Aging well — it’s what we all want!

Staying vital as one ages involves physical, emotional and mental health, according to Kathleen O’Dae, a specialist in nutrition, aging and holistic health.

Office Manager Marion PetersonO’Dae will discuss how to age well in a series of free gatherings from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays starting May 6 and ending May 27, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., near downtown Grass Valley. Coffee and baked goods are served at 9 a.m.

Eat for energy & vitality

As we age, our appetites tend to get smaller – yet good nutrition is important for healthy aging.

How to make your calories count will be discussed in “Eating for Energy and Vitality,” presented on Wednesday, May 20.

“Aging Well, Staying Vital” is a four-week series presented by the Contemporary Issues Study Group of PEACE Lutheran Church. This group presents informed discussions on issues of public interest several times each year. Martin Luther, whose doctrines paved the way for the Lutheran Church, believed in the importance of people being educated and well-informed so they may exercise good decision at all levels of private and civic affairs.

For more information about the series, call (530) 273-9631. All are welcome.

Lutheran RoseFor more about the Contemporary Issues Study Group, click here.

Background in brain health

Kathleen O'Dae

Kathleen O’Dae

Kathleen O’Dae is a medical speech pathologist and clinical nutritionist specializing in healthy aging.

O’Dae’s extensive education has brought her to understand the link between nutrition and brain health; she also has studied ayurvedic medicine, therapeutic touch and cranial-sacral therapy.

In her nutrition practice, Balanced Mind in Nevada City, she brings together her studies in neuroscience, nutrition and ayurvedic medicine to create a holistic approach to aging and brain health. Her work especially addresses the effects of chronic stress on body and mind. O’Dae’s philosophy is that one must feed the brain and the entire body to achieve optimum physical, emotional and mental health.

O’Dae earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutritional science at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She earned a master’s degree in education, specializing in neurological communication disorders, from California State University, San Jose. In addition, she has earned certificates in neuro-nutrient therapy from the Neuro-Nutrient Institute, Mill Valley, Calif.; therapeutic massage and cranial-sacral therapy from Monterey Institute of Touch, Carmel Valley, Calif.; clinical ayurveda specialist from California College of Ayurveda, Grass Valley; and restorative bodywork from Diamond Way Ayurveda, San Luis Obispo.