U3A talk on health, aging

Helderberg U3A’s March guest speaker, Professor Wayne Derman, will provide an entertaining and intellectual perspective aimed at encouraging his audience to evaluate their current state of health and wellbeing from a holistic perspective, on Wednesday March 1, at Strand Town Hall, 10am.

Professor Derman is the director of the Institute for Sport and Exercise Medicine within the Faculty of Medicine, Health Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch.

He will describe the aging process, risk factors to watch out for at each stage of life, and evidence-based strategies that are effective in the anti-ageing and preventative medicine realm.

Professor Derman had a long career at the University of Cape Town, where he played an important role in the training of sports physicians, exercise scientists and biokineticists. His research has focused on secondary prevention of chronic diseases of lifestyle and on injury and illness prevention in athletes, especially those with disabilities.

He fulfilled the positions of chief medical officer for the South African team to the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games, and the medical officer for the South African paralympic teams to Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

He served as the flight surgeon to cosmonaught Mark Shuttleworth during the “First African in Space” mission in Russia, and also served as the medical officer for Cape Town for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. He currently serves on the International Paralympic Committee Medical Commission and represents South Africa on the International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Guests are welcome at R20 entry. Call Brodewyn at 083 604 0784.