Roger Landry, a preventive medicine physician and author of “Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging,” will be the keynote speaker at the Puyallup Area Aging in Community Committee’s fourth annual Older Americans Month event on May 18 at the Pierce College Puyallup campus.
Organizers hope all who gather at the Forum on Aging Successfully and Resource Expo will walk away feeling empowered that staying mentally and physically healthy while growing old is within their control.
Landry is the president of Masterpiece Living, a nonprofit organization that assists senior living communities across the U.S. in becoming destinations where older Americans thrive and age successfully. Masterpiece Living’s practices is grounded in the 10-year MacArthur Foundation Study on Aging that found that 70 percent of physical aging and 50 percent of mental aging is determined by lifestyle.
“I will be talking about the basic background research, that we have a lot to say on how we age,” Landry said. “I will give them the ten tips on aging successfully. It’s never too early to prepare for aging well.”
Landry will also explain how the more people challenge their minds as they age and learn new things, the less risk they have at suffering from dementia.
“I tell them that they need to be engaged in life and not marginalized,” Landry said. “Continue to learn and try new things. Have a role and purpose in life. Laugh.”
Marty Cavalluzzi, president of Pierce College Puyallup and a member of the Aging in Community Committee, said the national theme for Older Americans Month is “Get into the Act.”
“In other words, getting into the act of living,” Cavalluzzi said. “It’s your life, so you have to make the best of it.”
At age 54, Cavalluzzi said Landry’s anticipated visit has gotten him to take a harder look at his life and how he’s living it. In the past few weeks he’s lost five pounds and has started to eat healthier and exercise more, he said.
“I’ve reflected on how many good friends I have in my life and how I need to make a better effort at keeping connected,” Cavalluzzi said.
The Forum and Resource Expo will go from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Arts and Allied Health building at Pierce College, with Landry expected to speak, along with a panel, from 2 to 4 p.m.
LeadingAge Washington, one of the resource vendors, will have on display a 4 x 8 “As I Age” wall where attendees will be encouraged to write “As I age, I want to …” The wall will be on display for the remainder of May at the Puyallup Activity Center.
The program is free and open to the public.