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Smart Talk: Healthy aging; Catalonia independence

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Sep 28, 2015 10:03 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, September 28, 2015:

Getting older doesn't have to mean bad health.  There are many ways we can stay healthy as we age or even before we reach old age.

Dr. Barry Wentland, a family physician with Senior Life York, appears on Monday's Smart Talk to answer questions like what adults can do now to age healthier down the road, what families who are caring for aging parents or grandparents can do to help their loved ones age healthier, how does mental health impact healthy aging and what to do if a loved one is struggling with depression?


Dr. Barry Wentland

Also, the Catalonia region of Spain held parliamentary elections Sunday that resulted in candidates who support independence winning a majority.  It doesn't mean the region located in northeastern Spain along the border with France will declare independence but it could be the first step toward it.  

Some say an independent Catalonia could have a ripple effect on Europe.

To explain why the Catalonia vote is important are Mark Aldrich, associate professor of Spanish and Antonio Rivas, visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Dickinson College.


Mark Aldrich and Antonio Rivas

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-09-28 10:03

    William emails:

    Does Andorra (a Catalin speaking Country ) have any impact on the independence movement in Catalonia?

  • J. Kling img 2015-09-29 09:47

    I'm surprised that the first thing out of Dr. Wentland's mouth WRT healthful diets was whole grains. Replacing dietary fat with grains ("whole" or processed) has been a huge contributor to the epidemic of obesity and related diseases. The DGAC is under enormous pressure to revisit its longstanding recommendations, and is beginning to recognize that dietary cholesterol is not deleterious to health, and that its SFA recommendations have no actual basis in hard science. The emergent findings in nutrition largely exonerate fats (even SFAs) from whole foods, while finding culpable the replacement of fats with processed grains and sugars (even "whole" grains) and the rise of processed and fast foods. If dietary fats do need reduced, they are those that appear in processed foods or those that are marketed as "healthy" replacements of animal fats, tending to be pro-inflammatory omega-6 PUFAs.