Blue Zones – Aging in Good Health

Blue Zones – Aging in Good Health

Aging in Good Health


Dr. Carlson is a fellowship-trained, board-certified geriatrician with over 30 years of healthcare experience.

~ By Dr. Mark Carlson

I love living in modern times. The technology and conveniences available to us are extraordinary and one can’t help but be amazed by what’s possible.

However, as a physician, those feelings are tempered by the negative effects of these modern conveniences. We enjoy them at potentially significant risks. The world we live in allows us to lead sedentary lives filled with delicious foods, entertainment at our fingertips and goods and services delivered to our doors. This risk comes in where these pleasures contribute to unhealthy eating, isolation and apathy. Modern medicine has become very good at putting bandages on the consequences of our modern lifestyle. That was very apparent to me during my nearly 20 years in medical oncology.

Medicine has become very good at “fixing” problems. There is significantly less value placed on prevention and lifestyle modification, but this is also where the dramatic steps forward in the world of medicine can be found. We need to change our approach and get more active in the transition from sick care to wellness.

blue-zones-longevityhotspotsNational Geographic’s blue zones project has resonated with me both as a physician and as a patient. I have come to recognize that the more simple lifestyle of the centenarians living in the “blue zones” is the key to a long and well-lived life. It also can be a significant component to fixing our national health crisis.

I have devoted the second half of my medical career to changing the way we offer medical care. Promoting the lessons learned from the blue zones is a key component to my medical practice and to the recommendations I make to members of Be Well MD.

Learn more about the Blue Zone project in this medical news clip.


Dr. Mark Carlson will give a presentation about Blue Zones and the Traits for Longevity, Sunday, March 20 @ 3:00PM at Atria at the Arboretum (Ballroom), 9306 Great Hills Trail, Austin 78759. The program is free and open to the public. Contact Atria at 512-459-4218 or Capital City Village at 512-524-2709 to register.

For more information about Dr. Carlson and his work, please visit the Be Well MD website.

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CCV Recognizes Valuable Volunteers

Capital City Village Salutes Volunteers at Recognition Event

Tom_Bonnie_vol-recog-2016~ By Tom Knutsen

Eighteen Capital City Volunteers and staff gathered at the home of Kay and Tom McHorse the last Sunday in February to celebrate, well, Volunteering!  Booked as “Volunteer Recognition,” the lively group turned the gathering into a CCV party.  That happens, pretty regularly when Villagers congregate.

Along with a great array of hors d’oeuvres and beverages, however, there was business.  Executive Director Bonnie Gilson concisely summarized the Village’s volunteer efforts for 2015:

  • 713 Volunteer hours
  • 297 discrete services to members
  • Services ranged from minor home repairs and installations to the most requested service, transportation
  • CCV President Kay McHorse alone logged 142 volunteer hours (20 percent)

For her efforts, Kay was awarded the Sue Hoffman Making a Difference Volunteer of the Year Award, an annual recognition of volunteer hours and effectiveness.

Now for a casual anecdote about volunteer commitment and skill.  Member Neil Crump (husband of President-Elect Sally Van Sickle) installed a doorbell for a member.  Asked about that electrical work, Neil, a licensed master electrician, explained that he’d offered to help with assumption that the bell system was in place but the button or a connection had failed, as they do.

On arriving at the site, he saw there was no doorbell. None at all.  Remember that he’s a master electrician?  Undaunted, he wired in a full doorbell system: exterior button, interior alarm, and the low-voltage line THROUGH the ATTIC to connect them.

Now, that is serious volunteering!

Thanks to all for all you do.  And a reminder, volunteering usually is fun and almost always rewarding.  So, reach out to join in next year’s celebration.