Vital Aging Conference at Little House on May 22

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 18, 2011

Dr. Erik Shapiro

Five nationally recognized experts in their field are appearing at the third annual Vital Aging Conference at Little House, The Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center, on Sunday, May 22.

Dr. Eric Shapira, DDS, MA, MHA (pictured), will be the keynote speaker. He practiced dentistry for over 30 years and is the author of  A New Wrinkle: What I Learned from Older People Who Never Acted Their Age, winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award.  He is a board member of the American Association of Senior Peer Counselors, a Bilingual Senior Peer Counselor for the San Mateo County Department of Mental Health and a former commissioner of the San Mateo Commission on Aging.

Other speakers include Dr. Walter Bortz, M.D., recognized as one of America’s most distinguished experts on aging and longevity, who will talk about his new book, Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health.

Geriatrician Dr. Moira Fordyce, M.D., is founding member of the California Geriatrics Society and a board member of the American Society of Aging. She will speak about “Busting the Myths about Aging.”

Clinical Director of the Stanford Heart Network at Stanford University School of Medicine, Kathy Berra, MSN, ANP, FANP, FAAN, is one of the key developers of a community-based program for cardiac rehabilitation, which has been a model for similar programs nationwide. Ms. Berra will speak about “Exercise & Fitness in Relation to a Healthy Heart.”

Laura Stec, Executive Chef, has 25 years of experience as a chef, educator, professional speaker and consultant.  She is the author of the book Cool Cuisine, Taking the Bite of of Global Warming.  Chef Stec will speak about “Feeding the Mind and Soul.”

Pre-register for the event by calling 650-326-2025, ext. 221.  There is a $5 donation for pre-registered guests and $10 for those who do not pre-register. The doors will open at 9:30 am and the Conference will begin at 10:00 am.  The keynote address will begin at 12:45 pm.  The Little House Café will be open for lunch, serving a fixed price full meal for $9 (soup, salad, bread, choice of turkey or salmon Caesar salad, and drink). Little House is located at 800 Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.

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