Information, soup and friends make for a perfect meeting

By From page B5 | April 07, 2014

Ginny Johnson was the speaker at the annual “Soup’s On” meeting of the California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) of El Dorado County. Johnson spoke on “How to Age Successfully.”

The entertaining and informative presentation covered three major components of successful aging: avoiding disease, maintaining high cognitive and physical function, and engagement with life.

“The most important predictor of successful aging,” Johnson said, “is having meaning and purpose in your life.”

She proceeded to offer several tips including a breathing exercise to help reduce stress, suggested that members take classes to increase cognitive capacity and emphasized that sensory interaction with others is critical to engage fully with life.

“So hug your friends often,” she smiled.

After the talk members headed for the eight varieties of homemade soups. The rainy afternoon was the perfect time for the delicious hot soups, made by members of CalRTA.

Money donated as a cover charge will be used for the scholarship and mini grant programs sponsored by CalRTA Division 73.

When asked what was her favorite part of the meeting — the door prizes, the speaker or the soup, member Carol Womble beamed, “Just being together with my friends. That’s really what is wonderful.”

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