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April 07, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Dr. Bortz talks on health, longevity Dr. Bortz talks on health, longevity (April 07, 2004)

Dr. Walter M. Bortz of Portola Valley, an author on the process of human aging, will speak Tuesday, April 6, about how to achieve a healthy old age. He is the keynote speaker at the Woodside Priory School's ninth annual Community Forum.

Free and open to the public, the forum begins at 7:30 p.m. in the school's Assembly Hall, 502 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Reservations are requested and may be made by calling Pat Reed at the school office, 851-8221.

Aging alone is not responsible for most of the debilitating conditions associated with age, said Dr. Bortz, whose latest books are "DARE to be 100" and "Living Longer for Dummies."

Research indicates aging is a process that need not result in a seriously degraded quality of life until around the 10th decade, he said.

The "big killers" that seniors face -- heart disease, stroke, emphysema, diabetes, arthritis -- cannot be cured, but people can prevent most of them, he said.

Now in his mid-70s, Dr. Bortz practices what he teaches. He is an associate professor of medicine at Stanford University and maintains an active leadership role with a number of editorial and advisory boards, such as the national Fifty-Plus Fitness organization and the Diabetes Mellitus Foundation. He is still running the Boston Marathon, as he has done for some 30 years.

Following his talk, Dr. Bortz will answer questions and will be available to chat and sign books at the reception.

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