Tonight: Dr. Walter Bortz of Portola Valley speaks at Kepler's


Want to live longer? You may be able to pick up some useful tips from author and Stanford Medical School professor Walter Bortz at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, at Kepler's bookstore, 1010 El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Dr. Bortz, a resident of Portola Valley, will be on hand to discuss his book, "The Roadmap to 100: The Breakthrough Science of Living a Long and Happy Life."

Dr. Bortz is a gerontologist and a clinical associate professor at the Stanford School of Medicine.

The book that Dr. Bortz co-wrote with Randall Stickrod draws upon findings in a 30-year longitudinal study of centenarians, revealing among other things that diseases associated with memory loss can be prevented, and that social relationships and exercise are factors to living longer.

Dr. Bortz, the author of other books, including "Dare to Be 100," is past co-chairman of the American Medical Association's Task Force on Aging and the former president of the American Geriatric Society.

For four decades, he has been a marathon runner. He ran his 40th marathon in April in Boston at the age of 80.

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