Healthy aging series at KCC

During this century, many countries will record an increase in the percentage of their elderly, according to a paper by the Pan-American Health Office (OPS) at the International Meeting of Octogenarians in Havana, Cuba.

According to a press release, it is equally important to observe that this increase also opens the possibility to extend life to post-60 and even post-80 on the American continent. The OPS also remarked that in certain countries, the elderly have better health conditions and are less likely to be disabled.

Fundamental aspects are helping to extend life in the world, including the development of science and public health.

A free educational/interactive series on aging will be provided in the wellness center every other Thursday at noon in the Kauai Community College Wellness Center classroom.

The next session occurs this Thursday with the topic, Normal Aging — Cognitive Changes.

Joan Langan, KCC nursing instructor and Advanced Practice Nurse in Psychiatric/Mental Health, will be leading the session. “There are many jokes about ‘senior moments’ Langan said, in a press release. “That’s because so many of us have them; even people who are not exactly senior. If you forget where you left your keys, it is probably not Alzheimers. However if you don’t know what to do with your keys once you find them you better get screened for Alzheimers.” Anyone can expect forgetfulness and other cognitive changes with the aging process. There are many strategies that one can use to counteract memory loss and other aspects of brain function that usually occur with aging. Come to share ideas and approaches to ‘staying sharp’.

Future sessions will address different chronic diseases and guest speakers from topic related agencies. To register call KCC Wellness Center 245-8307.

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