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Communications Department
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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 04/06/2009
Subject :

Feed Your Head: Nourish Your Boomer Brain at the Library
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668

Palo Alto, CA – Palo Alto City Library is proud to present Feed Your Head: Nourish Your Boomer Brain at the Library, a series of five innovative programs at the Downtown Library. The programs are designed to introduce Palo Alto Baby Boomers (ages 45+) to techniques that stimulate and encourage healthy aging. The series, funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded by the California State Library, is a partnership between the Library, Stanford University and local businesses.

The programs are FREE, and healthy refreshments will be served.

Where: Palo Alto Downtown Library Patio, 270 Forest Avenue
When: Tuesdays, May 5 – June 2, 2009; noon to 1 p.m.

May 5 – Geriatrics: The Gateway to Next Medicine. Dr. Walter Bortz, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, author and renowned expert on longevity and aging, will discuss how the practice of geriatrics and the principles of prevention and personal responsibility provide an attractive healthcare model.

May 12 – Dance Your Body, Mind and Spirit. Esther Gokhale of the Esther Gokhale Wellness Center will demonstrate how dance techniques based upon rhythms from India, Africa, and Brazil can be used to rejuvenate the mind and spirit.

May 19 – Your Doctor and Your Brain. Dr. Yusra Hussain, who specializes in geriatric and internal medicine at Stanford University, will speak about the importance of knowing the right questions to ask when consulting your doctor. Maintaining good health, including good brain health, requires enlisting your doctor as part of your team.

May 26 – Walk Your Way to a Great Body and Mind. Esther Gokhale, yoga and dance instructor at the Esther Gokhale Wellness Center, demonstrates how natural posture powerfully affects physical and mental fitness.

June 2 – Navigating Aging Adults Through the Healthcare System. Dr. Rita Ghatak, Director of Aging Adult Services at Stanford University Medical Center, will discuss long distance caregiving, the aging patient and dementia management. Learn how caregivers and aging adults can balance medical and community approaches to healthcare problems.

Registration is required. For more information and to register, use the Library Calendar of Events found at or call the Reference Desk at 650-329-2436.