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Posted 08/23/2023 by Positive Aging Community

The Aging on your Terms Conference

The Aging on your Terms Conference
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Start Date
09/30/2023 12:00 pm
End Date
09/30/2023 5:00 pm

Will provide the information you need regarding improving your lung health for better breathing, the correlation between social connections and health, and down-sizing and right-sizing in order to simplify your living space and improve your well-being.  Gain information and learn more about resources. Join us on Saturday, September 30, from 12 to 5 p.m.   

Breathe Better and Live Longer: How to Protect and Improve Your Lung Health as You Age - Air Quality and More - with Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos 

 Join Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care medicine, and Health Equity Faculty Lead, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Health Equity, and Co-Director of  Medicine for the Greater Good, as he shares his insights and advice on how to keep our lungs healthy and strong as we get older. He will explain how air quality affects our lungs and our overall health. In this talk, you will learn about the sources and types of air pollution and the health effects of our exposure to poor air quality over time. You will discover the best ways to monitor and reduce your exposure to air pollutants  and learn more about preventing and treating lung conditions caused or worsened by poor air quality.    

 Dr. Galiatsatos (“Dr. G”) will explain what Pulmonologists do and will share the latest news about pneumonia vaccines. Learn how your lungs work, how they change with age, and what lung conditions are more common over time.  Whether you live in an urban or rural area, work indoors or outdoors, or have a lung condition or not, Dr. G.  will help you understand and improve your lung health in a changing environment – and breathe better.  

Our epidemic of social isolation: A discussion on social disconnectedness, its implications for health, and interventions to bolster social connection – with Mary Louise Pomeroy, Ph.D. 

In May 2023, the Surgeon General issued an advisory regarding the public health crisis of social isolation and loneliness in the United States. Social isolation is a serious yet underappreciated phenomena that affects nearly a quarter of older adults. Social isolation increases the risk of premature death by up to 30%, rivaling the effects of smoking about 15 cigarettes a day. It is associated with poor mental health, functional and cognitive decline, and cardiovascular disease. Social isolation is of particular concern for older adults, for whom higher levels of chronic illness often necessitate additional social support. Physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated social isolation and its implications for health. 

Join Mary Louise Pomeroy, PhD, post-doctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, as she discusses why human connection is so essential to supporting our physical, mental, and emotional health. She will review the latest research on social isolation and what can be done to address this growing issue. Her talk will consider strategies that state policymakers, health systems, communities, and individuals can use to foster supportive and meaningful social connections among aging populations. 

Click here for the Surgeon General’s 2023 report on the Healing Effects of Social Connection and Community: 

The Stuff About Your Stuff is not About Your Stuff - with Lisa Geraci Rigoni 

Everyone has clutter. We can see some clutter—in our homes, cars, offices, and other clutter, we walk around with deep inside where no one can see, not even us.  Lisa Geraci Rigoni, owner, and CDO - Chief Declutter Officer - of The Organizing Mentors (TOM), and author of  17 Spatulas and the Man Who Fried an Egg  will enlighten attendees about reclaim their space mentally and physically. Lisa will openly and generously share how the struggles she has overcome throughout her life have enabled her to be more empathetic with her clients, making her a top expert in her field.   

During this workshop, Lisa will ask focused questions to help us let go and release  ‘stuff’ that does not serve us anymore. She teaches her proprietary ‘The LITL System’ to get us started today.  Join us for this exclusive invite as Lisa hopes to inspire and motivate you to dig deep and be honest with yourself to resolve mental disruption caused by the physical objects you can see and what you cannot see. Decide what to do with your possessions, how to overcome emotional attachments and fears of letting go, and how to enjoy the benefits of having less stuff and more freedom. 

Register before Sept. 26 at https://smh.memberclicks.net/agingonyourterms9302023 or email pnunez3@jhmi.edu or call 202-364-7602 

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