The Healthy Ageing Workshop was held on the 1st of September at the Newington Community Centre, with active participation from over 100 enthusiastic people of all ages. The presenters included highly experienced experts, most being specialists in their field, speaking on a range topics related to healthy ageing.

A recurring theme was the importance of a good diet. Avoiding ‘junk food was stressed as the key to health in so many ways. We learned for example, that one reason as to why it is hard to break long-held bad food habits (such as too much salt) is that it takes our taste buds 3 months to be replaced; where-after, reprogramming has a greater chance of being accomplished. Patience and persistence are therefore required! From the importance of teeth, particularly the gums as one gets older, and the controversies of amalgam fillings and fluoride, to maintaining bone health, and bodily fitness so that we are less prone to osteoarthritis and fractures from falls, there was a wealth of information for everybody.

Participants attending the workshop

Eyesight, hearing and lung health was also discussed in detail. A geriatrician (consultant for the elderly) mapped out gender differences in disease prevalence and the need for appropriate exercise, noting that it assists in dementia prevention. Diabetes avoidance was also stressed by several of the doctors. The tough topic of cancer was addressed by an oncologist, along with a suggested attitude to its diagnosis, and how to handle the condition.

Addressing audience questions was one feature of the presentations

Finally, meditation was given centre stage, where the modern brain and neurological research was clearly explained. They drew on teachings from both Sathya Sai Baba and the Dalai Lama, who both taught that “If every child was taught and practised meditation, the world’s problems would be solved in a generation.”

It was a great day overall, with a lot of useful take-home messages to put into action.