Brain Health 101: Aging Smart

Seniors in attendance can to participate in free health screenings, virtual tours and a brain health lecture.

Seniors in attendance can participate in free health screenings, virtual tours and a brain health lecture.

In 1963, only 17 million Americans lived to reach age 65, a third of whom lived in poverty and had few programs to meet their needs.

Thankfully, awareness of this group was increasing and more people were paying tribute to older persons in their communities. Every May since then, the U.S. Administration on Aging has used Older Americans Month as a way to honor senior citizens for the contributions and the enrichment they bring to our communities.

Healthy Aging

In celebration of Older Americans Month, the Garrison Institute on Aging will host Brain Health 101 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 25 in the Academic Classroom Building Room 100 as part of its Healthy Aging Lecture Series sponsored by the Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center and Humana Marketpoint.

During this event, free health screenings including blood sugar, blood pressure, body fat, depression and hearing will be offered. Vendors will also be on hand to share information on health, fitness and nutrition for older Americans.

Paula Grammas, Ph.D., executive director of the Garrison Institute on Aging and a professor in the Department of Neurology, will give a presentation at 4 p.m. about brain health. All screenings and lecture topics will relate to seniors.

Attendees can experience what it is like to have dementia through virtual tours that will be available. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, email Amy Crumley or call (806) 743-7821.

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Brain Health Tips

Brain Health Tips

According to the Alzheimer's Association, your brain may lose some agility as you get older. It can deteriorate even more if you don’t take care of it.

Here are some tips of their tips for making brain-healthy life choices:

  • Stay physically active >>
  • Adopt a healthy diet >>
  • Be socially active >>
  • Be mentally active >>