Speaker to share Spanish centenarians' knowledge on aging well

October 09, 2012

Mariano Sanchez, visiting scholar in the Penn State Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education, will present "How to Live to be 100: Indigenous Knowledge About Aging Well from Centenarians in Spain" at noon Oct. 24, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library. Sanchez, who is professor of sociology at the University of Granada, in Spain, will conduct this presentation as part of an ongoing series of seminars organized by the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge. 

Sanchez noted, "Aging well is becoming a major concern for people with long life expectancies. We now have access to many sources of information that tell us how to age successfully. Among the scientific disciplines, gerontology and geriatrics embrace most of the scholarly efforts on better aging. This presentation will take a broader view on successful aging. Older people themselves have accumulated knowledge about aging that is specific to the places in which they live. It is worth considering how to age well as experienced by these people who have reached a very advanced age."

Sanchez says the seminar will explore the indigenous knowledge of aging through the accounts of Spanish centenarians describing what they have done to live for more than a century, including drinking wine from time to time, not smoking, not being mean to anybody and following the "Mediterranean Diet."

This seminar is by ICIK and the Penn State Social Sciences Library. Questions about accommodations or the physical access provided can be directed to Helen Sheehy at 814-863-1347 or hms2@psu.edu. For more information on ICIK, go to icik.psu.edu.



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