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Sonoma Valley Hospital Continues Active Aging Lectures At Vintage House This Fall

August 4, 2016

Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House will continue the informative and popular lecture series, “Active Aging: Live Your Best Life Now.” The three upcoming lectures will provide insight and information on how to get the most out of your senior years. Lectures are scheduled from 1:30 to 3:00 pm on September 15 and 22, and November 3 at Vintage House, located at 264 1st Street East, in Sonoma. There is no cost and light refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP to Vintage House at 707-996-0311, or; or to Celia Kruse de la Rosa, SVH, at 707-935-5257, or

Scheduled topics and speakers include:

Sept. 15 – “Cognitive Health: Foresight is 2020”

Denise Kalos

Denise Kalos

Denise Kalos, MS, Chief Operating Officer for AffirmativHealth, PLLC, and formerly Vice President of Cognitive Wellbeing Programs for the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, will review recent research and findings into Mild Cognitive Impairment and its links to Early Stage Alzheimer’s. Her talk will discuss holistic approaches to treatment of the symptoms of cognitive impairment related to aging, taking a whole-body approach to understand what is driving memory loss, and will offer general tips everyone can use to improve their cognitive health.

Ms. Kalos developed the RE:Mind immersion program for the Buck Institute in 2015 in reaction to readership interest in the Dr. Dale Bredesen paper published August 2014 titled Reversal of Cognitive Decline. AffirmativHealth is a private doctor-owned company with licensing rights to continue the RE:Mind workshop class offering and to make The Buck Institute science findings accessible to the international dementia community. 

Sept. 22 – “Understanding The Mind-Body Health Connection”

Patricia Brooks

Patricia Brooks

Patricia Brooks LCSW, PhD, will discuss the importance of understanding the mind-body connection and the role it plays in affecting our health. She also will discuss the steps we can take, such as mindfulness and meditation, to change how we experience and respond to physical discomfort, and in doing so improve our sense of wellbeing.

Dr. Brooks is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned a PhD in Healing Psychology and Integrative Medicine in 2003. She has worked in the Health Care field for over 40 years, specializing in the Mind-Body connection. She is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist with an eclectic treatment approach tailored to an individual’s needs. Dr. Brooks has designed and implemented numerous Integrative Medicine Programs including one at Sonoma Valley Hospital.


Nov. 3 – “Family Caregiving – Been There…Am There…Will Be There”

Jennie Chin Hansen

Jennie Chin Hansen

Jennie Chin Hansen, RN, MSN, immediate past CEO of the American Geriatrics Society and a recent president of the 38 million member AARP, will discuss how 80 percent of longer-term care of loved ones is provided by families and friends, and how caregivers can access information and support to address this role. She will also identify predictable issues that emerge in caregiving, and discuss policy, programs and services that increasingly shape the healthcare landscape.

She currently serves as a senior strategic advisor to the American Geriatrics Society, and as a board member of the SCAN Foundation, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Dignity Health System, The SCAN HealthPlan and The Altarum Institute.



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