FORT MYERS, FL (February 16, 2010) – Shell Point Retirement Community presents Dr. Harold G. Koenig, Founding Co-Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, as the final speaker in the 2009-2010 Speaker Series. The presentation will take place on Thursday, February 25, at 7:00pm in the Village Church Auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. All residents of Southwest Florida are invited to attend, but tickets are required.

“The Shell Point Speaker Series has proven to be a very popular event for our residents, as well as members of the Southwest Florida community,” said Dawn Boren, director of resident life for Shell Point. “This is our second year offering a speaker series, and we plan to continue to offer this as an annual series. Dr. Koenig will offer a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about Religion, Spirituality, and Health as part of our Mind, Body, and Soul Speaker Series, and we are glad to have him as our final speaker for this season.”

Dr. Koenig will examine with us the relationship of Religion/Spirituality and mental health in our lives and propose a model of how Religion/Spirituality may impact physical health through mind-body connections. He will then explore the relationship between religion and physical health, immune functioning, cardiovascular functioning and longevity.

Dr. Harold G. Koenig is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine, is on the faculty at Duke University as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Koenig is founding co-director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center. His research on the connection between religion and health has been featured on national and international TV news programs; including ABC’s World News Tonight, The Today Show and Good Morning America; and nearly a hundred radio programs, newspapers, and magazines. Dr. Koenig has given testimony before U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health.

Tickets for this event are $30 each, and to purchase tickets, or receive additional information about this presentation, please call (239) 454-2067.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry. To learn more about Shell Point Retirement Community, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.

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