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Posted: Saturday, January 12, 2013 12:52 PM


Did you know that stimulating your brain improves your mental health just like exercising your body improves your physical health? This prompted us to organize a series of educational lectures for Bay Area older adults. The dual goal is to learn and meet new people with similar interests in your community. The seminar topics are diverse and range from science and technology to how to save money. Some of the lectures are described below.

Do you ever have any problems sleeping? Learn the basics of sleep, how to identify common sleep disorders, and simple tools for improving your sleep, health, and quality of life. Our speaker is a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program facilitator at the Veterans Administration, who draws from current research and his own experiences.

Want to learn tips that help you to take full advantage of your social security benefits? Join us for a seminar given by a 15-year veteran of the financial services industry.

Have you been dreaming of traveling to Italy? Experience a visual and educational tour of Italy’s gardens, lakes, bird sanctuaries, cathedrals, museums, Middle Age and Renaissance architecture, crafts, historic towns, rolling countryside and culinary delights. Our journey is led by an expert who leads tours to Italy many times every year.

Last year, Proposition 37 did not pass- was that good or bad? This lecture will teach you the different reasons why scientists and big agriculture companies are using genetic engineering, how it works, and what is currently known about the risks to the environment, our food supply and your health. Learn from a Ph.D. scientist who has more than 20 years of biotechnology experience.

Have you ever had an interaction with a police officer? If so, you will want to learn about your rights and your responsibilities when engaging with the police, and find out about the complaint process that members of the public can use when matters of concern arise.

DNA and genes have been in the news ever since the start of the 13-year human genome sequencing project that was initially funded by the Department of Energy. The project promised to help us to better understand human disease. Learn how far we have come in predicting disease, catching it early, and improving medical treatment. The seminar is given by a Ph.D. scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in the fields of genomics and personalized medicine.

Ever wonder why astronauts lose 3% of their bone mass within two weeks of being in space as compared to only 3% bone loss every decade for those of us living on earth? Learn about this and other effects that zero gravity has on your body and what this has taught us about the aging process. Our speaker has spent more than 12 years as Deputy Project Manager of NASA space biology research projects on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station.

Western medicine is more focused on dealing with symptoms and medical problems once they arise. Join us for a seminar about the complementary practices of Eastern medicine which emphasizes prevention and treatment of the underlying cause of chronic and acute health problems. Our teacher holds a Master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in biomedical epidemiological research, a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is licensed in acupuncture.

Please visit to learn more and to register for these special lectures.

Bay Area Older Adults is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting the health and well-being of older adults in the San Francisco Bay Area through education, outreach and healthy living programs.

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