Aging Together (PDF) is our community initiative that envisions Sonoma County as a healthy place to live, work and play – a place that supports all people to thrive across their lifespan and achieve their potential. Our kickoff was held one year ago at Sonoma State University and our second event, the “Healthy Brain” forum was held at the Finley Center in December 2015. Both were successful and well-attended events that underscored the positive impact that older adults have on our entire community. Our most recent gathering this past May focused on the ideal of Blue Zones, or communities of longevity and health around the world. We were delighted to have Nick Buettner (YouTube Video) as our guest speaker. Nick is committed to informing, inspiring and connecting people and ideas that improve quality of life. Nick's first-hand travels to the five Blue Zones, places with the greatest life expectancy in the world, has given him unique insight and knowledge into these populations’ secrets to living longer, better lives.
Nick shared with the audience the habits from these cultures that have the greatest life expectancy and where more people reach a healthy age 100 more than anywhere else in the world. Of course we are all interested in the potential for Sonoma County to adopt the habits that lead a community into Blue Zone status. Nick’s fascinating presentation explored questions like:
- What is the optimal diet for making it to a healthy age 90?
- Should you be running marathons or doing yoga?
- What supplements work?
- Does stress really shorten your life?
Research from the Blue Zones debunks some of the most common myths about health and offers a science-backed blue print for the average American to live another 12 quality years.
You can learn more about the Blue Zones at https://www.bluezones.com/