Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a long Active Life

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a long Active Life
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 9:45am to 10:45am

First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach

Former long-time Innis Arden resident Dr. Eric Larson will discuss his recent book, “Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a long Active Life”

Dr. Eric B. Larson’s book is filled with practical advice based on his decades of his work as a research scientist and physician. That experience revealed one quality that’s consistent among those who age well and happily: resilience — the capacity to adapt and grow stronger in the face of adversity, to stay healthy or bounce back from illness and other challenges.

His book describes three interrelated steps on a PATH to resilience: pro-activity, acceptance, three reservoirs (mentally, physically, and socially) for the long, fulfilling road ahead.

The book explores how our attitudes of activation and acceptance can change the way we approach not only aging — but death itself. By taking an enlightened approach, we may come to a place where we can relax and grow very old knowing we are safe, comfortable, and well cared for — an ideal Dr. Larson has seen many of his patients, research subjects, family, and friends experience near the end of life.

Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH
Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is a leading expert in the science of healthy aging. Since 1986, he has led a large, longitudinal research program focused on delaying and preventing Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia, and declines in memory and thinking.

He is vice president for research and health care innovation for the Washington state region of Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health) and executive director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

In addition, he is a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and of health services at the UW School of Public Health. He also maintains an internal -medicine practice, providing primary care to his patients since 1975.

Before joining Group Health in 2002, Dr. Larson served as medical director for the UW Medical Center and associate dean for clinical affairs at its medical school from 1989 to 2002. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Filled with inspiring personal stories and up-to-date medical advice, Enlightened Aging helps readers determine what their own paths can look like, given their own experiences and circumstances. While especially relevant to the baby boomer generation, this work is really for people of all ages looking for encouragement and wise counsel in order to live a long, active life.


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