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Shell Point Speaker Series open to the public

By Staff | Dec 31, 2009

Shell Point Retirement Community’s second annual Speaker Series will begin in January, according to Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. All residents of Southwest Florida are invited to attend, but tickets are required.

“The first Speaker Series at Shell Point was a great success, and our residents and visitors asked to have this continue as an annual event,” said Boren. “We are excited to offer the community the opportunity to listen to three very different speakers as they offer insight into the Mind, Body, and Soul.”

The presentations will be held in The Village Church auditorium on the Island at Shell Point on three different nights, January through February. Tickets may be purchased for individual speaker presentations at $30 each, or the entire speaker series can be purchased as a package for $75, offering a savings of $15.

This series will feature the following presenters on the dates and times listed below:

Blue Zones: Unlocking the Secret of a Long Life – Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.

World renowned explorer and National Geographic writer Dan Buettner, and his team of researchers have traveled across the globe to discover Blue Zones hot spots of human health and vitality.

Along the way he’s met people teaming with vigor at age 100 and beyond. Working with the National Institute on Aging, he identified four small populations with the world’s highest life expectancy. Then, working with a second team of scientists, he isolated the common denominator that explains extraordinary longevity.

What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy age 90? What about certain types of exercise and supplements? Does stress really shorten your life? Buettner debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years.

Join the New York Times best-selling author as he tells the stories of the four longest-lived cultures and shares the nine habits to put extra years into your life and life into your years. Buettner has appeared as a longevity expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Today Show, ABC World News, CBS’s The Early Show and CNN.

Keeping Your Brain Young: The Intersection of Science and Lifestyle – Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Gary Small, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatric and Biobehavioral Sciences, the Parlow-Solomon Professor on Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Center on Aging and a leading expert on memory, aging, and the brain.

Dr. Small’s team has developed brain imaging technology that allows physicians to detect the first signs of brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease years before patients show symptoms.

Studies from his authorized scientific works, as well as several popular books on health, aging and memory have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, London Times, Washington Post, Time, Newsweek and numerous television programs (e.g. NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, 20/20 and CNN).

With this knowledge Dr. Small will share the latest medical and scientific evidence and how to protect our brain to live better, longer. You will hear the research-based evidence about the effect that lifestyle has on your ability to live with health, vibrancy, and cognitive sharpness.

Religion, Spirituality and Health – Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Harold G. Koenig is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine, is on the faculty at Duke University as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Koenig is founding co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. His research on the connection between religion and health has been featured on national and international TV news programs; including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show and Good Morning America; and nearly a hundred radio programs, newspapers and magazines.

Dr. Koenig has given testimony before U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health. He will examine with us the relationship of Religion/Spirituality and mental health in our lives and propose a model of how Religion/Spirituality may impact physical health through mind-body connections.

Dr. Koenig will then explore the relationship between religion and physical health, immune functioning, cardiovascular functioning and longevity.

To purchase tickets or receive additional information about the series, call 239-454-2067.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel Causeway. The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.

To learn more about Shell Point Retirement Community, visit www.shellpoint.org or call 1-800-780-1131.