Health for the Ageing Seminar

Health for the Ageing Seminar

Schofields – 7th & 8th November 2015

A large number of visitors together with members from Schofields and Wentworthville churches gathered at the Schofields function hall for a health seminar. The title for these meetings was “The Autumn Years – Health for the Ageing”. These meetings were not only geared for the twilight age group but for everyone.  Young and old who attended, were richly blessed.

Sabbath morning after Brother Domenic Polistina made each present feel very welcomed, he proceeded to explain the program for the weekend; he also reminded us that the emotional side of health is very important, so the congregation was invited to sing a song “Where We’ll Never Grow Old”.


The Divine Service was entitled “Leaving a Legacy” and this was taken by Brother Peter Lausevic.  What kind of legacy are we leaving behind, what is our purpose in life?  Legacy is a representative of us, it is not only monetary inheritance that we can leave behind, but a representative of us in all aspects of our lives: health, financial, spiritual, cultural, knowledge of family history etc…  Everyone has something that can be passed on to the next generation.

To conclude the meeting, Focus Singers rendered an item “Find Us Faithful”.

This presentation can be viewed on YouTube

A combined vegetarian buffet lunch followed. All were invited to stay and enjoy a variety of wholesome foods.

The afternoon meeting “Determining Your Biological Age” was taken by Dr Robert Gan, an Adventist surgeon who is very much interested in the health work. Dr Gan is still working full-time at the age of 72 as a surgeon at one of Sydney’s top hospitals; he is also currently studying law and in his spare time, likes to lecture on healthy lifestyles.  This lecture can be viewed on YouTube:


Sunday morning started at 10:00am. The lecture was entitled “Eat, Move & Live for Longevity”.  This was taken by Doctor Gan.  There were some practical demonstrations throughout this section.  We were all encouraged to buy a small trampoline and to use it as many times as possible e.g. it would be ideal for those who study or have sedentary work to have a break every 15 minutes and tiptoe (not jumping) on the trampoline for 2 minutes to help in many ways including to boost our immune system.

Here are some keys to slowing down the ageing process:

  1. Keep moving (Google the word rebounding)
  2. Keep laughing – very important
  3. Sleep well
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Sharpen the mind (brain)
  6. Reduce inflammation – Turmeric is a good food to reduce inflammation
  7. Improve relationships – By trusting somebody, it settles a person.

This lecture can also be viewed on YouTube:

The morning ended with a “Questions and Answers” time, where many were able to ask overall relevant questions and receive an answer by Dr Gan.

Throughout the weekend a refreshing green energizing drink was made available to all.

To close the program, a combined vegetarian buffet lunch was very much enjoyed; many left very contented, and asked to be notified of further seminars of this kind.

May God bless each who attended this seminar with a desire to improve their lives in every aspect, to be able to implement what they have learned.

“Medical missionary work is the right hand of the gospel. It is necessary to the advancement of the cause of God. As through it men and women are led to see the importance of right habits of living, the saving power of the truth will be made known. Every city is to be entered by workers trained to do medical missionary work. As the right hand of the third angel’s message, God’s methods of treating disease will open doors for the entrance of present truth. Health literature must be circulated in many lands. Our physicians in Europe and other countries should awake to the necessity of having health works prepared by men who are on the ground and who can meet the people where they are with the most essential instruction.” Counsels on Health p. 219

~ Reported by Lidia Voncina