Active Aging and Staying Sharp in Rochester, NY

Summer is over, the weather is cooling, and it's getting easier to be idle in your free time. However, if you don’t want your brain to become idle, your body shouldn’t be either. Keeping that in mind, this week (September 23-29) is Active Aging Week. Organized by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Active Aging Week promotes an active lifestyle in older adults. The ICAA provides tons of Active Aging resources on their site including promotional materials, event planning guides, exercise programs, and registration for Active Aging Week host sites. The ICAA encourages older adults to get out, exercise, eat well, socialize, and challenge themselves with difficult games. Sound familiar? If so, it’s because those tenets are also the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives' Four Factors to Stay Sharp! Be sure to check out the Staying Sharp website for our resources as well.

With Active Aging Week in mind, I would like to invite everyone in the Rochester, N.Y., area to join us Saturday, October 27, for our free Staying Sharp forum. The program will begin at 9 a.m. with an hour-long Healthy Brain Fair. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, experts from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry will discuss the aging brain, memory, Alzheimer’s disease, and general brain health. After the discussion, the audience will be invited to ask questions: If you have questions about memory or the brain you’ve always wanted to ask, this is a great opportunity to get an expert's answer.

Remember, this program is free! It will be held in the Hale Auditorium of the Roberts Cultural Life Center at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. Free parking will be available. Reservations are highly recommended as space is limited and these forums fill up fast. To reserve your spot, register now by calling 1-877-926-8300. For more information go to www.dana.org/stayingsharp or email stayingsharp@dana.org. We hope to see you there.

–Simon Fischweicher

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