health possible and to age with vitality. After all, the reality is none of us are getting out of here alive. It’s what we do in the meantime that is important.
The program is geared for anyone, regardless of age, who is interested in learning about the science of aging well. Many myths and negative stereotypes about aging will be debunked. Thankfully, contrary to popular belief, aging doesn’t mean we become mindless, sex deprived, or cantankerous in our older years.
Rochelle Sherlock, M.A., is consultant to the Senior Coalition of Solano County, an advisory board to Solano County’s Board of Supervisors.