Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alzheimer's Association to Present New Session of Popular Brain Program for Middle Aged Individuals and Healthy Seniors


The Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter is looking for individuals in their 40’s and older and healthy seniors to participate in a popular healthy aging program, “Train Your Brain,” to begin in May.
The six-week program will meet Tuesdays, May 1 – June 5, from 10:30 a.m. – Noon at the Central Illinois Chapter office, 606 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria.

The program was developed as part of the Association’s mission to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Each week will feature a brain related topic and a guest speaker. They are:
May 1st: Now What Was I Saying? A public health and education program that teaches participants steps they can take now to make brain health one of the overall goals of the healthy aging process. Presented by Aubrie McShane, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association - Central Illinois Chapter
May 8th: Socialization, presented by Edna Ng, LCSW, Manager, Mental Health Services, Proctor Hospital
May 15th: Stress Management. Presented by Molly Waller, Director of Wellness Resources, Senara Health and Healing Center
May 22nd:  Physical Exercise. Presented by Hong Ji, Exercise Specialist, Riverplex/OSF
May 29th: Diet & Nutrition. Presented by Ashley Simper, Registered Dietitian, Community and Outpatient Dietitian, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

June 5th: Wrap-Up and Celebration of the New You! Aubrie McShane, Education Specialist, Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter

Cost for the program is $30 per person. Participants will receive a Brain Stimulation Activities Manual and handouts for each session. A certificate of completion will be given upon conclusion of the six-week session. Registration is required by calling 309.681.1100 or 800.272.3900.
The Alzheimer's Association – Central Illinois Chapter is a donor supported, not-for-profit health organization serving 20 counties in northern, central, and west central Illinois. Its three office locations – Dixon, Peoria, and Quincy – provide educational and supportive services to help people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers understand and deal with the disease and its impact on their lives. For disease and caregiving information, visit the agency website at www.alz.org/illinoiscentral.