Strong to Hold Workshops on Memory Enhancement, Brain Injury, Alzheimer's and Other Dementia During Brain Awareness Week

February 16, 1999

Expand your mind during National Brain Awareness Week (March 15-21) by attending any or all of the programs co-sponsored by Strong Health. These workshops, intended for the general public, will address memory enhancement, traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. Reservations are required for each program by Monday, March 8.

Memory Enhancement Workshop

Tuesday, March 16, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Monroe Community Hospital – Brass Chandelier Room, 435 E. Henrietta Road

Participants attending this workshop will become familiar with the many types of memory; learn about the effects of "normal aging" on memory; asses their own memory for its strengths; learn strategies to improve aspects of memory; become aware of the differences between having "a bad memory" and having dementia; and learn about the prevalence and risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Admission is $10. For reservations call the Center for Lifetime Wellness at 760-6606.

Interpreters for the hearing impaired are available upon request.

Traumatic Brain Injury: The Challenges of Rehabilitation

Tuesday, March 16, 5:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

School of the Arts, 45 Prince Street (at University Avenue)

Three experts will address this topic, including keynote speaker Claudia Osborn, D.O., author of Over My Head, and a national speaker on traumatic brain injury, who will share the story of her own recovery from a head injury.*

This presentation is free. For reservations call the Mental Health Assoc. at 325-3145.

Interpreters for the hearing impaired are available upon request.

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: A Caregiver’s Forum

Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Monroe Community Hospital Auditorium, 435 E. Henrietta Road

Five speakers will each speak briefly on the various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, from research to treatments, followed by a panel discussion.

This program is free. For reservations call the Alzheimer’s Association at 442-3820.

Interpreters for the hearing impaired are available upon request.

* Claudia Osborn, D.O., associate clinical professor of Internal Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be available for interviews before and after the program on March 16, and before 10:30 a.m. on March 17. Her story has been told on Dateline: NBC, PBS Radio, NPR, and other major newspapers, television and radio programs. Through her book, interviews, and speaking engagements, Dr. Osborn offers a touching, candid, and courageously humorous chronicle of her rehabilitation process from the struggle to re-master basic skills to the heartache of parting with her old identity and the challenge of building a new life.

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